Diary #188 - Conflicting Motivations

Why am I not making money doing what I love?

It has been seven years that I am involved with mind-training techniques something that I am very passionate about and believe has real value in society.  One of the main reasons is that I have conflicting motivations.  Often these are subconscious which mean that when I seek to take action they create convincing sabotaging thoughts. For example: 

  • Key Motivation: -> make a profitable mind training program
  • Key requirement -> Decide on a niche market (here I’m thinking : improving memory or social anxiety or low energy levels)
  • Conflicting Motivation --> Mind-training is my “nourishing time”. I cannot narrow my scope and compromise this for money.

Why am I writing this post? I recognise that Conflicting Motivations can be very subtle and debilitating. It is important to a) recognise them and b) work on them skilfully.  One of the most effective ways that I am aware of is the Immunity to Change model by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey (https://www.gse.harvard.edu/hgse100/story/changing-better)


I will be exploring this in the coming months with the help of a good friend and coach.  If you have experience, I’d love to hear about it.




Author: JD

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