5:00am Wake up:
Motivation. Think of it this way and I hope this helps anyone reading it.
Think of motivation as that aspect of human behaviour that needs to be there in
order for you to do anything with some conviction. If you have enthusiasm to do
something, you’re motivated! When you make a decision, that choice is at it’s
simplest form influenced by your motivational state. You either want to do, or
I think of learning, working and the creative… All aspects, if you are motivated to
do them, you will probably do better than if you’re not motivated. I think we all can
Have you ever been so motivated (At first) and fizzled out a few hours later, never
to have that motivation return? Apparently there’s some science to that.
I spent some hours researching this topic this weekend, and what i found out was
there are many forms of motivation, but primarily it’s looked at as 2 specific types:
extrinsic and intrinsic.
Think of extrinsic motivation as external forces that drive you to chase… Like
money, and materialistic shit. Intrinsic is the motivation you get from joy and the
actual achieving. Each way of feeling is based off the type of task you are doing.
And those tasks have been broken-down into 2 specific types as well: algorithmic
and heuristic. And from what I’ve read an algorithmic task is a set process. It’s
literally a set of instructions down a defined path that leads to a conclusion.
Whereas heuristic task is very much the exact opposite. No defined path, no
single conclusion to be made here, and your answers are to be explained through
creative and experimental ways.
There are higher level rewards, (internal joy, and happiness) and there are
baseline rewards as they refer to them, which is usually a monetary value like
money, these are in regards to the algorithmic and heuristic results from each
Often times these different motivational ways cross streams like in Ghostbusters
and while the end result of the crossed streams may no be as “very bad” as Egon
alluded to, they can make or break your end result depending on how much
process v.s creative you put in.
For instance, the drive and passion towards a goal, through motivation can
drastically convince you to make a decision to slightly go into another direction
that in any other situation you probably wouldn’t have considered. That is when
those types, cross and can interfere. An example would be, Having the intention to
help someone and being highly motivated to do so, then someone catches on to
your motivation and detracts you by offering incentive. If the incentive is in line
with the goal, it makes sense, but once the incentive is pulled away, the motivation
begins to slip. The streams were crossed.
I think we all have such an amazing ability to be highly motivated and chase our
passions and dreams. Let’s just stay on the course and not be detracted by
If you have goals, dreams, or anything else driving you, stay motivated. As much
as possible. Give yourself “free days” to regroup or recharge, but get back at it.
Have a process with an outcome. Write it down so you have a guide
book/blueprint. I have been thinking a lot about this, and it helps clear the fog that
often times blocks the connections of my motivational behaviour. All I mean by
that is, When I am motivated, and inspired to be creating, I have to have an end
result from what I’m doing. If I don’t, I must figure out the “why” that’s burning in
my soul to do this. And from those two points, I connect as many dots as it takes
for it to make sense, and allow a visible guide to get me there.
If the idea is to make a blog a viable source of income then I would need to look at
affiliate marketing and sponsorship etc… Connect those dots. But don’t let the one
aspect overlay the creation of content either.. Crossing the streams in an equal
balance is probably the best bet. Definitely why successful companies or
progressive businesses can be run with a good level of balance for these ideas,
as they have departments directly related to these things…
Mind map your information to build your routine, be clear on what needs to be
pursued and focused on. Break those ideas down into chunks and keep pushing
forward (You’ll have a routine designed so this part should come natural at least
for a little while…) Look for gaps in your understanding, and research as much as
you can. That information will keep you engaged. And don’t expect to feel
motivated all the time. Organizing your time helps. Exercise regularly…Read as
much as you can. Visualize yourself reaching your end goals, but focus on the
process more then the result. Kill the distractions as well.
Leaving this here, to remind myself that when I lose motivation eventually I am to re-read this and regain the power that we all possess. I am an extremely motivated individual. So this should be easy. We’ll see!!!