This is the second post of the goals related series. Make sure you read the first one, Do You Have Goals That Will Guide Your Way? (Part One), before reading this one.
If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Once you define your goals, you have the destination at which you want to arrive.
“What’s the next step?” – you ask. “A next step.” – is my answer.
It’s a single, simple step you must take in the direction of your destination. And then another. And yet another.
And you will need a lot of power and persistence to keep on going. You will need a lot of thrust to propel yourself towards your destination.
And this thrust is called … motivation.
Motivation: the why?
Have you ever wondered why you do things that you do? Or why you don’t do things you don’t do?
There is always a reason, good or bad. A this reason is your motivation.
The tough part is that only you know what your motivation in a particular case is. It is your internal drive to do or not to do things.
What people like me can do is only to inspire you, so that you look for, find and generate your own motivation.
As Brendon Burchard said “Power plants don’t have energy. They generate energy.” Same goes with your motivation. You don’t have it as long as you don’t generate it. And here’s where I can help.
As your motivation is the answer to the question of “why”, these are the questions I would like to ask you now in relation to your goals.
Find your motivation
Having set your goals, and looking for strong motivation to work on them and realize them, ask yourself these questions:
If I achieve this goal,
- What will it give to me?
- What will it make possible?
- What will I be able to avoid?
- What change will it bring for me?
- What progress will I make with my:
- And what will happen if I don’t achieve this goal?
Focus on long term benefits and consequences (as long as your goals are set in time).
Sometimes long-term motivation can seem counterintuitive to the short-term one. For example, “I will not run when it’s cold because I want to be healthy” is counterintuitive to the statement that “I will run when it’s cold because it actually improves my health.”
When you know your reasons why you must achieve your goals, it will become obvious to commit to them.
Work out your motivation
Here’s a simple worksheet with which you can work “generating” your motivation to achieve your goals.
Download it and fill it with your goals and related motivation following instructions. Again, find a quiet place and quiet time. Play your favorite contemplation music and work your way.
Some things will become obvious 🙂
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Have a fabulous, motivated day 🙂
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