A lesson on motivation

I just finished a book I was told to read at the start of the year, before taking a Learning Performance Seminar with Professor John Happs. Brilliant man, no real troubles in life, because he doesn’t let things trouble him. Wouldn’t that be nice? Every threat is simple a challenge, and every challenge is overcome.
The book, Let’s Get Motivated [ironic, as it was a lack of motivation that prevented me from finishing it up until now], is really quite amazing. It covered half the seminar Professor Happs gave us, and it’s a whole lot cheaper than paying for the course too. Anyone who can find it, I suggest they do, because it’s one of those books that will entirely change your attitudes in life to make you think- no, to make you believe there is no such thing as can’t.
Though I doubt a great deal of people will read this, it’s still an important lesson to learn.
Your body will react to two things- how you think, and how you feel. For example, a man was accidently locked in a huge meat freezer for a number of hours. When he was finally discovered, he had insulated himself in plastic and was suffering from all the signs of pneumonia and exposure to extreme cold- except the freezer was room temperature. It had broken down and wasn’t working, but because this man believed he was going to freeze to death, his body responded.
This can be applied to your attitudes about absolutely everything in life that involves success.
Jane walks into a history test, thinking she’s terrible at history and probably don’t do all that well. It is almost certain then, that she won’t. "Of course I did poorly- I’m no good at history."  If she gets a higher mark than she expected, she will pass it off as a fluke, or the test was unnaturally easy."Next time I won’t do so well, because I just got lucky this time." She will then go back to performing poorly.
Paul walks into the same test, thinking he’s one of the top history students and should do well. Of course, it is likely he does. If he gets a less than average mark, he will think to himself, "Maybe I had an off day; maybe the paper was against me. Maybe I should have put in that little bit more study last night. I’ll do better next time- bit more study, little more focus, and I’ll make up for this test. That’s me."
See the difference?
If you’re about to try baseball for the first time, and you hit three home runs for each time you step up to the plate, the crowd cheers your name as you step up for the fourth. This one you miss, someone catches the ball and you’re off. It’s okay though, you his three home runs, you know you have what it takes to be great. That last one was just bad luck.
However, if you were to play for the first time, and miss the ball 9 times, strike one, two and three, over and over, you’ll eventually just pass it off as baseball’s not your sport. It’s likely you’re not going to play it again in a hurry. Even if you hit a good ball, you’ll still remember your other failures, and you’ll settle for the conclusion that you’re not good enough to play.
Performance relies almost totally on belief. Basically, the bottom line is, you have a choice. You can choose to be frustrated and express yourself negatively when your brother ticks you off, or you can choose to watch TV the night before the test because ‘your brain switched off’. Or you can choose to let it go- your brother’s actions shouldn’t take toll on your feelings, and that you can choose to switch your brain on when it’s needed. Motivation does that. Choosing to be motivated means capacity for success, and believing in success means you’ve got a very good chance of grasping it.
The reason it can be hard to believe you’re good at something is the reason it’s hard to believe you’re bad at something. Experience teaches you how to react. Yoursubconscious mind has an autopilate that follows the path of least resistence, searching your memories for how to react to something. If you give yourself enough chances to prove that you’re good at something, enough to overcome the times you’ve thought you weren’t good at something, then you’ll start to head for success. It’s that simple
Believe in yourself, and the sky’s the limit. Choose to be a winner, and you will win. Life is at your command, carpe diem! Seize the day.

3 thoughts on “A lesson on motivation

  1. Pat. says:

    I actually prefer the quote "Carpe cakem", that was on a card Alex gave me for my birthday. Btw, who the devil is John Happs?

  2. John says:

    Just a professor with "more degrees than a thermometer". Nice guy, Dr Happs.

  3. Ivy says:

    JOHN SIMON MARSHALLThis sounds like Gabrielle, inspiration and class top student.

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