When we think of motivation, we usually think of providing what interests, excites, attracts, or might please ourselves or others. And when we try to keep supplying these external things, we can quickly run out of ideas. We need a great motivator. What then can be done?
Understanding What Makes a Great Motivator
Provision of external “things” that motivate creates a dependency on those things and builds the expectation that these external things will solve the problem. As a result, we develop unhealthy beliefs that strip us of the foundation for true motivation: self-motivation.
We must understand human design and the role our beliefs play in motivation. Belief is the great self-motivator of our behavior. Notice this:
- Beliefs are thoughts that we accept and act on.
- To believe anything we must first desire it (a feeling) or convinced ourselves of it (reason). We must accept what is right and true.
- Once we hold a convinced belief, we further develop that strong belief to the point that it self-motivates.
- Personal experience reinforces our beliefs.
Belief Is the Great Motivator to Action:
- We never act differently from our beliefs, and when we think we do, what actually happens is we change our beliefs at the last moment.
- Regret is often the result of such changes.
- Even though we cannot see the belief itself, we can observe actions that reveal whether our beliefs are helpful or damaging.
- Each temperament has different struggles with belief and finds some things harder to believe than others.
SP — Optimistic beliefs come easy and optimism drives their actions
SJ — It is easier for them to place belief in proven realities
NT — Belief in what is adequately evidenced seems and feels logical
NF — Belief in what is hopeful and intelligently emotional is most appealing
The Great Motivator Bottom Line
- We are made to act according to our beliefs. Therefore, self-motivation arises out of healthy beliefs.
- When we understand and function according to our inner design, we form healthy beliefs.
- Choosing to focus on healthy beliefs and reinforce them through our actions facilitates our maintaining healthy beliefs.
How Do We Identify and Change Undesirable Beliefs?
The pattern to discovering unhealthy beliefs starts with observing unhealthy actions and their effects. If it is an action that damages others or ourselves, there is an undesirable belief present. At this point, understand your goal: CHANGE. We must change our thinking and our beliefs to the extent that our actions then change.
The right kind of change results when we become students of our own unique inner designs and learn to deal with the quality of our thinking. We magnify that upon which we focus. If our goal is healthy beliefs that result in desirable actions, we must focus on thoughts that are healthy and aligned with our inner design. Specifically, we must focus on the development of our inner strengths. These strengths or inner powers represent powerful thoughts that propel us toward our purpose and the kind of change that brings real fulfillment.
You can get a “jumpstart” at understanding and appreciating your inner design and how your personal belief system works. This understanding will give you tools to use in developing healthy beliefs that motivate, thus energizing your endeavors. Our team at InnerKinetics is ready to provide that help. If you’d like some assistance, you can request a consultation and an InnerKinetics consultant will call you to answer questions and schedule your meeting. If you are more independent and want to cut to the chase, you need not wait for a call back because you can get answers to your questions and schedule your session HERE.
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