How To Be Successful In Life – Releasing Your Inspiration
Have You Buried Your Motivation?
Even when you are really clear about your aim, it may take some time and it may be that there will be several obstacles on your way. It’s at times like those that you may find yourself wondering if this is all worth it. That’s because you’ve buried your motivation. You’ve forgotten what you wanted to achieve or why you wanted to achieve – maybe you’ve forgotten both!
You may have got side-tracked by everyday life and the demands it places on you to take responsibility for other people, to earn a wage and to keep others happy, and so on; the list goes on. You’ve put what *you* want second, third – maybe off your list altogether. You feel you have pushed aside your ideas so much now you don’t know what you want anymore or even if you should have it.
Either way – whether your aim is forgotten or given a lower priority in your life – you have buried your motivation. Until you get that motivation back, life will just seem more difficult and your goals increasingly further away. You need to get it back. You need to dig yourself out of the rut your in of not believing that you can achieve what you set out to do.
What you need now is a good dose of motivation – the same kind you had when you first started. Then you were undaunted by obstacles; you could easily satisfy yourself with reasons why you simply had to work so hard – maybe you didn’t even stop to consider how hard you were working.
So how do you re-discover the motivation that made you start on this idea in the first place? How do you start to make progress again?
The simplest source of motivation, which many people overlook, is to think – ‘why am I doing this?’ It’s so often overlooked because often you will think this a forlorn, rather plaintive question – but it needn’t be. Just make it practical. At the beginning of your goal setting, you should have made two lists:
- Why do I want to do this thing? (Whatever it is)
- How will my life be better once I’ve achieved it?
Look back at those lists now. Do you still want those things? Do you still want your life to be better in those ways? If so, you should see that your aim is worth going for. If you’ve lost your original lists – make new ones. It’s always good to remind yourself why you are doing something.
Don’t look to others for your motivation. You’re the one who is going to be putting in all the work to achieve your aim, so your aim has to be something *you* personally want and will see the benefit of. Others can only provide you with external rewards and incentives, which are nice, but they won’t sustain your efforts for long if you can’t see some personal long-term benefit for yourself. Try to list at least five benefits to carrying on towards your aim. What will you experience when you achieve that ultimate goal? Remembering that, should help you re-discover your motivation.
Another effective way to further boost your motivation is to ask yourself what will happen if you if you do not achieve your goal. What will be lost if you never fulfill your dream? Will you be happy? How will your life be different? Again link it to your daily life and make another list of five things that you will not get if your goals are never met. Use these negative things to distance yourself from the bad habits that will put you at risk of that happening. You will also then clearly be able to visualize the things you *shouldn’t* do.
So – resurrect that buried motivation. Remind yourself what you want and why you want it. Making those things clear to yourself will soon have you taking action and action means results. Once you are achieving results once more, your motivation will return even stronger than before.
To your success,
Andy Shaw – A Bug Free Mind