Motivation is fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.
—Stephen R. Covey
It’s a pretty miserable feeling when you initially feel so excited about something…only to lose the fire you originally felt. This happens to everyone, but when it happens to you, it doesn’t feel great. That’s why it’s so important to be sure you are in the right mindset when you set an intention.
Are you actually ready? Do you know exactly what it is going to take to get to where you want to be?
Are you prepared for setbacks? They are inevitable.
While setting your intention, take into consideration the setbacks you may face. Make a list. This will help you prepare for the tougher times. If you cannot except that there will be road bumps or create this list…then i’m sorry my friend, but you’re not ready.
Commitment and mindset is EVERYTHING.
Set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely) goals that will motivate you.
WRITE THEM DOWN, then plan the steps you must take and cross them off as you work through them!
When you are committed to writing down your goal and your plan of action, acknowledging that there will be setbacks, then you my friend…ARE READY!
How to Recapture Your Motivation
So what do you do when you can’t find that fire that you felt when you set your intention? Here are some helpers.
1. Identify your greatest sources of creativity and inspiration
Grab your cute notebook and a colorful pen and write down the names of three people in whose presence you come alive—three people whose words inspire your confidence and empower you.
What was the last thing each of these people said to you that meant so much, and how can those words motivate you today? Write it down.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help becoming motivated to achieve your goal. Get in touch with these people. Call, email or visit each one and let them know the value they have brought to your life.
2. Identify environments and activities that unlock energy and creativity.
Envision three places you feel the most creative. This could be that beach you relaxed last Spring break, a meditation studio, or volunteering. These are specific to you — write them down.
What was it about these places that initially drove your creativity and excitement? Can you visit any of these places today? If not, visualize yourself there and write about your initial experience there and what it was about these places that made you feel creative.
Spend at least 2 hours a week in a space that you feel energized and use that energy to work on your worthwhile goal.
3. Readjust your focus
When you readjust your focus, you can recapture your motivation.
What are you currently focusing on that’s determining how you feel and affecting your motivation?
What can you do to change your train of thought for awhile, to relax your mind and reset? For me, this usually means to hit the gym or go to yoga. There’s no better time for me than when i’m sweating it out, that I see things clearly and feel motivated to jump back in when I finish my workout.
Document what you did that worked to readjust your focus, so that you’re ready for next time.