Don’t Take a bath

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If you payed for head-based self-motivation you could end up taking a bath

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” -Zig Ziglar

Welcome to this edition of “Quotivations” for December 17, 2010.

Usually every Friday I choose quotes that I think are motivating or inspiring. But today I’m doing something a little different.

Rather than being motivating I found this quote, from one of the original key figures of modern day Self-help, to be a less then a subtle complaint about one of the biggest faults of his positive motivational product.

It doesn’t last.

Never has and never will.

Poor old Zig. He’s been at this self-help game since before the earth was done cooling. A defensive quote like this one appears to bring out the curmudgeon in him.

It’s total spin though.

But there is something I’ve  got to give him credit for. He’s always been good at adding a touch poetry to make his message more memorable. Remember the famous line “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude”. Clever stuff like that sells well and it sure did for multi-millionaire Zig Ziglar.

But I still don’t buy it.

Want poetry? How about this: “Disable the fable about motivational spinners making you able”.

Ok, maybe it’s not as good as Zig can do it but, hey, I’m still working on it.

I believe that the real reason why motivation appears not to last very long is because of the type of motivation that’s being delivered.

What doesn’t last is the typical self-motivation injected toward your head-brain by clever artful dodgers like Zig.

Now, don’t get me wrong here, anyone who’s been at for over forty years, like Zig has, deserves some respect. I’m sure he’s helped some people along the path.

But we need some hard truth here.

The problem is that Zig, like all of his compadres today, did not and has not been able to recognize that there is another overriding motivational force that comes from the gut and powers through all the head-brain muddle causing a desired goal to be achieved despite all the great motivational sayings.

That energy, we refer to it sometimes as persistence and determination, cannot and does not originate in the head brain. It’s strictly a property of the gut brain (scientifically known as the enteric nervous system).

The problem with trying to change thoughts from negative to positive is that as humans we have a slight negativity bias to start with and the head-brain, which is always open to messages from the eyes and ears, can’t avoid reverting to and taking on the polarity of whatever has the greater amount.

In other words, there is a lot of negatively charged media fighting for attention with the positive stuff (poetry notwithstanding). It usually swings back to the negative side because that is often the default setting. Negative is also the polarity a lot of our perceptions happen to have about how our existence is treating us.

For example, you could be studying one of Zig’s great books and feeling very positive about your day. That’s until some jerk cuts you off in traffic or you get a flat tire on your way to work and suddenly bamm! just like that you’re back to where you started. You need to bathe your brain again in more positive juice.

The fundamental Problem…

It’s taken me a lot of years but I can now describe the fundamental problem with just three words: lack of immunity.

See the mindset is constantly under attack by our negative perceptions of our situation. But the body’s physical immune system is primarily a buffer against the attacks of pathogens and most of the time it works quite well.

But mindset immunity is another animal all together. It’s not physical it’s ethereal because thoughts are ethereal. The problem with it is that it’s too weak and too slow acting in most people to act like much of a buffer. But, here’s the good news:

I’ve found a way to fix that with this.

Not one of the best head-based motivators working today has ever thought of this approach before. If they did they’d have to change their whole business model to include one where they only deliver the result just once and it sticks.

Like I do.

They wouldn’t want to ever do that though. If they did their business could end up taking a bath… daily.

That’s it for today, consider yourself “quotivated”.

More power to you.

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Mobius Monday Minute #6

Persistence book cover# 6 – Dec 13 , 2010 – Persistence Quotes Book

A few days ago I released a new free ebook entitled:

Famous Collect of Quotes on The first Wonder Of Your Inner World: PERSISTENCE”

In this book I have about 50 pages of quotes each one with a matching photo. So far I’ve received requests for the book from at least 13 different countries.

It’s interesting that a subject like persistence has such a wide appeal to so many. But, in a way, I’m not too surprised. Persistence, as I like to explain it is not just another idea. It’s a drive that can be experienced by all humans no matter where in the world they may be.

But what more can we say about this mysterious drive we call persistence?

I’ve tried to answer that question in the introduction pages of this new book.

Here’s what I said:

There’s one thing about persistence that we’ve all been told from day one: If you use it you will eventually overcome all obstacles and you will accomplish what you have set out to do.

Sounds good right?

Of course it does. But how can we even begin to apply advice like that unless we understand what it is that were talking about? Exactly what is persistence anyway ?

First, let’s take a look at it in

[per-sis-tuh ns, -zis-]

1. the act or fact of persisting.
2. the quality of being persistent :
You have persistence, I’ll say that for you.
3. continued existence or occurrence:
the persistence of smallpox.
4. the continuance of an effect after its cause is removed.

Hmm. Fine literary definition but not all that helpful an answer to our question is it? Could it be that they don’t know exactly what it is either?

I’ve been looking at this question for almost thirty years now and, while I’m not going to launch into a full scale lecture here, let me just give you my bare bones version of my answer.

Persistence is an ethereal drive that is centered in an area of the body that used to be known as the solar plexus. (But that’s just an old boxing term. All that’s changed since the discovery of the enteric nervous system or brain in the gut.)

It acts spontaneously to support our direct consistent action while by-passing our tendency for extensive analysis and allowing clear thinking and observation to naturally happen.

In other words when our persistence kicks in it is felt as a motivation from deep inside of us.

Unfortunately, most of us can’t just turn it on every time we need to and it can’t be taught in school. If it could there would be universities dedicated to it. Graduates would be trained to be persistent in all things such as love for others, kindness, and generosity. A gut-based drive like persistence can’t be generated from a head brain based thought or idea.

What we do know about persistence is that it appears to be the causal backbone of all human achievement. It is an amazing natural phenomenon. In fact I propose that it should be listed as the first wonder of your inner-world because, when you think about it, how could any of the other seven wonders ever get built without it?

That’s what I wrote.

Now I have something fantastic to tell you:

Over the years I have been working on a new tool that you can use right from your web-connected computer. It uses a reverse-search method to help you gain authentic self-belief, rock-solid self-confidence, and a mindset that knows your capability to overcome challenges. This is all a result of you isolating the true source of your past history of success.

This work can consist of simple stories where you broke through a barrier of some kind and it benefited you or others.

I call it H.E.R.O. It’s an acronym for Honest Examination of Real Occurrences.

It may not be for everyone but it might be for you.

What it does is form a connection between you and that gut strength that is your persistent nature.

You can learn more about it at here.

I hope that you’ll take a moment look into how this works to help you become more of what you’re meant to be.

When you are able to more fully apprehend the drive that is persistence, and have its strength become more available when you most need it, perhaps then you might find yourself creating unforgettable wonders of your own.

More power to you my friend.

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David W. Parsons