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Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Intentionality of Motivation

Motivation is a key ingredient in success. Becoming motivated and remaining motivated despite apparent and possibly frequent setbacks is just as key an ingredient. It's not enough that you recognize how important motivation is, it's also critical that you know how to go about acquiring motivation in the most trying of circumstances.

A favorite quotation since I read it the first time, and one I incorporated in Rewiring the Soul: Fnding the Possible Self is this one by Zig Ziglar: People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.

Clearly, motivation is not something you 'get' once and then it stays with you forever. Rather, motivation is something that needs to be cultivated every day, just as you might cultivate a relationship with a person whom you someday hope to marry.

In the past few days I've been reading a marvelous new book by Malcolm Gladwell called David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants and in one of the chapters the author dedicates quite a number of pages to the importance of being motivated to get away from something you don't like as a prime factor in bringing you to the threshold of success. But just as clearly, while many people are not happy with their circumstances, they lack the motivation to do what the individual described in Gladwell's book did, in order to achieve his goals. He also refers to the fact that underdog strategies are very hard. Being motivated and using underdog strategies (as in the analogy of David and Goliath) are not necessarily the same thing, but frequently being motivated into using those hard underdog strategies is what propels someone forward.

So back to motivation and intentionality. Doesn't it stand to reason that if you do not set out with the intention of finding motivation - not as often as you can, but as often as you need it - you won't be motivating yourself enough to ever get where you want to go? And being intentional about your motivation implies being aware. Awareness about your inner state is essential if you want to use your intention to find motivation. If you don't realize that your inner state - the state of your energetic frequency - has decreased and shifted and your pro-activity is no longer where it could ideally be; if it takes you - because you are not as conscious and aware as you could be - so much longer to realize those downward shifts of that inner state, clearly you won't be looking for motivation the same way another, more aware individual would as soon as he/she recognizes the need for it. And so intention enters the scenario not only because you intend to find motivation at all times, but because you intend to be aware.

I can't stress this enough. Without motivation you have little chance to achieve your dreams. And without intention, you have even less. As always, it is a choice you make, because - at least this - is all in your own hands.

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Books by Dr. Gabriella Kortsch:

Rewiring the Soul

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Reviews From the Back Cover:

"The masterwork of a profoundly gifted healer of the soul. Dazzling, challenging, wondrously useful." Peggy Rubin, Director, Center for Sacred Theatre, Ashland, Oregon; author: To Be and How To Be, Transforming Your Life Through Sacred Theatre

"Rewiring the Soul is one the best introductions to the spiritual life I've ever read. Not esoteric but real-world & practical. The implications are profound." Peter Shepherd; Founder Trans4mind.com; author: Daring To Be Yourself 

"The human being's directory to the soul. A breakthrough for those seeking practical assistance, those of a more mystical bent & every soul awaiting discovery." Toni Petrinovich, Ph.D.; author: The Call: Awakening the Angelic Human

The Tao of Spiritual Partnership

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Praise for The Tao of Spiritual Partnership

“All humans seek the illusive touch of another's Soul, which opens us to the sense of belonging to something bigger than the self. Dr. Kortsch has given us the true "tao" of relationship in this brilliant exploration of emotional tapestry. We will be grateful for this illumination of spiritual partnership for generations to come."
Chris Griscom: Spiritual Leader, Author

“Eloquently and comprehensive, showing how your primary love relationship may be a sacred vessel that transports you and your partner to a place of mutual healing and expansion.” 

Robert Schwartz: Author of Your Soul’s Gift: The Healing Power of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born 


The Power of Your Heart: Loving the Self (coming October 2013)


My new book: The Power of Your Heart: Loving the Self, is due out later this year. Here is a brief excerpt from the Introduction:

It is your right to live a life of love. It is your right to understand that loving yourself first is not a selfish way of behavior, but one that allows you to live that life of love. However, it's highly probable that you never got the instruction manual explaining exactly how to accomplish this. Possibly your family - and it may have been a loving family - considered loving the self an act of selfishness. Or perhaps the members of your family simply didn't practice loving the self, and of course, what you didn't see - what was not shown to you - while you were growing up, meant that you just didn't learn how to apply it to yourself. The closer you are able to move towards loving yourself, the closer you will be to living a life of love - quite independently of whether you are in a love relationship or not. A life of love can be lived with or without a partnership, because a life of love implies that you know that it all begins with you by loving the self. The more clearly you understand how to love yourself, the more clearly you will see that it is very hard - if not impossible - to love others in ways that are unrelated to fulfilling any of your needs. Loving yourself first is - for so many of us - one of the hardest things we will ever learn how to do. But know this: the benefits affect you in every particle of your being - body, mind, and soul - and are greater than you will ever be able to imagine.


Note: If you are wondering why this blog is now only appearing on alternate days (excluding Sat/Sun), it is because I also post on my other blog on the others days. That other blog is The Tao of Spiritual Partnership, so named for my new book. Click here to visit the blog and/or to sign up for the feed.

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