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The Secret Fire of Motivation

The concept of the "Secret Fire of Motivation" is not a widely recognized or established term or concept in psychology or motivation theory. Rather it is an Alchemical concept that may be used to describe a powerful, internal source of motivation or drive. While it may not have a specific definition, we can explore the topic of motivation and how it relates to the “Secret Fire”.

Motivation is the underlying force that initiates, directs, and sustains our behavior towards achieving certain goals. It can be influenced by a variety of factors, including internal desires, external rewards, personal values, and the environment. The Secret Fire of Motivation can be categorized into two steps: intrinsic motivation and energy.

1. Intrinsic Motivation: This type of motivation arises from within an individual. It is driven by internal factors such as personal enjoyment, interest, or the satisfaction derived from the activity itself. Intrinsic motivation is often associated with creativity, curiosity, and a sense of personal fulfillment. When someone is intrinsically motivated, they engage in an activity for the inherent joy or satisfaction it brings, rather than for external rewards.

2. Energy: The thrust needed to realize dreams or to realize our creative potential. This can also be described as the fifth essence or quintessence. The Secret Fire (quintessence) lives inside and can be accessed by a series of exercises that adds thrust to motivation and results in manifestation.

Motivation is a complex and multifaceted phenomenon that can vary from person to person and across different contexts. Some individuals may have a strong, innate drive or passion for certain activities, while others may need external incentives or encouragement to get motivated.

To cultivate and sustain motivation, it can be helpful to consider the following strategies:

1. Set meaningful goals: Clearly define your objectives and ensure they align with your values and aspirations. Setting specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time bound goals provides direction and a sense of purpose.

2. Find your passion: Engage in activities that genuinely interest and inspire you. Discovering and pursuing your passions can fuel intrinsic motivation and provide a deep sense of fulfillment. Passion is the great activator of the Secret Fire!

3. Seek support and accountability: Share your goals with others who can offer support, guidance, and accountability. Surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals or joining groups can provide motivation and encouragement.

4. Celebrate achievements: Recognize and celebrate your successes, both big and small. Acknowledging your progress and rewarding yourself along the way can boost motivation and confidence. Often times it is easy to discount joy and joy is another powerful connection to the quintessence

Remember, motivation can fluctuate over time, and it's natural to experience periods of high and low motivation. Understanding your personal sources of motivation and implementing strategies to cultivate and sustain it can help you tap into your own "secret fire" and achieve your goals.


Alexander the Great, motivated, goal oriented. Photo by John Hernandez

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