Discover What Motivates You
The Power of Purpose - The Link to Motivation
From Boredom to Achievement
Ever watch a toddler when they are fretful for what seems to be no real reason? Parents quickly find that distracting an infant or young child is one way to avoid fretfulness. At the other end of the spectrum, lies older adults who are retired. They go through a period of an ultimate sense of freedom that quickly deteriorates to boredom and feelings of lack of purpose. When these feelings are prolonged, they usually lead to mental depression and physical illness. Between boredom and achievement lies purpose. Purpose is that most powerful sense of motivation, hopefulness and reaching goals.
The Power of Purpose
We've all seen the power of purpose first hand during the Olympic games. We've also seen it among top athletes, dancers, gymnasts, musicians, singers and artists. When you watch a famous coloratura soprano ascend to the highest note, you see her drive and purpose clearly. The power of purpose shouldn't be understated. It is the machine that drives successful people and those who are goal-oriented. Purpose is the basic motivator for human achievement. The quantity of purpose depends on the goals and specific achievements the individual has in mind.
Life Without Purpose
Each human is born into a particular early childhood environment. Yet, from the most humble environments, come the greatest achievers. Thus, money is not a factor in the power of purpose. A sense of personal investment in talents and skills is the basis for a well-purposed life. The analogy of purpose might be an acorn that can grow into a mighty oak tree one hundred times the size of the tiny acorn from whose humble beginnings it grew.
How Do I Find Purpose in Our Lives?
In order to find a sense of purpose, we must hone our mental cognizance, block out the usual white noise in the background and allow our minds to lead us to those tenuous urges that signal the onset of achievement. All too often, individuals robotically perform duties in their daily lives, never really examining the purpose behind them. These individuals begin to grow bored with the ordinaryness and soon are repulsed by having to get out of bed each day. This should be a warning signal that the individual has not properly evaluated their choices and actions. Now, some may say they have limited choices. That's true. Yet, those limited choices are merely superficial evaluations of deeper possibilities.
For example, each time an individual learns a new skill or stretches their talents, they are edging closer to a new choice. And it is also true, some individuals are born with natural talents. Imagine if they didn't have any motivation to develop those talents? They would join the army of "never beens."
To find the core of purpose in your life, it's necessary to know what you do best, why you do it better than anyone else and how you can parlay that into an achievement that grants self-satisfaction and a sense of purpose. You will, however, need to stock up on motivation.
"I feel so demotivated" - The Cry of The Purposeless
We've heard it numerous times from a wide range of individuals who are talented and skilled. Yet, they lose their motivation. For these people, they have only momentarily lost their sense of purpose. Once they rediscover why they made a specific choice, they become distracted from overriding feelings of demotivation and purposelessness.
Writers suffer this peculiar syndrome most often. The refer to it as "Writer's Block." But, it's less a block than a signal their creative juices are running dry and need to be replenished. Design engineers and those in research and development find that forcing creativity doesn't work either. Here is that point when distraction can be a creative person's best ally and, sometimes, also a source of information. Guard against allowing your creative well to run dry. Take a break in increments to refill your creative well without forcing ideas. Try attending a group meeting or attending a motivational program. Take what you like from these distractions as needed and leave the rest.
Discover What Motivates You
Individuality plays a huge role in how to discover what motivates you. The motivations that urge some may not have the same effect in others. Motivation is a "want to" rather than a "have to" issue. Open the doors to discovering what motivates you by first wanting to approach the world as a "wide eyed" individual who finds "wonder" in those things others may not notice. This is the treasure trove from whence motivation comes. When your eyes are wide open, you view life from the spectrum of limitless possibilities. When you choose linear vision, it's less possible to see the potential in even the most mundane things.
The ROI of Discover What Motivates You
There's no doubt that learning what motivates you has a huge return on investment. Practice motivation discovery often. Soon, it becomes a handy method of avoiding mental and physical "downtime."
For example, let's say that a hobby like flower arranging or building classic model cars is a good distraction. Why not make best use of these hobbies by incorporating them into your sense of motivation? When the motivational well runs dry, there's an outside hobby or craft that can help replenish the creativity well.
If being with others is a good distraction from feelings of boredom, purposelessness and lack of motivation, try spending time with long lost friends or relatives. Still others find their best motivation comes from time alone. This works well if the goals set don't require solitude. A walk on the beach or stroll in a local park or even a few hours in a library gives an individual a sense of balance.
To Motivate Others, Motivate Yourself First
Ever wonder why there are so many motivational speakers who seem to easily motivate others? Who motivates them when their creativity well runs dry? Very likely, other motivators in their field. They are just as likely to revisit their earlier studies to recoup a sense of purpose.
To motivate others, it's important to motivate yourself first. Great motivators spend very little time focusing on motivating others. Rather, they choose to "join" their subjects in activities that become contagious and infectious enthusiasm. Coaches find their students teach them as much as they teach their students to continue on to greater achievements. This is a balanced approach to motivation: To enjoy a free and easy exchange of ideas, activities, goals and achievements.
Enjoy Your Motivation
Attitude counts heavily when motivations run low. Recognize the purpose for what you do, the drive needed to accomplish your goals and then, go forward enjoying the motivation derived from the particular job or activity you've chosen, based on liking what you chose.
The old saying, "If you like what you do, you'll never work," is inspiring and accurate. An individual who chooses business ownership must first like business enough to feel motivation in every fiber of his/her being. Most businesses today fail because the owner didn't have long-term liking for all aspects of business, ups, downs and everything in between. To motivated people, failure is an option. Lack thereof only proves fear an dislike for the choice made. Motivated people understand that failure teaches and stretches the limits of their truest sense of purpose.
So, three things for you to do to discover your motivation:
1. Learn and study your skills and talents
2. Discover how much you like the choices you make
3. Learn the fine art of distraction to attract inspiration and creativity