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Wyoming born. Arizona raised. Sports Reporter. Trying to live a life of gratitude. Not a fan of pineapples.

Negative Motivation

Sons-

I want to drop you a quick note to let you know you don’t need to hunt for negative motivation to help you achieve your goals.

I work around a lot of athletes, and they’re guilty of this as much as anyone. While at the professional level, some of these athletes have hundreds of thousands of adoring supporters, they ignore the idea that support is the ultimate platform for achieving greatness, and instead seek out ‘hate’ on social media, or ‘disrespect’ from pundits to fuel their competitive fire.

The problem with this is that there won’t always be someone to prove wrong, but if you need negative motivation, you’ll willingly misinterpret people in order to get your fix. Don’t do that. There’s enough negativity in this world without you falsely attributing it to someone.

Seek out those who wish the best for you, and tune out those who don’t. The satisfaction of proving someone wrong is a temporary sweetness that barely masks the sour taste created by their doubt.

I don’t believe you’ll be kids who seek out negative motivation for positive means… but in case you are, here’s a little reverse psychology for your own good…

I DON’T HAVE ANY FAITH IN YOUR ABILITY TO SEEK AND THRIVE ON POSITIVITY. I BET YOU NEVER FIGURE IT OUT. I DARE YOU TO PROVE ME WRONG.

There, now all my bases are covered.

Love,

Dad

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One Comment on “Negative Motivation”

  1. rkeland September 29, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    I love this post. It’s an easy and destructive path to read persecution and disrespect into other’s actions.

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