How to Break Free from the Myth of Motivation!


How to Break Free from the Myth of Motivation!

Many of us get into the myth of believing that motivation is required to begin or complete an activity. Regrettably, this isn't always the case. I'm

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Many of us get into the myth of believing that motivation is required to begin or complete an activity. Regrettably, this isn’t always the case. I’m sure you’ve had times when your thoughts wanted to do something but your body said, “No way, not today.” It’s almost as if you’re fighting yourself to do the task you stated you wanted to complete. Many of us procrastinate until we no longer want to think about the task or find something else to do automatically to keep our minds occupied.

It’s many of us habits to put off starting a new task or habit until we are inspired or motivated. We patiently await the release of dopamine into our brain, thinking that it would provide us with the motivation to exercise or begin writing that new book. And we all know how infrequently it occurs. The reason behind this is that motivation comes after you begin a task, not before. It should take you less than two minutes to develop a new habit. When you’re trying to form a new habit, just concentrate on the first two minutes of the activity; once you’ve done that, you’ll feel a burst of motivation!

Simply focus on opening the book and reading one page if you wish to read more. If you want to go for a run after work, all you have to do is lace up your shoes and stroll out the door. In both of the cases, you’ll find that once you start, the rest of the process will be relatively straightforward. The concept behind this method is to simply begin; once you do, your brain will begin to work for you, providing you with the drive you craved prior to beginning the task.

Make a list of what you want to accomplish.

Another approach to motivate yourself to complete a task is to know when you’ll finish it. Make time in your day to complete the task! This has become the single most important life hack for my daily writing and reading. We have far too many demands and diversions to “hope” you’ll find time to do a task.  

Many people never begin an activity or pursue a goal simply because they “never got around to it.” However, scheduling your chores on a regular basis puts your willpower and motivation on autopilot, regardless of whether you “feel like it or not.” Because we are creatures of habit, the associated neural pathway in your brain will continue to deepen, making it simpler for this new behaviour to stick.

Because you’re intentionally ingraining a learned behaviour, it’s almost as if your body will urge you toward the newly established habit. Many of us unknowingly let situations and emotions to influence the tasks we want to complete, but if you stick to a steady pattern, your body will naturally fall into line, making it easier for you.

As a result, motivation in the context of human change is less about having the energy to complete a task. Rather, it’s about figuring out how your body creates its behaviours and activities. You will be able to effectively steer yourself toward the desires you seek once you have knowledge of how your body operates presently.