If you feel like Wednesday is so far away from Friday, you are not alone. Many people have asked themselves why they even do what they do. And this is due to the fact that they lack motivation.
Motivation is a strong factor in our everyday survival. It is the fuel that drives our purpose, or is it the other way around? Nonetheless, without it, why even bother with anything? The bad news is, no one around you can motivate you. Only you can motivate yourself.
You need to eat therefore you need to find your keep, right? In this case, the “need to eat” becomes your motivation to go out there and work. But you hate your job. Again, go out there, find your purpose and use your distaste of your current job as motivation to find the job you want!
I can go on and on about triggering motivation but it would mean nothing if you’ve already given up. If you’re reading this, I would like to suggest that you give yourself one more chance to get up and claim what could be your “best week ever!”
Here are some tips to stay motivated:
Get rid of the clutter
Right now, you only need to focus on one goal. What is it? If you have so many things going on in your head right now, you need to get rid of the clutter and find out what needs to be achieved first. Is it buying that new house? Is it buying that new car? Is it becoming Employee of the Year? Is it finding a new girlfriend/boyfriend? Whatever it is, you shouldn’t be doing everything at once.
Focus on the sole goal
Once you’ve decided on your sole goal and have let go of all the others, you will feel an immediate sense of relief. And that’s good. Take this opportunity to focus on how you can achieve what you’ve decided to achieve. I cannot emphasize this enough but you must zone out to anything that derails you from focusing on your “sole goal.”
Embrace the new emotions
Embrace the new emotions – and get rid of the old ones! If you’ve felt depressed, anxious and frustrated every single day because of lack of motivation, things are gonna change. And you have to be ready to embrace excitement and allow yourself to be inspired. Knowing that the goal you’ve decided to reach and accomplish can make a difference in your life should be enough to get you all fired up!
Write out a plan and commit to it daily
When you have a roadmap, it’s easier to get to where you want to go. I would suggest backwards planning, wherein you begin with the end in mind. This way, you can write down everything that is still in the future and bring it back to where you are now, which will be your starting point.
One bite at a time
This is how you eat an elephant. Remember, the plan is to keep you motivated all week long, every week! Don’t rush. Relax. You’ve written your plan to achieve your goal and are excited about it. Now create mini goals. These mini goals become your nuggets, which in turn become your milestones. A few milestones from now, you would have reached your goal.
Keep setting new goals
Keep setting new goals – only to be started at the end of the current goal. And repeat the process!
Again, these are only a few tips to help you get motivated again. There are more out there. If you wake up every day with a sense of purpose and a passion for something, each day becomes a means to an end.
Make every day your best day ever!
Paco Arespacochaga is the drummer/songwriter of the band INTRoVOYS (www.introvoys.com) and the host of the Internet show, Paco In the House ( www.pacointhehouse.com). You may send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org