Cultivating and Maintaining Motivation

Cultivating and Maintaining Motivation

Motivation is one of those things that seems really mysterious and random for a lot of people, and that keeps it from being used effectively. There are some really big misunderstandings about how motivation works and what you can do about it. The importance of motivation cannot be understated, but the simple fact of the matter is that most of what you think you know about it is simply wrong.

But that’s a good thing because what you think you know about it is much more complicated than the truth. We’re going to show you how to cultivate and maintain your own motivation in some pretty straightforward and simple ways.

The Concept of Productivity Management

To begin with, we need to think about the management of our productivity in general. We mean this from a third-party, strategic, looking-down type of way in which we’re going to form up a plan of action on how to improve productivity for ourselves. Along these lines, we need to hit the following points in our management strategy:

  1. We need to know what we’re trying to achieve (ie: our goal).
  2. We need to feel like what we’re doing has a point.
  3. We need to feel like have the ability to achieve our goal.
  4. We need to feel like doing the work to achieve our goal.

What you’ll notice is that only one of these requires us to “know” something, and the other three require us to “feel” something. This is where most attempts at handling motivation go wrong.

To fix this, we’re going to break down a program you can use to handle your feelings about your productivity on both the short-term and long-term scales.

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How to Improve Productivity by Programming Your Feelings

The unconscious part of your mind communicates to you in terms of feelings, and we want to learn how to manipulate the feelings that we’re getting out. To do this, we have to change the inputs that are going into our unconscious mind to begin with. This can be thought of as programming your feelings.

For a simple example of how effective this can be, if you ask anyone how to be more efficient at work, they’ll probably tell you about things like how you should get organized and how you should have a clear view of what it is you’re trying to achieve. Hardly anyone will tell you that you need to get yourself right emotionally. The people who are super effective and efficient won’t even realize they do these things because they aren’t necessarily doing them intentionally, and the people who aren’t particularly efficient won’t have much advice to give you in the first place.

So what kinds of inputs can you give your unconscious mind? Consider the following examples:

  • Anything that you see.
  • Anything that you hear.
  • Anything that you smell.
  • Anything that you taste.
  • Anything that you touch.
  • Anything that you think to yourself.
  • Anything that you experience.

This seems pretty broad, but it gives you a lot of opportunities to be creative about how you work towards programming your feelings. You also have the ability to clear out what you’re feeling, which is extremely useful for giving you a blank emotional state to work with for your programming, and it is what we’re about to look at next.

What is Mindfulness Meditation for Emotional Programming?

We have taken a look at mindfulness in other topics we’ve discussed here, for emotional programming in particular, we want to look at an easy-to-use meditative approach that will help us to clear out how we’re feeling.

In essence, we want to use this simple style of meditation to clear out our feelings inside of a few minutes so that we have a blank slate for sending our unconscious mind different inputs.

It’s worth noting that a similar concept is also called self-hypnosis, and the same ideas are at play. The first step in this process for making ourselves feel motivated is to get a blank emotional slate by using this specific type of meditation to clear out our feelings inside of just a few minutes. It doesn’t take long, and it’s something that needs to happen to make this process work the most effectively.

Once you’ve got a blank slate, then we’ll get to giving your unconscious some new inputs.

The Importance of Motivation-Based Mantra Work

A mantra is a short phrase or statement that makes you feel something or that has a particular meaning to you. There are tons of them that you can come up with yourself or find from other sources, but they are your most important tool in programming your feelings, which in turn programs your motivation.

Productivity management is all about keeping things like motivation where you want them, and these short phrases are designed to give you exactly what you need in terms of inputs for your unconscious.

Feel free to use swear words or anything else that gives you feeling and emotion. Feel free to make them as simple or as arrogant as you want, but make them in the first person, and make them statements as much as possible. Aggression is good with these, and here are a few quick examples:

It’s go time. All work is easy work. I take everything seriously. I won’t stop. No sick days. Can’t be touched. Wide open all day. Get it done.

You can come up with your own, and you should come up with your own, but you have to make sure that they mean something to you or get some kind of feeling out of you, even if it’s small.

Once you have that, you’re ready to put it all together.

Back to How to Be More Efficient at Work

In terms of work, we’re talking about anything that it is you need to do, not just your job. It could be working on a hobby, working out, working on cleaning up or whatever else. All of this is work for our purposes here. Let’s put it all together:

Each day, multiple times a day, do a 5-minute or 10-minute meditation. If you aren’t sure what is mindfulness meditation and what is not, then follow the link we gave above to see a really easy process to follow that isn’t complicated at all. After this meditation, spend a few minutes thinking about one of your mantras. Only do one at a time so that you can take full advantage of the blank slate you have given your unconscious with your meditation practice.

Outside of that particular type of unconscious programming practice, we want to also keep our mantras in mind and say them to ourselves throughout the day. This will keep our motivation levels up in the short-term while we work on generating the emotions organically and automatically through our meditative practice outlined above.