Motivation

I read something the other day about intrinsic motivation. Yes,  you can set up all kinds of enticements, rewards, prizes...extrinsic things...but the long term holding power of what you're wanting to do simply doesn't sustain unless it comes from within you. 

Think about it. If a friend said they thought it might be a good idea to stop smoking, would you?  You might try, but unless YOU really want to stop it won't matter.

Or if your financial advisor suggests you could be saving or investing more for your future do you do it? Frequently not. 

Why? Because we're human. And changing any habit isn't easy or fast.

Dean Ornish is a well known physician and researcher. Years ago he ran a study on 10 of his patients who had suffered heart attacks. They all dutifully did what was outlined to live a healthier future life. It included being mindful of what they ate and daily exercise. 6 months later only one patient was following the suggested course of action. Another way of looking at this is 9 people simply didn't dig deep enough to unfold the motivation to continue, regardless of potential benefits.

Learning new behavior, skills, or anything else isn't easy. Learning is difficult. It's intended to be that way. The payoff? Learning something new and immediately applying it enables you to begin to experience something different. That can begin to change your perspective. And changing perspective helps you flow into your goal. Yes...flow. Not fight or resist or provide excuses. You simply see and experience a better way for you and what you want. 

So I frequently hear clients say learning to better manage their time is simple...but not always easy. Right.  But it's worth it.