My mind is relatively strong. So is my will. The combination of these two things have succeeded in making me a pretty motivated individual. I can self motivate easily. Motivational teachings resonate with me. Motivation from others is not wasted.
Projects deadlines do not typically intimidate me – the project might, but not the deadline. Short term goals are toast. I have zero problem seeing them, moving towards them and getting where I need to go.
Thoughts are my best friend and my dearest enemy. My brain does this thing that looks a whole lot like rabbit holes going places I never wanted to go. Scenarios play out in my head like a bad movie. I am a deep thinker. When this is going well, the outcome can be beautiful. When it doesn’t, the effects can be paralyzing.
I have a hard time letting go of the thoughts – especially the not so fun ones. I must mull them over. Reconsider them, plan around them, acknowledge the possibility even if it is not plausible.
Understanding Both is Important
The inability to harness in the madness that occurs when a thought has been mulled over for too long sucks every bit of energy that I receive from motivation. The process of considering, thinking and getting in touch is a great one. When it crosses over into mulling, I am travelling into the land of unproductive.
However, motivation is the best defense to overcoming this thought sabotage. Maintaining motivation allows you to remain focused and intentioned. Leveraging motivation against mulling thoughts allows for prioritization and task orientated steps. The battle can be intense – but there are few things that can beat honest motivation.
*Photo credit to Eskimo North