The Desperation Cycle And Failing Motivation



Many think motivation is​ useless because it​ doesn’t ensure long-lasting results. This thought tendency can be seen in​ what I call the​ Desperation Cycle. the​ Desperation Cycle shows how human nature influences us to​ take the​ easiest path instead of​ the​ best one. in​ persuasion, we need to​ pull people out of​ the​ Desperation Cycle and​ into permanent, long-term motivation.

We all know we are creatures of​ habit. We are like water following the​ path of​ least resistance. as​ creatures of​ habit, we dwell in​ our comfort zones, places where we don’t have to​ think or​ expend much energy in​ analyzing our surroundings. in​ these zones, we become complacent, comfortable and​ resistant to​ change. We live by habit and​ routine in​ our comfort zones. We don’t stretch or​ strive for​ excellence. We consider change only when the​ pain of​ our current situation becomes too intense to​ ignore. Fear of​ the​ unknown and​ fear of​ making mistakes are also reasons why we stay in​ our comfort zone. We love our comfort zone because it​ is​ a​ safe place where we can reduce our mistakes and​ keep our failures to​ a​ minimum. Mark Twain said, “A cat that steps on a​ hot stove once will never step on a​ hot stove again but neither will it​ step on a​ cold one.” the​ comfort zone is​ safe and​ warm, but it​ keeps us paralyzed and​ unmotivated to​ venture out of​ it.

In the​ Desperation Cycle, we first feel safe in​ our comfort zone. Then, fear even begins to​ creep into our complacency. Only then do we realize that we haven’t accomplished any of​ the​ things we need to​ do. Suddenly, we fear what we are becoming and​ where we are going. as​ we contemplate our destination, we panic and​ work frantically to​ save ourselves. This frantic rehabilitation lasts just long enough for​ us to​ see exactly how steep the​ hill is​ going to​ be or​ how long the​ marathon really is. Then the​ excitement dies. We numb ourselves to​ these stark realizations and​ find ourselves lulled back into our comfort zone.

Let’s say you have a​ high school reunion coming up, but for​ the​ past decade, you’ve been enjoying some of​ life’s finer foods. Over the​ years, your pants have become a​ little tighter and​ tighter. You don’t want to​ go your reunion in​ this fat stage. You then begin to​ fear what it’s going to​ be like to​ show up at​ your reunion looking this way. Panic hits and​ you vow that you will lose weight before the​ looming event arrives. to​ that end, you starve yourself. You even start to​ exercise. the​ pounds come off and​ you go to​ your reunion, a​ slimmer and​ more confident individual. Then the​ cycle comes full circle. You get home and​ think it’d be nice to​ continue shedding the​ pounds, but you realize it’s harder than you thought. You begin to​ enjoy the​ finer things in​ life again, just a​ little bit at​ first then more and​ more as​ time goes by. the​ weight then returns and​ you start the​ vicious cycle all over again.





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