The first step in boosting your motivation is to connect with your sense of purpose. Who are you and why are you here? What have your gifts, talents, experience and passions prepared you for? What can you spend hours doing and lose all sense of time? When your goals are connected to a driving sense of purpose, your motivation will surge. Think of a race car that’s in neutral. It has all the power (physical energy) but until the transmission is engaged it goes nowhere. It has no direction. You can rev the engine but it’s just a lot of wasted fuel and energy. Put that car on a track, point to the finish line, put it in gear and that’s what that car is meant to do. Connecting to your sense of purpose will ignite your motivation.
There is also an emotional side of motivation. You may have a sense of purpose or mission but if you are convinced you can’t accomplish it then you’ve left the parking brake on. This is a very deep and complex subject but here’s one little practical secret to exercising your emotional muscles: take very small steps to progressively convince yourself you can do it.
Let’s say your goal is to lose 50 or more pounds. If you’ve carried that weight for a long time you might tell yourself it’s impossible. You may have tried in the past, lost a pound or two but gave up when you convinced yourself it was just too difficult to achieve that goal when you step on the scales. Nobody said you had to lose that weight in one day, or a week or a month. Don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed by the bigger goal. Break it down in to manageable parts. You can’t lose 50 pounds today but can you skip dessert tonight? Can you walk up the stairs one extra time today? Can you do 10 sit-ups right now? No? Then do 5 today and six tomorrow.
Reaching a seemingly impossible goal is nothing more that a whole series of small steps. If you can take one step today, pat yourself on the back and take two tomorrow. As you prove to yourself that you are capable of taking small steps toward your goal, your emotional confidence will increase and slowly that enormous goal won’t seem so big anymore.
Look for inspiration to keep your emotional engines running high. Other people have overcome great odds to actualize their dreams. Read about their stories. The “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series is filled with ordinary people like all of us who stuck to their plan, believed they could do it and kept pressing on.
Read some other books that fan your motivational flames. I’ve always liked the books by Steve Chandler because he encourages people to take action. Look him up on Amazon or at your look bookstore for several titles that will convince you that you are capable of doing more than you realize.
Every part of the goal achieving process is critical to success. The best laid out plans will sit idle unless you bring physical energy and motivation to the process. Now all you need is a plan mapped from where you are to where you want to go.