Motivation: What Keeps One Motivated?
Motivation is the subject for today because one of my viewers on TikTok requested I speak to it. Got to love those who are willing to ask for the content!
One of the things about the majority of folks on TikTok is that they are much younger than me, so I took it upon myself to ask my 28-year-old roommate about what motivates her to work as hard as she does every day on her voluminous studies in physical therapy. She gave me some ideas that were new and others that I totally agree on so here we go — into the subject of motivation…
The very first thing my roommate said was that we need to get over the societal norms because there is no one timeline in which to have a family, a profession, or anything else. I totally agree with her as any of you who have been following me for any time already know. There are infinite ways in which one can live one’s life and it is up to each person to figure out how they want to navigate their own journey.
The second thing that my roommate said was that she is motivated by doing something that fills her own soul — she didn’t put it that way, but as I asked her to speak more specifically. She said that it was about doing something that deeply mattered to her and that would help the world be a better place.
It is much easier to stay motivated doing things that you believe in and find interesting than just doing something to make a living or because you were told it was something that you are obligated to do.
While one is working toward a goal it is important to be surrounded by like-minded people to help you through the inevitable challenges that come along. Mentors and coaches are helpful, however, being in an environment where there are people who can just give you guidance, talk through those sticking issues, or just bring back your joy and ability to perservere when feeling stuck or overwhelmed is so important. I recall during my first year here at the International School doing various projects with my classmates making a huge difference. Hell, for one project,I was lucky to be matched with a perfectionist for a slide presentation that we needed to make and he animated the whole thing. It was astoundingly fantastic and I owe him the grade I received for that project — and trust me I let him know that, though he is such a humble person that he didn’t agree — but I know the truth!
My roommate also brought up the very important aspect of pacing as well. Because it is very easy to get on the computer and just work the entire day and evening away. So, she makes a practice of doing her self-care in the morning to make sure it gets done. She also takes time to be with her family, friends, and significant other to not overwork herself because she can have a tendency to do that — I know first hand living with her this past year — but she has gotten much better on that aspect of her life for sure.
Lastly, there are times when we do indeed burn out on what we have been doing and need to move onto other things. In my case, I have always loved the world of hypnotism and NLP once I found it. However, I am a holistic healer so learn much about the bodily systems, mental health in general, biochemistry, and neurology — I find these fascinating to learn and so helpful for my clients. I have also found my client base shifting through the years which has kept things interesting as well.
Learning: Motivation is something that comes from within when we are doing things that we find to be interesting and aligned with making the world better for doing them. We do need to pace ourselves so we don’t get sick with overwork as I have experienced this myself and have seen many others in the same boat. Lastly, there are times when we find ourselves less motivated and we can either connect with others who are involved in that which we are doing to bring up our motivation. Or perhaps it is time to shift to something else — either in terms of the type of clients that we are working with or specific work being done to something similar but different enough to make it more interesting and motivating to do.
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