Three things that motivate our behaviour

1. Internal Images
The way we imagine things to turn out will have an impact on the outcome. We will tend to avoid action based on how we imagine it to feel. We walk around with a set of emotional scales constantly weighing this up and we will do whatever makes us feel better – including getting out of taking the required action! The brain will create an excuse, a justification and a rationale for getting us out of taking the action and to make ourselves feel better about our choice.

2. Self-Talk
The way we talk to ourselves determines what we focus on. The way we feel is based on the questions we ask ourselves. Ask better questions and get better quality answers. How many times a day do you ask yourself a question that limits your intelligence, ability or skill? If your goal was to wake up at 6am in the morning and go to the gym and you asked yourself whether if you feel like going to the gym today what answer do you think your brain will give you? Of course not! You’re tired. You went yesterday. You can go tomorrow. You’re busy! The brain will create a justification and a rationale for getting you out of taking the action all of which sound completely legitimate and real!

The voice operates on a continuum of positive to negative. It’s that soft, soothing voice that tells you to ‘just roll over’ or it’s that voice that acts like a good coach or teacher that yells and says ‘just get out of bed’. The voice is the last cognitive event before action is taken. It’s the final instruction that either rolls us over and we stay in bed or we get out and go to the gym.

If you want to achieve more goals and go on to be the person that you want to be, we should avoid asking ourselves questions and just give our-self a command of ‘get it done’.

3. Body Posture/Physiology
When an emotion is stimulated it communicates with the rest of our body. It triggers symptoms that you can detect like your heart rate and your breathing. Our posture is constantly being computed for emotional significance. The brains primary function is to know what goes on in the body. If you were totally successful – how would you be sitting? The quickest way to changing your emotional state is to change your physiology.

We need to understand the interconnectivity between all three of these things because they all feed off each other.