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Guest Blog Tonight: my friend and colleague Steve Burns writes tonight about getting out of bed in the morning. Enjoy :)…

Following our recent NLP Master Practitioner Course in Glasgow my fascination into how we are motivated to do the things we do was rekindled. Just how do you motivate yourself to get out of bed in the morning?

I mean, if you also have a memory foam mattress like me, you’ll know just how cosy, warm and beautiful your sleeping palace can be…:-)

So how do you do it? Are you inspired & excited for the days plans, fearful & stressed that if you don’t move soon then you won’t have time to do what you feel you need to do? or maybe you juts kind of roll out, stumble into the shower and let the cold water do the job for you.

Of course when we zoom the camera back a bit we find a more important question at play…

In general, why do we do anything? What are you primary motivation strategies for getting things done?

Do you use the the anticipation of how good you’re going to feel when you’re done? Or perhaps you choose the gut wrenching fear of how bad you’ll feel if you don’t…Or maybe you’re somewhere in between…

It’s an important question when you think about it…Most of your day is taken up by ‘doing stuff’ so you might as well do it in a way where you get the greatest pleasure you can and the smallest amount of frustration.

I was told a story once about a foolish man and a wise man. On deciding to clean his closet for the first time in a year the foolish man opens the door, takes a look at the mass of disorganised clothes and random objects, instantly feels a pang of anxiety in the pit of his stomach but decides it’s something he really should do. He proceeds to re-arrange his closet and, as he progresses through all the junk, the feeling of anxiety gets smaller and smaller until (once he has finished) the feeling has gone…

The wise man, however, had a different strategy…On opening the closet and seeing a similar scene of chaos he quickly projects himself into the future…and imagines what it’s going to be like when he’s finished…The time and place when the closet looks clean, organised and just the way he wants it…On feeling the good feeling this brings he starts the tidy…The closer he gets to this image the better he feels until he experiences the sense of satisfaction on completion…

Because when you get down to it there’s always a way to do things that involves maximizing the pleasure and minimizing the stress…

So ask yourself the question, Why do I do what I do? Is it to mostly to avoid pain? or is it all about the pleasure? If it’s the former then shifting this more towards noticing the pleasure could be one of the best things you’ve ever done…

Check out www.scottishcentreofnlp.com for details of where you can see Steve and I train together very soon indeed

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