Every now and then I wake up and just don’t feel motivated. I might be a little tired; in fact, I swear that sometimes my life is a series of naps! On these types of days the last thing I want to do is write my blog. Yes, it happens. And since I don’t drink coffee or energy drinks, well . . . you get the point. We all have days like this. And it’s very tempting to play hooky. We want to call in sick to work, hit the snooze button, or put things off until we’re feeling better.
The problem is that letting your priorities or passion go can become a bad habit which derails you.
Do you have more days that you take it easy than the days where you get up and go get em? It’s very easy to settle into lazy mode, especially since we have more than enough things to distract us or frustrate us, things that prevent us from achieving our goals.
What exactly does the word motivation mean? Motivate means “to provide with a motive.” Or, in the etymological sense, an “inner or social stimulus for an action.” Simply put, it’s a reason to do something, an inspiration, or, something that encourages you to take action. It can come from within, or be motivated by others. It’s funny, a paycheck doesn’t always seem to keep people very motivated does it? No, and I’ll get to why later. It seems we often seek something more.
It’s almost unfair that as children we usually have a parent, teacher or coach who encourages us, or keeps us on track. They wake us up for school, encourage us to hang in there, and go the extra mile. Then as adults we’re responsible for our own success, and often responsible for our own motivation.
Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis. ~Zig Ziglar
Do something every day that motivates you, and then act on it. This way you are living the life you deserve on a daily basis. You’ll be impacting others as well as yourself in a positive way, and you’ll feel better about yourself, each and every day.
Here are a few things that might inspire you.
▪ Read the bible for daily motivation, it’s very empowering.
▪ Think of a newborn in your family and the impact you can have on their future.
▪ Catch a sunrise or sunset and bask in the opportunity or reflect on accomplishments.
▪ Embrace a new love in your life, whether it’s a person, or a hobby.
▪ Put a picture of a new car or home in front of you to motivate you.
▪ Read daily motivational quotes.
▪ Create new goals.
▪ Volunteer. Helping others is very inspiring.
▪ Being able to take care of yourself and your family should be very motivating.
▪ Exercise. This alone can inspire you to action.
▪ Focus on a goal and the positive results of achieving it
Add your own inspiration to this list. Moving along the road toward accomplishment can fuel the rest of the journey.
And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed! ~Dr Suess
Money does not drive everyone. In fact, there are two distinct ways that people are inspired. Yes, the first is fueled by material things like money, a bonus, a trip or a prize. Yet many other people are motivated by the desire to feel appreciated. They want recognition. They feel good about themselves because they were applauded and appreciated and that will inspire them want to do more, and do it well.
You may often hear of an employee complaining that they don’t feel appreciated at work. That’s not about money, it’s about recognition. Do you need a carrot dangled in front of you? Or would you prefer a pat on the back? Figure out what motivates you and then position yourself to stay that way.
While it is, or should be the responsibility of an employer to learn how each employee is motivated and then cater to them directly, sadly, we are surrounded by people who don’t know how to encourage as much as they should. They often choose to point out what we did wrong rather than correct us, assist in fixing it or even praise us for the good we did.
Many don’t know how to inspire others properly, they either weren’t taught to or didn’t learn how to do it. That is their responsibility. Once we recognize that simple words of encouragement during a struggle, or after a failure are worth far more than hype or true praise after success, we will be a more productive, happy, motivated force in this world.
“If you have no one to encourage you, instead of using that as an excuse for failure, encourage yourself and use that as a reason why you must succeed.”
Everything that you need is already available to you and always has been. You merely have to tap into what inspires you, every day. If each day, you remind yourself of exactly what impels you, what your goals are and the steps required to achieving them, wouldn’t you be more hopeful and positive and therefore create better results?
The fact is this; NO ONE will support, encourage or motivate you more than you should and can. Our bosses, employees, spouses, friends and children will be there some of the time, but they all have their own lives. So it is up to us, every day, we need to be great! No one will hand us success, wishing won’t help, only action will.
If it is to be, it’s up to thee. You are responsible for your success.
Rock Star Life Coach & Sales Trainer