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Capitalise on Motivational Peaks

My first blog post, representing a a new wave of motivation. In traditional amateur blogger style I'll start first by defining motivation:


motivation

/məʊtɪˈveɪʃ(ə)n/

noun 1. a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way.

2. desire or willingness to do something; enthusiasm.


A common question bounded around the internet, particularly in the health & wellness field, is 'how do you stay motivated?' and the answer of most 'naturally' motivated individuals is usually 'I don't know'. For these individuals the desire to do something simply exists, without question, their reason for the way they behave is second nature.


I hypothesise this is due to the fact that the reasons to act outweigh the reasons not to act, as explained in the illustration below...

... however it's rare that the scale will always be tipped one way, I'd suggest it's in a constant state of limbo dependent on external factors. For example there may be times where conserving energy and spending time on leisure becomes 'heavier' (of higher importance) and therefore the scale tips towards the other way.


Motivation is task dependent


therefore, just because you are not motivated to carry out a specific task that doesn't mean you are an unmotivated person. It simply means you are more motivated to spend your time elsewhere, which doesn't make you a good or bad person (unless of course you're motivated to murder or commit other heinous acts...)


The Waves


Everyone has them, the days you wake up and decide today is the day! Today is the day I kick the excess body fat for good, the day I finally launch my new business, the day I finally start my blog.


There are also days you wake up and simply can't be arsed. This can be illustrated like so...

Task specific motivation goes up and down on a month by month, day by day, minute by minute basis. My number one tip to benefit from this...


CAPITALISE ON THE PEAKS


As circled on the diagram, these are the times where you need to get your head down and get to work. It's like you've been granted a window of neurological super powers with an unknown shelf life, you've got to make the most of it!


If you're studying for an exam, that's the time to revise. If you're following a workout programme, that's the time to hit your personal bests. If you're writing a blog, that's the time to write 10 more posts.


The peaks are not the time to hesitate, just act.


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