At the risk of sounding too techy…your brain operates under its own motivation strategy called the Motivational Triad. It is driven by your subconscious and its main focus is to seek pleasure, avoid pain and conserve energy. While that strategy has served us well to keep humans alive and evolving, it does not always serve us well when we try to introduce something new or when we want to stretch ourselves in areas of growth.
So almost as soon as we get past the part of setting the goals, and maybe shortly after planning the work, we start hearing this inner critic talking to us. It says, “you can’t”, “you won’t”, “you shouldn’t”. This is your brains effort to keep you safe from rejection, anxiety, stress, sadness, fear, pressure, cold, heat, change. Your brain would rather that you focus on something more of a pleasure seeking measure that uses no energy and feels safe. Like for instance, staying in bed all day and watching Netflix eating Cheetos and drinking beer!
It takes almost no energy for your brain to operate in its subconscious level. Any time you are exerting yourself to learn something new you are exerting more energy than your subconscious is comfortable with. And it’s all about comfort and familiarity for your subconscious.
We can, however, re-wire our subconscious and we can trump the Motivation Triad with practice and mindfulness and purpose.
Keep reading my posts. Tools for trumping the Motivation Triad are coming soon!