I am reading a book about neuro linguistic programming. So far there have been two ideas that have captivated my conceptual imagination.
The first is the idea that people can be motivated towards and motivated away from things. For example, a person can want to lose weight because they hate the way they look or because they want to be a picture of vibrant health. The former is motivation away, the latter motivation towards. Of course this can be applied to many things. A person might hate the job they do and be desperate to leave it (motivation away) or a person can apply for a job because it ticks all their boxes (motivation towards).
Motivation towards is, of course, better than motivation away. To be motivated towards something means we have to have a vision, an aspiration, a clear idea of what we definitely want. What's more, it's easier to find sustained motivation towards an arrival point as we remain motivated until we get there - especially if we are excited about the arrival. If we move away from something undesirable, I would imagine we can be satiated by a slight improvement and give up easily. I also think it's easy to know what we don't want (and you can see plenty of evidence of people knowing what they don't want in the form of moaning!) and perhaps that's why some people don't bother with motivating towards - it takes some imagination.
The other idea in the book that grabbed me was about creating goals. The book simply asked, if you were guaranteed success in anything you put your efforts into, what would you choose to do? This is basically saying, if we remove the fear of failure, what would you do? What a fantastic way to create dreams!
I am only on page 5.