How to get motivated?
Living out your true ‘WHY’!
Motivation refers to your general willingness to do something. It is the set of psychological forces that compel you to act. Motivation involves the biological, emotional, social, and cognitive forces that activate behaviour.
Your thirst motivates you to get up and drink water. Stress motivates you to study for a test. We all know the result of both scenarios should the motivation be lacking. Motivation is our body’s petrol to get up and do everything our mind, body, and soul needs to survive. It is also what we need to thrive.
How to get motivated?
The tricky thing about motivation is that it usually only comes after action is taken, rather than before. Think about the amount of procrastination it takes before you get up and go for a run, to start that fitness journey. The motivation is pretty much non-existent. But get up and go for one run, get up and act, and suddenly you feel motivated to go for another. This is probably why the advice is always to just take that first step and the rest will follow. It seems so generic and possibly even unhelpful at the time, but the power in those words can never be denied, and will always be realised if that first step is taken. You ask anyone about how they turned their life around and I guarantee you, it started with a ridiculously small act. The beautiful thing about motivation is that once an act becomes a habit, it will not take motivation at all. It will simply be your new order.
The number one thing you can do to create this motivation and new habits is to schedule it into your diary. You will never act if all you do is talk about it. Whether it is going to the gym, being more social, having more ‘me-time’, starting a business, or saving money- it will remain a wish if you don’t make time for it and ACT. Set a date and time, write it down, DO IT ONCE. The motivation to continue will follow. You will notice the benefits of the act almost instantly, and this will serve as motivation to do it again, until it takes no motivation at all-it is simply a new habit.
Just Do It!
Nike has been sending this message out to the world with their universally recognised slogan, “Just Do It.” This has got to be one of my favourite campaigns of theirs: A Nike Commercial – Motivational & Inspirational Story (getmotivation.com)
A Nike Commercial – Just Do It!
Sooner or later, you start taking yourself seriously.
You know when you need a break.
You know when you need a rest.
You know what to get worked up about and what to get rid of.
And you know when it’s time to take care of yourself, for yourself.
To do something that makes you stronger, faster, more complete.
Because you know it’s never too late to have a life.
And never too late to change one.
Just Do It!
Seeing the value in our values!
Our motivation needs to be rooted in our ‘WHY’, which needs to be rooted in our values. The reason we get up and do something needs to have value to it, otherwise, we simply won’t do it- and we absolutely won’t do it to the best of our ability. Someone that doesn’t have a love for animals would hate going to work with them every day, and definitely wouldn’t be very good at it versus someone that has a passion for animals. We need to know ourselves. We need to know our values. We need to root our decisions and lives within these systems. Otherwise, simply put, we will lack motivation, drive and happiness. Find your “WHY”, understand your values and the motivation will follow.
Make sure your ‘why’ is for the correct reasons, something that is for the betterment of you and those around you- rather than to the detriment of your happiness. Otherwise, change your ‘why’. Ask yourself why you do certain things or live a certain way. What is the driving force? What is the motivation behind it? Is it correct? Is it making you happy? If not, re-evaluate.
Another powerful tool in helping yourself to get motivated and staying motivated is to rephrase your words, and life. Rather than saying, “I HAVE to go for a run today,” you could say, “I GET to go for a run today,” or “I CHOOSE to go for a run today.” Put yourself in the power seat; see everything as an opportunity. 15 Ways to Motivate Yourself and Others | Time
Research also shows that people who follow some sort of a routine are more likely to feel motivated: Exercise Consistently; Start Each Day Stress-Free; Sleep Better; Follow a Balanced Diet.
Need a teammate?
Motivational quotes have got to be at the top of the research list. They are everywhere. People love them and they are great for staying motivated but reading motivational quotes will not always GET you motivated. That comes with action and that first small, but powerful step. You are the only person that can truly motivate yourself enough for it to become a new habit because you are the only person that can physically control your body and mind.
Sometimes people find it easier to work alongside or with someone because they find motivation in teamwork and togetherness, again, our value system is imperative. Maybe it is a part of their value system to not want to let someone down, to hold themselves accountable. Maybe they would lack the motivation to eat healthily because it is not something that they see the value in, but if being accountable is one of their values- doing it with a friend or coach will force them to eat the healthy food- and then they would see the benefits and it would become a new value system, and habit.
Very often we are not thriving because we are in the wrong positions and roles according to our value system. Coaches and counsellors can also assist in truly identifying who you are, your values and your ‘WHY’ so that you are better able to live out your life. Spend some time with yourself and reflect. Are you living your best life? A life that aligns with your values and keeps you feeling motivated? Do you know now how to get yourself motivated?
You know the saying, ‘Find your Tribe and Love them Hard’? Let us give ‘Know your Values and Live Them Hard’ a try.