Motivation

A key ingredient to achieving your dreams is understanding how motivation works, how to get yourself motivated and what style of motivation drives you.

Motivation is the umph! we need to keep moving toward our goals and dreams. The etymology of the word means to literally to stimulate toward action, or a cause for action.

These sources of motivation can be:

1.Intrinsic – meaning you had an idea to do something like get fit, so you started a work out plan. Or you wanted to learn a foreign language, so you signed up for a course.

2. Extrinsic – meaning someone around you pressured you into doing something. An extreme form of this could be an intervention orchestrated by a friend group or family. Extrinsic motivation happens any time there’s outside pressure to change.

3. Fear-based – this happens when you’re motivated to do something because of a fear of failure. This kicks in when you’ve told someone about your goals and you’re afraid of disappointing that person. Fear-based motivation could also help you to overcome your fears. Let’s say you have a fear of flying but you want to travel. You are then motivated to overcome that fear to achieve another goal.

4. Achievement-based – this is where you are motivated to achieve a certain status, complete a task, recognition for work done, or doing certain things in life purely for the “experience points”. I tend to fall into this category and will take on challenging projects or conversations just for the experience of having completed the task.

5. Incentive-based – this is a another version of achievement-based motivation where you can incentivize yourself with smaller rewards. An example could be rewarding yourself with a new “toy” for completing a fitness goal.

6. Attitude Motivation – this is a new form of motivation I just learned about. It’s based on the idea of changing the way you see the world and your belief systems to enhance the quality of your life. I would probably associate this with refining and practicing spiritual beliefs. It can also be related to being motivated to work for a non-profit with a specific cause in an effort to change other’s ideas and beliefs.

7. Family Motivated – this is for people who are motivated to take care of their family or the people they love.

8. Creativity Motivated – applies to people who are motivated by the desire for creative expression. This may also mean that you feel you have a message or something to say that you want to get out into the world.

9. Learning/Competence Motivated – this is a desire to learn and continue to learn. This would be the motivation for a professional student. Someone who just loves learning and being in a learning environment.

10. Psychological Motivation – In this context this means being motivated to fulfill a need from Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. These would be the needs for food, shelter, and self-fulfillment.

These motivations are the driving factors behind behaviors. You can utilize different types of motivation in different situations of life to better serve you. Having an understanding of these different types and applying their uses can help you to achieve your goals.

Conversely, you can look at your behaviors and determine which type of motivation is in play that is causing that behavior. This can help you to break out of negative habits to develop a better life. An example I can think of is quitting smoking. For me smoking was a way to take a break from a situation and calm some anxiety. By learning some simple breathing techniques and applying certain phrases, I was able to learn more healthy coping mechanisms that allow me to stay more connected to others while giving myself what I need in the moment.

That’s a lot to take in and consider. Let’s break the idea of motivation down into some tips and tricks you can use to get yourself moving!

TIPS!

  • Exercise
  • Build A Support System
  • Declare Your Goals
  • Look at Your Goals Daily
  • Find Inspiration
  • One Goal at A Time
  • Smile
  • Go For a Walk (get moving)
  • Recognize the Ebb and Flow of Motivation
  • Take Smaller Steps
  • Celebrate Your Success
  • Call for Help
  • Focus on the Benefits
  • Positive Affirmations
  • Research Others Who Have Achieved Your Dream
  • Talk About Your Dreams with A Friend

Do you have any additional tips for motivation? Are there any particular motivation styles you gravitate towards? Mention them below in the comments!

Encyclopedia of Hip Stretches: Psychological/Metaphysical Connections

What does this mean?

If you have ever read Louise Hay or studied the yoga postures, you probably came across the idea that we hold emotions and belief patterns in different areas of the body. It is believed that specific areas of tension mean certain things. I believe this is true in a very generalized sense. Every person’s story is a bit different, but on the whole human emotions occur on a similar spectrum. In this blog we are going to review the spectrum of emotions that can get caught in the hips.

Louise Hay is a huge person in understanding the metaphysical connections to the body. In her book “You can Heal your Life” she goes through the entire body to show you both the possible causes and the affirmations to heal certain emotional states. She believed that Illness however mild or severe is an indicator of your emotional state, caused by your thoughts and focus.

For Louise the Hip is about carrying the body in perfect balance. They are the major thrust in moving forward. If you have hip pain you may have a fear of going forward with major decisions or feel like you have nothing to move forward to.

Affirmations: 

I am in perfect balance. I move forward in life with ease and with joy at every age.

What do affirmations really do?

Affirmations are a way to reprogram your mind. Whatever you focus on in life will grow. These phrases focus your mind to allow the feeling of “being in perfect balance” to grow in your life. 

As a hypothetical example, if you wake up every morning with hip pain and also think “There’s really no point in getting up because nothing I do ever matters.” That is going to impede your desire to move forward. If you take the time to meditate on the above phrase and ask these questions: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind? Does this improve the silence? If you answered no to any of these questions, it’s time to take control of your inner voice and focus it into a new direction. You probably wouldn’t say something like that to your friend so why would you say it to yourself?

You can take control of your thoughts and your outlook on life by focusing on positive phrases. 

Our Spiritual Nutrition

One of my favorite quick reference metaphysical online resources is “Our Spiritual Nutrition”. It a comprehensive collection of psychological connections and metaphysical explanations for aches, pains, diseases, and mental health disorders. The only downside to this site is the lack of positive affirmations as remedies to the dis-ease, but if you take a few extra moments when reading you can create your own positive affirmations.

Here’s what Our Spiritual Nutrition Says about the hips:

Represent our comfort (or lack thereof) with letting go of the past
Issues that can arise:
Arthritis – Inability to move forward for fear of leaving someone or something behind. Unable or unwilling to release an out-dated belief system. Can be a fear of being left behind (abandonment) or of becoming useless
Broken – Anger that one is being forced to change because of changes that occurred that were beyond one’s control. Victim attitude.
Bursitis – Anger and distress about the constant chang
es that life brings

The Spiritual Meaning of Hip Pain

  • Fear of making major decisions.
  • Feel as though you have nothing to look forward to. 
  • Feeling a lack of physical and/or emotional support.
  • Resistance to current experiences.
  • Fear of moving forward in life, career, relationship.
  • Fear of the future.
  • Fear of change. 
  • Inability to let go of the past.
  • Feeling unable to stand alone. 
  • Anger at parents.
  • Concerns about your life purpose. 
  • Fear of intimacy.
  • Holding on to past hurt. 
  • Withdrawing energy from a person or relationship.
  • Feeling as though you are on shaky ground. 
  • Feeling insecure.
  • Feeling useless.
  • Wanting to move away from a person or situation.
  • Carrying too much emotional weight for others. 
  • Finding it hard to be independent.
  • Conflict between moving forward and holding on. 
  • Anxiety.
  • Fear.
  • Financial Fear.

It’s a good time to stop what you’re doing, pause, take an inventory of your life, and slow down before making any major decisions. Reevaluate the pace of your daily life. 

Right hip: What you express, give out, and assert. Pain in this hip could be an unresolved issue regarding one of these topics.

Left hip: Represents the mother, family, nurturing. Pain in this area could be unresolved issues regarding these topics.

Other Affirmations

I am always connected to the infinite love and gratitude of the universe and no one can hurt me.

I honor it is not knowing the HOW but focusing on my desires.

I carry myself in perfect balance.

I am able to process, metabolize, and release all emotions.

I release any fear I have stored in my hips.

I release any anger I have stored in my hips.

I am free to move.

My hips are strong and healthy.

I allow myself to believe I deserve to heal.

I let go of the past with ease.

I am confident.

I am useful.

I am abundant.

You can create your own custom affirmations to heal whatever hip pain you may be experiencing. The easiest way to create an affirmation is to look at a phrase like “I fear change” and state the opposite starting with “I” or “I am”. For example: say “I allow change in my life” or “I adjust to change easily and effortlessly”

Comments:

Do you have any questions about the psychological and metaphysical connection between thoughts and hip pain?

Did you come up with some amazing affirmations you want to share?

Comment below and start a conversation!!

References:

Louise Hay

http://www.ourspiritualnutrition.com/is05.htm

https://www.insightstate.com/health/hip-pain-spiritual-meaning-causes-healing/

https://www.healing-affirmations.com/24-emotional-issues-directly-linked-to-hip-pain/