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Cory Muscara

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Unsustainable Motivation

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Hi, welcome back to

your Daily Mindfulness.

In today's session, we're going

to talk about the relationship

between happiness and complacency.

So one of the things I often hear

from people, one of their pushbacks

to something like meditation, or

even becoming more fulfilled, is a

fear that they'll become complacent.

They won't feel the same motivation in

their work, in their life to improve

things that are important to them.

And to that, I would say, if you're

concerned that becoming happier

will make you complacent, there's a

possibility that your current motivation

for growth involves some combination

of fear, anxiety, and low self-worth.

If you're concerned that becoming happier

will make you complacent, there's a

possibility your current motivation

for growth involves some combination

of fear, anxiety, and low self worth.

Now that can feel like a hard truth.

And one of the reasons I can say it

is because I was certainly there.

I remember a certain point in, my life

most of my motivation came from anxiety,

from fear, not wanting to let a person

down, not wanting to let myself down

and wanting to feel better about myself.

And in some level it, it actually

worked or seemed to work.

It helped me achieve certain things.

But often what I found is that

the satisfaction I got from

those things was temporary.

It was a little blip on the

radar of goodness and like,

oh, I accomplished something.

But then I was back to the anxiety

that was there beneath the surface.

And the interesting thing is that there

are different forms of motivation.

Motivation to improve our life that

doesn't have to be contingent on

fear, anxiety, and low self-worth.

We can also be motivated by

things like compassion, love,

excitement and enthusiasm.

And as we do become more fulfilled,

as we become more self-compassionate,

as we start caring for ourselves more

and feeling happier from the inside

out, there is a bit of a reorganization

of what is our motivating force.

And some of the things that

we did before that we felt

motivation toward may fall away.

And that is a reality of

growing your internal wellbeing.

There's certain things that you

cared about before, just kind of

seem non essential or less essential.

But my opinion is that on the

whole, that's a good thing.

You're reorganizing your life around

what is most important and where

your motivation organically wants

to take you, rather than just trying

to achieve something for status or

because there's a fear of not being

worthy if you don't achieve it.

So if you're experiencing this, or,

you know, someone who's experiencing

this, it's just something to consider

that the happiness and complacency, if

that is the case, there's a good chance

that the motivation is coming from a

place that's not sustainable and isn't

actually serving you in the long run.

But there's a different form of

doing that, of finding motivation

and it can come from being fulfilled.

And that is a life that

is truly worth living.

So thank you for your practice.

Let's settle in for today's meditation.

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