The Motivation Triangle

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During my years working with entrepreneurs, there’s one subject which has been discussed most:

How can I stay motivated?

That this is such an important subject shows that many people are struggling with this, and I believe it also shows that many don’t understand the concept of motivation.

Let’s clear one thing up first, motivation is not some out-of-earth experience given to us by the gods or whatever you believe in, but it is something created by us. Motivation comes from within us, and we all have it; we need to activate it. Look at it like a switch you need to flip over so the energy can flow. Let me explain the “Motivation Triangle” to understand the concept better.

As you can imagine, the Motivation Triangle consists of three parts. Each part is connected to the others, and they influence each other. All of these parts are 100% under your control; you have to make them work together. Let me explain each part in detail, and at the end, I will show you how they interact.

The Vision

To get motivated about something, you need to know what it is. It can be anything that interests you, but even if you believe nothing interests you, pick anything with a possible positive outcome. Let’s say, “Going for a walk”. It will probably do you good and won’t negatively affect anyone else.

Before you do anything, imagine yourself walking down the street, breathing fresh air, watching people walk by, and smiling at you. Don’t worry if you can’t imagine all the bits and pieces, go as far as you can. This is what is called a vision. A vision is your look into a possible future.

Of course, nobody knows what will happen, but we can imagine, dream, and fantasise. The only thing you should do is to make sure it is a positive outlook. The vision is the “Motivation Generator”.

The Decision

If you want to do anything in life, you need to decide to do it. Let’s take the walk we discussed in the vision. To go for a walk, you need to decide to do it. To make this clear, it must be your decision, not someone else. Don’t worry if you think there is no point in going for a walk; trust yourself and decide to try it.

The critical part here is that you consciously decide to do something. You’ve thought about it (vision) and are deciding to do it. Again, the decision you take should be a positive one. The decision releases “Motivation Energy”.

The Action

It requires some action to get motivated. If you think about going for a walk and decide to do so, you need to do it. It does not mean you have to go for a 20-kilometre-long walk – but you need to walk. The action is the “Motivation Manifestation”. It forms the pathways for you to produce more positive energy and motivation. It allows you to have bigger visions and an easier and quicker way to release the energy and grow your ability to manifest it.

Let’s put this together:

You imagine going for a walk. In your mind, you see yourself walking down the street or over a field. You decide to do it. You get dressed, put your shoes on and walk out of the house and go for a walk.

If that experience is positive, you will feel really good and happy that you’ve done it.

The next time you will find it much easier to imagine going for a walk. The decision will be far easier too and the action even more joyful than the last time. As you repeat this process, going for a walk becomes natural to you and a positive action that you are looking forward to your next walk.

Sometimes it can be difficult to imagine something positive depending on your situation in life; choose something that will not harm you or others. Go as far as you can, decide to give it a good try and start doing it.

On the next round, it will become easier, and your experience will improve. I only urge you to ensure it is a positive vision, decision and action. Start with something simple, and as your ability to become motivated grows, you can tackle bigger visions, make bigger decisions and take bigger actions.

Like with everything in life, practice makes the master. Be consistent, congruent and be you, and your ability to generate motivation for your benefit and others will be endless.

What are you going to do next?

John Di Stefano

An entrepreneur at heart and founder of the Entrepreneur Academy in Brussels, Belgium. He is teaching and supporting entrepreneurs in the skills every entrepreneur needs to create a better life for themselves and the people around them.

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