Self motivation is a powerful practice of happy and successful people. No matter what your goal, motivating yourself to progress is the key to living a satisfying and purposeful life.
My goal is, simply, to live my best life! To be healthy, happy, and love life. Of course doing so is easier said than done. To live a great life I must be motivated to make daily choices that support my goals every day. Not only do I have to make the choice to take action, I have to take it.
Some days I wake feeling energized and motivated, and other days it’s easier to take the path of least resistance, which is usually not the path to greatness. Even when pursuit of my goals means enjoying a relaxing day, it’s often tempting to get sucked into some mindless activity (Facebook, anyone?) that I don’t necessarily enjoy, it’s just a way to pass the time. (Just me, then? Oh, you too?)
Another example of living my best life involves working on my blog. I love blogging, and yet some days I spend my writing day doing nothing of consequence with little to show for it.
If I want to live my best life I must first be motivated to do so! When my motivation doesn’t not come naturally, I can practice self-motivation to align my behavior with my intentions.
So how do I motivate myself when I’m feeling distracted, bored, and avoidy? Here’s how!
Picture your goal
A great way to motivate myself is to picture my goal in my mind. A vision board helps me visualize my goal regularly and focus on the life I really want to live. When considering how I want to spend my day I look at my vision board and ask myself, “does this belong in my vision?” When a behavior or action aligns with my goals, I feel a rush of motivation!
I keep a Pinterest board of inspiring quotes and messages. I share favorite quotes on Twitter and Facebook. I stick inspiring thoughts on notes around my home and office. I read inspiring blogs. I surround myself with inspiration to keep me inspired.
Take care of you
Often when I’m feeling unmotivated it’s because I’m hungry, angry, lonely, or tired. I recognized these cues it’s time to HALT and take care of me. I can eat a healthy snack or enjoy a small indulgent treat! I can journal or talk out a problem I’m holding on to or just let it go. I can spend time with family or friends. I can take a nap or get to bed early. Taking care of my basic needs comes before happiness.
Take one step at a time
Sometimes I feel unmotivated because the task in front of me seems too daunting and it feels as if I’ll never get it done! (That’s never happened to you, right?) When I feel overwhelmed I can focus on doing one thing at a time. Instead of fretting about the end result, I focus on the task at hand. I ask myself, “what’s the next step?” and tackle just that step until it’s time to take on the step after that.
A great way to waste time is to spend it doing something that isn’t meaningful or valuable to me. Every moment of my life doesn’t have to be filled with activity, but when I’m not enjoying whatever I’m doing- even if I’m doing nothing- then my life doesn’t feel very great. (This is absolutely the point I step away from the computer when I’m mindlessly internet trolling.) Being present in this moment, enjoying and engaging myself in whatever I do, is a great way to get motivated to do what I really want to do.
When I accept responsibility for the awesomeness of my life and creating more awesome, I find motivation I didn’t know I had! Yeah! Come on, awesome life! Today I’m going to be awesome!
Image courtesy of Mike Speed.
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Creating a Vision Board is a creative, visual and thoughtful method of expressing your intentions for your work and your life. Your Vision Board can represent your goals for your professional life, your professional development, your personal life and more!
Here are a few different ways that may inspire you to create your Vision Board:
Create a Paper Vision Board Christine Kane’s blog entry, How to Make a Vision Board, is a fantastic step-by-step guide for creating a Paper Vision Board.
Create an Online Vision Board Oprah.com has the O Dream Board to create a Vision Board that you can save to your computer and easily share with family and friends.
Create a Vision Board Movie Use Animoto to create a free 30 second video of your Vision Board.
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Your thoughts can have as much influence in your life as your actions. Oftentimes in life you may find yourself reacting instead of acting, and letting your emotions direct your behavior. When you are reacting emotionally, your path is passive, waiting for the people around you and your situation to set the tone for your life.
Forming goals, mindful thinking and manifesting your intentions are examples of active living, allowing personal responsibility and achievement to set the tone for your life.
Dictionary.com defines “intention” as “an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result”. There are many ways you can manifest your intentions in your work-life.
First you must know what your intentions are. For example, perhaps you wake up in the morning and decide, “I am going to be productive today”, or “today I will make healthy food choices.” Allow your intention to shape your attitude and direction for your day’s activity.
Your intentions will have more influence on your day if when you express them. There are many ways to express your intentions, such as:
Say your intentions out loud to yourself. It is especially helpful to say them out loud while looking at yourself in the mirror.
Write your intentions down. Your intentions will be more effective if you keep them where you can be reminded of them, such as taped to your bathroom mirror or hanging on your refrigerator.
Share your intentions with others. Tell your boss or co-workers what projects and goals you are working on and get their support. You can also blog, tweet, or post your intentions for the world to see.
Express your intentions creatively. Create a Vision Board using images, words and art, along with your hands, heart and mind to express your intentions visually, mentally and emotionally.
Once you start living an actively intentioned life, you will be amazed at the opportunities and personal achievements you have manifested.Join the Conversation