How do you motivate yourself when you just don’t feel like getting off your butt? Feeling less than motivated all too often, need good kick in the pants? Deep down you know you should do something…but end up killing time on the internet, on the sofa or at Bed Bath & Beyond? Time for some Motivation 911!
The good news is: There are a million ways to motivate yourself. Instinctively, when we’re on a sinking ship, we start preparing for the jump. If your ready…motivate yourself with these 3 practical tips.
Tip 1 – Tame the Big One
Fear: Go ahead and think of something that both intrigues and scares you. If you’re having trouble…look for the word “but” in your thoughts of desire. Identifying fear is the first step to flexing your motivation muscles–and just like muscle–the more you use it, the stronger it gets. Write the scary thing down in the sentence below. Be honest.
I want ______________, but I’m afraid _____________________________.
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do — Eleanor Roosevelt
Tip 2 – Next you need to get familiar with a couple of rules.
A) “It’s ok to have it your way, but don’t get crazy” — Bon QuiQui. Ask yourself, is this desire destructive? Will it ruin life, health or property? If so, scribble it out, write a new sentence and move on to rule B.
B) Be useful, use your moral compass. Would facing your fear have a positive effect? Would it enlighten you, improve your life or someone else’s? Yes or no? Pick a cause or raise awareness, and use it as a brace. For example: Don’t just run a 5k; Run a 5k in honor of someone who can’t. Don’t just bungee jump off the Arrigoni Bridge; bungee jump to raise money for Cancer Research. In other words, increase the positive effect of your fear and do something really wonderful, it will help deflect & minimize your fear. Your moral compass will say “GO”! (In case you’re wondering – I have no intention whatsoever, to bungee jump off the Arrigoni Bridge, it was just an awesome example 🙂 )
C) Enlist External Support. External support is people, places or things that nourish your potential. Good Friends, Good Family or a Certified Personal Trainer. External supports vary for every situation but it’s always important to have them. Got it? Now its time to take action.
Tip 3 – Strategy
1) Take a deep breath and relax.
2) Plan & be in the now. Your job isn’t facing the fear but planning to face it. While you plan, don’t worry. Just ponder what will you do first?
3) Take a baby step forward. A good planner breaks down every challenge into manageable pieces. You only have to take one little step. Ever.
4) Repeat #3, Keep taking new steps – One at a time.
5) Stay Focused, watch the path not the obstacles, where your mind goes your life goes. Focus on where you want to go , not where you don’t. Be aware of the dangers, but glue your attention to the path your on.
6) Celebrate steps – Celebrate writing down a fear in a sentence, asking a question, sending an email, making a plan or losing 5 lbs.
Transform fear into action. Just think how thrilling it would be… to go Bed Bath & Beyond your comfort zone. <3
Let’s hear it…
Whats the best motivation tip you can share?