Since New Year, I have been challenging this motivation belief in me.
Let me explain the belief:
" I believe that I need to be motivated to do any task. Motivation should come first and then my action."
This is such a limiting belief. I picked this belief from many of the self-help books I have read, from management theories regarding motivation, from my bosses, teachers--- I can keep listing the source of this belief, it is a long one.
This belief was responsible for the internal dialogue in me that prevented me taking important actions when it was required.
I don't feel like exercising
Preparing and submitting the expense statement is so boring
I don't feel like resolving the conflict I had with my colleague
I don't feel like organizing my house
I have started substituting my internal dialogue, by being aware of it and changing it.
Hence, "I don't feel like exercising." was substituted with "Let me begin exercising to feel motivated about it."
It worked remarkably. I exercised everyday since the New Year Resolution and have lost 6 KGs (13.22 pounds).
Here are few more examples of substitution:
Let me begin to prepare and submit the expense statement to drive away boredom and get interested in the activity
Let me begin the first step to resolve the conflict to feel motivated about solving it.
Let me begin organizing the house to get into the feel of the activity and get motivated.
An action has its impact on our perception about it. Though it may not be possible to feel high about every action, we can, however, definitly generate enough feeling, interest and excitement to carry it through.
Try it out! Challenge this limiting belief of motivation! You will get a lot of things done.
The key is to identify the first few steps and begin the task. Your interest and feeling will suddenly appear and follow you through.
Do write your comments after you have tried it out.