Motivation & Triggers

What is motivation and how is it attained?

Why do some have it while others only dream about having it?

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Motivation derives from the word motives. Motives are basic reasoning behind a specific behavior. So when asked “what is your motivation?” the answer can be really simple or really complicated. Your motive may be fear or excitement. It may be something specific on the surface or something deep that you can’t pinpoint.

Ideally we are all motivated by different means. What encourages some may not encourage others. Some people may be self-motivated while others are motivated in regards to personal rewards and achievements. Personal progress is inspiring. After initially sinking yourself into a transformational system the advancements within the system alone can be enough motivate. The key is to have positive triggers  to enforce good habits rather than negative ones.

The most basic example of a trigger is setting your alarm clock. The effect is obvious but why can’t we manage all of our other habits this way?

Another example of a trigger may be:

  • Turning the coffee pot on instantly the moment you wake up. The effect of this trigger is being more encouraged to make coffee in the morning.
  • Another may be keeping your office space clean and clear of clutter the effect of this being the fact it’s Easier to get down to business whenever necessary.

Pretty simple understanding but your awareness and use these triggers will determine your success. What is your environment like at home? Is it easy for you to pursue a train of thought? Or are you constantly distracted by negative triggers? Some triggers we create ourselves while other triggers may be a pattern due to our subconscious routine.

  • Examples of bad triggers may be sitting on the couch with results in stuffing our faces mindlessly with junk food. Lounging around may trigger sacrificing the whole night to relax considering sitting is so contagious and triggers more sitting.

A trigger such as this may be so subtle we may not even recognize it. Typically all bad behaviors have their triggers and the underlying root cause is typically anger. Understanding these triggers and how we manage ourselves is all part of our own journey of self-actualization.

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom” – Aristotle

Self-awareness is prevalent in understanding our place in society. We must find our own motives to our actions and remove all old conditioning patterns. More often then not we establish our habits based on old beliefs. When we have new changes of perspective and paradigm we must revisit our old conditioning and ask ourselves based on my new found beliefs, “is this behavior essential? Am I living in accordance to my current values and beliefs”?

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate” – Carl Jung

Analyze yourself, create action plans and evaluate. Consider giving yourself weekly reviews. Don’t be to critical remember you’re only human; ask yourself, what did you accomplish this week? What could have been improved upon? Where was the most time spent?

Determine and spot your subconscious triggers you may have not previously noticed the week prior. Determine whether the negative triggers can be removed or avoided. Examine your positive triggers, did they work? Did you take any action or disregard the plan entirely? Remember planning is essential but without action nothings possible.

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