The magic of Motivation
I woke up this morning and the first thing I saw when I got up was a motivational quote from Zig Ziglar posted on my mirror. It read, ‘If you can dream it, you can achieve it’.
I instantly felt good. It then got me thinking, what is it about motivational quotes that is so magical?
Motivational quotes literally litter social media and most coaching gurus use them as part of their motivational repertoire.
- So, what do you feel when you think of the word motivation?
- How do you know when you are motivated?
Well, this morning, I found it easy to get out of bed and I felt a sense of lightness that made everything I did seem effortless. I also felt a sense of purpose as I went through the list of things I needed to do that day. Even though the sun wasn’t shining, I still felt the warmth of its rays.
Motivation can be defined as the desire to get things done. We all want to feel motivated, it is a basic human need. When we feel motivated, not only does it feel good but we are more productive. We are also more fun to be around. Motivation can literally be infectious.
So, imagine you had at your fingertips the tools to create instant motivation. Imagine what it would be like to get going with all the actions you know you should take that will sky rocket you to where you want to be in your life. Imagine what it would feel like to be ultra-productive and to effortlessly just get on with it!
Well, here are some simple tips and techniques that can help you do just that:
1. Read a motivational quote.
Just the act of reading something inspirational can instantly lift your spirits and kick you up the butt to get you started. I have daily motivational quotes posted around my home and also sent directly to my mail box every morning. Reading them is great way to start the day and I know I am feeling really motivated when I wake up with a motivational quote running through my head! You can even create your own motivational quotes and turn them into affirmations you say to yourself regularly.
2. Set some goals
Set some goals and break them down into manageable steps. It is when we feel overwhelmed that we start putting things off so creating action steps that can be easily achieved will help kick-start your feelings of motivation.
3. Just get started.
The irony is that carrying out the actions we have been putting off is usually the first step to creating a feeling of motivation. unfortunately, the truth is, most people do things the wrong way round. They wait until they feel motivated before they take action. However, just the simple act of getting started instantly makes you feel more motivated. You then set off a cycle of behaviour that makes you much more productive.
4. Look at a vision board.
When we have a compelling future to look forward to we automatically have a stronger sense of purpose. Creating a vision board, with pictures of our dream life and our goals, and looking at it every morning can instantly lift our spirits and drive us forward.
5. Create an Anchor.
This is an effective tool used by life coaches that allows you to instantly create a desired feeling. Try this next time you find yourself procrastinating over something you know you really need to do. To instantly create the feeling of motivation, think of a time when you felt really motivated and completely absorb yourself in the experience. Think about what you saw, heard and felt when you were feeling wonderfully motivated. Now, while experiencing these wonderful feelings of motivation, squeeze your thumb and forefinger together and say to yourself ‘I am feeling wonderfully motivated’.
6. Rinse and repeat.
Do this a few times in order to increase the association. Then while squeezing your thumb and forefinger together while feeling wonderfully motivated, imagine yourself doing the activity that you have been putting off. Now, every time you think of this action, you should start feeling motivated!
Why not test out these tips for yourself right now. Most are quick and easy and the results are INSTANT!
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And finally, one of my favourite motivational quotes …
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