Doing the Opposite: A Greener Pasture or Danger

If you’re always looking for motivation, that means you don’t really want to do whatever you’re about to do. But you have to do it anyway because other people depend on you.

Sometimes it works. Sometimes you can’t tell. Yet you have to do it anyway.

But what if you’re sick and tired of it? What if no matter how many motivational quotes or videos you consume, you still feel lazy?

Simple answer: Just do the opposite.

Instead of selling that product, don’t sell. Instead of going to your workplace, don’t go. Instead of calling that prospect, don’t call. Instead of writing that essay, don’t write. Instead of finishing whatever you’ve started, don’t finish.

Who knows there are more important things you can do once you stop doing them. Things that are more beneficial in the long run. Things that matter more. Yes it might lead you to a greener pasture.

However, it’s also a double-edged sword. There are consequences. And you might experience them sooner or later. You might get fired. Your family might starve. You might lose something precious — home or loved ones.

Doing the opposite always comes with a price.

If you think about it, those are the reasons why you must keep going even if you feel unmotivated — because you or your loved ones could be in danger in the future. You don’t want that to happen.

That’s the point. If there’s no real danger, why bother doing it?

Of course most people learn it the hard way. They succumb to fear and give up. They lose perspective.

If you always keep in mind the real danger ahead, perhaps there’s no need to seek motivation at all.