Oh sigh! All I need is motivation to get me going…how can I get it? What do I need to do to get motivated to start doing these things I know I should be doing?
Ahhh, we often sigh about our lack of motivation to get moving on a goal we have been ruminating about for a while now. We may even have written a list about what to do.
Maybe we even scheduled some to-do’s to get started. It’s a good time to download our FREEBIE on scheduling.
Even knowing all of that, we have yet to get to the doing.
Here’s what we know…if the hard part is taking the step, or starting an action, then it’s not really motivation that is lacking. It is the INSPIRATION.
It seems that motivation only comes into play after the action has begun.
So, how do we get inspired, you may ask. After all, you feel pretty inspired to get this job done…or do you?
Not surprising, your goal must really be top of mind and must claim significant value to you for you to be inspired to take those steps.
The good news is that once you have that inspiration, the motivation kicks in and that’s what will help you keep going.
Here are a few tips that can make your starting point easy:
Getting the Inspiration Up and Going
First, get out of your head. We over-think a whole lot of things and getting inspired or being motivated isn’t any different.
One way to get out of your head is to start to challenge beliefs you have about yourself, what you can and cannot do (really?).
Some things may well be challenging, but does that mean they are completely off your plate?
Look for those ideas that you hold dear and near. For instance, absolutes on how things should work. Could it be that there are other ways for stuff to happen? Don’t limit the possibilities.
Allow Creativity to Seep In
Start with a new beginner’s attitude and be ready to learn. Open up, be grateful.
Take a hard look at your life. What doesn’t serve you? Time to get rid of it? Let it go and give yourself the room to take on something you really enjoy or would like to know more about.
Shift your energy into the positive. What is it that you would like to do? Perhaps, it’s time to join others in some fun.
Now, For That Motivational Part
Generally speaking, people don’t move in a direction until the pain of not moving is greater than the pain of taking the step forward. I find this in fitness all the time.
It’s when someone is aching or can no longer perform a task or activity the way they have been doing. Their impression is that this inability to perform is ‘all of a sudden’. When, in reality, it’s been accumulating for a while now.
It’s just that they are now willing to be inconvenienced, or willing to turn the leaf because their pleasure has turned into pain.
I have to digress for just a moment and say that once we start that motion forward to our goal, whatever that may be, it becomes more so much more pleasurable than we had imagined and not an inconvenience at all, but rather something we look forward to. That’s what being motivated looks like.
But, before we jump into shallow water with both feet and hitting the bottom with a THUD, i.e., never get anywhere because we keep looking for the perfect time or promise ourselves that we’ll start “tomorrow” (doesn’t happen), let’s look at some things that can actually can make it happen.
1. Schedule time in your calendar
Look into your calendar and make some decisions about what’s holding you back and what’s moving you forward. Be ruthless in eliminating holding back items.
Then schedule small, tiny, tiny (I mean tiny) steps that will begin your path to the goal you’re looking forward to accomplishing. You can see yourself performing in that place, being in that place. You can envision your whole person and what you will look like there.
These tiny, tiny steps should be so easy, you can’t say no to them.
2. Schedule your calendar for one week at a time
Any more than a week at a time and it gets crazy. Life does happen.
3. Avoid brain overwhelm
Mark your activities and appointments with and for yourself in your calendar so you don’t have to burden your already overwhelmed brain with more minutia.
4. Consistency is the key
Then, of course, sticking to that schedule is crucial. Remember, consistency is the key.
This is where our How to Schedule FREEBIE gives you great tips, particularly if your schedule is waaayyy busy.
5. Create a ritual
A ritual is something that is done in almost a mindless fashion. A ritual becomes easy to do and it brings calm and structure to what can be a chaotic lifestyle.
Also a ritual will provide groundwork for the motivation to be more consistent, which in turn, makes follow through a snap for you.
Rituals are what creatives do to get their work done.
A ritual frees you from the agonizing decision-making chore of knowing you should do something and wondering if you feel like doing it.
It’s the part of getting started that makes getting started easy, or easier. It’s something you just do. Soon, your ritual, and thus your habit, become non-negotiable and a part of your life.
As this ritual begins your routine, your routine starts to grow and soon, you have developed a habit that becomes you. You’re not only on your way to achieving a goal, but your confidence has improved, your energy has lifted and your spirit is soaring. Not bad from one tiny, tiny tiny step.
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