I’m going to be honest here for a moment. I despise seeing all these motivational images online anymore. Every time I see some random person posting a motivational picture, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or in an online forum, I just cringe. It hurts me to have to look at these things.
Sure, there are some cool pictures out there that make you want to jump out of your seat and take on the world, but the market is flooded, so to speak, and the relative value of each item has dwindled.
Maybe it’s just that they are everywhere. People are looking for motivation to do just about anything from making money to lose weight. The current trend is to be great at all sorts of things, so these pictures speak to that desire.
Being motivated is important, don’t get me wrong, but I’m going to talk about how we do it all wrong.
Get Rid Of The Gimmicks
Motivational videos, quotes, pictures, sound bytes, what have you, are an attempt to get you to move from your current position and strive for greater achievements. They do this by speaking to innate desires that you may have: The want of money, high lifestyle, health, time,etc.
I will tell you now that not a single of those things will be the cause of your initial movement. You’re not going to watch a video, look at a picture, or listen to some guru and then instantly start on your new life. It’s just not going to happen. What will happen is you go back to doing what you were doing before, just feeling a little more guilty.
But beyond that, there are other reasons these things are bogus as well.
- They Are Vague and Shallow
They try to get you riled up and get your adrenaline pumping with stories of success and use of analogies, but these are never specific enough to help you with any particular goal.
- They don’t even get things right.
I can’t stand how often quotes get attributed to the wrong person or how a quote gets taken out of context. You have pictures online with the same quote belonging to Bruce Lee, Marilyn Monroe, and Abraham Lincoln. A quote without context is just a little soon to be forgotten quip.
- They can be all sorts of silly.
“Rip the head off of life like a lion!”
“Make money at the expense of everything else!”
Some of these things are almost laughable, just someone’s attempt at attention, not real motivation.
But what is the main reason these things should be avoided?
They are external drivers of motivation and just won’t last through the hardships.
They pretty much amount to a kick in the rear and without desire, direction, and most importantly, a plan, you will move enough just to get out of the foot’s reach.
If you find yourself looking at these on a consistent basis, it’s time to change your game.
The Force Behind True Motivation
If these gimmicks are just external drivers or forces of motivation and aren’t fit to last for the long haul, then the kind of force we want is one that sticks with us through the thick and thin: Our internal motivations.
What does it mean when we are internally motivated?
The end goal specifically matches to something we are extremely interested in and provides clear feedback when we have attained that goal.
Sure, we all want to make more money, but if you really want to dig in and find some motivation, put an amount on that goal.
We want to lose weight or get healthier but makes those goals achievable with set amounts and timelines.
Then you need to come up with a plan to get to that goal. Look to experts in the field and friends that have done it before. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel. That can come later when you have some victories under your belt.
Finally, think about how the achievement of this goal will positively affect your life and how that kind of life is something that really matters to you.
With this kind of recipe in place you will find that all the gimmicks won’t matter, and while it is nice to have a kick in the ass once in a while, its more like a jolt of caffeine than a crutch.
Motivated Without Knowing It
If you train yourself to seek motivation in this way for long enough, you will begin to notice that there is no on/off switch of motivation. Who you are is the kind of person willing to do the work to succeed.
In the same way you can walk around with thinking about the act of walking, you will motivate yourself without even realizing it.
It will be second nature.
We now see that the plethora of gimmicky motivational things on the internet are just symptoms of a deeper issue: That we lack the recipe needed in order to be motivated.
Just like how a candle needs multiple pieces in order to light, in order to feel motivated we need a certain recipe.
- Put a number on the goal, make it concrete.
- Come up with a plan for it, using the way paved by those who have been there.
- Think about the positive outcome and your better life.
With these ingredients in the right amounts stirring in the pot, motivation will be an innate part of your being. You won’t need the videos, you won’t need the pictures of lions.
And you won’t need to read articles like this ever again.