Training Your Inner Voice
Stop calling yourself lazy, or characterizing yourself as a procrastinator. If you do anything with fervor and intensity, you are not lazy. Some activities do not have your interest, so they don’t get your excitement.
I have written before about procrastination. Understand that creative and competency-seeking individuals often get caught attempting to do things the right way, the first time. Without accepting some level of arrogance, their potential brilliance becomes perfectionism. Perfectionism makes perfectly suitable work appear worthless. Yet, that’s only one perspective on procrastination. Read more.
Know that you are brilliant. Before the humility police come to take me away, let’s learn something about arrogance and intrinsic motivation. The problem people have with arrogance is that it usually is displayed at the expense of another person. Yet, by definition, arrogance is an exaggerated sense of self. It is the exaggeration, away from any comparison to another that we are interested in harnessing.
Brilliant persons are interested in what they want to be interested in and what another can infectiously get them excited about. The challenge for brilliant persons is to artificially increase their interest in a topic or activity long enough to complete it. The exaggeration resulting from arrogance serves this need well.
Reading is a common example. Rather than skipping the book altogether because it doesn’t look interesting, arrogance motivates you to critique the book. Some competent techniques for how to review a text can assist. You read the table of contents to get a sense of the outline. You read the first paragraph and summary of each chapter to garner the main points. You ask your what value and points exist in he text that you would teach. If you found nothing of value, its the author’s fault. But, you now know the book.
People Who Want You Motivated
Brilliant persons often find themselves stymied by people who are not effective motivators. But, these people require work. Unsustainable arrogance suggests that since the person is not a good motivator, brilliance can disregard their request. I offer a sustainable option in this situation.
Analyze the person to see if YOU want to invest. If not, do the minimum requirement, and get that account closed. Brilliant persons are always analyzing, especially people. Learn about human behavior and discern people.
The position of the person doesn’t matter. You must determine whether you are interested in training them to be a better motivator. That’s the job before you in addition to the task they have outlined. Some will respond well to your tutelage, seeing it as an opportunity for learning themselves. Others will attempt to assert their authority as a means to force you into compliance. For the latter, define a minimum acceptable state of completion, and produce that. Then, move on to more interesting topics and healthier relationships.
The mistake is to take the example of authority’s force and think that you have to force yourself to do anything. Force is not motivation.
Motivate yourself through the realization that you will have to show others what they are not providing (ability and trigger). Make the task easier by increasing your competence. Learn more than any requirements. Investigate the connections between the task and other activities. Trigger yourself through reminders, schedules, and social supports that encourage your productivity.
How do motivate yourself? You don’t GET motivation, you Motivate. External motivators can work for a limited amount of time, but the goal is intrinsic motivation. You nurture this internal calculation of behavior built on ability and trigger with vision. See your ultimate goal. Work backwards to outline the steps, including the ones you arrogantly despise, that get you to your goals. Take that first step…if you are motivated to do it.