Here is a simple quiz to help you determine your self motivation. I call it The Verona School Self Motivation Quiz. The questions come from a number of resources that you can easily access on google. I’ve selected those that are relevant to folks who might be “like-minded” with regard to life goals. Verona School was designed to be a Self Motivation Workplace. So…the quiz is geared to VERONA folks. That is: Veterans, Ex-Cons and Drug Addicts, Retired Folks; One Income Families; Neglected folks (homeless, elderly shut-ins) and Average Joe 96%er).
Here’s the Quiz: Circle the correct answer: Not here…copy and paste it to a document.
If I need to do it for health reasons, I do it: T F
I rarely do something that I don’t think through: T F
I am spontaneous and NOT impulsive: T F
If someone is going to get hurt, I do NOT do it: T F
When I want to complete a task, I act consistently: T F
Although I do not feel well, I persist: T F
When I start something, I complete it. T F
I respect others opinions but I decide my actions: T F
When I know I’m wrong, I stop. T F
I may slow down but I do not procrastinate: T F
When I am stymied, I ask for help: T F
I am a steady plodder; I will until… T F
STOP: Copy and Paste the quiz to a document. Circle your answers there. When you are finished, look at your answer to each question: For each question hit your space bar three times and give a little room to answer this question: “Why did you circle “T” or “F”? Go ahead, write it down. It’s just you. Be very authentic and personally transparent. No one will ever see these answers and comments unless you want to show them. The questions are designed to trigger different psychological responses. From a “brain training” standpoint, each question touches a different set of habitual neuronets that start firing when you are actually reading the question. Within your subconscious mind, “sixth sense experiences” exist that might cause you uncertainty. That’s OK. You are a human being, not a robot…at least not yet! How do I know? You are here. If you were already a total automaton, you would not think so much.
I do this simple Self Motivation Quiz not just for you; I take it for myself weekly as an evaluation tool. Each question should become a truism for us. For most of us, that is not the case. We will always fall just a bit short. Just because we cannot be perfectly motivated to succeed, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. In the first StarWars; Yoda told Luke Skywalker after he crashed his ship in the lake: “Use the Force to move it out” So, as a brilliant young student of The Force and Master Yoda, he raised his hand toward the ship and concentrated…it moved and did not come out: Luke said to Yoda: “I’m trying, I’m trying”., it just will not come out”; to which Yoda replied: “There is no TRY, there is only DO” So, Luke used the almighty FORCE and out came the ship. Here’s the unfortunate reality of that statement: It’s bullshit. Marketers and motivational experts have been saying it for years: “Just do it”. It’s taken us failure after failure to understand that “doing it” is much more difficult than a simple decision to “use the force”. It’s nice science fiction and it works for the 4%ers. If it’s you and me, however…it does not work. Have you tried it? Just decide! Do it! You will not. There is more to it than that. I think you know.
There is something that I love about humans: We are all unique. Your DNA is totally special…configured by a cellular chain that began long ago. Truthfully, no two of us are alike. We see things through a different knot hole in the fence. Your perceptions are not my perceptions. In his great book: “The Little Prince”, Antoine de St. Exupery says: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye”. So, here is the question: How does one see with the heart? What does that even mean? I’d sure like your opinion on that one. Let the scientists play with that for a decade or two. How is it that the heart can “see”. You tell me. Our experience says that it can…every organ perceives. Our organs sense stuff. Just think about sex. What are your organs telling your brain? Nevermind…don’t answer that. Or…maybe it’s the other way around: what is your brain telling your organs? Who starts? Does the brain tell the organs to respond a certain way to stimuli? Or...do the organs tell the brain: “Hey, this is really feeling….like ….WOW… I mean ….dude…stop it already…oh…oh…here we go…” Chicken or Egg? Who knows?
OK… You’re probably thinking: “This guy is totally nuts; why in the world does he mix up sex with self motivation?” Easy answer…because they are mixed up. Read “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. Sex and motivation have been intertwined for as long as history has been recorded. People just don’t talk about it. Well, now they do. All the #MeToo stuff is bringing the sex lives of all the “Rich and Famous” out to the limelight. It’s mostly men that use their power or position (no pun intended there) to have sex with women that they find attractive. Seems like we men will go to great extremes to convince and cajole women to have some sort of sexual encounter. Hello! Why do we do that? Testosterone rears it’s predictably ugly head (again, no pun intended) yet again! Why can’t these men get in line with respectful treatment toward women. I know…they should, but they don’t. Why, because they are men! Go figure! So…let’s talk about it. OK…you rich and untouchable dudes that think you can just go around manipulatively seducing women…especially the pretty ones (no man wants to do an ugly chick), listen up! Stop it! Just be respectful of women and do NOT treat them as “sex objects”. We have a conundrum. Here is where your feedback is important. I do not have an answer to this issue. Honestly, I don’t think anyone that I know and respect does. How can you ask a man to stop what he has been programmed to do since his Caveman days? I think the answer is evolution. As in so many species over the millennia, females have become more like males and vice versa. Now, it appears, it’s our turn. The “HeShe” is rapidly approaching.
I digress. Sorry! Sometimes, when I write a post for Learn And Earn Team, I get very real and raw. Shame on me. So, here it is. Many (maybe even most) men are motivated more by sex than any other force. Women, on the other hand, seem to be motivated most by “right”, “truth”, propriety, and “balance”….just a thought. Anyway, take the self motivation quiz. Kindly give me your feedback. I’ve learned over the years that I need to learn more. Thank you for your patience and indulgence.
I would appreciate your feedback on this post. I welcome any comments and your opinion matters.