“I am doing it for the thrill, for that feeling of danger and freedom.
This is my way of expressing myself…
We set ourselves limits, but we are all strong enough to aim higher, to achieve our goals.
All we have to do is find such within ourselves.
Know how to develop it….........”
Alain Robert (French Spider-man)
(Taken from Xtremesport4u.com; Written by Lola Jones; Sept 29 2009).
Ok,.....I admit it, I confess! I haven't written a blog since July; which to me is significant. One of the goals I set myself when I created my website, was to maintain monthly blogs. It keeps my website active and I like to think that the topics been displayed will evoke interest and encourage discourse.
So how come I haven't written any blogs recently?
I may be defensive in my response and say that "I'm a busy woman and I have other important things to do"; or I could explain that sometimes finding the motivation to do particular activities or duties can be quite challenging. However, today, I have found the motivation to write about something....How did this come about? Was it something inside of me (intrinsic) that was the driving force, that willed me to start writing? Or was it something outside of me (extrinsic), a reward of some sort that pushed me? (PAUSE).
......A couple of hours later......
(RESUME)....Even more interesting, however, was monitoring how my motivation undulated throughout my attempts to write this piece. If you notice at the end of the previous paragraph, we end with the word PAUSE; and begin this paragraph, with the word RESUME. This illustrates, that whilst writing this piece my motivation had waned...why?.... The simple answer is because I had been distracted by something more interesting. The very fact that I allowed myself to be distracted in the first place surely speaks volumes! We could argue that, if I had been truly committed and focused, I wouldn't allow for any distractions. I'm sure the French spider-man, Alain Roberts, wouldn't have been distracted that easily!
As a therapist I have worked with clients that have come to therapy for a variety of reasons. Lacking motivation is an area that concerned some to such an extent, that it resulted in amplyfying other behaviours, such as anxieties, panic attacks, drug abuse and isolation to name but a few. When I'm asked " what can I do to motivate myself?", as a therapist I can't really answer that question, because it could be defined as giving advice...and we all know that therapy is not about giving advice. However, equally important is the idea that as humans, although we may share similarities, we also have differences, thus, what motivates me, won't necessarily motivate the masses. Therapy involves the client and the therapist working together, openly and honestly, providing a comfortable, confidential space where thoughts and feelings are spoken, listened to and explored. Counselling and Psychotherapy is an extremely valuable resource toward discovery of self. When we are given the opportunity to truly explore ourselves, we also get the opportunity to discover novel things about ourselves....even things that motivate us.
What motivates you?
Your thoughts and responses are welcome.