Why We Fear Motivation.

Motivation is a myth.

Abdullah Nadeem
2 min readSep 3, 2020

In ‘The Motivation Myth’ by Jeff Haden this idea is brought about because we only need motivation to do the things that we don’t want to do.

Usually, those are things which require short-term pain for long-term gain. I.e. working out or reading a book. We never say, “I need motivation to sit down and watch Netflix” or “I need motivation to go to a party”.

We expect to conjure up mysterious energy to do beneficial things. The way our human psychology works is we tend to over-weigh short-term benefits rather than long-term benefits, ultimately leading to procrastination.

“Motivation is a sugar rush that never lasts” — Jeff Haden

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Remove the word ‘motivation’ from our vocabulary and replace it with the concept of discipline.

If you know you need to be doing something, you shouldn’t have to wait around for motivation to kick in and essentially feel like doing it when it’s too late, but rather, operate discipline and do what you need to do.

The success and results you obtain from doing important tasks will naturally breed motivation. e.g. the physical results you get from consistency at the gym will motivate you to go tomorrow rather than relying and waiting on that mysterious burst of motivation to find its way around.

“Your only path to success is through a continuum of mundane, unsexy, unexciting, and sometimes difficult daily disciplines compounded over time.” — Nick Wignall

Raise your standards

The harsh truth: nearly everything in your life right now — both positive and negative — is the result of your standards.

What standard do you accept for yourself? Do not tolerate laziness, procrastination, bad habits, a toxic social environment. Accepting these things is narrowing the path to the life you want to live. By having a floor of standard for yourself which you cannot fall below, the only way is up.

Raising your standards is the fundamental catalyst for change — Jari Roomer

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