I am highly motivated. To do things that matter and end up giving me what I want. I’m telling you, there are some things that take gigantic incentives to get me moving though.
Working out was simply a part of my life when I was younger. I dragged my poor kids to the childcare center so I could do aerobics or play racquetball five days a week. They thought this was normal. It was a top priority. Now, I don’t have to worry about complaining children or have any other good excuses and I still find reasons to avoid doing any exercise.
Here comes the awful truth. When I was younger, I was motivated by vanity. I wanted to look good in a swim suit or jeans. I’m hiding my red face now. Don’t judge.
As a point of truth, I still like to look OK but my standards have lowered, so my body isn’t what it used to be. No matter how hard I scold myself and try to believe that it’s all about being healthy, moving around without pain and living a longer life…I just can’t quite get as excited as when I could SEE the results- and other people could too.
What motivates you?
I know some people who dangled a big carrot to their adult kid to accomplish an important goal. They offered to buy him a new(ish) car. He was driving an older piece of crap and talked often about the importance of this goal as well as his desire for an improved vehicle. But when it came to the tire rubber meeting the road, he didn’t make much effort.
Motivation has to be powered by an internal desire that only you can figure out. You might say you want a degree but do you want it bad enough to live on a lot less money, go back to school and get into college loan debt? Yes, you want to spend more time with your kids, but what are you willing to cut out do make it happen?
Wishing and dreaming are cool, but they are also kind of a waste of time if you don’t get to the bottom of your truest desires.
Here are a few things you could try if you are feeling unmotivated:
4 Things that Might Motivate You
Replace the actual outcome of your goal with something bigger in your mind. Pretend you would get a million dollars for completing the project instead of $150. What would you do to get it done? What if your life was on the line? Yikes, that lights a fire, right?
List the things that are really important to you (Family, God, health, financial peace…). Pick one thing you could do to improve each of your top five. If you’re not willing to do it, it’s not that significant to you. Learn to be honest with yourself.
Ask yourself, “What’s holding me back from accomplishing my objectives?” Sometimes you get so busy, you just accept that some of your goals are side-lined, but maybe it’s not just your over-committed life. Maybe you pack your schedule full as an excuse to not pursue your “dreams.” Check in to see if your heart, head and spirit are truly in alignment
Spend time with God to re-evaluate your goals. The Holy Spirit will help point you in the right direction if your goals are out of whack. He will also reveal the things that are blocking you from moving forward. You gotta ask and listen though.
So, are you highly motivated to get motivated? Let me know if you try any of these and what happens.
Authored By Diane Markins