You must motivate yourself.

“OMG did you watch the latest podcast episode of “Tony Robbins”

“No, I didn’t!”

“What are waiting for you have to watch it. I can’t wait until the next one comes out. When I’m waiting on the next episode I also binge watch motivational videos on youtube from David Goggins, Kevin Hart, and Eric Thomas. I always feel more motivated after watching them.”

I’ve seen this quite a lot with many people. They’ll watch an Eric Thomas speech about grinding or watch another Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson video about staying hungry. Don’t get me wrong these videos are helpful and motivational but the problem comes when we are constantly seeking motivation, scrolling on social media looking for the next positive quote, or motivational guru to inspire us to keep moving. Which leads me to the question, “Can that person even motivate themselves on their own?”

Do you know what Dopamine means? Well first off, Dopamine is a type of neurotransmitter. Your body makes it, and your nervous system uses it to send messages between nerve cells. Dopamine plays a role in how we feel pleasure. To further elaborate, when you keep watching motivational videos everyday, your brain is training you to always want more.

There are many addictions in this world that harm us. The funny thing about it is we think it’s harmless. Motivational videos are an addiction because like with any addiction you become a dependent. But when it’s time to walk away, you simply can’t.

When you become a motivational junkie you merely a spectator not taking any action. You aren’t actually gaining any benefits from these videos if there isn’t any action. Think about it. If you watched that Eric Thomas video where he talks about, “Monday I grind, Tuesday I grind.” and you didn’t actually GRIND, Congratulations, you just played yourself (DJ Khaled voice)

It doesn’t make any sense. Trust me, I’ve been there. I used to watch motivational videos on a daily basis thinking that if I just watched the perfect one, I’ll be able to do something great. But if you’ve made it to this part of my blog post I’m here to tell you that binge watching anything positive, motivational, or anything to start your day is a waste of time. Instead, take the advice from these videos and implement them in your own schedule. You have to create “you” however, in order to find you it’s time for you to find yourself.

Nobody is put on this world to be the next Eric Thomas, David Goggins, or anyone like that. When you constantly are living vicariously through these people, addicted to their words, how they live their lives, manifestations, etc. you are just a clone. We have too many clones, now the world needs new and real people. Once you have kicked the habit of binge watching or looking for someone to motivate you, now you can grind. Now, you are hungry, a savage or a beast. However, it has to start with you because it can’t start by watching somebody else.

3 Comments

  1. I’m not a fan of motivational videos exactly for that reason! Instead of actually doing something, we waste time watching other people telling us how to be like them. No thanks! Great post 🙂

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  2. Amen to everything you wrote! God, I hate the whole self-help, motivational culture. It’s all basically the same recycled feel-good crap repackaged to sound a little bit different. Just send $19.99 and I’ll show you the key to happiness and motivation in five quick and easy steps. Right…

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