Weekly Tip to Reset, Recharge & Renew
THE MOTIVATION MYTH
Last week, we talked about cognitive distancing, which is nothing more than the capacity to take a thought outside of our head, look at it, and see it as nothing more than a fragment of language or picture or image that it is,rather than some sort of rule we have to obey. It's an incredibly valuable skill and we're going to take it and apply it to today's lesson, which is the biggest myth in all of being - the motivation myth.
This myth stipulates that: If I have motivation I'm capable of action. If I have no motivation, I am not capable of action.
And this is a load of bunk!
At the end of the day, all motivation or lack of motivation is this intrinsic feeling that is attached some thoughts in our minds. If we can distance away from that feeling a little bit, we can start to do the things in our lives that we know we need to be doing.
So take my own life for example. When I was 19 years old, I was 274 pounds. I had no money in my bank account. I had less than a 2.0 GPA at a non-Harvard school. I had just gotten a letter from the dean and they told me my behavior was not good. I had a lot of work to do ahead of me.
But all the time I thought if I'm not motivated, I can't study the things I need to do. I can't do the things I need to. I was very motivated to work, but I was unmotivated to do these other things. When I started meditating, I realized that I can create a distance between things.
And so, I could go and work out, even when I didn't feel like it. I could study for class, even when I wasn't motivated. It was tremendous! And it has now led to a life which I'm very proud to have.
And you can do the same thing too!
In fact, I'm going to challenge you this week. You are going to see above this text a list of classes that we have coming up here at Synchronicity. I want you look at that list and pick a class that is a time you would never come to (let's talk the 6 AM class). You're likely going to wake up that morning and go, "I'm so unmotivated to go to the class." But you're going to go anyways, you're going to break the motivation myth, and you're going to be one step closer to creating the life that you want.
Thank you so much for reading. We'll see you next time at Synchronicity!