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Have you ever seen motivational stuff?
Of course you’ve seen it. Everyone has that one perpetually broke friend that always posts motivational stuff on Facebook or Instagram.
It probably gets a ton of likes and comments from other broke losers too.
Suspiciously enough, none of them ever appear to do anything significant with their lives. The closest they get is joining some dumb MLM like Amway.
Well, that entire side of the internet is a total joke. Here’s a random motivational video that I pulled off of YouTube:
That video is complete garbage.
This article will explain why motivational stuff is a waste of time. I’m also going to tell you how to stop needing external motivation. And no, you won’t get a sales pitch at the end of the article.
Just pure facts.
Why it’s a waste of time?
The people that watch the video linked above are the same people that never do anything. Period.
This is because watching that video releases dopamine and other fancy brain stuff that makes you think you accomplished something. And the people that watch that stuff are too scared to take a risk and start something challenging.
So they watch videos of other people doing it and trick themselves into thinking it’s them.
You know that feeling you get after lifting heavy weight?
That same feeling gets released after watching a motivational video. All those cool quotes, fancy music, and video clips of people accomplishing things make you feel rewarded… by design.
Are you seeing the problem?
The motivational video rewards you when you haven’t actually done anything.
It’s basically the exact same as watching porn, which I don’t recommend. All watching; no doing.
They All Say The Same Thing
The other problem with this… All these motivational videos say the exact same thing:
- Work hard.
That’s it. That’s literally the only insight you’ll get from these videos.
You don’t need a video, quote, or a $5000 seminar to tell you that.
How To Not Need External Motivation
Everyone needs motivation, I get it. We all have self-doubt at some point.
That is perfectly normal.
However, you don’t need external motivation. That just means you’re looking for validation from your peers, which is lame. It also means you’re a puppet to someone else since your emotional state relies on them.
Not a good situation.
Anyway, here’s the guide on internally motivating yourself.
Step 1: Avoid the urge
I’m just going to assume that you’re a person addicted to watching motivational videos or reading motivational quotes. The first step is to avoid the urge to do that stuff.
Again, that stuff doesn’t do anything for you. You really have to internalize that all that crap is porn for wannabes.
A good technique is to leave comments like, “Motivational videos are dumb” if you do watch a motivational video.
People are going to get pissed. That’s ok.
Just don’t respond to their comments. Try not to get too emotional about the responses either. Lots of them are going to be nasty.
I’m sorry that there isn’t a better technique. You just have to exhibit some willpower when doing this.
And honestly, if you can not resist the urge to stop wasting time on useless stuff, then you aren’t going to make it.
Step 2: Do something productive
Do something else when you have that urge to watch motivational videos. 100% of the people watching motivational videos have never taken a risk in their life, so don’t be like that.
If you don’t have anything to do, then find something to do.
Step 2a: “But I don’t have anything to do!!!”
Shutup. Everyone has something better to do than watch dumb motivational videos because just about everything is better than motivational videos.
If you honestly can’t think of something to do, then make a list of what you’re already good at doing. This list should have at least 10 items on it, but I recommend as many as possible.
Trust me, almost everyone is good at something. You’ll think of something.
They can be anything too. Businesses are great, and masculine hobbies are ok.
Businesses are better since they make money.
Step 3: Focus on that stuff
Spend all your time focusing on that thing you discovered that you like. It should be something that you enjoy doing. Like the kind of stuff that you enjoy doing in your free time. Not something that feels tedious like a job.
Though it will have tough moments from time to time.
Step 4: Forget About Motivational Stuff
You’ll notice that you stop craving motivational stuff the more real work you complete.
Funny how that works.
Motivational stuff is bad. It’s basically porn. The best way to stop watching it is…
Stop watching it.
Fill your day with more productive activities. Those productive activities will give you real satisfaction in your brain AND your bank account.