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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Being Healthy

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Is exercising really worth being healthy? How much exercising is necessary to “be healthy”? What other opportunities come with being healthy? How do I start? these are the questions I’ll be answering in this article. A lot of people associate being healthy with being rich or having money. Having money or being rich isn’t really relevant to being healthy. Being healthy is under our own control whether rich or poor. Of course the rich will have access to possible resources the rest of us don’t but ultimately we all need to suffer the same to get to where we want to be.

Essentially being healthy is triumphant when considering quality of life. Having strong health we are better able to take on physical adventures and endure mental turmoil. With better health we are able to embrace and fully enjoy life as it is meant to be.

Neglecting to take care of one self is psychologically destructive. Stress makes its ways into our lives when we begin to live outside of our means. When we start obsessing over material things we forget to manage our basic necessities. We forget about what’s actually important in the long-run and instead begin to live through our senses. With willpower at an all time low our struggles become too much to endure until we find a new means of relieving the stress. Essentially when we neglect to care for ourselves we run the trouble of living the same dopamine loop cycle. So focused on our fixes we spiral so out of control that we are no longer able to manage ourselves. To a point where we no longer love ourselves or anyone else around us. To the point where we begin to blame others and society for our issues. To the point life seems meaningless and you feel hopeless suffocating yourself in your worries.

This is why taking care of you is so important. It’s not about being the best looking person on the planet or having a hulk-like physique. It’s about appreciating who you are and taking control of your life. It’s about knowing you can overcome whatever obstacle whether physical or mental.

Being healthy is about thinking clearly and moving away from negative thoughts. Take control; don’t let negative thoughts influence self-destructive behavior. Learn to move past regret and to live with faith rather than doubt. Take action everyday and see what’s possible. See what you’re capable of. You may (and probably will) accomplish feats you never thought possible.

A healthy lifestyle will impact you emotionally, psychologically and physically. It’s a life-changing transformation and there’s no better time to begin than right now. Remember you don’t have to commit to the gym 2 hours a day, commit to 30 minutes and include exercise in daily life. Incorporate healthy living in your lifestyle choose to walk, bike or roller-blade to work rather than driving. Choose adventurous activities for you and your spouse or family, go kayaking, hiking, or mountain climbing. Spend a night out in the woods. Start living with a sense of adventure and with the best of hope.

It’s never to late to reinvent yourself. Today could be the day it all changed. Remember when you get knocked down it’s never to late to get back up.

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