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Motivated By Fear

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I’m motivated! I’m motivated!

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Is that a conservative motto?

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This is the other side of the paradox

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God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites, so that you will have two wings to fly not one ~~ Rumi - Sufi

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Randy,

Can self-esteem improve motivation?

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Yes. Let’s look at something, from Maslow’s hierarchy of needs:

Self-esteem and Motivation – Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Let me quote a bit:

How are self-esteem and motivation interrelated with each other?

You might ask if self-esteem and motivation are related to each other. The answer is, yes. If you happened to have poor self-esteem, a little improvement in this aspect can take you to believe that you are not inferior when compared to other people. A strong level of self-esteem can make you feel better and gives a boost to your confidence that you can do many things as most people do different things. A high level of self-esteem can make you feel empowered and perhaps, even improve your social relationships. Furthermore, highly improved motivation can increase your self-esteem. If you do not have the right level of motivation, then you will not have the needed self-esteem to be able to reach your goals. For example, you are not motivated to do routine clerical tasks because you believe you can do much more with your skills and abilities. Your tendency is to get less motivated or not motivated at all to go to your office every single day because you may feel that others do not see your true abilities and that you can do more than the routine clerical tasks. Now, what you can do is double your self-esteem by saying to yourself that you have valuable skills and that you can do more than the routine job. This can probably help you increase your motivation to go to work and show other people that you can do more than the clerical type of job.

Here’s another related article, you can read:

P.S. I might be signing off shortly. So it might be until tomorrow, to continue any dialogue.

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I just figured out part of my problem in my lack of motivation. I’ve been brainwashed by certain religious views that I’m worthless and nothing. This explains my lack of motivation to get active physically. On top of that I’m schizoaffective and it affects the part of the brain that causes lack of motivation. I’m now taking Wellbutrin to improve my motivation to get active physically.

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Hi, Hollytree. It’s good you are talking medicine and working with physicians. I encourage a holistic approach: Where you work with psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, medical doctors and Christian clergy…who are also state licensed, in their appropriate categories. We are NOT worthless and nothing - in Christ.

P.S. I might be signing off shortly. So it might be until tomorrow, to continue any dialogue. Here’s a cool sign, I saw on LinkedIn today!

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Hollytree, the sooner you leave that kind of toxic theology the better off you’ll be. A lot of what you’ve described is misanthropy using religion as an outlet. Some people are filled with latent hatred, which their theology sanctifies.

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I’m letting it go. I’ve been tearing myself down for a while. I was wanting to be humble. I lost my motivation to be physically active. I am working with my case manager, psychiatrist and mom (psychiatric nurse). I also got me this workbook:

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I’m praying for you @hollytree. I’ve had some pretty awful experiences with toxic religion myself (in my case, scrupolisity). Just know that breaking free from it is possible.

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To fall in love with yourself is the first secret of happiness ~~ Robert Morley

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Love God, love neighbor, and love self.

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Randy,

Is it normal to feel Wellbutrin in 6 days? I think my focus is improving and when I walked today my legs didn’t feel lethargic.

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I am not an expert, with that medication. There are three sources to inquire. And I would do it, in this order:

  • The pharmacist from the pharmacy, that dispensed the medication.

  • One of the nurses, assisting the doctor - that prescribed the medication.

  • The doctor himself.

It’s been my experience…that one of the first two sources is much easier to assess…and they usually have the right answers.

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Been reading the book. Two of the pillars for self-esteem are unconditional worth and unconditional love. The book speaks of the core self or true self. This is the Child within. It’s the good lovable essence of love that is eternally significant and infinite in value and worth. It’s intrinsic. It’s the image of God. We fall in love with our true self. It’s the kind of falling in love a mother has with her baby not the kind that is sexual. The same concepts are described in this book:

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Self-Esteem in Christ

I am nobody special in the worldly sense of the term. But in dying to self and coming to faith in Christ I have eternal significance. I am special to God. His love is a holy love. Holy means to be set apart (special). I don’t earn my worth but it is a gift of God received by faith. My sense of belonging and sense that I count comes from being a child of God. The ego is nothing. The paradox is that we are set apart and special because we are united to all. We are light in a dark world. What the world considers special God doesn’t. What God considers special the world doesn’t. When I’m nobody I’m somebody. When I’m somebody I’m nobody. We become nobody so that Christ will be glorified in us - our true self. In and of myself I’m nothing so that Christ can reign in my heart. I’m covered and infused in God’s righteousness. Therefore, I have intrinsic worth because I’m in Christ. Everything I have; family, friends, possessions, health, all comes from my heavenly Father (Job 1:21). Knowing this, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). I am “fearfully and wonderfully” made (Psalm 139:14). In Christ, I have my true identity, apart from Him, I am nothing (John 15:5).

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