According to the book by Dan Pink, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, research shows that the secret to high performance isn’t our biological drive or our reward-and-punishment drive, but our third drive—our deep-seated desire to direct our own lives, to extend and expand our abilities, and to live a life of purpose.
Pink also reveals a new approach to motivation that has three essential elements: (1) Autonomy—the desire to direct our own lives; (2) Mastery—the urge to get better and better at something that matters; and (3) Purpose—the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.
Dr. Alan R. Zimmerman's book, Pivot: How One Turn In Attitude Can Lead To Success, provides a 9 step attitude revolution to help the reader:
Evaluate your status quo
Choose your mental strategy
Curb the negativity blocking your success
Improve your confidence
Build stronger relationships
Experience an instant boost in enthusiasm
Make every day a successful day
I can't (well, I could, but I don't want to) count the number of books I have that preach a message of positive change, making a mental turn toward a more positive life and taking steps to climb out of failure so you can achieve success. If words would do it, I'd have done it decades ago. If words would do it, you'd think I'd expand the podcast and release daily episodes. But you'd be wrong. ;) We need words. Encouragement. But we need something more. Much more.
Do you know why thousands of books are published each year on dieting, health, and fitness? Well, sure. Because it's one of the biggest selling markets on the planet, but why is that? Why do people buy these books in droves?
For starters, most are likely searching for the magic bullet. The one trick that will finally provide the answer they've looked for all their fat out-of-shape lives! They'll keep looking until they find something that sounds easy enough for them to try. And if it works, "Eureka!" If not, they'll keep looking at those new releases.
Others aren't keeping an eye peeled on the books published. Timing is right and today, they're driven to search out an answer for their circumstance. Like a guy driving to work without a care in the world - especially no concern about his tires - they weren't looking at these books before today. But on his way home, he has a blowout. Now, he's very interested in tires. Twenty pounds later, in a scale staring epiphany a person decides, "Man, I've got to get a grip on my weight!" Now, they're looking at the various books.
Maybe it's all timing. Timing of the message. Timing of reception of the message. And let's not discount how the message is delivered. Spend some time at YouTube and if you're old like me, you won't hear much new, unless it's technology-based. All the expert testimony about human behavior is the stuff I grew up reading and hearing. And it wasn't new then either.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 "That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun."
Indeed. There's not much new under the sun when it comes to human behavior and what we chase. Or even in how we chase it.
As for books...
Ecclesiastes 12:12 "And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh."
Truer still. Books and books and more books. Largely a regurgitation of very ancient maxims wrapped in new clothing. I can buy a new suit, but it's the same old body underneath.
Sometimes we likely look like the apostle Paul did to Festus in Acts 26:24 "Now as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!”
I may be mad, but it's doubtful due to too much study. ;) It's entirely possible though to read too much. To study about it too much. To think about it too much. Again,