09-18-2007, 06:40 PM
Join Date: Sep 2007
I love this article written by Mike Brescia:
The 3 Levels of Motivation |
Desperation: the most common and lowest form of motivation
Everybody has been motivated by desperation in one way or another. This motivator kicks in when you absolutely have to do something. In long-term scenarios this motivator kicks in when your doctor says, for example, “If you don’t stop (or start) doing XYZ, then you aren’t going to be here in another six months.”
That’s desperation… And it is a strong motivator.
The trouble is, it takes desperation to get most people to do what they should do just to get by. It takes a tragedy or impending tragedy to get the average person to get going on their most important priorities.
For example, in the financial area, it might take a bankruptcy or the loss of a job to get you to think about your finances. Or if you’re a student, you cram for a test at the last possible minute to avoid failing the course and just settle for a passing grade.
Inspiration: not as common, yet a higher level of motivation
When a person has inspiration, they are moved to take action to get an outcome they do want in the short term versus being moved to avoid an outcome they don’t want (desperation).
This kind of motivation happens when you set a goal and you’ve identified what you’ll get if you achieve the goal. This can be very powerful. A typical example of this is when somebody sets a goal to lose weight in January. But their motivation fades and by the time february comes around, they cancel their gym membership.
This is why self-help books and motivational speakers do not work for most people. No matter how motivational or inspirational a speech or book is, it cannot cause permanent change in someone. Inspirational motivation does not last. It fades. The higher motivator is “purpose.”
Purpose: the rarest and highest motivator of all
Purpose, or mission, is the highest level of motivation. However, it is not as common as inspirational motivation. Very few individuals have achieved this level of motivation. They are the ones that have achieved great things in life. If you learn how to achieve this level of motivation, you will be able to accomplish any goal you desire. Here’s why it’s the highest motivator:
While both inspiration and desperation can force you to pop a breath mint before a meeting, it is purpose that makes you take care of your teeth by brushing and flossing everyday. Purpose ensures that you are always prepared for anything that comes your way.
Fear of failing a test can force you to study all night long. That is desperation.
Spending extra time working on a project that you truly enjoy and/or if there is a short-term and very desired benefit is inspiration.
But when your words and actions are all directed by a deep sense of purpose, keeping your eye always on multiple benefits and on multiple positive outcomes, being driven by long-term results, long-term implications and by legacy is what separates the average and good from the truly great.
When your thoughts and your core mental patterns are influenced by purpose and mission, you have true POWER over yourself… so you never need willpower and you will be hundreds of times less likely to be victimized by others.
This power transcends IQ, color, who your parents are, where you grew up… It is the highest power you could have.
[z1freeride speaking] However, knowledge is utterly useless if it isn't applied correctly. That's why inspiration speakers, self-help books, etc usually NEVER work. Thought rehabilitation is the only way you will change yourself. As a man thinketh, so is he.