Motivational Drive is Fueled by Purpose
We often go to events and get excited about something, just to go home and realize the magical feeling is fading quickly. Sometimes it lasts longer than others, but in many cases it begins to fade as soon as our attention switches to something else (like doing chores/errands). The reason we lose the connection with that energy is because we haven't hooked it to something we care about, something that drives us and excites us.
Motivation is Not a Personality Trait
4 Steps to Sustaining Motivational Drive
1. Remember Your Purpose
- Take a moment to reflect on why you do what you do, why you desire what you desire and chase the dream that you chase. If you haven't figured out your mission yet, do this first. I like to go back to my mission statement and reread it to remember why I have the goals I do.
- As soon as you get up in the morning ask yourself "what's my mission today?" Be clear about your aim and focus on what you can accomplish today that moves you closer to accomplishing your goals. These small victories will keep you motivated by moving you forward.
- When I wake up and begin the day by being thankful, it changes the whole mood of the day. I call this "appreciation energy" because as soon as I remember how lucky I am to be alive, healthy and living in this moment, I'm excited to get back to my calling.
- We often say things like "I have to go to exercise" or "I have to leave early to get to a dinner". Start replacing "I have to" with "I get to". It will make a big difference by shifting your attitude to gratitude. Thanks to Michael Hyatt for sharing this trick in a blog post.
Keep Fueling the Flames
What things do you do to keep your motivation level up? What are some of your favorite resources for daily inspiration?