Motivation is described as interactions of both conscious and unconscious influences.
It is the intensity of our desires or needs,
It is influenced by the reward or value of our goals,
It is dependant on the expectation we lay on ourselves and from our friends, relatives or community.
So, keeping all this in mind, how can we use this insight to increase our motivation.
Intensify your desires and needs
You need to know what you want, you need to know what drives you. Tune into your mind and listen. What drags your butt out of bed in the morning?
It might just be the call of coffee.
It might be your kids.
Or like me, it might be that you have increased your productivity and now you can’t stop. I have found the more work I do, the more work I put in, the more I want to work and write. When you have the feeling of ‘flow’, that adrenaline rush of productivity there is no feeling more satisfying (well there might be but not in this context!)
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describes ‘Flow’ as a mental state of complete absorption in the current experience. Flow is a pivotal term in positive psychology.
The more I write and publish, I have an intense feeling of satisfaction.
This is motivation.
Create reward and value
Reward psychology describes the positive reinforcement of a reward on a person’s behaviour, attitude or motivation. Reward psychology is used in day to day life in the workplace, raising children, productivity strategies and even buying a coffee from your favourite coffee shop when you get the 6th cup free!
Create rewards for yourself. Create opportunities. Submit your stories to publications, feel the satisfaction of acceptation. I know there are those who say they do not need acceptation, if that were the case why would you publish your work? No one wants to be rejected.
I had a short story published in print this week.
The thud of the Litmag hitting the floor was exhilarating. The tear-open of the black envelope with gold writing, the smell of new pages as I flicked to page 41 where my first words on paper are printed — priceless.
Sharing my work with people who I would not normally read it and have them connect with it was rewarding.
Rewarding enough that it has motivated me to write more.
We need to keep creating opportunities for success.
Stories, writing, articles sitting on hard drives or in dusty notebooks will not create opportunities for motivation.
Expect more from yourself
This is the part where I talk about setting goals.
‘Challenge yourself; it’s the only path which leads to growth’ — Morgan Freeman
There are no bigger challenges than the ones we set ourselves. Usually, these are unrealistic and set us up for failure. This would, of course, be counterintuitive to motivation.
The good old advice of little and often is what I will go with today.
Like we all say, there is no point in reinventing the wheel.
A proven strategy of a smaller daily word target is much more successful than aiming for that elusive ‘free time’ to write until your heart’s content.
A pinch of desire,
A chunk of self-expectations,
And a tasty bite of reward.
A recipe for motivation.
If you found motivation here today, drop me a wee comment below. Would love to hear from you.