Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Motivation: 5 Powerful Emotions You Can Use


Experiencing strong emotions is not uncommon. What is uncommon is applying these emotions to motivate you to change and grow.

Having said that, here are five emotional states that can change your life, if you act on them:

commitment, desire, disgust, decision and focus.

Commitment

If you are committed there is always a way, and usually more than one way. The key phrase here is if you are committed. Commitment to a relationship, exercise, career or achieving goals means that no matter what, I'm sticking to it, I'm seeing this through.

One of the nice things is that when you are committed to something, you seem to find yourself involved with other committed people.

The late singer-songwriter Harry Chapin said "Whether it's to a cause, a relationship or something else, when you hang out with people who are committed, you hang out with the folks with the live hearts, the live minds, the live eyes."

Applied to marriage, this notion of commitment is much more than just being committed to avoiding divorce. It's the commitment that you will do everything in your power to make the relationship a great place to be.

Desire

"How bad do you want to beat Edgewater?" my high school football coach screamed in my face when he caught me going a little too easy one day in practice. That one has stayed with me because he was right: The amount of desire I had that day was showing up in the actions I chose to take.

Desire is reflected in your actions. Desire with little or no action is not worth much. So ask yourself frequently, "How much do I want this?"

Disgust

Disgust is not typically an emotion associated with positive change. Or is it?

Have you ever been disgusted with a situation, a relationship or yourself?

Most of us have, of course. But have you ever been so disgusted that you were motivated to change no matter what? Being sick and tired of being sick and tired with something can be a fantastic motivator for change when you decide "no more, not again, not ever!"

Decision

The root word for decision is incision, which means to cut. So when you decide, really decide, that something will be different in your life, you "cut off" any other possibility. And it's reflected in your view of and attitude toward life.

Bill Marriott of Marriott Hotels said, "Failure? I've never encountered it. I just stumbled over a few temporary setbacks."

That's decision in motion.

Focus

Each one of us is bombarded every day with hundreds of things trying to get our attention. Focus is an emotional state that pulls together commitment desire, disgust and decision.

When I see people struggling with where they want to go, one of the first places I look is their power of focus. We tend to be pulled toward that which we focus on. Lack of focus usually equals lack of success and achievement.

Focus on all the distractions pulling for your attention, and you're not likely to get where you want to go. Focus on where you want to go and you are likely to get there.

Commitment, desire, disgust, decision and focus.

Don't just experience these emotional states, apply them to create the life you desire.

Visit SecretsofGreatRelationships.com for tips and tools for creating and growing a great relationship. You can also subscribe to our f*r*e*e 10 day e-program on how to enrich your relationship today, from relationship coach and expert Jeff Herring.


MORE RESOURCES:

blogs.hbr.org (blog)

What Maslow's Hierarchy Won't Tell You About Motivation
blogs.hbr.org (blog)
At some point in their careers, most leaders have either consciously — or, more likely, unwittingly — based (or justified) their approach to motivation on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. Maslow's idea that people are motivated by satisfying lower-level ...



A Psychological Principle That Can Instantly Increase Your Motivation
Huffington Post
Whether the bonus came at the beginning or at the end of the year, you would think it would offer significant motivation for teachers. After all, money is one of the easiest levers to pull if you're trying to manipulate behavior. But when the school ...



Great Falls Tribune

BTBC says 'no political motivation' in Augare arrest
Great Falls Tribune
Augare subsequently told multiple news organizations that he believes his arrest was politically motivated, that the charges against him did not pass "the smell test," and that all charges had been dismissed during a hearing in Blackfeet Tribal Court.

and more »


CHSAA Now

Losses served as motivation for Cherry Creek, Valor Christian
CHSAA Now
Cherry Creek coach Dave Logan, left, and Valor Christian's Rod Sherman during media day on Tuesday. (Jack Eberhard/JacksActionShots.com). DENVER — To become a champion, losses must be embraced and used as learning tools to become a better ...

and more »


Channel News Asia

Staff motivation key to raising productivity, more so than innovation: CFOs
Channel News Asia
SINGAPORE: Chief Financial Officers in Singapore believe that better staff motivation is the key to raising productivity - more so than innovation - according to a study by recruitment firm Robert Half and the Institute of Singapore Chartered ...
Singapore CFOs say motivation more important than innovation in raising ...AsiaOne

all 2 news articles »


St. George Daily Spectrum

Judge with the right motivation
St. George Daily Spectrum
Second, Christians are to judge with the right motivation. We are not to judge others in order to bring shame and embarrassment to them so that we can feel better about ourselves. Too often this is the case. Unfortunately, this is where sinful pride ...



Yellowhammer News

No 'Kick-Six' motivation for Alabama, some players say they've never even seen ...
Yellowhammer News
How could they not? However, if their comments to the media this week are any indication, most of the Tide won't be watching the Kick-Six before game time, even for an extra dose motivation. Quarterback Blake Sims says he turns it off any time it's played.
Kick Six will always be part of Auburn's Iron Bowl history, but it's 'way ...AL.com
Tide players: Kick 6 in pastThe Decatur Daily
Tide senior class felt ups and downs of the Iron BowlMontgomery Advertiser
Northwest Georgia News
all 796 news articles »


Refinery29

How To Get Your Fitness Motivation Back
Refinery29
When you do talk to yourself pre- or mid-workout, try using the second person (“you”) rather than the first person (“I”); it'll make you more motivated to perform better. Researchers believe this is because people are used to following commands, which ...



UKAthletics (blog)

UK long on motivation entering season finale at Louisville
UKAthletics (blog)
"I don't think there should be any lack of motivation for our team. Just the opportunity to go in there and get our sixth victory, which we all know is very important to us and this program. So I think our team is motivated, but it's also good to ...

and more »


Jackson Clarion Ledger

Despite slump, Ole Miss not lacking motivation for Egg Bowl
Jackson Clarion Ledger
But now, it's Egg Bowl week, and the oldest player on the roster said motivation better not be a factor. "It's State. I feel like if you can't get up for that, you probably don't need to be playing," linebacker Deterrian Shackelford said. "It's ...
No. 18 Ole Miss trying to bounce backHattiesburg American

all 92 news articles »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.