The Truth About Motivation

Posted on 29. May, 2011 by in Mental Strength & Life, Motivation

The Truth About Motivation

Have you ever noticed that there are times when all of your efforts really don’t seem to be producing much yield?

It seems the harder you work and the more you do the less gets done.

Are you the type who then redoubles his efforts and tries even harder only to seem as though you’re just getting more and more stuck in the mud?

Here’s a crazy idea:  Sometimes working harder and doing more is not the answer.  Sometimes doing nothing is the right thing to do.

Do you know how your computer works?  Neither do I.

What I do know is that all of the cool shit that does happen on my computer, from my awesome videos to these scintillating articles, is the result of the interplay of zeros and ones inside my computer.

The zeroes and ones are switch positions.  On and off.

Everything that happens in the computer is the result of thousands and millions of on and off switches.  Don’t ask me how it works, just know that it does.

Life is the same way.  Everything that you can see and touch and experience is the interplay of opposites.  It’s either on or off, it’s up or it’s down, left or right, good or bad, heavy or light, smart or stupid, ugly or beautiful, tall or short, night or day.  Every concept we have, every designation and description comes as a part of two opposite halves.

Okay, I hear you asking, “Uh, Elliott, what does this have to do with why I can’t get shit done?”

Simple, my friend.

Your life, just like the computer and the physical universe is the result of the interplay of opposites.  No one can be happy all the time.  No one can be healthy all of the time.  And as much as I hate to admit it, no one can be strong all of the time.

Who are we to argue with the Universe?

Just like three weeks ago when you were on top of the world, nailing your workouts, finishing projects in half the usual time and exploding with ideas you are now in a new phase.  This current phase is the fall and winter to the summer and spring you just went through.

Now is the time to rest up, gather your energies and store up the bounty you created in that last creative phase.

Not only is working harder not called for at this point, it can even be counter productive.  Spinning your wheels trying to force something to happen will just dissipate your energies yielding no benefit and possibly causing harm.

I know this sounds all trippy and esoteric, but there is a time for everything and it is the truly successful who understand this and use it to their benefit.

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