28 Nov 2018by Chris Weir

Emotion without Motion is Useless

Emotion can be a powerful trigger for action. Emotion without motion is useless. It can deceive you into thinking you are actually moving forward, when in reality, you’re just cheering really loud.

It makes me think of spin classes. The leader gets so pumped up, yelling and screaming, which gets you and everyone else in the class pumped up, and there is so much excitement that everyone forgets they aren’t actually going anywhere. Now, for all the folks that go to spin class, I know you are actually moving your health forward… it’s just an analogy. But you have to admit, it’s a pretty funny visual.

Now, don’t misunderstand me. I am not against motivation. There is a place for emotion as it can gear up our mind and body to actually move. But that’s the punch line, you have to move.

I have seen too many speakers and authors, help people get their attitudes right, and get them motivated to take the first step toward success – and then nothing. You go home from the speech or put down the book, and its back to staring at the computer screen.

Motion without emotion, can still work. Emotion without motion, has no prayer.

So Now What?

There are so many distractions and handicaps that cause us to not create motion. As I sit here, my wife is giving me a list of “honey-do” items that seems like it wants to pull me away from getting this content completed (not my wife’s fault by the way). I should have finished this days ago, but it seems like every time I get my mind right to get started, something else happens.

It can sometimes feel like a treadmill that’s going super-fast, and you are barely keeping up. The solution, however, is to simply work harder. I know, it seems like there should be some grand nugget of wisdom to creating motion, but there’s not. If your mind is right, then the only thing left to work on is your effort.

That may require more hours, or at the very least more focused hours of work. Block your time, create checklists, give yourself deadlines, lock the door and hang up a sign that says do not disturb; whatever you need to do to get moving, you have to do it. Otherwise, you will fail.

And for the love God, do not listen to anyone who tells you that as long as you want it bad enough, you can have it. Put good thoughts out and good will come back. Wrong. Do good… and good will come back. Work hard… and success will come. But if all you have is emotion, you will never creation motion.


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