Someone ended up on here, after searching for the above term. And I’ve been thinking about it. I don’t think there is such a thing as bad motivation, or at least I can’t think of anything that would be considered as such! I’m wondering what that person could have meant. Could it have been motivation for bad things? or negative influencing peer pressure? Probably. Motivation on its own is inherantly good. Any thing that persuades us to get up and do something is good, however the decision about ‘what’ it is we end up doing has nothing to do with motivation… umm unless its an incentive to be unmotivated? erm, I’ve confused me now. In which case that would be ‘bad’ (my opinion of). But that’s still not about motivation, thats regarding the incentive to do nothing, rather than something, which is how most consider ‘motivation’ to operate. Still with me?
All motivation is good. Hmmm, *thinks. yeah I think that’s right.
The only way motivation can be percieved or confused as being bad, is if the motivation comes from a source that has a negative, immoral, illegal, unethical or mischievous intention. Normally provided by some other human being that’s too smart to do it themselves but surrounded by people that are obviously influenced by them.
With regard to flips. That happens a lot! There are many people out there that try and convince others to do things that they don’t have the balls or ability to try themselves, and I’m guilty of that one. But also fear gets in the way of progression so much that without a continual number of measurable rewards (landing stuff), people (adults I’m thinking) can get disheartened and give up too easily. And that sucks more than trying something which isn’t even remotely dangerous, but might be regarded as so, because it involves going upside down for a millisecond. Breaking free of the horizon is incredibly hard for the beginner to do, unless they have everything in place to convince themselves otherwise.
Personally, I should be more patient, but I can’t with my own learning. Skateboarding has taught me to turn the ‘fear switch’ off. Plus I’ve learnt that the body can take a beating before it really needs to go and have a lie down (Terminator stylee).