I stumbled across a video by Mel Robbins, titled “How to stop screwing yourself over.” She talked about a fact: You’re never going to feel like taking actions in your life that supposedly lead to the results you desire.
Even if you WANT to. Even if you have a big incentive to. The brain hates change, and emotion by itself is simply not enough to propel us into action. (and if it lasts long enough, it might even have the opposite effect! Watch the video for more detail.)
You have to motivate yourself to take the physical action, instead of waiting to “feel motivated.”
Her observation triggered an interesting idea in my mind:
In the business-self-development arena, are we expecting the feelings generated from vivid visualization to do something they are incapable of doing?
Let me explain.
Common goal-setting advice includes vividly imagining achieving the goal in order to generate joy and excitement.
As a technically-educated person, I know thoughts (electric impulses in the brain) create a magnetic field, and magnets induce electric current in nearby objects that can carry a current (such as another person’s brain, albeit dependent on several conditions).
Visualizing things repeatedly, or simply focusing on one idea, also revs up the Reticular Activating System (RAS), which primes the brain to pay closer attention to similar situations and things that can help manifest the idea.
But… are we expecting those uplifting emotions to generate the internal motivation?
If emotion itself isn’t enough to generate internal motivation to take action, then what’s missing?
The answer: a decision to begin, otherwise known as generating the Activating Energy.
The thoughts and emotions drive the subtle attractive forces operating externally, but you still have to do your (inner) part by making the decision to take action. I think the joy and excitement (and even a sense of desperation) can inspire a such a decision.
Just don’t expect the emotions to be enough to keep you in motion.
–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™
P.S. If you want more information how magnetism creates electric current (and vice versa), check out this article about Maxwell’s Equations.
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