Think of the last meeting you attended. Aware of it or not, you went into it with certain feelings and beliefs – your outlook. This decided the direction of motivation you chose.
Your outlook either motivated you to actively participate or to tune out altogether. Thus, the real question is not “if” you are motivated but “why.” Here is where the magic happens. The true nature of motivation is that we can learn to choose and create the intentions behind it; positive or negative.
Let’s say you chose positive intentions going into the meeting. You went into the meeting motivated to actively participate, you learned something new – even helped a peer learn something new.
Now let’s reverse those intentions. You went into the meeting motivated to disconnect from the conversation, you were close minded – even disruptive of other’s learning experience.
Which scenario was more beneficial to you; to others? Hopefully you are connecting the dots. A positive outlook leads to positive intentions, leads to positive motivation, leads to positive results.
Motivation is a skill and just like any other skill; it can be learned. The real power is not in being motivated but in “why” we are motivated. I challenge you to learn to choose and create optimal outlooks and intentions.
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