Thursday, April 28, 2005

Intrinsic Motivation Will Change Your Life!

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Sigh, If only it were that simple - just dial a toll free number and suddenly you intense motivation to do whatever it is you think you should do more of in your life: Need to lose weight, eat right and exercise more? Done. Need to study harder and get your Masters degree? Done. Need to stop procrastinating? Don't delay, call today. Everything magically taken care of. You're a new person - and you have a GOURMET pocket flashlight.

Well, it's not that easy. Headrush though has some great tips today on how to increase your own intrinsic motivation. It's drawn from a book about becoming intrinsically motivated to exercise, but can apply to any habits you wish to develop or change.

"The idea is to shift your mindset about exercise from "I should exercise" or "I have to exercise" to "I want to exercise". The author identifies four ingredients for intrinsic motivation: vision, mastery, flow and inergy."

I'll let you read the rest yourself, because it is a really great post and too much to sum up here, but reading this post got me thinking: If we can learn how to intrinsically motivate ourselves in one area of life (like exercising, to use their example) and we really analyze what motivates us in that endeavor, then can we not use the same tricks to motivate ourselves in other areas? Then following that logic, can we not help motivate others as well?

This goes way back to the good old Hughtrain:

"We are here to find meaning. We are here to help other people do the same. Everything else is secondary.
We humans want to believe in our own species. And we want people, companies and products in our lives that make it easier to do so. That is human nature.
Product benefit doesn't excite us. Belief in humanity and human potential excites us.
Think less about what your product does, and think more about human potential.
What statement about humanity does your product make?
The bigger the statement, the bigger the idea, the bigger your brand will become."

Which brings us into (I hope) One piece of the future of sales and business as we know it: If you want to help other people become more than what they are, then you first have to help yourself become a better person. If you can help people become more than what they are, then they will remember you, they will buy what you are selling and they will recommend you to your friends.
This works. For example, I am a Devoted Headrush reader. In fact, if they EVER publish a book that is not about computer programming I ill be among the first to run out and purchase it. This is due to the fact that every time I read that blog, it inspires me to be a better person, it gives me advice on HOW to be a better person, and it does all this without ever talking down to me.

We are here to find meaning. We are here to help other people do the same. Everything else is secondary.


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