Posted on Dec 8, 2013
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Sometimes it can be difficult to keep your personal issues locked away until the duty day is over. Even a cranky mood can bring down your peers and subordinates. Is it healthy to mask your negative mood? Not only for leaders, the question is for everyone. What do you do to keep yourself motivated? 
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There have been many times where if I didn't have false motivation I would have none at all.
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LOL.  thank you!!
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The phrase "false motivation is better than no motivation at all", as it applies to me, usually refers to when I'm having to do something I don't want to, but I'm doing as though it was exactly what I wanted to be doing at that moment (rather than griping and complaining the whole time.)  This often requires a paradigm shift for me, some silver-lining outlook where I find what's good about it and cling to that.

False-motivation is exuding a positive attitude, even when you don't feel it.  Even saying "this is a crappy detail, let's get it done and move on" with a smile and a positive attitude can make the work go quicker, and you'll feel better when it's done, too...
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So, YES, I think false motivation is better than no motivation at all... and believe it or not, if you PRETEND to be motivated for too long, you'll start to ACTUALLY get motivated... and then you will be UNSTOPPABLE!!! :)
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Absolutely!  Some times semantics seems to get in way of our egos.  Here we have a person who needs an alternative to negative feelings and if that takes a course on how to control our moods,  that is a great,  not just a good thing.


Also would benefit us during a time of battle or high job stress.

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SGT O'Neill I like your still. I hate mornings and to be perfectly honest not a fan of exercising either. If I had 3 wishes one of them would be a beach body without leaving my couch. But I am motivated every morning at PT only I know when it is real and when it is false. No one else will ever figure it out. I gotta get it done might as well enjoy it whether I really do or not. 
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SSG Schmidt,

Oh, I let people know (subtly, I suppose) that it's fake motivation... I say things like, "I don't wanna run today, so whaddya think, 4 miles??? LET'S GET IT!!!" 

Just like I've learned to be honest with myself... if the waitress asks "would you like some dessert today?" I answer her honestly... "Yes, I would, but I'm going to choose not to have any."
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No its not I hate that false motivation crap. Your motivation is that you have a good respectable job. That all you need. At 18 of 21 you are making good money to say that you are paying for a house note or food. just saying 
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Personally, I don't like the phrase at all. I saw an article that read something like, "False motivation is an indication that something is truly wrong," and it shouldn't just be covered up by some one yelling at you, demanding that you better get motivated. 
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I would agree with that article. Instead of smiling and pretending everything is ok, perhaps it's time to start fixing what's wrong.
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