Why Motivation Can’t Beat Depression

Motivation can beat depression any time and any day. Period!

I haven’t misspelled it. I know what it’s written in the tittle, and surely you will find this to be contradictory. Please, bear with me while I expose my case!

Let’s understand first what motivation is:

Motive + Action = Motivation

By definition from the most renown world-wide-web dictionary (google) 😉
is a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way.

Motivation is (with my own words) the “why” we take action toward certain things. Plain and simple.

Divided by its nature. There are two kinds of motivation; one is intrinsic and the other is extrinsic.

Extrinsic motivation is the one that comes from the outside. An external factor that can create undesirable or desirable conditions for us to do something, or avoid doing something.

“If you don’t eat your vegetables I’ll be mad with you”

“Go to that party and you’ll be grounded younglady!”

“Not going to my job today and I might get fired, better to get dressed”

Intrinsic motivation is the one coming from the inside. An internal incentive that propel us to do something.

Take this quote from Steve Jobs as way to understand it better.

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Quick fact! When we generally speak about motivation we are talking about intrinsic motivation.

Quick fact #2! When I wrote about how to cure depression with motivation I didn’t know that I was actually talking about intrinsic motivation.

But the question still hasn’t been addressed, can motivation beat depression?

Well… Yes & No.

I know, I know, let me explain…

Extrinsic motivation which we will identify better if we call it fame, peer approval, money, etc. CAN’T beat depression.

The reason for this might be related with all of this serving a purpose outside of the realm of ourselves. We cannot manage what others may think of us, identify ourselves with that approval and then expect we are going to be at our best.

Same principle apply to money, if we don’t have “enough” or if we lose a lot of money, we then perceive ourselves to be a failure.

Living with extrinsic motivation not only can’t help us to fight depression, it also creates the perfect recipe for having a life full of misery, anxiety, gloom and desolation.

On the other hand Intrinsic motivation which we recognize better as fulfillment, accomplishment, purpose, mastery, etc. CAN beat depression.

The big difference here (you might have guessed already) is that it operates within the realm of ourselves. We have control of what we can try to achieve and after trying our best to achieve something (no matter how small or big) we identify ourselves to be more successful.

A new question has arisen!

How can we use intrinsic motivation to win the battle against depression?

Discipline is key!

Doing our best and keep committed to fight every single day for what we want to accomplish.

Basically, that novel won’t get finished if you don’t sit down to write at least a few paragraphs everyday.

Six-pack abs are the result of sooo much exercise. Not by being content without the workout and sacrifice.

Fulfillment and wealthiness (not same as money) won’t come to you if you don’t put the necessary work to earn it.

Happiness is also something that we need to strive for, and even defend sometimes.

If we want to achieve something in life, we need to understand that in spite of not having the feeling to motivate ourselves of doing something, the best thing to do is start doing it anyways, without waiting for the motivation to come to us.

Keep doing it every day and eventually (with intrinsic values in mind and heart) the motivation will incubate and hatch inside you.

Last thing I’d love to say is:

Go and live your life with the values of intrinsic motivation, and I bet one day you will beat your depression!

Isandy D. Sanchez

27 Best Inspirational Quotes Against Depression When Is Hitting You Hard

When something interesting catches our attention, we like to give more of our attention by thinking and reflecting on its message. We want to rationalize why it is true and how it makes us feel.

That’s what every marketer, comedian, motivational speaker and politician it’s trying to do using different means.

I’m saying this because this is what happens when we find a quote that resonates with our experiences and what we believe to be the truth.

For some weeks now I wanted to put “on the air” some of the best inspirational quotes that caught my attention and can inspire people to become better and motivate them to fight against any obstacle in life, especially depression.

Inspiring Quotes Against Depression

27 Best Quotes to Lift Your Spirit and Motivates You to Fight Against Depression!

     1. “One small crack does not mean you are broken. It means you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart.”
– Linda 

     2. “The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can change his life by changing his attitude of mind.”
– William James

     3. “When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the closed door that we don’t see the one that has opened for us.”
– Alexander Graham Bell

     4. “The bravest thing I ever did was continuing my life when I wanted to die.”
– Juliette Lewis

     5. “Learn from yesterday live for today hope for tomorrow.”
– Albert Einstein

     6. “How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you.”
– Rupi Kaur 

     7. “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald 

     8. “Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.”
– Napoleon Hill 

     9. “Above all grey clouds, there are clear blue skies.”
– David Longworth 

     10. “The great victory, which appears so simple today, was the result of a series of small victories that went unnoticed.”
– Paulo Coelho

     11. “You wake up every morning to fight the same demons that left you so tired the night before. And that, my love, is bravery.”
– Anonymous

     12. “Sacrifices will make you a martyr, victories will make you a hero.” 
– Amit Kalantri

     13. “In the end, just three things matter: How well we have lived. How well we have loved. How well we have learned to let go”
– Jack Kornfield

     14. “Everything you have ever wanted is sitting on the other side of fear.”
– George Addair

     15. “At the end of the day, tell yourself gently: ‘I love you, you did the best you could today, and even if you didn’t accomplish all you had planned, I love you anyway.”
– Anonymous

     16. “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.

     17. “I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes, several attack me all at once.”
– Ashleigh Brilliant

     18. “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”
– William James

     19. “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
– Confucius

     20. “Try to love and live the question itself. Don’t search for the answer. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”
– Rainer Maria Rilke

     21. “We are not to blame for our illness, but we are responsible for our health.”
– Victoria Maxwell

     22. “Even from a dark night, songs of beauty can be born.”
– Mary Anne Radmacher
 

     23. “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
– Vivian Greene

     24. “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh

     25. “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”
– Helen Keller

     26. “Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.”
– Greenville Kleisser

     27. “Truly, it is in the darkness that one finds the light. So when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us.”
– Meister Eckhart

Bonus Quotes to Fight Depression!

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
– Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

“Every small victory against depression it’s a great victory to win your life”
– Isandy