Updated: May 2, 2020
in a easy & sustainable way
We all have goals, but not all of us achieve them. Take New Year’s resolutions, for instance, while 93% of people set them, only 8% of them actually find the inner-drive to follow through. People like Sir Edmund Hillary, Michael Jordan, Steve Jobs and Oprah Winfrey may seem like super humans, but they’re just like us. The only difference is that they stayed motivated until they achieved their goals.
You probably have, like me, read and watched tons highly rated motivational stories, books and talks, and got all pumped up feeling like a newly invented self afterwards. The questions are how long did that feeling generally last; and where can we find motivation to keep reading and watching them?
You may also find plenty of self-motivation techniques and tools on the internet, for example, keep learning, challenge yourself, eat healthy and move daily, the list goes on. It sounds great, but don’t you need motivation to do all of that in the first place? I don’t know anyone who can keep learning, or stay healthy without being motivated?
When we rely on external sources to motivate ourselves, it is often not sustainable, because the power of control is not in our hands. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we have the drive within ourselves and can turn to it whenever in need?
It’s absolutely possible. All you need are commitment and sunshine!
Commitment is a mindset. Making commitments means saying ‘yes’ and using them as energy to leap rather than chains to hold you back. Before committing, ask yourself ‘what and why do I really want?’. Knowing the what and why is critical for you to gather yourself, find confidence and get back on track when being challenged along the way. Impossible is spelt as Im possible!
In science, the source of motivation is dopamine, one of the main neurotransmitters produced in the brain. It is most commonly recognized for its role in reward, motivation, and pleasure, but also plays a crucial part in modulating focus, motivation, cognitive flexibility, and emotional resilience.
Dopamine is made from its precursor Tyrosine, an aromatic amino acid that absorbs UV lights which we all know is abundant in the Sun. Under blue light conditions, dopamine is not made in sufficient quantities at all.
When sunlight hits your eyes and skin, it makes a chemical called beta-endorphin, which is a natural opioid, and is the only opioid we know that doesn't cause you addicted to any other opioids. When your dopamine level is low you can't make sufficient beta-endorphin. As a result you will find other ways to replace this dopamine deficiency: drugs, cigarette, alcohol, sex, social media. That's what addiction fundamentally is.
Without being too geeky, the easiest and best way to boost motivation is to spend as much time in the sun, particularly from sunrise to about 10AM . And It’s FREE.