“If it was easy, everybody would be doing it” Dr. Eric Thomas
A great friend of mine asked me to write a blog about motivation, because he felt it was difficult sometimes to get up in the morning and get ready for school and stay focused. I felt honored and respected so I promised him that I would write a blog about motivation.
Let’s us begin with the definition of the word motivation.
Definition: The state or condition of being motivated or having a strong reason to act or accomplish something
The word motivation in its original form is “Mōtīvus” and comes from Latin which means to move.
I hear it every single day from different people complaining about their lack of motivation in different area of their life. It made me think and reflect about my own life and all the times I had difficult to motivate myself to move forward.
It is easy to complain and to talk about it because often the people who listen to you are in the same boat as yourself, so they accept your pettiness and tell you they feel the same way.
The hardest part is to do something about your lack of motivation because you have to think and think outside the box to find a solution. Because you have to put effort into finding a solution, now you think it is easier just to let it be as it is and maybe it will change over time. (Does it sound familiar?)
I read a great quote from the Legend himself Zig Zigler couple of years ago, and it said: “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing that’s why we recommend it daily”
What a great way to see it and yes you need daily motivation to keep yourself going!
Ask yourself in which direction do you want to move but feel uninspired and challenged to keep yourself going?
Here is what I personally do to keep myself on track and help myself to stay motivated in difficult times!
- You need to have somebody that can hold you accountable for your actions it has to be somebody that you respect (maybe get a mentor) otherwise you are not going to take this seriously. To have a person that holds you accountable forces you to move forward, because you told the person you are going to do it, and you don’t want that person to be disappointed right? (It can be in any area of your life, fitness, work, school etc). Now it is not just about motivation it is about your integrity if you lie to the person that is holding you accountable it is not going to work, and you would be lying to yourself.
- See above and beyond your current situation; see the bigger picture of it! don’t see it as it is now but what it could be. If you want to lose 10kg (22 lbs) see the final product in your mind and use it to motivate and to push yourself forward. The key is to see it before it is a reality. If you are few semesters away from your master degree see yourself holding the diploma. It doesn’t really matter what your goal is but you have to see the final product in your mind and use that as a motivation to move forward!
- Use other people’s success as a motivation, what do I mean by that; allow me to explain. In the journey of pursuing your dreams and goals there has always been someone in the history whom has done it before. Every time I lose my motivation for going to the gym I look at pictures and see a video’s of Greg Plitt and tell myself I have to work harder if I am going to have a body like him, every time I lose motivation for pursuing my goals I look at my mentor Darren Hardy and I tell myself if he can do it I CAN DO IT!.
Do not misunderstand me I DO NOT compare myself with anybody NOT EVEN my mentor. I only use them to push myself forward I don’t want to be like Greg Plitt or Darren Hardy, yes they have something that I want but I don’t compare myself with them.
Be careful that you don’t compare yourself with other people just use these people as an inspiration to move forward because the reality is IF THEY CAN DO IT, YOU CAN DO IT! But you have a different way of doing it, your journey is not the same as the person you use as inspiration, the goal or destination might be the same but your journey is not.
Use the following steps given to stay motivated and focused on your goals and I want you to remember to live your life to the fullest, because life is LIMITLESS!