The high-octane fuel of motivation
Have you ever felt so deflated that you really couldn’t be bothered doing anything? I guess it’s like when you wake up in the morning and it’s really cold outside and you just wish the day wasn’t ready to begin. The day you’ve got in front of you isn’t particularly exciting - you’ve got to go to work, or maybe your ‘to-do’ list’ is so long it needs two pages to write … you know what I mean?
1. Muscular ‘sense of purpose’
Let’s be really clear on this … you are a wonderful human being with a specific purpose to fulfill in your life. Your life is a great gift and you are important. You may not know (as yet) what your ‘sense of purpose’ is … but that doesn’t matter. It will be revealed in time, but until then, just be aware that ‘without you, the world is a lesser place’.
2. Keep your fuel tanks full
We believe that we have to be ‘busy’ all the time to justify our worth in life. We think we have to be doing something or being somewhere. This is a common problem with many people who think they have to work all the time to justify their existence. No! If you do not take time to relax and rejuvenate you will ‘burnout’. If you don’t give your body (and mind) time to rest it will seize-up. Motivation needs fuel. Fuel is energy and if you don’t have energy you’re not going to go very far. Give yourself permission to relax every once in a while.
3. Spend time on activities that you really love
We are often overwhelmed by all the activities that other people try to impose on us. “Can you do this …?” or “Will you do that …?” Learn to say ‘no’ more often to the things that ‘steal your time’. The more time you spend doing the things you love, the more you will enjoy the journey of achieving your goal.
4. Appreciate your progress
I need to break this component into two-parts:
5. Stay aware
Stay aware (read - keep in the front of your mind) of why you are doing a certain thing. For example, if you are striving hard to loose weight (a health goal) the reason may be that you want to wear that beautiful red dress you bought a few years ago. If you are learning to play guitar, it may be because you want to play like Jimi Hendrix.
Finding out more about Stephen Chong
Stephen Chong is a professional development coach and author of the new book The Music of the Soul: A pathway to a rich and fulfilling life, now available at good book stores or online at www.stephenchong.com.au
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