What is your motivation level?
On a scale from 0 to 10, where 0 means no motivation at all and 10 means you are so excited you cannot sleep at night, what is your level of motivation about your life? What is it about your job? What is it about anything that you consider important?
In case it is below what you would expect and want, know that motivation is not a magical gift that some of us receive and some don’t.
Motivation is a mindset, a vision, a habit and a skill that you can develop.
There is a certain pattern of thought and action that motivated people follow.
And that allows them to become motivated and stay motivated.
If you know me personally, you know that my motivation and energy level is very high.
Today, I would like to share with you where it comes from.
How do I build and sustain my high-level motivation? And how can you?
You base your motivation on five solid pilars.
To set an object in motion, you must apply external force. To stir your internal motivation, you must use external inspiration first.
Do you remember how high you got when something inspired you? That spark that set your motivation fire. Suddenly, you just wanted to be, to do, to have.
If you want to be motivated, search for and indulge in inspiration work tracking software. What inspired you recently to take an action? Was it a film you saw? Was it an article you read? Was it a person you talked to? What else can inspire you?
Goals give you clarity of the final outcome you are after. Once it is clear and attractive, there is a natural tendency to want it. And ‘want it’ is motivation.
Majority of my coaching clients who complain about lack of motivation, when asked what their goals are, don’t know or can’t describe them. No wonder there is no power if there is no destination.
What goals are you pursuing? What big things keep you awake at night? For what big goals of who you want to be, what you want to do and what you want to have you cannot wait to get up in the morning?
The word motivation comes from the word “motive”, which is a “reason”. As goals are the answer to the question of “what?” then purpose is the answer to the question of “why?”
You are naturally motivated to do things that make sense to you. Either it is obvious, then motivation is natural. Or it is hidden and then you must dig your motivation up.
In case your motivation is not apparent, ask yourself: “Why do I want to do this?” or “Why would I want to do this if there was a good reason for it?” As questions sharpen your focus, this way you may find your missing motivation puzzle piece.
Your mental motivation translates directly into your physical and emotional state. When motivated, your body is energized and you feel great.
But it works the other way, too. To get motivated you can start with moving your body and focusing on positive emotions, first.
Exercise in the morning, take a walk (or a run) when you’re down. Shift your mood by shifting what you focus on. Watch, read or listen to something positive. Have a pleasant conversation with someone.
Last, but not least, take action. Motivation is active. It’s motivaction. When you act, you build momentum. You see you can do and achieve something. With this, you want more and ‘want more’ is motivation.
Have you ever caught yourself in a situation that you did not want to do something. But you had to. So, after a longer while of whining over this thing, you started doing it. You got into it and after a while you found yourself progressing well and actually you felt good about it?
When you face something you don’t feel like doing, besides applying any of the previous four motivation levers, just start doing it. You will prove to yourself you can get disciplined and produce results.
Motivation is not a Holy Grail. In search of it, all you need to do is to know the formula (now you do) and apply it (now you can).
On a scale from 0 to 10, what is your motivation level to work with those five to build and sustain your motivation?
Make a fabulous, motivated day 🙂
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