“Self-motivation” is rubbish!

Coach Mi definition

motivation – a strong, persistent desire to act

The word “self” is redundant because there is no other kind of motivation.  All motivation comes from within.  If you are motivated by something external, it’s not motivation, it’s coercion.

Something external – someone or an event can start the process for you and break or drag you out of inertia but it stops there if you have no motivation.  If you are hoping for external motivation, you may be waiting a long time.

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So what can you do if you don’t have any and you want some?  Without going into the why you are lacking  motivation, perhaps one of the fastest short cuts is to fake it.

Pretend you have motivation.  Imagine you were motivated, what would it be like?  How would it feel?  What would you do?  Let your imagination do some work. If you come up with things that you would do if you were motivated, then write that list down.  You now have your “to-do” list.

Now, pick one item on this list and spend 10 minutes doing it.

Yes, I know it’s fake.  The point of this exercise to fool your body and mind into feeling motivated and at the very least get you started.  I’m being your external event.  Now it’s your turn to stay motivated.


p.s. For a longer term fix, you need to identify the why i.e. why lack of motivation is an issue and address the root cause.

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