The Secret To Unstoppable Motivation
Do you have troubles with motivation sometimes?
No problem, here I'll reveal to you a secret technique I've been using for quite some time now and it works like a charm. I can't remember exactly where I got it, but it was probably from one of the hundred or so self-help and psychology courses/books/articles I went through in search of unlocking the secrets to human mind (which is to me one of the most fascinating subjects in the world, right up there biomedicine, cosmology and marketing).
Most probably I got it from the Brian Tracy audio "Psychology of Achievement".
The Body-Mind Connection
As you probably know, the body and mind are very intimately connected. If you feel sad, it will show on your tone of voice, facial expressions, body language and behaviour.
But... It also works the other way around!
If you assume a posture of a happy, cheerful person, put a smile on your face, keep your chin up and maybe take a deep breath and slowly exhale with a cheerful "aaaaaaaahhhhh" (as if you're enjoying every second of whatever you're doing), you'll very quickly become cheerful and be in a good mood.
A Challenge To You
I challenge you to put a smile on your face, raise your chin, sit up in an upright position, clench your fists and say "Yes!" (just like you do when your team hits a goal or something else favourable happens).
Do it a few times if necessary. Come on, let it out, raise your hands with your fists clenched and say "YES!!!".
Now, keep smiling, keep your chin up and try to have a negative thought...
Really tough, isn't it?
It seems, if you can think of a negative thought, it just seems to slide away and is replaced with positive thoughts.
Fake It Till You Make It
Now, this all works equally well for motivation!
Do you have something you really enjoy doing? Something you're really passionate about?
Think of what thoughts go through your mind when you're doing that. Notice how you hold yourself. Are you leaned into what you do or leaned back.
Now try to imitate that body language and posture while you're doing the thing you can't find the motivation for.
I swear to you, in just a few minutes you'll find yourself absorbed in what you're doing and you won't want to do anything else.
The key is to actually do the thing you need motivation for. Even if it's totally useless.
If you want to write 15 articles a day, for example, get into the body position and begin writing the titles of what you want to write about.
By the time you start writing your first post you'll be so absorbed you'll probably do them all in one sitting (make sure to reserve about ninety minutes of your time for that and remember to save posts in draft form if you post more frequently than one post per 10 minutes).
Hope it helps you with your productivity, whatever you do! :)
Please let me know how it worked for you.
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