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July 1, 2024

Motivation vs. Choice: The Path to presences

BY Marc Mathys
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we often find ourselves grappling with the concept of motivation. We consume endless amounts of content, attend seminars, and read self-help books, all in the hope of finding that elusive spark that will propel us toward our goals. 
But what if the secret isn’t about finding motivation at all? What if it’s simply about making a choice? 
The Role of Motivation 
From a young age, we are taught to associate certain actions with rewards. Study hard, and you’ll get good grades. Work diligently, and you’ll earn a promotion. This cause-and-effect relationship conditions us to seek out motivation as a means to an end. We begin to believe that without motivation, we cannot achieve our goals. This conditioning is further reinforced by societal norms and cultural narratives. We see success stories plastered across social media, hear about the relentless drive of successful entrepreneurs, and are told that motivation is the magic ingredient that separates the achievers from the dreamers. Over time, this belief becomes ingrained in our psyche, shaping how we approach our goals and aspirations.
 The Belief System Behind Motivation 
At its core, motivation is a belief system. It’s the belief that certain actions will lead to desired outcomes. It’s the faith that our efforts will pay off. These beliefs are influenced by our upbringing, experiences, and the people around us. For instance, if you grew up in an environment that valued hard work and perseverance, you’re likely to have a strong belief in the power of motivation. However, this belief system can also be limiting. When we rely solely on motivation, we may find ourselves stuck when that initial spark fades. We might procrastinate, waiting for motivation to return, or feel discouraged when our efforts don’t yield immediate results.
The Power of Choice 
Now, let’s flip the script. What if, instead of waiting to feel motivated, you simply made a choice? The choice to act, regardless of how you feel. This approach shifts the focus from an emotional state to a conscious decision. When you choose to do something, you take control of your actions. You decide to go to the gym, write that report, or start that project. It’s a commitment you make to yourself, independent of external circumstances or internal feelings.
When you are present, your mind is clear and focused. You can see situations more objectively, without the fog of past regrets or future anxieties clouding your judgment. When you are present with your choice, you listen to your inner voice and make decisions that align with your true self.
The power of choice lies in its simplicity and reliability. Unlike motivation, choice doesn’t waver.
 

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