It feels good to be motivated. Listening all those motivational stories about how a blind man climbed the mountain or a paraplegic won the Olympics Gold; it's like a positivity beam dissecting right through our ear drums...
But does the 'you can do it' rah rah really work in the long run? Well, I am about to take down motivational rah rah upside down naked.
Hark unto me for next few minutes .
Motivational speakers instill nothing but Euphoria
Yeah. Euphoria that lasts for a day or two. It's like putting your brain on cocaine - an initial stage of pleasantness followed by a stage of depression.
I have been into key notes of many speakers. The hall is always full of energy. A question here, a question there. An F-bomb here and an F-bomb there. The crowd goes all crazy. Everyone thinks it's life changing stuff. There are couple of "aha" moments too.... and moments when we say "oh! So that was the reason I had always lose."
Seats goes hot. Crowd gets charged. They clap and dance on the "inspiration" they are learning.
This is usually followed by a lunch/dinner.
And the very next day, everything is over. The charged up dude sees his colleagues behaving the same way as they did last week and so he thinks "Well, so this was all for one night. Let's get back to REAL world."
Motivational sessions give us nothing but temporary Euphoria. Unless you are a boxer, you don't need that..do you?
The most fundamental problem with all the motivational stuff.
It is not crafted for us.
It is crafted for everyone. And so, although it might sound like resonating with our problems, it actually doesn't.
Even if the magic works on someone, he starts to model the motivational speaker's success. Why? Becuase he is unaware of the "self-efficacy" phenomenon.
Self-efficacy revolves around the fact that we are not created with equal potentials.It is the awareness of our unique capabilities that make us self-efficient. Almost 100% of the time, the message taught by motivational speakers is not tailored to our unique capabilities. And the very unawareness of the self-efficacy makes the listener incapable of tailoring those messages according to his requirements.
The result: Even if you follow the motivational guru footsteps, it won't work because you were not raised equally.
Motivation is an external stimulus and so it is an illusion.
An Illusion is defined as a wrong or misinterpreted perception in the presence of an external stimulus.
For instance, a stick (external stimulus) may look like a snake for someone experiencing illusions. Same is the case with motivation.
As it comes externally, it makes us depended on it. And just because the guru can't be around every time the external stimulus is required, we eventually lose the temporary drive.
Motivation is bound to be lost. It is the desert sand creeping through our closed fist.
But do you want to know, what's eternal? What lasts forever?
It's inspiration, my friend.
Inspiration is from within. It is not external. It's not characterized by euphoria. Instead, it is a constant nudge that can drive you all day without a lick of lactic acid.
For example, nobody has to motivate Elon Musk, inspiration drives him.
If you are someone looking up to Instagram for your daily dose of motivation, or someone who loves to hear an orator shouting 'you can do it!', chances are you are not doing something you love.
Stop being a slave to cocaine. Better be on rehab from today.