The Surprising Contradiction of Motivation

Motivation comes in many different forms. If you’re like me, when I’m stuck in a rut or just need a pick me up, I will go to YouTube for inspirational videos or look at Pinterest for some motivation. If you’re like me, you’ve also probably found yourself digging around for motivation for hours behind your computer screen. Seems a little counter-productive right?

We all need to find our own motivation. That means getting away from our computer (unless you are reading my blog.. then by all means, carry on). Most motivational posters and quotes are contradictory these days anyways. Take a look at these for example:

Good Things Come to Those Who Work     Good Things Come to Those Who Wait


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See, now aren’t you feeling conflicted?

These are just a few examples. The point is.. for every motivational quote there is an equal and opposite motivation quote it seems like. We have to find out how to motivate ourselves with our own advice. We are the best indicator of what works for us and what doesn’t.

Happy Thursday Everyone!


33 thoughts on “The Surprising Contradiction of Motivation

  1. So true that people are looking for motivation or inspiration in a quote instead of just listening to themselves or observing their environment. Great post!

  2. I always feel like the majority of stuff that gets passed around as motivational is just nothingness. What really matters is what you’re ready and willing to do, let go of, and put behind you to get ahead. All of the quotes, posters, and videos in the world won’t help you if you’re not ready and willing to make a move.

  3. Absolutely agree with you. I generally find motivational quotations irritate rather than inspire. They just seem so trite most of the time. It’s been my experience that actual motivation/inspiration comes from a complete story, not one sentence.

  4. Everyone is different and, at least in my opinion, it is important to act in accordance to yourself. I start to see that now. I must say your post surprised me – I was often thinking about the paradox of the content, which can be found on the net, especially in terms of motivation. Now I can see the point 🙂

  5. Thank you for this amazing post. Like I always say “If success is the car, and life is the road, then Motivation is the steering wheel”.

  6. Love this blog. Motivation is complex, and always personal.
    We’ve kicked off a project to design and sell motivational posters and stickers. We’d love to hear what you think of them.

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  8. Yeah you are perfect just as you are but you have to know who you are.See the real you and increase your difference.
    Nice post.There is so much over here like stop dreaming and start doing.

  9. this is a very neat post! I think you are absolutely right, we need to stop focusing on what everyone else is doing and focus on what we need to do for ourselves. “Stop comparing yourself to others. You are uniquely endowed with the abilities necessary to be exactly what you were born to be; to perfectly fulfill your life as it was written from the beginning!”

  10. You hit the nail on the head when you stated, “we are the best indicators of what works for us and what doesn’t.” There are always people, as well as contradicting quotes as was mentioned that tell us how we should do things, and what would uplifts us. Sometimes one needs to sit back, evaluate, and determine what is best for them selves.

  11. These quotes on posters are really motivational. I liked this quote very much :
    “Don’t be afraid to change. You may lose something good but you may gain something better. “

  12. Life is all about perspective. Whether the cup is half full or half empty depends on the preceeding circumstance. Did you pour half away or did you put a half measure in?

  13. There are four seasons. Likewise we go through highs and lows daily or in our careers too. Motivation is important at lows for some people, whose esteem might suffer further after that. Else the low is only a passing phase, hold on there.

  14. With all of this conflicting advice it is no wonder why I sometimes find myself confused about how to get motivated. I guess like you said we are supposed to find motivation from within and not look to others because we are all motivated differently.

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