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What Moves You? October 19, 2007

Posted by optionist in Uncategorized.
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I have been thinking a lot lately about what keeps us moving – what motivates us?

The reliable standbys – passion, purpose, goals – have always worked well for many people. They have never worked for me.

Although I can become passionate about some things some of the time, I have never identified a personal passion that has enough staying power to sustain a major initiative.

Some people believe that they arrive here with a built in “life purpose” and others find that they can create a purpose that keeps them going.

Similar to my experience with passion, I have never articulated a purpose that has enough power to keep me going.

When tied to an underlying passion or sense of purpose, goals are an ideal vehicle to keep you focused and moving in the right direction at the right pace.

However, without the meaning of passion or purpose to contain them, goals can become dangerous and tenacious beasts.

Whether or not it is inspired by passion or purpose, I suspect that motivation comes in two distinct forms, and that most, if not all, of us are driven by a uniquely personal blend of the two.

First, we are motivated by what we value. We tend to move toward what we value and away from what we do not value. We develop our ability to discern the potential and the limitations of the people and things we allow into our lives. We learn to prefer higher potential and lower limitations.

Second, we are motivated by what we need. We move to satisfy specific needs, or to avoid dissatisfaction. We learn what is necessary and sufficient. We learn what is unnecessary or insufficient.

What moves you?

Perhaps, your motivation is your own blend of what you need and what you value.

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