Motivation is Bullshit?

Motivational Speaker
Motivational Speaker

Is motivation bullshit? When I hear slogans such as:”Failure will never overtake you if your determination to succeed is strong enough!!! In order to succeed, you must first believe you can!!!” I get in a mood where I am ready to do anything, even if that means ramming my head against a brick wall.

Motivation feels great for a time. But it doesn’t last. When I’m under its spell, I’m able to focus on my work. I have more energy. I write down big plans. I even vacuum behind the seats of my car. But like all drugs, the feeling doesn’t last long. Soon I’m back to being lazy and spending my time playing Skyrim, waiting for the next hit that will motivate me again to take action.

I tried change my life with motivation alone. It didn’t work. I realized that I had two options. Get comfortable with my old self–not ideal because the old self needed work–or two, develop myself. I opted for the ninety-ninth option. “And that has made all of the difference.“*

Motivation has its place. It’s good to get pumped up to have positive mantras, especially the last few miles of marathon. But motivation alone won’t do the job. It’s just a tool.

*When I was in college, my professor lectured extensively on The Road Not Taken. He even brought in a greeting card that had the poem printed on it. He held the card before the class, then he dramatically lit it on fire–almost setting off the fire alarm. He said, “This poem is NOT about how choosing the lesser traveled road made a difference. Read the poem!!! The paths are equal! Frost is being ironic! The choice made no difference whatsoever. The speaker of the poem is purposefully exaggerating the significance of his decision. He’s being sarcastic for Christ sake!!!” Back then I totally agreed with my professor, but now I’m not so sure. Was he motivated by the truth or bullshit?


The Problem with Holiday Cheer?

 (Listen to this song as you read the post. Stop when you get to the phrase, “hot shower”.)

effects of sugar hijacking
Depressed man

Trapped. I sat on the stairs looking at the front door wanting to leave the house, but feeling like my body was a block of ice frozen to the carpeted steps – the front door was right there and behind the door was the bright wide world, but I couldn’t move. I spent weeks like that.

Talking to people was like sitting naked and covered in sugar and salt in a room full stinging flies.  I abandoned my friends and family staying inside by myself.

One day, I trudged through the snow into my garage. I shut the door behind me, seated myself in the Jeep, unrolled the window and started the car. As the fumes filled the garage, I began to drift off. But something inside me shook me, urging me to wake up. I grasped for the keys, but merely jingled them on the steering wheel; finally, I managed to shut off the car, I groggily staggered out of the garage and inhaled the icy polluted air from desolate grey skies above.

blood in the snow
blood in the snow

Blood dripped down my nose onto the snow. It made me laugh hysterically. I still don’t why I thought it was funny. But the bright red streaks staining the blank, white snow seemed comical. I wanted to scoop them up and preserve them in a jar as work of high art; it was my masterpiece: blood on snow by Valen Longfeather. Instead of preserving the beautiful blood, I just walked inside the house and took a long hot shower (stop sad music).

(Now Play This Song for the rest of the Post.)

For so many years my mood had been hijacked. Luckily, I figured out how control it and so can you.

Is your mood being hijacked too? Have you ever wondered why the holidays are so damn depressing? As Santa’s Sleigh takes flight, our moods crash & burn. Is it the cold weather, the darkness, the annoying relatives?

No! It’s the main ingredient in most holiday foods that’s poisoning your mood.

Fudge, cookies, brittles, and toffees. Each one pack a deadly dose of sugar.

Overdosing on Sugar Hijacks your Brain & Can Destroy Your Life.

Did you know that excessive holiday sweets dangerously spike glucose levels in your blood, producing the following symptoms of disease?

  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • dizziness
  • insomnia
  • excessive sweating
  • damaged concentration
  • forgetfulness
  • excessive thirst
  • depression and crying spells
  • stomach pain
  • blurred vision.

The brain depends on an even supply of glucose. When glucose levels spin out control, the mind goes haywire. While sugar overdoses are the main culprit in raised glucose levels, other foods are just as dangerous, refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, pasta, white rice and most processed foods provide little nutrition and peak glucose levels often resulting in depression and mood disorders.

Persons who suffer from depression are especially vulnerable to mood hijacking. But that doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of sweets and goodies this holiday season.

Here are some tasty desserts that tickle your sweet tooth while providing other key nutrients to offset sugar damage and prevent mood hijacking.

The key is to eat whole foods such as dates, figs, dried fruits, etc. Some of the dessert items above do contain sugar, but they also have fiber and other vital nutrients, which help to diminish the damaging effects of sugar hijacking.

You can also eliminate or cut down on sugar and sweeten desserts with Stevia:

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