I had a call from my daughter, Maddie.
It was on a Saturday and she started by saying, “Dad, I need the motivation to do my math.”
I asked what was holding her back. “I just don’t like it!”
She was frustrated.
Frustration is that feeling of being annoyed or upset, especially when there’s a gap between what you want and the reality of your situation now. It’s that nagging feeling not of all out anger but of just irritation.
We all get frustrated at different times for different reasons…
Here is one secret that can help motivate you to push through your frustration and get on the other side. This especially works when you’re facing a certain task that you don’t want to do and you’ve been putting them off.
Here’s the secret:
Envision what it would feel like to hit the goal.
For Maddie, I asked, “What would it feel like if you finished your math homework?”
She said, “It’d feel awesome.” She also had a concert to go to that night and hang out with friends.
Then I pushed into what it would be like to NOT get the math done and go to the concert. She said, “Like this burden was there.”
So in doing that, I helped her feel both outcomes. It gets to motivation and the pain and pleasure principle. We are either motivated by pain or pleasure. In asking both of those questions, I used both to motivate her to put in the hard work for an hour so she could be free from the burden of the loony math problems.
You can use this in your own life. Whenever you begin to feel those feelings of frustration, simply hit the pause button, envision and feel what it’d be like to have it done and then use that to motivate you to focus and complete the task.
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