Last time we spoke about the emotions, as goal of all our goals. Remember, we never chase the goal itself, but the feeling or emotion in its core. Let’s go one step further. What is the purpose of our emotions? Emotion origins from the Greek word motio, which means “to move”. The word “motivation” has the precisely the same origin. The essence of emotion is to motivate us, to make us move. Isn’t that great? And let me tell you, emotion is ultimate motivator. Way better than praise, money or chocolate. Intrinsic, sustainable, powerful motivator.
In his magnificent book Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us, the author Dan Pink compares extrinsic and intrinsic motivators. Extrinsic motivators (or carrots and sticks), used in schools and business for ages, are efficient only in very short term. They kill motivation in a long run. The best motivators are intrinsic motivators: our emotions, sense of purpose, our innate curiosity, thriving for freedom and desire to do big things and make significant contribution to the world. Those motivators are sustainable, always available and extremely efficient, even in long run.
Today I want to show you an awesome writing exercise, that will help you to tap into your inexhaustible source of motivation and energy. Are you ready? Get your notebook/Evernote/whatever ready and set 15 minutes on your stopwatch. Pick one goal, dream or desire of yours. And then, for 15 minutes write on a prompt:
Bang, bang! “Why?” is the essence. “Why” is the purpose? “Why” is ultimate motivator. We want to see the meaning of our work and the aim of our dreams. This exercise will make you calmer. It will also help you investigate you dreams and desires. Why do you want what you want? Because everyone else has it? Because you “should” have it by now? Because your parents/partner/friends/society thinks you should have it? Because it will make you “complete” or “rounded”? Or do you want it because it will make you grow and stretch? Because it will make you better human being? Because it will help you help someone else? Because it will make you feel the way you want to feel?
Question your “Why?”. It will help you stay on the track. Or kick the goal that doesn’t serve you out of your life. Give this practice a try. You will be surprised with fresh new energy.
One more goodie: Watch THIS VIDEO for extra motivation and inspiration.
Now it’s your turn. Did you like this writing prompt? Did it help you see your dreams and goals in new light? Why do you want what you want? Share your thoughts in comments bellow.
P. S. Cookie of Wisdom: “He who has why to live for can bear almost any how.” Friedrich Nietzche