Mental Strength: pt.2 - Motivation and Commitment
"I don't feel like it".....
How many times have you said this about something?
Well, Guess what??
A lot of people have said this before. They say this about getting up in the morning, going to work, or making a call, or writing a proposal for work, or going to the gym.
But the ones that act differently than how they feel are the ones that Achieve Greatness.
Some people believe that motivation is what gets you moving. These people wait for it to show up before doing anything.
Others think your either motivated or you're not.
Motivational Speaker Zig Ziegler said motivation is like bathing - if you don't do it for a few days you start to stink.
You need to play the mental game with yourself every day to keep you going in the direction of your goals.
So how do you play this game? Well here is a few things you can do:
You must make it easy to get started
So many times, we have the HUGE goals only to never get started because you don't know where to start.
Motivation comes right after movement. When it's easy to start you can keep taking the small steps towards your goal and that's when motivation truly arrives.
Remove the excuse that you don't feel like it; no one ever feels like it.
2. Make motivation a daily habit and keep score.
Find out what habits you want to have and build those into your day. Make a list and track how you're doing. My athletes all use an app called Habit Share where we share our habits. We keep a score for ourselves and each other.
Why do this?
Because when you keep score you become motivated.
Imagine playing baseball, softball, basketball, football, or any other sport without keeping score. Kind of boring and uneventful. If you don't keep track of it, then it's not important.
People treasure what they measure.
3. Walk the walk and get others to follow
Be a leader that is so motivated every day that just the act alone motivates others.
How can you do this?
Start by asking yourself the following...
What do you want? Clarity is key because you need to prioritize what you want. If you don't know what you want, then you will settle for anything. Saying "yes" to something means you have to say "no" to something else. So make sure what you choose is what you really want.
Why do you want this? Knowing why helps you focus and that focus is what is going to keep you motivated.
How will this help your life? Does it make your life and the lives of others better?
Who else benefits? When you know what impact this has on others you will find it important because you now have to be careful of who you become on your way to your goal.
Who suffers if you don't reach your goal? Who are you letting down if you don't achieve your goal?
Motivation will arrive when you are committed to the process. Be daily focused. At the end of each week reflect on what went well and what needs to be adjusted.
Continue to work on yourself and know that you cannot skip steps in reaching your goals.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out.