Why Motivation Doesn’t Work (and What to do Instead)

(I have to cancel this Facebook live due to unforeseen circumstances. I will try to reschedule so look for a post. Otherwise, I will be live next Thursday at the usual time – 1pm EST)

Don’t get me wrong, motivation is great. There is nothing wrong with it. Motivation is inspirational and can lift a person up. I have done “Motivational Mondays” in the past and reading and posting motivational quotes and talks.

The problem I have is that motivational quotes or talks don’t really work for many people and here’s the main reason why:

Why Motivation Doesn't Work

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 It Only Motivates Motivated People

It is pretty rare that someone who isn’t motivated to do something, no matter what it is, to be motivated by something they read or hear. I’m not saying it never happens. There are people who read or hear something, has an ah-ha moment, and it motivates them to make a change or do something.

However, for the most part, if a person isn’t motivated, and she/he reads/hears something motivational, the reaction is usually, “that’s nice,” and she/he keeps going as she/he is.

There are other reasons, and I will be talking about 3 of them during tomorrow’s Facebook Live, so you will have to join me to hear them. 🙂 (How’s that for being cheeky?!)

What Should You Do Instead?

Get a result. Success builds on success. There is a reason why most, if not all, diet programs scream out: “Lose Weight Fast!” Or, lose, “5 pounds in 5 days!”

Do the same for yourself. Set yourself up for a small success, build confidence in yourself, and then go for the next win, and then the next.

I will use myself as an example: I have been wanting to do videos for a LONG time but have been putting it off. Then live video came on the scene and I freaked out a bit. But, I am determined to get over my fear. So I did my first FB Live. It wasn’t perfect, but I got through it. Then I did another one (which was worst than the first), then another. I have a long way to go but as I build my confidence, I am motivated to keep going. It wasn’t a quote or a “go get them” that motivated me to get moving, or to keep moving; it is the success building on success that is keeping me motivated!

Let it be the same for you. 🙂

And guess what, surprise, surprise!, I will be expounding on this more, as well as offering a couple other suggestions that work better than motivation during my Facebook Live tomorrow (Thursday). So, make sure you like my page and be there at 1 pm EST. 🙂

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