The secret to overcoming…..

There are a lot of secrets in this world. Most of them are secret….

However, we are as a human race slowly unlocking some of the principles that allow us to live our lives in a happier and more fulfilling way.

If you face a challenge, obstacle, have to make up your mind or simply have to get off your couch and start doing something; there is something you have to address first….



Homer - Motivation

Homer - Motivation



It is the stuff that makes you do things…

The answer to the question – WHY?

It is probably the way in which you will have to explain your actions to yourself and others later.

So exactly what is motivation?


Maslow and Herzberg

Maslow and Herzberg

Motivation is the driving force by which we achieve our goals. Motivation is said to be intrinsic or extrinsic. The term is generally used for humans but it can also be used to describe the causes for animal behaviour as well. According to various theories, motivation may be rooted in a basic need to minimize physical pain and maximize pleasure, or it may include specific needs such as eating and resting, or a desired object, goal, state of being, ideal, or it may be attributed to less-apparent reasons such as altruism, selfishness, morality, or avoiding mortality. Conceptually, motivation should not be confused with either volition or optimism. Motivation is related to, but distinct from, emotion. []

Ok sooo there is a lot of definitions and different interpretations of what exactly motivation is, where it comes from and what forms it takes….

We are not interested in all of that (nice to know though); we are interested in how it works.

Motivation is the “force” (conviction for linguistic purists) that allows us to succeed when it seems improbable, impossible, unattainable or simply difficult. It is the burn in your tummy that answers to the call of “I will show them” or “I love challenges like this” or “Look at that!!”

There are some rules (again):

  • Make sure the motivation is pure (if you have a negative motivation, it usually ends up as an excuse)
  • Make sure the motivation is yours (doing something because someone else said so is just hollow and empty)
  • Motivation needs to be clear and precise (changing your mind all the time does not bode well for achievement)
  • Motivation should ALWAYS lead to action (keeping your mouth shut as part of a motivated decision is also an action)
  • Motivation should relate in size to the size of the task at hand (if you have 90% motivation and it’s a 92% obstacle….)
  • Motivation should drive you forward (getting off the couch is only the first step, it must be able to sustain more action)
  • Motivation should include a clear picture of the desired outcome (just in case you forget along the way)
  • Motivation may require some measurements (how well are you going to do something)
  • Motivation should stretch you (go big or go home…)

The list on top is by no means comprehensive or complete. But I think you should be able to get a good start from this…

Motivation is the ONLY reason why people do stuff… It is the only reason you do things…

Getting to understand your motivational drivers is therefore essential to get the things you want.


Beeee Happy

Beeee Happy

So be inspired; have a good day, do good things and just be happy today…


6 thoughts on “The secret to overcoming…..

  1. Very interesting article Anton, I especially love the 9 rules of motivation. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs takes me back to Psychology 101 at university. It’s undoubtedly one of the great discoveries in psychology.

  2. Great post Anton. I really like the idea of motivating people to motivate themselves from within. Intrinsic motivation is so powerful because people actually are encouraging themselves to take action.

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    • Hi Hunter,

      Be my guest… Through sharing we gain a double advantage.

      Firstly we dilute the strength of what our troubles WERE and secondly we may allow someone else to see the other side of the river, the light at the end of the tunnel…

      Helping others is the only healing power in the world that works permanently, because it is powered by love.

      Hope you have a great day.

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