You’ve been thinking about learning to drive since you were a teenager. You believe having a car would give you freedom, choice, and adventure — as well as enhancing your career prospects. But despite these beliefs and the encouragement of your friends and family, you’ve never gotten around to learning to drive.
What has stopped you?
Well, you might blame it on a lack of time or a lack of money. But in reality, it’s probably due to a lack of motivation. And this lack of motivation could well be holding you back in all areas of your life. Now, imagine if you had zest and boundless motivation. You would not only learn to drive and get yourself a car, but you’d be excited to take on other big goals too. And with lots to aim for — you’d be passionate and alive.
The Motive Behind Motivation
Firstly, have you ever stopped to ask yourself, “what is motivation?”
Well, while I could give you a long, detailed answer, I prefer to share with you this simple definition:
Motivation is the driving force behind your actions.
Take eating, for instance. When you wake up in the morning, you’re probably motivated to grab a bite to eat. And even if you usually skip breakfast, I’m sure that by lunchtime you’re super-motivated to eat some food! In this case, hunger motivates you to find and eat something. So, are you hungry in other areas of your life?
If you want to be successful, then you’ll need to be.
Wealthy people are hungry for money, fit people are hungry for health, and wise people are hungry for knowledge. It’s their hunger that pushes them to succeed. Without this, they would probably just be daydreamers who never achieved anything major in life.
The good news is that it’s never too late to learn how to become motivated and to inject that power into all areas of your life.
Let’s look now at exactly how to do that.
Making Motivation Work for You
There are three elements of becoming motivated that you’ll need to learn and adopt if you’re serious about changing your life. Each element will help boost your motivation, but all five together will super-charge it!
I’ll talk about these three elements and give you examples so you can see each element in action.
1. Finding Inspiration
The number one cause of feeling unmotivated is having nothing to be inspired by. If nothing excites you, then nothing will motivate you.
Is there a way to find inspiration? You bet there is!
The trick is to go back in your life to the times when fun, adventure, and enthusiasm ruled the day. This could be last year, five years ago, or even back to when you were a child. One thing is certain: there were days when your life was exciting and purposeful.
It may have been your first kiss, your first holiday with friends, or the thrill of getting your first job. Think back to how you felt at that time—probably on top of the world. That’s the emotion that you need to rekindle in your life.
Another reason to look back in your life is that you may have given up following dreams that other people (possibly your parents) told you were a waste of time. These might be things like becoming a professional musician, actor, or sports star.
We all had ambitious dreams like these when we were young. But more often than not, these dreams were crushed by adults who told us to be ‘realistic’ about our lives.
If you want to be excited about life again, then allow yourself to dream once more. This could lead you, for example, to join a drama class to train as an actor. Even if this remains as a hobby, you’ll start to taste enthusiasm in your life again. And you’ll be able to take this inspiration and use it in different areas of your life.
2. Goal Setting
American football coach Vince Lombardi once said: “Success demands singleness of purpose.”
In other words, you must know what you want before you have any chance of getting it. When you start to set goals for yourself, you’ll quickly find that you have purpose and motivation. It’s the difference between sailing to a specific destination or just letting your boat drift upon the ocean.
The secret to goal setting is to start off small. Choose some easy to achieve goals like giving up caffeine for one day a week or waking up every day 30 minutes earlier than you normally do.
Once you’ve achieved your small goals, you’ll notice that you’ll have grown in self-confidence and belief. That’s when you’ll be ready to set some bigger goals. These might be things such as finding a new job, clearing your debts, or even traveling the world!
Bigger goals may seem hard to achieve. But you’ll make them more palatable by breaking them down into bite-sized chunks.
For example, if your goal is to find a new job, then you could break this down into the following steps:
Decide what job you really want to do.
Tailor your resume to match this job.
Practice your interview skills.
Register with recruitment agencies.
Take on any advice they recommend (such as boosting your qualifications).
Go along to interviews.
Celebrate when you’re offered the role you want!
Goal setting is fundamental to being motivated. It costs nothing to do, yet it will reward you abundantly.
The third element that you must have to be motivated is persistence. This trait will keep you going when the going inevitably gets tough.
Just think of a runner in a marathon. If they reach halfway but feel half-dead (most runners say this happens to them), then without the element of persistence, they’ll probably call it quits. The winners are the people who keep running until the finish life—however arduous that may be for them.
It’s the same story when it comes to your hobbies, relationships, or career. If you quit when things aren’t going so well, you’ll never find the happiness and satisfaction that come from staying the course.
Life is always a mixture of ups and downs. This is why you must be persistent if you want to achieve big things in your life.
Start the Motor!
Have you noticed that the pronunciation of motivation sounds like MOTORvation?
While I’m not encouraging you to use the incorrect spelling 😃😃🙃, I would like you to think of motivation as a motor—one that you can switch on to help drive you forward in all areas of your life.
When motivated, you’ll be unstoppable. You’ll no longer procrastinate and look for excuses for not doing stuff. Instead, you’ll be a super-powered success story!
So turn the key and get started!😊😊😊
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