“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” –Benjamin Franklin
In my preparation for the New Year, I have discovered that many times in the past I have found myself being motivated out of lack. I remember times that I could barely pay my bills and that was my motivation to seek out other means/streams of income or I would wait until I was almost depressed before I would reach out to friends or read something inspirational for a boost. But why??? Why wait until you run out of joy and enthusiasm for life to refuel yourself? Maybe its because we are so dependent on things/people outside of ourselves to boost our morale. Maybe we don’t realize how much easier it is to maintain a level of motivation as opposed to building it from scratch.
In my preparation for the New Year I have decided that I will find ways to motivate myself daily so that I can keep my “cup full” so that I never have to feel drained by life. How can I motivate myself:
Keep my goals in sight on a daily basis. (on a mirror at home or on the wall of my cubicle at work.)
Listen to motivational videos daily–at least one! (search youtube for “motivational videos” there are tons!)
Be nice to myself- Remember when Mom used to say “If you don’t have something nice to say, say nothing at all?” Well that applies to you too!
Don’t compare myself to others. I am doing a new thing in this world…something that no one else can because no one else is me so my journey is just as unique as my DNA…remember that! (No one else is YOU so how can you compare your journey to others.)
Why is self-motivation important?
Well, let’s break it down.
- The reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.
- The general desire or willingness of someone to do something.
Answer: Because you want to be in control of your own behavior!
The SELF portion of self-motivation is key because there are so many people and things that we may allow to dictate how, when and if we do things that if we are not careful we will no longer be leading our own lives but will become followers of unhealthy trends or be coaxed away from our calling.
When we get distracted many times it is because we are spending so much time reacting to what life brings us (especially the not so good stuff) that we do not take the time to create the experiences we desire to have. In the New Year, my desire is to consciously create what I desire. To focus on the things I wish to create instead of being motivated by things I do not want yet I unknowingly created.
Above all, let the process be fun! Why should the kids (12 and under) have the most fun with their lives? You are an adult, you have a car (or at least access to one) and you likely don’t have to fear being grounded by your parents anymore. Live it up!
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” -Albert Einstein
To add to the above quote…”just move in the direction YOU wish to go…”