How fast could you run if a tiger chased you?
What are you motivated by?
Easy question right?
Usually I get pretty generic answers though
- I don’t want to feel ill anymore
- I want to be confident
- I want to fit into an old dress
- I want people to notice me again
Our motivations for doing something usually come from two places
We either do something to
- AVOID PAIN or
- GAIN PLEASURE
Which do you think is a stronger motivator?
Let me give you an example
Would you sprint a KM because you might get a world record?
Or would you do it faster if there was a tiger chasing you?
#1 you get glory and fame (pleasure)
#2 you get potential death (pain)
Which one would you be more motivated to run your ass off for?
They are both pretty strong
I know I would be #2
I’ve never chased fame or glory
But I know that I do NOT want to die
Especially not this way!
Let me give another example
Would you change your diet to eat healthily because it makes you feel good every day?
Or would you change your diet to eat more healthily if you could see into the future and see yourself with diabetes or heart disease?
Pretty strong imagery huh
I don’t want to scare you
I want you to realise that you are in control of your destiny
I learned this from the Tony Robbins book – ‘Awaken the Giant Within’
If you fix a strong negative image or feeling to a particular behaviour
So in this case, over indulging every day (probably need to be more specific than that on a personal level)
If you fix that image, and imagine how you would feel house bound, with the prospect of foot amputation potentially
If you get a real vivid nasty association going on
You can change your behaviour very quickly
It’s simply not as motivating to say to yourself I will eat well today
To ensure I have a good day tomorrow
It should be enough
But it isn’t
On some level we don’t believe that these things are going to happen to us
Despite seeing more and more people who are fat, sick and dying
Our relatives even being taken ill due to obesity or nutrition related diseases
I am seeing it in my own family
So have a think about how you want your days to play out
And consider reading that book, cause its powerful
You can change you mindset
Even if you feel stuck right now
You can change
The foundation is in NLP – Neuro Linguistic Programming
It’s an interesting branch of healing and something that I would love to learn more about over the next few years
Let’s get aware of what is motivating us
But even more than that, let’s get on top of them!
It’s in your power to control your mind
And your mind controls your actions
Let’s take responsibility for this and you can do some amazing things
Nicola ‘my giant is awake’ Rossell