We know in order to achieve our goals, we have to value them/they have to align with our life values. Now whilst our values or the goals themselves can be the motivating force that helps you achieve and accomplish them, I still feel that sometimes there are other contributing factors that push me to success. What are they? Why thank you for asking.
Whether it be motivation to eat healthy, exercise (not that I ever any incentive to do that), finish that assignment, do well at work or to maintain your friendships and relationships- my motivations I’ll be sharing with you shortly can be applied to all, some or perhaps even none of those situations.
- MY VALUES
As stated earlier, If I don’t value it as an important part of my life then it won’t take priority. If I don’t think it’s worthy…well then it probably won’t get done. That’s why setting goals that align with our life values is so important.
- IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD
Very rarely will I ever do something that doesn’t make me feel good (apart from those mental issues which I’m battling through and I can happily say winning ;) ). Whilst persevering through that pesky assignment or putting your energy into your job (instead of pinterest) may not make you feel super at the time, how amazing do you feel after?
- I LOVE IT
Plain and simple, I do it because I love it. It’s the passion that becomes an internal driving force. I think that’s what makes me so hesitant about my teaching course, because it’s not the only thing I love doing anymore. On the opposite side of the spectrum, that’s probably what makes me so passionate about teaching Body Step- because I truly love it.
- IT’S ATTAINABLE
Knowing your progressing towards an unreachable goal is a total motivation killer. However, knowing that you CAN do it, well that’s motivation enough. This doesn’t mean don’t challenge yourself, no siree-bob. This means setting yourself up for success but making yourself work for it. No easy rides around here ;)
- I AM BETTER OFF
Motivation comes when you’re taking steps in a positive way. When you’re going in the right direction for your life. If you’re unsure of why you’re doing it, or whether or not it’s worth it to do it- you’re motivation can begin to diminish.
Ever tried to eat healthy only to have your family be less than supportive when they pressure you into cakes, cookies and desserts (hey I’m not complaining guys ;) )- But that’s just one example. Having support, as I’ve discussed before, is tremendously beneficial (yup big word), especially when it comes to motivation. By having that support network there for you, it makes it so much easier for you to continue. When that support network is absent or against you… well things can get difficult and you may want to give up.
These are just a few things that I feel motivate me throughout my life journey. There’s plenty more I’m sure, plus you might have a few of your own you’d like to share too?
DAILY HEALTHY THOUGHT: I need to think things that will make me feel better about myself, not worse.
What motivates you?