Metaphors Gone Wild: Fire and Encouragement

"If my 75% player plays 50% of his talents," said Legendary Football coach Vince Lombardi once and "your 100% player plays 10% under his capability, my player will work every time."

Author Stephen Covey has acknowledged that the motivation is simply metaphoric "fire inside". This fire can of course be destructive – just think of the latest fires in California. But properly controlled, fire can provide benefits in numerous areas.

Think of the motivation of fire, we can apply our energy to ensure that work and not destruction lead to. Yes, there is energy in negative emotions. Wrath, frustration, jealousy – if the power of these emotions can be reversed, wonderful things can happen. Need proof? Consider the words of jazz maestro Duke Ellington: "I sincerely took the energy needed to pout and wrote some blues."

Recognize that under any circumstances, you can understand it as it is, worse it or do it better. There are no other choices. Ideally, you are the person who wants to make conditions that are less ideal than they are. If so, your preconceived decisions are highly self-sufficient. And there is a great symmetrical relationship between success and self-esteem: the more you do well, the more your confidence grows. And the more your confidence increases, the more you do it well.

Often, interest is hard to find, even if it's all about us – or over us. When Henry David Thoreau urged others to "stop giving this crust!" He issued a strong command to seek more of life than surplus. The second half of his reminder was the observation that "there was a mature fruit above the head". If you're stuck in a mouse doused fire, if all you see is the ashes of hope, then you need to look and above you. And if you still can not see the option, ask a trusted friend to discuss the potential fruit found in your environment, in your life.

MOTIVATION – Before or on?
Not surprisingly, psychologists tell us that negative stress is seen when we think we have little or no control over the situation. One indication of your personal management may be in the way you answer the question: "How do you know when you have done a good job?". If you testify to others – for example, "My boss tells me she is happy with my work" – then the external check rate in your stress equations is probably quite high. However, if you cite yourself – for example, "I'm pleased with the results of this project" – then your internal management component is probably pretty healthy.

Ideally you can describe your own motives. Yes, it's a great feeling when others know our efforts. But it's more important to be able to celebrate our efforts ourselves.
Think about everything you do on a weekly basis. How many of them are you doing for your own wishes / intentions and how many people are doing because others expect or want you? Express your answer as a percentage: To what extent do you feel "outside control"? If your life is controlled by others more than 50% of the time, you might want to stoke your own interests.

Jose Feliciano stood at the top of the skies in the late 1960s by asking someone else to relieve his fire. The feeling is romantic, to be sure. But in terms of personal goal setting and performance, it's always best to describe the fire by motivating oneself.


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