I’m sure you have heard that in order to set a goal you need to have a reason, today I’m going to share a simple example of why our WHY is the #1 motivation tool we have. First I should warn you not to fall into the trap of finding your purpose, you can read more about why finding your passion is bullshit in my opinion article here.
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So why is your WHY the #1 Motivation Tool
Without a serious “why” we may fall to the wayside of procrastination, we may start to let our limiting beliefs seep in and destroy our confidence to achieve the goal at hand. Finding a “why” that is deep inside of us is the key to staying motivated when we feel like we can not go on.
Remember that your “why” needs to set off an array of positive feelings that you feel strongly about. If they do not feel strong enough then keep digging until it feels so powerful you can not walk away from it.
Simple Example of how our WHY motivates us
Let’s pretend you are making dinner and are putting a roast in the oven and all of a sudden the light burns out!
This is not going to stop you from being able to cook that roast and I’m sure you will think of a way to provide the light you need to get it done. Pull it out of the oven so you can check it under the kitchen light, use a flashlight or your smartphone etc.
This minor inconvenience although it is a slight pain in the butt is something that you can live. When the “pain” is tolerable we are not as motivated to fix it. It can be put off. We may not be motivated to change the bulb anytime soon especially if we do not have a spare one on hand.
We may add it to our to-do list but keep forgetting about it for days, weeks, maybe even months.
This is me to a T haha, I think I went six months the last time my light bulb in the oven. Eek!
I procrastinated the shit out of it. I did not ‘know’ how to remove a broken bulb, I ‘forgot’ to buy a new bulb. The broken bulb was not causing me enough pain.
Now, same roast cooking scenario except this time it’s not the light that burns out, instead halfway through cooking time the oven burns out! No more heat and the roast is nowhere near done cooking. You have a roast to cook and now you have no oven to cook it in!
Your brain begins to scramble, you are not prepared to cook another meal all together. Your problem-solving kicks in and you begin to find solutions.
Maybe you grab your slow cooker or do it on the bbq to immediately solve the problem of not being able to cook your beautiful roast for supper tonight.
You acted because you were forced to act!
You found a solution because you felt the immediate pain of not being able to finish your roast. This pain was enough to bring on motivation to find a solution.
As you eat dinner you feel a twinge of pain knowing your oven is still not working and this needs to be solved. This isn’t something you can live with for a long period of time especially if you have a family or maybe an event coming up such as hosting a holiday get-together.
You need to take action now!
So maybe you call someone to service it or you go out and buy a new one if it’s old.
You may not have the money to do that right now but because it is an absolute need you must act now.
In these situations, we get extremely proactive and creative in ways to try to solve the big issue at hand. We can solve things fast when we are motivated.
The point of this example is that your ‘WHY’ needs to be big enough, it needs to generate a strong feeling to provide enough motivation. For the sake of this example, that feeling was the pain of fixing it versus not fixing it. Both scenarios caused pain, but one was only slight and the other caused a large amount of pain.
Is the Motivation feeling of your WHY strong enough?
If the whole reason for achieving your goal is a tiny blip in your mind you will not succeed. We need our minds to feel it in a big way to help keep us motivated.
And this my dear friend is why your WHY is the #1 motivation tool!
Don’t underestimate the power of feelings. Feelings are everything in your life.
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I hope this post inspires you to find a “WHY” that makes you jump out of bed in the morning with motivation, one that makes you pick yourself up when you are down, one that helps you find your true potential and gives you the life you want!
Take care and chat soon;
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