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Motivational thoughts.

18-May-2017

Change your mind to change your motivation

This post describes a different way of thinking about motivation. Our motivation is determined more by how we think, than by the circumstances we find ourselves in. Knowing this, changes the way we motivate others.

Change your thinking to change your motivation.

"He who takes his orders gladly, escapes the bitterest part of slavery - doing what one does not want to do."Seneca.

Seneca in “Letters from a Stoic” contains wisdom which is just as applicable to motivating ourselves and others today, as it was over 2000 years ago. He says: ""The man who does something under orders is not unhappy; he is unhappy who does something against his will.”

He explains how it is not the meanness of the task itself that sucks energy out of us. But rather it is how we view the task. If we view a task as a duty, as something we have to get done, then we force ourselves to do something we don’t want to do. The very definition of drudgery.

Seneca goes on to advise us to work less on the task, and more on our minds...

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