That’s how I felt today before writing this. I woke up to snow after a beautiful weekend where temperatures were in the upper 60’s, I’m a little tired, and, well, you get the picture, and it was not of the guy on the mountaintop. We all have days like this. The problem arises when you allow it to derail you and then when it reoccurs and begins to outnumber the days that you’re motivated.
How do you stay motivated?
Someone said to Zig Ziglar “motivation doesn’t last.” His response? “neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily.”
We all need motivation, but first, what exactly is motivation? Motivate means “to provide with a motive.” It’s simply a reason to do something, an inspiration, or, something that encourages you to take action. Oddly, a paycheck doesn’t seem to keep people motivated does it?
It’s interesting, as children we usually have a parent or coach who encourages us, or at least, they keep us on track. They wake us up for school or tell us to hang in there, and go the extra mile. As adults we’re responsible for our own success, and usually responsible for our own motivation.
What can you do to motivate yourself?
- Many people read the bible for daily motivation, and regardless of your religious belief, it’s very empowering.
- Glance at a newborn baby in your family and think of their future and the impact you can have on it.
- Catch a sunrise or sunset and bask in the sense opportunity or accomplishment.
- Think of a new love in your life, whether it’s a person or a hobby.
- How about if you want a new car, or a new home? Put a picture of it in front of you to motivate you and focus on that!
- Read daily quotes.
- Create goals.
- Volunteer, help people.
- Act!! Do something, getting started and moving along the road toward accomplishment can fuel the rest of the journey.
Really, all that you need is already available to you and always has been. You merely have to tap into it, every day. If each day, you reminded yourself of what inspires you, what your goals are and the steps to achieving them are being taken, meaning you’re acting on it, wouldn’t you be more hopeful and positive and therefore create better results?
If you want motivation you’ll find it, if you want discouragement, you’ll find that as well.
By the way, the word “discourage” is an antonym for motivate.
Rock Star Life Coach & Sales Trainer