I want to talk about motivation today. I had a few conversations lately about how we can motivate ourselves and maybe also others. It is an important topic, right?
I think I am not shy to make changes in my life. I actually enjoy it very much and too much stability in one place kind of scares me. I think the way I motivate myself has a big role to play in this. When I have a decision to make about whether to do something, I think of a future time and ask myself ‘Will I think I should have tried it?’. The answer is overwhelmingly yes. To help this, I also ask myself ‘Will I keep thinking about this?’. The answer is often yes. So, in light of this, I almost always end up doing the thing. This applies to big as well as small things.
For example, let’s say I am thinking of a career change and I think it will be good for me. But I am hesitant because change is scary. Then, I ask myself: ‘How will I feel in 5 years?’ and I imagine myself in that state. This can apply to small things too, Let’s say I want to eat some pizza today and I haven’t had it in some time. I again ask myself ‘Will I be happy two hours after it? If I don’t eat it, will I keep thinking about it?’ (I am not endorsing eating excessive unhealthy food here but you get the point).
Another motivating factor for me is to ask: ‘Will people benefit from it?’. These people can be all humans or a friend of mine. If it will be, I go ahead and do it unless it will overwhelm me too much. This thinking has helped me take some important steps in life.
What is your motivating factor? How do you motivate yourself? Let’s discuss motivation.