Subthread GetMotivated

[Image] You need not their approval

[Image] You need not their approval

This is true. Unfortunately, the ones who struggle the most with liking themselves are often the same to worry about the opinion of others, and that is a deep hole to climb out of ):

[IMAGE] Say what you want about his movies, but this man knows how to motivate and inspire.

[IMAGE] Say what you want about his movies, but this man knows how to motivate and inspire.

I've seen him speak a few times and every time he he'll find a way to be incredibly encouraging and supportive of people's ambitions. He even once acted out a scene from clerks with a fan who wanted to practice for an audition.

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[Discussion] Why do I feel incredibly motivated at night, plan out everything I'm going to do tomorrow, do nothing the next day and repeat forever?

[Discussion] Why do I feel incredibly motivated at night, plan out everything I'm going to do tomorrow, do nothing the next day and repeat forever?

And how can I escape this awful cycle?

EDIT: Mandatory "R.I.P my inbox" required. But seriously, I only expected like five replies so thanks a kabillion for replying and I hope anyone else who has the same issue can find some advice here. I'll try and make another edit with a summary of everything on this thread. Once again, thanks bros.

You subconsciously know that you can't do anything RIGHT now so it sounds great and you gain motivation. Once the task is Infront of you, and you can do something about it, the motivation vanishes because motivation doesn't get shit done. Discipline does. Check out Elliot Hulse on YouTube for some inspiration.

[Tool] Marcus Aurelius said - “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and thus you have the power to revoke at any moment.”

[Tool] Marcus Aurelius said - “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and thus you have the power to revoke at any moment.”
[Tool] Marcus Aurelius said - “If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and thus you have the power to revoke at any moment.”►

I've always liked this quote.

Stoicism basically says that all you can control is your reaction (thoughts) about a situation. So yeah a lot of it is easier said then done, but in theory, its safe to say that if you stopped looking at things as life ending, they would be easier.

Seneca contemplated bad things happening, in order to appreciate what he had. The Stoic rival Epicurus practiced poverty to determine whether he really needed what he had. But it was Musonius, says Irvine, who took things to a higher level:

In particular, we should periodically cause ourselves to experience discomfort that we could easily have avoided. We might accomplish this by underdressing for cold weather or going shoeless.

Or we might periodically allow ourselves to become thirsty or hungry, even though food and water are at hand, and we might sleep on a hard bed, even though a soft one is available.

The Stoics didn't embrace discomforts such as cold, or sleeping on a hard floor out of masochism, rather the Stoics advocate for the deliberate use of discomfort to raise the appreciation for what they currently have.

Epictetus advocates this:

“But neither a bull nor a noble-spirited man comes to be what he is all at once; he must undertake hard winter training, and prepare himself, and not propel himself rashly into what is not appropriate to him.” (TD, Book One, Ch. 2, p. 10)

As with any practice that defies the norm, there is always criticism of such unusual practices, that to the average person may in fact just seem pointless, only being convincing through the rhetoric dialogue of ancient Stoic writing.

Simply, voluntary discomfort helps us practice being indifferent to situations that to the normal, untrained and unwise would seem stressful and disheartening.

What are your thoughts?

Same sort of concept is brought up in Buddhism. You can't control what happens in life but you can control your reaction.

[Image] Fight Club motivating us who need that extra nudge

[Image] Fight Club motivating us who need that extra nudge

"It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything"

That one helped me up from rock-bottom a time or two.

[Image] Don't think too much...

[Image] Don't think too much...

I think it's supposed to be a 'don't get overwhelmed' kind of motivation, so a better way to put it might be 'don't focus on the mountain you have to climb, just look at the next step'. The person is still trying to get to the top, it's just easier for people to think in small steps, or maybe not I don't know.

Try one of these subthreads