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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Importance of Personal Perspective for Motivation

There are a number of items on my to do list that seem to never get done. Time and time again they manage to slip down to the bottom of the list and linger in the back of my mind gathering dust. Why am I unable to bring myself to complete these necessary and beneficial tasks? 

For me, the majority of the time it comes down to a mater of improper perspective. Something that was at one point so important to me that I took the time to commit myself to it has suddenly become an overwhelming and unappealing task. 

Lets take going to the gym for example. Yeah, yeah, I know that I should go the gym and that it'll be good for me. But getting some much needed relaxation is good for me too, right? But I didn't go to the gym yesterday, and if I don't go today maybe people will think I'm lazy. I'm not lazy! But I did just work a 12 shift…

Suddenly the simple goal of "Go to the gym" has turned into an internal battle of self worth. Chances are, regardless of the action I choose to take, I lose.

Instead, if I can get in touch with my bigger goals and my bigger objectives I can reset my motivation. Why do I want to go to the gym? Because I want to be stronger. I want to be able to do more. I want to look better. I want to have more social authority. That sounds much more appealing than a simple "it's good for you".

So what can you reframe to boost your motivation? What is the next step on your path to becoming the person you want to be?

By: Keegan Shorrock, Instructor, Boulder Quest Center 

Want to learn how to Keep a Promise to Yourself? Attend Ninja Philosophy on Friday.

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