Ahh yes, those fateful moments of action, or inaction, where your motivation can be, in fact, just a word. What do we think and feel in that moment when we decide whether we benefit or not by taking an action in question?
Well, I ask because the very moment of action or inaction is conveniently overlooked by most of us, though is some of the most useful time we have. It is ignored and avoided much like actions we never take. We make the mistake of passively accepting that we’re either appropriately motivated or not – and we don’t look at the moment itself. It is almost as though it doesn’t exist amid all the analysis.
Why don’t we focus on that very moment DURING it!? One answer is that it’s too painful. It can be a little piece of hell on earth, where we feel least in control of ourselves. For a procrastinator, forget it – the moment owns us. For someone functioning pretty well but deciding against an action of obvious betterment, the moment can be a tired afterthought – but avoided and forgotten just the same!
The fact is that both the procrastinator and the betterment avoider feel that the fateful moment is out of their hands, it’s off somewhere in the cosmos, something they cannot factor in on.
It’s safe to say that when these fateful moments of decision lead to inaction, we have a motivation problem. You are more motivated to stay in your stagnant state than to achieve your goals, big or small, tiny or HUGE.
However, here’s an elixir (and you’ve already opened the space in your mind as you’ve been reading this) – by simply noticing that the “fateful” moment of action or inaction does indeed exist in time, we then begin to have a say! That moment can, in fact, be ours. Observing exactly where your motivation, or lack thereof, takes charge is a process that leads to a better reality.
Think about it. We use fateful moments to our advantage already all the time and every day. Any decision to action (or inaction) can be traced to a fateful moment of decision – to change our current state or not to change it. If I want a coffee in the morning (and I always do!), I first come to realize that I want a coffee. Then I have to go through a series of changes of my static state before I actually have a coffee in my hand, and even more changes to actually put the coffee to my lips. There is a change-decision to try to walk in the direction of a coffee shop, another to agree with oneself to stand in line to wait. Throughout an everyday process like getting a coffee, we combine many fateful moments in the gravity of time to achieve our goal, and they all have a little piece of motivational talk associated with them.
So think of what seems like a no-brainer like “getting a coffee” in your own life, and count and observe how many fateful moments there are, and how your motivation plays a role without you knowing it, and slowly you will begin to be aware of these important moments – and your fear of them will begin to shrink.
Don’t just take my word for it – try these concepts out, I guarantee your perspective will change on a challenge you’ve been avoiding but know is the right thing to overcome. And please, pay it forward and share your story on www.motivationalwordslife.com to help others.