Are you a procrastinator?
Do you lack the motivation to get the job done?
I have done much soul-searching and meditating on my future. There are many things I want to do but… The big BUT… what have I done? Nothing! What are the obstacles on my road to success?
I need some motivation to get things started. I will have to change my thinking. That requires looking at my past failures as a learning tool and not as a disappointment. I need to figure out why I failed and learn from that. Where did I go wrong? Why did I give up? Why can’t I get started? What did I do differently when I succeeded?
I will have to activate my imagination. I must listen to my heart. I need to dream new dreams.
I have to ask myself some important questions:
- Where are my priorities?
- What is the desire of my heart?
- what are the things I want to accomplish?
- What do I envision myself doing in the future?
Then, I have to turn my dreams into goals. Each dream must become concrete, real and important. I must create my own adventure because I know my life is more fun and fulfilling when I am rising to a challenge.
Motivation brings freedom. Freedom to make the right choices, freedom to choose to go after my goals. Freedom to live the life I want to live.
There are a myriad of motivational speakers, quotes to read and books to buy yet it all boils down to you and me. We all must say: “I am the one who needs to accept the challenge, to put forth the effort. I need to move. I need to go for it!”
We need to overcome the obstacles in our path.
What are the barriers to self-motivation?
- lack of proper focus
- lack of direction
- lack of self-esteem
To overcome these barriers, there are some steps we need to take which will get us motivated.
How to motivate yourself:
- Focus on your strengths. Spend some time thinking about past successes, think about what you are good at. This will give you an advantage for this new challenge. Too often we tend to focus on our failures, our weaknesses. If this is you, it is time to change your focus.
- Define your goal. It is difficult to get motivated unless you have a specific goal. (“I want to run a 5km race” and not: “I want to learn to run.”or “I want to lose 25 pounds” instead of just “I want to lose weight”. )
- Break your goal into manageable steps. ( by the end of next month I will run 1 km without stopping or I will lose 6 pounds) It is easier to aim for a small step at a time.
- Tell others about your goal. It is easier to keep motivated when others are watching you and cheering you on. It makes you accountable.
- Begin now. Do not allow yourself any excuses. Do not wait until Monday or after the party next week, do it now.
- Expect more from yourself. Don’t allow fear and self-doubt to invade your heart. Believe in your God-given abilities.
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”- Henry David Thoreau
- Quotes About Motivation (mademan.com)
- Set your goal! (mmselsectionc.wordpress.com)
- How do high achievers really think? (psychologytoday.com)
- Motivation and Reflection (mmselmath.wordpress.com)