Jerry Keusch

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What motivates you?

We all know of the chasm between what we should do and what we actually do. How can we motivate ourselves to achieve more?

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    Nov 17 2011: It's just my own way. My today is the result of what I planned yesterday, 3 months ago, 10 years ago.
    I do not live on a schedule, not at all, but I plan every IMPORTANT aspect of my future life. I live in the NOW as well, probably more consciously than others and I try to exploit every day of my life because I never know exactly what will happed until ... tomorrow. Shit happens all the time. So far I managed quite good - projecting my own future AND beeing pragmatic worked out well, for me at least.
    On the other hand, we live very interesting times, speed of our lifes is accelerating, the amount of available information is growing exponentially every second - therefore future is not so far away anymore and exploiting information makes things easier to figure out.
    Why it motivates me? Because I am part of my future, I guess the most important.
    I am 45, midlife crisis past already, career and money is not that important anymore. What is important now is how I am going to make people aroung me happy, how to be a good person. (And where will I spend my few hundred week-ends left, how and where will I spend my 30 vacations left - I am not shure that I will be willing, healthy and able to finance them when I will be 75...)
    And most important, my kid entering adolescent life. And observing that a lot of what was important for us is not sustainable or desirable anymore. Therefore, the expectance of things to come and things to happen motivates me big time.
    I realise that I would need much more than a few thousand clicks to explain the very complex issue that future means to me but I hope I made myself clear why my future i s important to me.
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      Nov 17 2011: Interesting insight Robert
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      Nov 18 2011: Thanks Robert for taking the time to give me a detailed reply.

      Its a wonderful insight how you create your own future, but live your life in the NOW.

      Truly enlightening. Thank you.
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    Nov 16 2011: Visualizing the feeling of accomplishment after achieving what i set out to do.
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      Nov 16 2011: Thanks Duncan.....It seems to me that there are 3 stages in an activity. Before, (Motivation). During (Action). After (Outcome). We have no problem motivating ourselves to do the things that are easy to do, that we enjoy doing, and that give us immediate gratification. However, the things that are not easy to do, that are difficult to start, but which ultimately give us a positive outcome, are the ones that we need all the MOTIVATION we can get.

      Visualisation is a powerful motivational tool. Do you have any others in your Motivational Tool Box?
  • Nov 18 2011: To be honest, I clicked on this conversation because I have problems being motivated enough for a task I don't enjoy doing. As a college student who realises everyone has been through this, I'm having trouble doing what is expected of me, partly by others and partly by myself - studying for good results.

    From the replies I've read, I need to find a place where I can meditate upon why I should be more active, split the less pleasant activities with relaxation (I've tried that a couple of times and I always end up lengthening the breaks up to the point it's so late I don't have a choice but resume studying/working), be more afraid of the negative results I will get by being lazy and picturing the 'finish line' in a more appealing way.

    The most interesting idea for me, was the idea of Team Spirit brought up by Debra Smith (thank you), which I feel is almost completely neglected in our college, with everyone focusing on individual work, studies and projects. I think that teaming up for a task will make a daunting problem less daunting and will provide the nudge we need some more often than others. Sorry I didn't contribute with an original idea to this conversation, just wanted to give you my subjective insight. I will be thinking of new ways which I'll most surely share here with you.
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    Nov 17 2011: I think the crux of your question might be how to motivate oneself when we just do not want to do something. If I have a task that I utterly hate and do not want to do but must, I motivate myself to complete it in chunks. I set a timer and make myself do it for 15 minutes without stopping. I take a 15 minute break -again timed on the timer and then go back for another 15 minutes. I repeat until the task is done. Sometimes I can actually gain momentum this way and no longer need to walk away but can continue until it is completed or at least until a section is completed.In another vein,

    I find that witnessing an injustice motivates me to take action immediately.

    My favourite form of motivation, though, is team spirit.
  • Nov 16 2011: Boredom for sure. When I get bored I typically always do something about it!

    I got so bored the other night I stayed up all night creating art in my garage.
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      Nov 17 2011: Thats interesting Timothy. For a lot of people boredom can slip into depression which ends up in lethargy. And we can become trapped in this cycle. What's going on in your mind when boredom spurs you on to such a creative impulse?
      • Nov 17 2011: I am usually thinking of how productive I could be while I am sitting on the couch lazily. What could I be doing that interests me???!?!? Oh I know! Garage art! Or just whatever I feel like doing or am able to do.
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          Nov 18 2011: It seems like your couch is a wonderful place for contemplation and meditation. Perhaps we should make a couch our own personal shrine. :-)
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    Nov 16 2011: Future. The future motivates me. The expectance of things to come and things to happen.
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      Nov 17 2011: I'm interested in this reply for two reasons Robert.

      Firstly, Tomorrow or Manana, for many people is an excuse to put things off, why is it a motivator for you?

      Secondly, we hear about the importance of living in the Now. Focusing our attention on the past or the future removes us away from the reality of the present moment, and the vitality of living, again why is the the future a motivator for you?
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    Nov 16 2011: Fear... fear of the consequences of inaction!
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      Nov 17 2011: same here! fear came to my mind drive me to do something .
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        Nov 17 2011: Yea, Fear and Pleasure are the two Motivators. Everything else falls under one of these two headings.