“If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” -Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr.
You may have a clear picture of the direction you want to go, but without sustainable motivation, you will struggle to bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be. So how can you create your own motivation?
The first step to become motivated is to make a decision. Once you have made a decision you can map out a plan and set goals for action. To fully sustain your motivation, it is important to have a clear and strong WHY to accomplish your goals. Write down what you what from your goals. Ask yourself, how will this make me feel?
So what happens if you get stuck? Below are common negative thinking patterns that hinder motivation, and some really important steps you can take to create more action in your life:
Thinking about everything you need to do and that you don’t know where to start can paralyze you and cause you to never start anything.
- Start by replacing have to, should, and must with get to, want to, and choose to. Practice putting your distractions on pause for an hour or two a day (texts, emails, phone calls, etc.)
- When you are attempting to accomplish a goal that you feel has no end in sight, encourage yourself to look at your accomplishments and milestones on a project.
- Remember that imperfect action is always better than perfect procrastination. Don’t get caught up in doing something perfectly.
If you find yourself constantly making excuses you may tend to over think things. For example, if you want to increase your business by making phone calls to potential clients you may tell yourself that it is pointless because they won’t listen, they might hang up on me, or you can’t find a quiet place.
- Focus on only one thing you want to start doing to reach your goal and act on it.
- Take every “but” statement and write down a solution to it.
- Make a resource list to determine what you will need to accomplish your goal.
Fear of Failure
Failing can be one of the most important lessons you can learn. You can’t fail if you don’t try. By failing you can change your approach and learn from your mistakes.
- Consider every possible outcome, both bad and good, and find a solution to it. Develop a Plan B, or C. Having a contingency plan can help you overcome your fear of failing.
- Visualize the process. Instead of getting caught up in outcome-based thinking, mentally rehearse the tasks in front of you.
- Remember that practicing a skill or honing a craft takes time. You didn’t learn how to walk, ride a bike, or tie your shoes in a day. Each time you try, you learn something new, and become one step closer to your goal.
Issues with Criticism
You are not your mistakes. Criticism can be a positive motivator for improvement if you do not let it affect your self-confidence.
- Acknowledge and then release any negative thoughts you have about yourself. Treat yourself with love and compassion. Focus on your strengths.
- When someone criticizes you, ask for constructive feedback for how you could improve.
The road to success demands that you get out of your comfort zone. To jump start your motivation, it can be helpful to have someone (a coach, a teacher, a coworker, or a friend) to help hold you accountable. If you would like more information about how having a coach can help you attain the level of success that you know is possible, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org