by Denis Boucher, Ph.D.
Maybe like me, you went to a motivation lecture, where you had to clap your hands, dance, and shout your desire for success out loud. The kind of "Go! Go! Go! You can do it. You're the best" we often hear in sports.
It's like teaching that motivation results from a constant hyperactive state. It always brings me back to this question: "So, I can't be motivated when I'm calm?"
I'm not saying it's a bad thing, but it's not my cup of tea. Motivation is more than this hyperactive state and is not necessarily related to it. So, I believe the fundamental nature of motivation is misunderstood.
I think investigating its real nature leads us to a more concrete utilization of its incredible power.
Then where do we start? Why not with its definition? So, motivation is the belief in our capacity to reach a goal.
No matter how small or big the goal is. It always comes back to that belief. To dig a little deeper, we now need to ask ourselves what this belief is.
It goes like this. Because I want to reach a goal, I immediately start to measure the gap between where I think I am m and where I want to be. From that point, I will constantly ask myself these two questions:
Do I possess the resources to reach that goal?
Am I progressing towards that goal?