At this time of year the thoughts of very many of us turn to looking at negative patterns in our chosen lifestyle that result in unwanted effects.
Almost everyone makes New Year resolutions, which is a testament to the strength of our desire to achieve positive personal change. A substantial proportion of resolutions involve losing weight, getting fitter and giving up smoking, with the vast majority of people failing to keep to them by June. Another paradox at the heart of our desire for personal improvement relates to the multi-billion-pound diet industry. If diets work, how come we need so many and new ones all the time? In truth, the missing ingredient in all our attempts to achieve change is not a chemical or an exercise regime but a frame of mind: motivation is the key.
Motivation explains why some people manage to achieve the impossible. It lies at the heart of the billionaire's success, the Olympic athlete's record and the Oscar-winner's award. But how exactly do we motivate ourselves to achieve that elusive dream?
Motivating ourselves can be a problem and dreams can seem so far away, sometimes impossible. A frame of mind within which motivation can thrive can only be driven from within ourselves by cultivating the creativity and imagination within which to see and set a goal, followed by a dogged determination to remain within that environment. Creativity, imagination, determination and motivation are destroyed by psychopharmacological intervention as iatrogenic impulsivity, lability of mood and psychosis culture a dark and barren environment within which spiritual and emotional growth and stability cannot thrive.