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What You Need To Know About Consciousness & Motivation

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by Jeanne Smolt,
Contributing Author, Conscious Reminder

Some people wake up in the morning, dreading the day; others jump up with joy to welcome the sunshine. Which group do you fall into? Never mind that. The question is why do we feel that way and what can we do about it.

The usual course of action is to talk to a friend, expert, exercise, take time off, or simply mope around the house. I’m here to let you know that there is a science behind this, and you can ride the waves of motivation if you know what it is. Interested? Read on.

Motivation and Needs

According to a MicroPsi theory “While cognition can change goals, expectations of reward and priorities, it cannot directly influence the needs itself.”

What this means is that there is no direct link between what motivates you to jump out and embrace life and your needs. So, most of the time we think that when we meet our needs via careers, family, financial security and so forth, we will be satisfied and get motivated to do even more.

But motivation is not about all that. It doesn’t satisfy your physical or mental needs because needs are triggers according to a study in Artificial General Intelligence , to the brain which in turn cause us to behave a certain way.

Motivation and Consciousness

Instead, what we need to understand is that motivation is a state of mind that we can control if we are conscious of it. You can develop a conscious awareness of your needs, and wipe away frustration, anger and boredom etc.

Motivation only comes when you are able to eliminate all these feelings or needs. For instance, when you don’t face your cranky boss or annoying neighbor, you are able to feel happy and motivated to do other things.

We often mistake the fights, stress, and such other triggers for de-motivation whereas it’s the elimination of them that motivates us. So what we learn here is that we have to become conscious of our needs for mental well-being to motivate ourselves.

That brings us to our next point: mental well-being.

Motivation and Mental Fitness

Author Bjorn Grinde of The Evolution of Consciousness is of the view that if we make a conscious effort to have pleasant experiences in life, it helps change our outlook as well as boost motivation. Look at it this way:

If motivation and your de-motivators were weighed in weights then you’d have increased motivation when you have happy moments and life experiences under your belt.

Comparatively, the demotivating factors like frustration, worries, anger, stress and environment diminish or “lose weight” when your mind is conscious of better experiences.

When you have achieved this status quo then your mind is fit to do other even more pleasant things that will inspire you and motivate you to embrace life and its outlook.

Have you ever experienced this? Have you ever thought of motivation and consciousness this way? Let us know in the comment below.

About the Author: Jeanne Smolt is a freelance writer and digital marketer at Motivation Matter and Yo Fit Mamas. She has a passion for writing on diverse topics including business, technology, fitness, and digital marketing. Her goal is to help small businesses achieve goals through her creative and strategic content. You can connect with her on Facebook or here.

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