We are all looking for motivation. You know, that thing that gets us out of bed each day to go to work, to school, or to get something we feel is important done.
Where does motivation come from? Many people think that motivation comes from someone else. That we have to BE motivated. That is not correct. We can be inspired by someone else, we can be excited by someone else, but true motivation comes from within us.
Another belief about motivation is that we only need it once in a while. I tell patients that motivation is like taking a bath. We take a bath or shower daily because there's dirt out there. We need motivation daily because there's dirt out there. Mental dirt. It clogs up our thinking and our excitement. In fact, most of the information that is circulating is negative and tends to worry us or bring us down.
We must find things that stimulate our mind in a positive way. When we have positive input, we are able to create positive internal motivation. Daily inspiration is a requirement to enhance our motivation. When we watch a movie where someone overcomes adversity and becomes a winner or a hero, we develop an internal feeling that we could accomplish great things also. This inspiring movie has allowed our brain to develop motivation toward possibilities.
Unfortunately, the next day comes and the negative in the world zaps the developing positive motivation within us. Life is happening all around us. Input into our minds is constant. We get to decide what we allow into our minds and what we block from our minds. We must choose wisely.
Whether we turn on the "News", (I use that term loosely), or read the newspaper or tabloids, or click on social media sites, we choose to feed the unknown and mostly negative input into our minds. We listen to gossip and exaggerated claims of friends and co-workers and then compare ourselves with them. That's a recipe for low motivation.
To maintain a high level of motivation which is a necessity to achieve our dreams we must guard the gate of our mind against the constant negative input that someone else is trying to force on us. We must put uplifting, inspiring, and practical messages into our mind regularly.
Our mind is like fertile soil. It will grow whatever we plant. Like a farmer's field, if either a poisonous or fruitful seed is planted, it will return the plant of that seed. Whether we get a poisonous or fruitful plant is dependent upon what we plant, not on the soil. Our mind is this way. It doesn't care what we put into it. It will think about, plan on, and give back what we put into it. Constant negative input into our mind will produce a sad, bitter, mean, skeptical, and negative person.
So how do we choose what we put into our minds? That's not so difficult. Stop hanging around negative people. Stop hanging out with gossiping people. Stop listening to sensationalistic news. Reduce the constant barrage of social media input and unfriend or silence the negative, complaining, critical posters. Large studies have demonstrated that we become like the 5 people we spend the most time with. Evaluate who you spend the most time with. It may be time for a change.
This is so true that the income, work position, habits, and activities of people can be determined by knowing the five people they associate with most.
Next, start putting good solid positive and growth related information into your mind. Read inspiring books, watch inspiring movies and TV programs, listen to positive and inspiring audio. Some suggestions, but certainly not even close to all include:
Melanie Robbins (Mel)
Barbara De Angelis
Their stories, quotes, speeches, and talks, can be heard on podcasts, audio books, and in their courses online.
We can turn our car into a university on wheels. If you drive to work, to pick up the kids, or run errands, you may spend an hour a day or more in the car. Double that if you live in Los Angeles, Chicago, or New York. Over a year an entire equivalent of a college year can be heard and learned as we drive.
Reading non-fiction books like biographies of inspiring people and books that teach us about ourselves and how to grow and become better can change what is grown in the soil of our mind. I often tell my oldest grandson, because it's true, "Readers are Leaders". Every successful person I've met in any field or endeavor is a reader and absorber of others good information. We don't have to come up with new ideas ourselves. In fact, one of my mentors says, You don't have to give childbirth to ideas, you can adopt.
Staying motivated to accomplish a goal or goals, requires keeping a fresh and inquisitive mind. Begin today to put positive, inspiring information into the fertile soil of our mind. It's never too late to learn, it's never too late to grow, and it's never too late to succeed. Find your inner motivation and you can accomplish anything.,