Increase Your Motivation Starting Today
What do you see when you look at today’s successful moguls? There is a very real character trait that just about each one possesses that has been the throttle to their upward momentum in their given field of expertise. Pick your favorite one, your mentor you might say, and what is the “it” factor that they possess? Motivation.
To some it is referred to as passion, but I don’t like to intertwine these words. Passion is a true love, an enjoyment and fulfillment you find in someone or something. Motivation on the other hand, is the action. Motivation is the difference between you talking about what you know you need to do, and doing it. Now passion of course can help to sustain motivation, but we should not get confused when speaking about this character trait that takes the ordinary and put a little extra in front of it. (Pun totally intended.)
Lets take a look at some simple steps you yourself can implement to help boost your motivation, and keep you locked in on your goals.
1. What’s your WHY?
There is a famous motivational speaker, Eric Thomas, and he uses this phrase. I love it. Seriously though, its the perfect beginning to setting out on any endeavor. What is your why? I further break this down into two separate questions you need to answer for yourself. What is your goal? You need an absolutely clear cut and decisive end game predetermined to be able to have a firm finish line in site. This helps your natural ability to get that second wind I guess we could call it. Secondly, what is the benefit of this goal? What do you stand to gain, or even more importantly lose, if you do not achieve what your are setting out after. For instance, if you’re trying to lose weight, you stand to lose your health or encounter some real physical problems if you don’t change your lifestyle. That is much more motivating then saying I’d really like a 6 pack… We all would. The focus needs to be a bit on the serious side and also a bit more critical then surface results. Answer these two questions and you will know your why. You will also be well on your way to finding some true motivation.
2. Block It.
No, I do not mean pretend it doesn’t exist like your ex on Facebook, I mean block out portions of your goal. If you break down steps to get toward the end game you will feel a lot less overwhelmed and also be able to celebrate the small victories that comes with hurdling each next step. This is key to continued motivation. Most in depth goals will require a minimum of 5 steps to really be able to implement this method to its full benefit. Trust me, a little time spent mapping now will keep you on the straight and narrow later.
The ability to flex. Ok, enough with the cheesy jokes, it is vital that you remain flexible. Life is always going to throw you a curve ball, you need to realize its coming. If you can’t make it stop you better learn how to handle it. Have a plan, but be willing to make changes as you go, lest you risk getting to frustrated with the turmoil and will see your motivation dip.
4. Plan B
This may seem excessive, but its the plan for the plan. Before you even set out to begin your journey, make sure you plan what your going to do when you feel a lull. Its inevitable, at some point your motivation will begin to dwindle. You’ll begin to wonder if this is really necessary and how easy it’d be to go back to how things were. As soon as these thoughts creep in, your plan B will take effect. For me, regardless of the goal, even if it is fitness oriented, I go to the gym and attempt a personal record. Failure or not something about going for a new achievement always seems to reignite my fire. You need to find your big lift, and use it as needed.
5. Failure is for learning
At some point, you will fail. Just as the motivation dwindles you cannot accomplish everything. Bummer right? Number 5 and this is how you wanna end it? Sorry, but facts are facts and if you face them now you will be prepared to make the most of it when it happens. The most important lesson anyone can teach you, is to analyze and learn from your failures. It doesn’t mean its time to quit… no, no, no, on the contrary, it means it is time to try again with more experience.
If not you, then who? If not now, then when?
Get It Together Ladies and Gentlemen you can do what ever you set your mind to, you are powerful beyond belief.
Share your ways to stay motivated!