In the past, I often used to feel unmotivated to sit down and do the work. Almost every single day I noticed the excuses coming up as they tried to talk me out of my work. In other words, procrastination was looking for its way to creep in — and often it managed to convince me to do something else (like placing my books in the right order on my bookshelf)
However, as someone who helps content creators, entrepreneurs and other high achievers raise their personal performance, I learned a thing or two about the psychology of motivation. So, fortunately, I’m now quite easily able to break through the excuses and generate the motivation to start working.
So, if you ever find yourself procrastinating more than you’d like because you struggle with getting motivated, I’d recommend you read this post carefully.
Discipline Versus Motivation
There are a ton of gurus out there who claim that you should ‘just be disciplined’ and disregard motivation if you want to achieve anything meaningful. I don’t agree.
Don’t get me wrong, discipline is incredibly important and it helps you to get your work done. But disregarding motivation is a mistake.
When you truly understand the mechanics of motivation, you’ll make your (work)life so much easier. The truth is, you can generate motivation at your own command if you understand the psychology behind it.
Motivation, unlike claimed by many, is not random. It’s not something that just happens. Like every other effect, it’s caused by something.
When you understand this, you no longer have to force yourself to do the work, which can sometimes be a drag on your overall mood and energy level. Rather, you use the power of motivation to your advantage.
Personally, I believe we should make our work as fun as possible. When you spend so much of your time on this planet working, why not enjoy it as much as you can? In fact, it has been proven that being happy at work makes you more productive, which is a key component of success.
Power Versus Force
Where forcing yourself to do the work is like swimming against the current, getting yourself motivated to do the work is like swimming with the current. Both will result in getting the job done, but with a completely different mood and perspective.
For the first approach, you’ll need to use a lot of force in order to get to your desired destination. For the second approach, you’ll make use of power in order to get to your desired destination.