MOTIVATION: Where To Find It, How To Keep It

motivation Jan 03, 2019

Motivation stems from the most unsuspecting places, and sometimes keeping motivated can be harder than finding it.  

Where To Find Motivation

The first step in finding your motivation is to figure out what you're trying to accomplish.  Be clear and descript on what it is you want to do.  Don't declare that you want to be a better artist, a better athlete, neater, or healthier, but get specific.  Maybe what you want to get really good at is watercolor painting, improving your strength, looking more professional in your dress and hairstyle, or getting your weight on point through a healthy diet.

The obvious place to start once you clarify your goals is online.  Google is a great place to start to look for people who have already mastered those areas, as well as Pinterest, YouTube, and other social media platforms.  Watch those people and let them motivate you to be able to master their skills.  Find people doing the things you want to do that you can relate to.  For example, If you are a 50 year old woman who wants to learn to train for more balance, you'll most likely be much more motivated and likely to succeed if you are following another near 50 year old woman who is successful in this area than you will be watching a 30 year old man, even if his skill is far more advanced than the other.

Other great places to find motivation is in churches and other community groups who meet to do your activity.  If you aim to be a better singer, join the church choir, if you want to learn to sew, join a local sewing class, and if you want to lose weight through exercise, take group fitness classes.  Observe the people around you and let them motivate you to continue on your journey.

Television and books can also provide motivation.  Just be sure that these things don't become entertainment that leads to binging with inactivity.

How To Keep Your Motivation

Now the good stuff...  you've figured out what it is you want to accomplish, and you've been motivated by seeing others doing the very same thing.  You know you can do it!  But eventually that initial enthusiasm wears thin.  Most good things take a considerable amount of time, and with each passing day, you can feel your motivation dropping.  Studies show the most common time for this to happen is around week 5, but often it happens much quicker. Here are some things you can do to prevent this from happening.

Get A Power Partner.  Find one other person that truly understands your plan.  This may be a spouse or best friend, who sees you regularly and promises to hold you accountable.  This works well for some people because this person is almost always close by.  

This person may be a friend you don't see regularly or someone you met online, but that is going through the process with you. This can work just as well.  If you choose this route, set up a plan ahead of time with this person including how often you will report in, and some way to measure and show your progress.  In this scenario, you will both dig deep to keep the other motivated as well as have the chance to learn from each other.

Join a support group.  Like everything else, there are support groups online just as much if not more than in your community.  These groups typically offer loads of motivation in addition to instruction, support, and camaraderie.  Typically you will see many variations on the subject and get loads of new ideas if you are part of a group.

Find a coach or mentor.  The coaching field is like never before with the new emergence of health coaches, business coaches, lifestyle coaches, and coaches for just about everything imaginable.  Many of these people can offer exactly what you need to succeed!  They will hold you accountable and provide you with the individualized attention you need to stay motivated.

Let your success motivate your success.  Yep, you read that right.  Start moving towards whatever it is you want to accomplish with a very small, very attainable goal.  Celebrate that goal when you complete it, and move on to the next.  You will find that with each small success you have, you are way more motivated and confident to take the next step.  You now know that you have succeeded and so you know you can succeed again.  By conquering just one small step at a time, you will find the motivation from within to keep going!






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