Motivation is what drives us mentally, physically, and spiritually. We all possess our own unique motivators that may or may not be hidden from us. The key to achieving your goals is to identify what your motivators are and harness them for forces of good.
Most people find that physical activity is an excellent motivator. If you haven’t tried exercise before, it may be worth your time to see if it increases your personal motivation. Engage in activity that you enjoy on a regular basis to remove yourself from the normal daily grind. You may find yourself experiencing many “light bulb” moments.
Or if sweating is not your forte, try incorporating motivational books or music to your daily routine. There are many different types of motivational media available. Experiment with various methods to find what works for you. It’s a simple task since you can listen to CDs or books on tape on your way to and from work.
It is also very helpful to surround yourself with positive people. Positive people have a way of seeing the silver lining around every cloud, which in turn, can raise your spirits when you are feeling pessimistic. Positive friends can prevent you from giving up on your dreams.
Make it a habit to learn from your mistakes. Failure can be a powerful motivator to try even harder the next time around. Instead of making disappointment your worst enemy, make it a valuable ally in the battle against defeat.
Don’t be afraid to take risks. Fear of the unknown can paralyze you and prevent you from making any progress towards your goals. Identify why you are afraid and create ways to overcome it.
Lastly, swallow your pride and ask someone who you view as being successful, “What is the secret of your success?” Most likely, they will offer inspiration and insight that can help you realize your own aspirations.
A final note –
Once you know your motivational triggers, use them to attain every goal you set. You will find that different stimuli work in different situations, so try out several before settling on one. In fact, you may be the type of person that needs several motivators to get your fire burning!
We may set unique objectives, but the need for motivation is something we all have in common. Your job is to develop an inspiration that works for you!
Written by Cathy Warschaw, Director of the Warschaw Learning Institute. Offering online training, cds and eBooks for medical and dental offices. Newsletter registration at http://www.WarschawLearningInstitute.com (c)2005