Comfort kills, motivation thrills
I've been following Andrew Garrett's Mutation for some time now and thankfully he is now turning into one of those one a day men (that's posts by the way).
The subject of motivation is his offering for today. Poor levels of motivation are caused by two things as far as I'm concerned: Fear and/or laziness. Laziness being the more deadly.
The fear could be of many things. Fear of failure, fear of the spotlight, fear of living too highly and having it all taken away. Fear is somehow seen as reasonable because it is a trait that we should have. But fear only doing something stupid not just risky.
Laziness is blasted as a useless attribute, not doing something either because it is hard (work) or it is painful (exercise).
The more I look at it, the more I am seeing this as a fight of inner and outer demons.
The inner demon is laziness. Whether you're working hard at something or hitting your threshold is something felt inside which only you know. Fear is an outer demon because it is based on impressions of others, what they see and how they think of you.
With that in mind I think laziness is actually the easier to beat. The benefits are easier to work towards. My body is my starting point, healthy body, healthy mind and all that. I do believe it will give me a lot more faith in myself and from that other parts of my life will fit into place or otherwise start making more sense to me. I've always kept myself in a condition where I can compete or take part and my competitive nature normally sorts me out after that, but I've never taken it any further than that.
I am sick of "good enough" or "it will do". Time to banish the demons.
Andrew, your thoughts are an inspiration.
And because any thought of doing less than 100% is now drilled into my head, damn you Chris Brogan (or is that bless you, I haven't made up my mind yet).
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