The Self-Motivated Human Being


There are two very important rules of human nature that deal with motivation or lack of. First, we are always striving to satisfy perceived needs. And second, these needs are prioritized from lower level physical needs to higher level emotional needs. As we satisfy these lower level needs, we are then free to pursue our higher level needs.

Our day to day problems are based on these needs and how we solve these problems is how we satisfy these needs. Satisfaction of these needs becomes our motivation for getting up in the morning and the importance we place on these needs determines the level of our motivation to satisfy them.

And if we are not satisfying a need, we need to reflect on the importance of that need in the first place. In humans evolved the ultimate self-motivating, problem-solving machine - our brains. This machine can recall past experiences, perceive present situations, and most importantly, predict future outcomes of scenarios before we actually make the attempt. Based on this prediction we create a cost-benefit analysis to determine what priority we will place on that need.

The level of our motivation really is dependent on whether the benefit is worth the cost. So if what we want is really what we need and the benefit is worth the cost, then the motivation should always be sufficient for us to get what we really want in life.

Conversely, if we cannot seem to get what we want in life, there is a very good chance that we really don’t want it in the first place. That would be a great time for some self-reflection.

“What we have before us are some breathtaking opportunities disguised as insoluble problems.” - John Gardner

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