When my testosterone levels were sitting at sub 300, my motivation just vanished.
And I’m not only talking about the big stuff, because I was having trouble just getting out of bed in the morning.
I’m self-employed, so I can run my schedule any way I please, and I remember waking up for weeks at a time with a world full of options…
And every single one of them left me feeling cold.
And you know what? It didn’t take long for me to start paying a huge price for this lack of drive, in all areas of my life.
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My income went down, my marriage tanked, my physical condition declined and my mood and overall attitude took a major hit as well.
When I finally figured out what the problem was I learned that this decline in motivation is one of the biggest symptoms of low testosterone in men.
It’s also one of the first things men notice.
And I believe this happens because cars run on gas, airplanes run off jet fuel and men run on testosterone.
So when you’re not tanked up, you can’t even get out of the driveway, let alone create a decent life for yourself.
In my case, out of all the things I lost, I missed this drive to achieve, create and build things the most…
Even more than the sex. Go figure?
But I also learned something else…
If you’re not achieving, sex isn’t that great anyway, even if you are maxed out on testosterone.
Because the need for accomplishment is buried so deep into your genetic makeup, that you can’t be happy without it.
Let’s try a little exercise now to demonstrate this…
I want you to go back in time and think of one of the biggest wins in your entire life.
A win in sports, business, or success with a female are what you should focus on here.
When you go back to this period, I want you to think about your confidence, your verbal fluency, your energy levels, sex drive and your feelings of self worth.
You were ringing every single one of these bells back then, weren’t you?
Well, you can thank testosterone for that, because a man will always overproduce testosterone when he begins to achieve success in life, even if he has Low-T.
Read the sentence above again, because it’s really important.
Because this motivation problem you’re having now is also one of the biggest keys to your recovery.
For example, if you were to walk away from your computer right now, and go lift weights hard for 20 minutes, you’d kick start your testicles into producing more testosterone.
And I know that getting off the dime when you’re in this condition isn’t easy, but I promise you, once you stack up a few wins, it’s gets much easier.
Even if you have to tackle real easy stuff in the very beginning to make it happen.
The journal Hormones and Behavior published a paper back in 1999.
In this study they took 42 male students and tested their testosterone levels, then had them imagine a success in a power contest.
So they didn’t actually do anything physical, they just imagined winning a competition against another male.
This study tested the hypothesis that implicit power motivation moderates individuals’ testosterone responses to the anticipated success.
Salivary testosterone levels were assessed in 42 male students at the beginning of the study, after they had imagined a success in an ensuing power contest, and immediately after the contest had taken place.
In contrast to all other participants, these individuals had elevated testosterone after imagining a success in a subsequent dominance contest.
So when I said that you can make some major headway by tackling really easy stuff, I meant it, because these guys didn’t accomplish anything, they just imagined that they did.
That’s how incredibly powerful this concept of win accumulation is.
So here’s the best way to look at this. Your lack of motivation is an affliction, but it’s also a cure.
So use this concept as you begin your recovery, because you’ll recover much faster if you do.
- The role of testosterone in social interaction
- Implicit Power Motivation Moderates Men’s Testosterone Responses to Imagined and Real Dominance Success
- Testosterone has rewarding affective properties in male rats: Implications for the biological basis of sexual motivation.
- Effects of Implicit Power Motivation on Men’s and Women’s Implicit Learning and Testosterone Changes After Social Victory or Defeat.