What is motivation?
“I’m not feeling motivated” and “I just need to get motivated” are two comments I hear all the time. Lack of motivation can be a big obstacle for a lot of people, but there is no magic pill, there is only action! The first thing you need to do is sit down and think about finding your reason, your why, your deep down want. Is it short term, or is it long term? From there, break it down. Begin with asking yourself the reason you want to be motivated, and then ask yourself the reason for your answer. Repeat until you have an “aha” moment! Here is an example:
Why do you want to be motivated? I want to lose weight. Why do you want to lose weight? Because I don’t fit in my clothes. Why do you want to fit in your clothes? Because they are uncomfortable. Why do uncomfortable clothes bother you? When I feel uncomfortable, I don’t feel confident. Aha! We have found the true reason behind your desire for magic motivation. Confidence is the true reason for your desire to be motivated!
Now that you’ve found your reason, you have also found a resource to tap into for motivation. From here the challenge is simple: find strategies to remind you of your reason in situations where you’re lacking motivation.
Here are some examples:
- You find yourself caving every time there is a birthday party with cake at the office. Keep a photo of a time that you felt confident on your desk to remind you that you want to be that confident person again.
- You don’t feel like working out. Put post it notes all over your house, car and desk to remind you that you want your clothes to fit and that you want your confidence back. Plan to do workouts YOU like. If you don’t like something, don’t do it. Try new things until you find something you like. You may try 100 things before you find your like but at least you were active 100 times 😉
- Adopt a lead by example attitude. This one is great for the mothering and role model types. If you skip dessert, then maybe you will motivate someone else who would have otherwise caved.
So you see, there is no magic motivation; there is just a system of steps to keep you moving forward, which help to keep you motivated. If you do nothing, then you will likely find yourself unmotivated, and chances are you will stay that way or be on a roller coaster until you put action steps into place.
Sit down and find your reason today. What is one small step that you can incorporate into your life immediately?
If I can help you find your motivation, please let me know. One of my programs is likely great for you, but if not, I will happily direct you to a program that I feel will most benefit you.