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The System, An Alternative to Motivation

Updated on March 3, 2014

Motivation is the best component for the formula of success. However, not everyone that is successful was motivated. Following a routine (system) can also suffice as the main factor for accomplishing daunting tasks. Many people give up because they are not motivated and therefore do not have the will to succeed. This does not need to be the case.

The intrinsic scope of motivation is indeed artistic. It is an unquenchable thirst in the soul to continue your dreams despite repeated failures, embarrassments and setbacks. Motivation does not need any reason or rewards. It just flows like a painter jabbing at a canvas with unfounded inspiration. There are no techniques or formulas for motivations. It’s either you have it or not. That is why I am implying motivation can be replaced by a SYSTEM.


The System

What system is this mad man frolicking about? It gives me great joy to say it is merely strategy and execution. It is also referred to as the formula, the hack or cracking the code. The system encompasses a logical flow of tasks that must be executed in order to realize our dreams.

You may ask, ‘how can you start the system without motivation?’ Motivation creates a feeling of pleasure in the brain whenever working on a project. This is because the task itself is rewarding or the proceeds of accomplishing the task is already being imagined and enjoyed by the brain. Not everyone has the gift to enjoy painting. Hence, the system can be used to mock the steps that the naturally motivated painter used to finish his paintings. Using the system may not render a perfect copy of the painting. Perfection is reached by fine tuning the steps for each repetition. For example, I follow a set of rules in order to earn an income from my articles in Making Money with Hubpages after 50 Hubs.

There are some tasks in this world that we have to accomplish that we are not excited about. Many of us have used the system to get by. We have worked jobs we do not like and became successful at it. This is because the entities that we work for, uses a system. I am specifically promoting the use of these formulas for personal accomplishments and self-realization. Let’s move on to the steps for breaking the code.


Why are some people not motivated?

The main reason people are not motivated is doubtful thinking which is close to fear of failure. Demotivation can be a result of recent failures or the inability to overcome a stressful environment. There are several mental or physical issues that are related to demotivation such as depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome, head injuries, drug addiction, malnutrition, heavy metal poisoning and viral infections.

Schedule Time

The main excuse for not accomplishing some of our dreams is normally associated with the lack of time. There are only 24 hours in a day and time is already consumed with routine jobs that pay the bills, playing video games or sleeping. Scheduled time will have to be allocated from one of these activities. If your sleep time was 7 hours, then 2 hours can be subtracted for your project. Another option would be to stop playing games or even quit your job and go for broke. It all depends on the level of urgency and desperation of one’s situation.

Motivated people do not Schedule time, they don’t need to. As a matter of fact, they have to schedule time away from their projects. For those who are not motivated, a blatant effort to sacrifice other activities for the completion of a project is necessary.

Opportunity Cost

We have to take into consideration the benefits we are foregoing for an activity that we will displace. Sacrificing video games may be synonymous to foregoing some peace of mind and pleasure. Most successful people have made greater sacrifices. They may have deprived themselves to a point of depravity. For example, most billionaires have sacrificed family time in order to realize their dreams. Therefore, opportunity cost has to be calculated and leveraged.


Establish benefits and goals

We should have already established the benefits of completing the intended project. If we are not motivated, then there must be some benefit for pursuing the project. The benefit may take several years to ascertain and may be the main reason for demotivation. The benefit must surpass the obvious opportunity cost. Obtaining a doctorate degree is a great example. It may look like a daunting task but the benefits obtained makes it a worthwhile project.

Punishment and Reward Mechanism

We have already established that motivated individuals are already excited about their projects. Those who do not fall into that category will need to manually program their brains. There are multiple ways to establish punishment and reward mechanisms.

The individual who has sacrificed their video game activity may reward themselves with an hour of video game after they meet certain objectives for their projects. This is simple combining motivated tasks to unmotivated tasks. After doing this several times, the brain will be conditioned and unmotivated tasks will become motivated tasks. This is called classical (pavlovian) conditioning. On the other hand, there will be no video games if the project is delayed. This is the punishment.


After reviewing the system proposed, I realized it is very similar to operant conditioning. So, the wheel was not invented but a very old concept.

Do you think the system is a viable option?

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect jtrader, it is great especially for tedious tasks. Not to mention boring tasks.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Emma, Some people may call it 'the method' or 'the hack'. You are right in saying it is about forming good habits.

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      jtrader 4 years ago

      Having a system does help, especially when you are doing something tedious. Voted up and useful!

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      Emma Lindhagen 4 years ago from Stockholm, Sweden

      Intersting article. I'm not sure I would think of it as "the system" so much as "a system", because everyone works a little differently. Different people will make different sacrifices, different alocations of time, and create different goals and rewards for themselves, but the main point is to create good habits and approach projects in a systematic way rather than to reply on being "in the mood". I actually think having good habits is almost always more important than being motivated, at least in the long run, because motivation comes and goes in waves but habits are... well, habitual. Again, thanks for an interesting article.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Sharan. I am happy to hear that it is working for you. Thanks for the testament.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I sincerely believe in your message in this hub and it has always worked for me.

      Thanks for sharing this thought provoking hub! Voted up and shared on HP!

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect BillyBuc. The system actually delivers better results than motivation. However, motivation is just a good feeling

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I like the way your mind works my friend. Without a system in place we are sure to fail.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks MsDora, I am glad that you and others found it to be a sensible option.

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      What an interesting insight. Excitement isn't everything. Thank you for presenting the alternative.

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Daisy. I know you are busy and really appreciate your time and energy.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Art (rasta1),

      You have a lot of valuable information in this Hub. I'm going to bookmark it so that I can read it another time.

      I'm tweeting your article. Others will want to benefit from what you have written.

      I am so motivated with my writing and photography, I sometimes have to schedule time to sleep!

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect DDE. Repeat failures can significantly reduce a person's motivation. The system is a great way to fight back.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I know people who are insecure and are afraid of taking a chance in life fear gets in they your hub is informative and useful to those who feel fear and less motivated.