Do you battle with inspiration? Regardless of whether it’s not having enough or having a lot with no objective to point it at; understanding ‘inspiration’ from a developmental and mental perspective, could well be the way to assist you with yours. In this article we will inspect exactly what inspiration is, from a ‘drive hypothesis’ viewpoint. We’re then, at that point, going to offer you some functional guidance to follow, that will assist you with diverting your inspiration in help of a deliberately picked and wanted objective. A ton of this could fall under the standard of ‘arrangement’. In other words: picking an objective that you genuinely want, associating that ultimate objective with your inward power/ability/range of abilities and afterward making moves that unavoidably lead to said objective turning out to be essential for your experience. You might have never however of yourself thusly, yet you are an ideal showing machine. Simply require a moment to ponder your life up until this second; every one of the upside, awful and uninterested encounters. The amount of all that is the sort of person you are at the present time.
How incredible could you be in understanding your objectives/dreams, assuming you could channel that showing power and aggregate it at your ideal results? Imagine a scenario in which you could begin to do this, basically by changing your reasoning. Stop and think for a minute: this isn’t just with regards to finding better approaches to move forward aimlessly with any old pursuit. This is about you having the option to comprehend your passionate association (head) to your inspirations and why there might be a distinction. Are your inspirations really lined up with who you need to be and would they say they are truly serving you… or another person?
We should discover together!
What Is a Drive Theory?
Above all else, how about we cover off precisely what we mean by a ‘Drive Theory’. The term ‘drive’ in accordance with human conduct was thought to have been first utilized by R.S. Wordsworth in his 1918 book, Dynamic Psychology.
Indeed it was American thinkers J.B. Watson and J.J.B Morgan who distributed a paper in the April 1917 issue of the American Journal of Psychology entitled Emotional Reactions and Psychological Experimentation.
All things considered; in a letter that Wordsworth shipped off Young, Young cited him as saying:
“A machine has an instrument to such an extent that in case it is gotten going it works with a particular goal in mind; yet it should be driven to move. The “drive” of a machine is the inventory of energy that gets it going” (Young, 1936, p. 71).
What he, Watson and Morgan we as a whole discussing is the connection between our major passionate states and our inspiration. They based their proposition on three key feelings: dread, fury, and love (utilizing love in around the very sense that Freud utilizes sex).
It could truly be any sort of enthusiastic charge. Concerning inspiration, it is the passionate states that are worked around a shortfall of something. These create adequate ability (inspiration) inside us to make a move to fill that nonappearance.
So a ‘Drive Theory’ is truly taking a gander at the feelings that lie behind a particular human conduct, directed in the assistance of a ultimate objective. The drive hypothesis of inspiration is likely the most crucial of all drive speculations, since it lies at the core of all that we do!
Finding Your ‘Why’
In a lot of the early discussions of “drive” amongst philosophers, the term was often used in quotation marks. Suggestive of their desire to highlight its utilisation as a new term. This also implies that they considered it to be, in some way malleable and open to a degree of interpretation.
If you are struggling with motivation at work or in your personal life, you might find it easier to package all of this up as your ‘why’.
You have doubtlessly encountered the kid who replies, obnoxiously and robot-like to ever answer they’re given with “why?” It may be annoying, but they have actually stumbled upon something: our relationship with truth!
As adults it is very easy to get lost in the short-hand. It is a product of our subconscious programming that we seek efficiencies. This makes perfect sense, of course. If you had to remember to take every breath and how to walk each time you got up, you’d never get anything done.
This relentless automation and corner-cutting can catch us out though. We can get lost on paths, dictated by motivations that we don’t actually want anymore and that are not serving us.
A lot of psychology seeks to route out childhood trauma, and for good reason! Our subconscious mind is programmed using the language of emotional energy. In our formative years, this is all the more prevalent since we have not yet developed an intellect. It is therefore very easy for trauma to become stuck, dictating our behavior long into adulthood without us even realizing it.
Really interrogating why we want (or don’t want) something, is the vital first step in finding your ‘why’. It could well be that the reason for your lack of motivation, tendency towards procrastination and apparent self-sabotage: is that you don’t really want it!
The Drive Theory of Motivation and a Midlife Crisis
Coming back to that scenario from earlier – being motivated by the fear that you will end up in a future space of lack. This is what lies at the heart of most midlife crises. It’s the realization, whether by deliberate thought or not, that you have been living your life motivated by someone else’s drive.
The scales of time have tipped against you and you’ve spent most of your life dancing to the tune of someone else! Possibly not even a real person, but an assumed one. We can avoid this though, if we do the work of consciously engaging with what’s driving us now.
Quite often the mid-life crisis is the truth no longer able to be tempered by our narrative, breaking through. Once the illusion that there will always be enough time breaks down, what we really knew all along bursts out.
Most people know; working in a job that will enable them to jump through societal hoops (mortgage, pension, savings account etc…) isn’t satisfying. They do it because they want it to pay off in ‘the future’, but of course they don’t really consider that it will mean spending most of their lives in service of their final few years.
When the drive theory behind their motivations is exposed and breaks down, that’s where things are thrown into disarray. They realize that they’ve been driven by the fear that they will not meet the standards of someone else, and it is devastating.
The Role of ‘Time’ in the Drive Theory of Motivation
Again: this may seem obvious on the face of it, but it’s important to talk about the importance of time when it comes to our motivations.
I’m sure you’ve heard the term ‘deferred gratification ’ before. It’s often used as a basic indicator of intelligence and marker for success in life. In essence, what that’s pointing to is an understanding that future payoffs can be greater, if we don’t seek immediate reward.
When it comes to our motivation, time is fundamental to how it all plays out. In fact; time is the problem, because you are starting in one place and want to end up somewhere else. The whole reason why you’re motivated to take action, is so that your future is different to your present.
What is behind this motivation? It could be about control: that you wish to build in a degree of certainty to your future, so that you know you will be financially or emotionally secure.
Say you are motivated to do a masters degree and pay into a pension, because you want to build better job prospects and have financial security when you get older. You’re taking action now, in order to reap assumed rewards in the future.
What is driving you here though? What’s the emotional engine that is turning the wheels? Fear. Fear that you will end up in a future space of lack.
We are going to park this scenario for now, but I want you to remember it, because we’re going to come back to it later.
The other role of time in what drives us, is of course that it’s finite. Being the only living creatures that recognize the inevitability of our eventual death, we know that we must take action now before death occurs, if we want to experience something in our lifetime.
The Role of Environment in Drive and Motivation
This is just to briefly touch on the role that our environment, both societal and geographic, plays in what motivates us.
From a geographic perspective it is quite obvious that, where seasonal changes are most severe; people have had to cultivate a motivation to shore themselves up during the less extreme periods, in order to weather the more extreme ones. “Make hay while the sun shines” and all that. The drive here is clearly a simple fear for survival.
When it comes to societal factors; it is first important to recognize why we are social creatures in the first place. A lot of it stems from the necessity for care as infants. Whereas a foal or calf can stand and walk unaided in a matter of hours after birth, human children require years of dependency in order to develop complex motor skills.
So we are born with an innate understanding of our frailties and need for help from others, and this motivates us to cultivate a support group. Whether that’s in the form of family, friends or mentors; we know that we need help. That fear of not receiving the requisite nurture and guidance in order to survive is what drives us to form bonds with others.
Quite a lot is made of the ‘evils’ of capitalism and money being the route of all evil etc… the implication being that these are the wrong kinds of things to be driven by.
No doubt, people feel pressured into ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ – but the drive behind that again is fear. The fear of missing out, being judged or left behind and therefore not having a support group. It stems from the same place as our need for nurture and inclusion; we want to keep growing!
Money is nothing more than the representation of a collectively agreed aggregation of value. It’s a totem. We can attach any meaning to money we want. Seeking more of it, in order to fulfill our true desires, instead of someone else’s: doesn’t change the outcome or even the motivation, on the face of it.
What does change is the intention – and that is where the really important drive lies.
How to Understand Your ‘Drive’ And Start Taking Back Control of Your Motivation
The first thing to recognize, own and accept; is that you have never failed at anything! You are a manifesting machine, operating 24/7 with flawless execution. Failure doesn’t exist, but incorrect belief systems do!
You need to start thinking of yourself as the creator of your reality. Not God-like or anything like that; you’re not able to dictate external forces per se, but you absolutely can dictate your response to them!
A simple (to understand, harder to implement) life hack is to practice gratitude. By simply looking for all of the things to be grateful for in our lives, we begin to train our subconscious to start seeing more to be grateful for. This starts feeding our reticular activating system (RAC) and creates one of those handy, corner-cutting short-hands in our subconscious.
Pretty soon all you will see in any given situation is what you can be grateful for, and in doing so: you will have reclaimed your power as the architect of your reality.
In accepting that fundamental truth though, you have to also own it all. Everything that has led to this point and all of the experiences you’ve had in your life…are on you! Of course: disasters may have befallen you in your time and probably will again, but how you choose to respond to them is entirely up to you.
This is not about blame or judgement. Don’t use this as an excuse for self-flagellation. You simply need to recognize that who you are today and the makeup of the world around you was as a result of choice.
Once you’re armed with that fundamental truth and power, you can go about making new choices for new outcomes. If indeed: you want new outcomes. You might find that, in delving into what your drive has been up until now and what you thought your motivations were, you are actually happy with where you’re at. If so: celebrate that!