Motivation is more than just “wanting” to do something.
It’s the difference between waking up before dawn to pound the pavement and lazing around the house all day. It’s the crucial element in setting and attaining goals—and research shows you can influence your own levels of motivation and self-control.
1. Discover the Resistance
What’s holding you back? Is it fear? Uncertainty? “What if” scenarios? Write this question down in your journal, “What’s holding me back?”, and then sit with it for a few moments. Write down everything that comes up. Once you’ve written down what’s keeping you stuck, just the awareness of it alone will give you a new perspective, and potentially new empowerment to start moving forward. Don’t wait, write it down now
2. Take the First Step
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Okay, so you want to walk a thousand miles. What if you just took the first step, just a baby step? What if you did the first logical thing, like making that phone call, do
ing the research, filling out a form, or opening up your book? Forget about the mountain that you want to climb and look down at the first 2 steps in front of you. Put one foot in front of the other.
3. How Badly Do You Want It?
Harness your desire!
If you want it badly enough, then how can
anything stop you from getting it? What possible excuse can stand in your way? You didn’t have the time? You’re not sure how? Write down your excuses. Then ask yourself, “How badly do I want this?” If you want it badly enough, then get in touch with your deep desire to get it. Then nothing can you stop you. As Randy Pausch said, “The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.”
If You Don’t Do It
What’ll happen if you don’t
do it? Will your life continue to be mediocre and unremarkable? Will you regret not getting started sooner years from now? Think about how continuing to stay in your comfort zone makes you feel. To be stagnating and stuck. Yuck! Get disgusted, get angry, get upset about the way things have been going for you. Think about what it’d be like if you decide to continue on this road you’ve been on. How does not taking action affect your life negatively?
5. Make Your To-Do List
Make your to-do list… Not to look at it. To do it! Making the list shouldn’t take you more than 5 minutes. What are you going to do with the next 55 minutes? Start at the top with number one. Forget about everything else and focus on completing
just this first task. Push yourself to just start moving forward, and you will start building momentum.
6. Get a Life Coach
Talk to a life coach. Find the right one and you’ll get inspired, motivated, empowered, encouraged, supported, helped, and believed in. They have an assortment of personal development tools to motivate you. Your life coach will take you beyond just motivation to discover what’s really holding you back and why you’re procrastinating.
So figure out what you want, power through the pain period, and start being who you want to be.