Have you ever felt so motivated by an idea that you couldn’t wait for the next day? You sensed the fire in your bones. You felt like you could charge hell with a water pistol. You felt on top of the world. But few days or weeks down the line, you’re not sure where it all went.
Like a car running out of fuel, you jerked to a halt and so did your dreams and goals. Now you are not sure what to do. The fire is gone!
If you’re like most people, you start to blame yourself. You label yourself as lazy and inconsistent. Worse, you start to think you are the only one who runs out of motivation now and then. But that’s not true.
Like fuel and cars, we all run out of motivation at some point. The challenge is, unlike cars, there are no visible motivation stations where you can pay cash and have your motivation tank filled up again. Nevertheless, the need for motivation has never been direr.
In a world reeking with negativity, there is no better time to keep your motivation tank full and running.
This article will show you 5 ways to keep yourself motivated. If you noticed the title, this is only one in a series of articles I’ll be sharing here. So, do well to subscribe to this website so you don’t miss the others.
That said, here are 5 ways to keep yourself motivated
1. Guard Your Self Talk
When it comes to keeping yourself motivated, your mind is your biggest asset. It is the epicentre of your thoughts. Your thoughts influence your feelings. Feelings influence action or inaction. Your actions or inactions determine your results. Your mind works with whatever you feed it.
No matter what you hear, nothing is as powerful as the things you say to yourself. The things you say when no one is looking and listening are what truly influences you. When you understand this, you will guard your self-talk. Your mind is so potent that it gives life to whatever you feed it.
No matter the mess going on around you, never use negative words on yourself.
You may be asking, “but Mr. Elisha, does that mean I won’t tell myself the truth?” We live by the realities we create around ourselves. This is why my bible tells me that “When men are cast down, then thou shalt say, There is lifting up…”. The reality may be chaos but don’t reflect it through your self-talk.
We all live in the bubble of reality we create for ourselves. Create something worthwhile through your words.
2. Use Visualisation
This principle only works when you have a clear goal. Who do you want to be? What do you want to do? What do you want to have? Be clear about your goals then see yourself achieving them daily.
Star athletes use this principle. When they feel like giving up, they picture themselves kissing the gold medal or lifting the trophy. This picture keeps them going.
Write down your goals and action plan. A wish written down becomes a goal. A goal split into action steps becomes a plan. And a plan followed through will make you a success. You may not achieve 100% of your plans but you will never be where you started.
3. Mark Your Progress
One of the factors that have kept me motivated in life is the ability to keep evidence of progress before me daily. Before The Winning Mindset kicked-off 3 years ago, I purchased a large board where I placed inspiring pictures of large arenas filled with people.
It was my vision for the Winning Mindset. Beyond that, I had a calendar where I marked our milestone for every month. In the past 3 years, I have seen our numbers skyrocket like a miracle. But it was no miracle. I had a goal—I still do—and I placed evidence of progress before me to keep me going.
Today, I use an empty calendar printed and pinned to my vision board. For every passing day, I cross each box with a red marker and to signify progress with my priorities. I don’t want to break the chain, so I keep it going.
You can adopt this system too.
4. Guard Your Focus
Warren Buffet said, “Knowing what to leave out is just as important as knowing what to focus on.”
The mother of frustration is trying to do everything. You are not going to make much progress that way. When your daily to-do list contains just 2 or 3 high-priority tasks for the day, you are more likely to follow through and give it your best.
Productivity is not being busy. It is achieving results in the most important areas of your life. The little victories will boost your motivation to achieve greater things.
5. Cultivate Your Support System
In the success journey, a lone ranger may run faster but only those who move in groups go far.
You can be as motivated as anything, but if you surround yourself with negative people, you will start to think, talk and act like them. It is only a matter of time.
If you want to keep yourself motivated, surround yourself with positive people who have a similar vision as you.
Charles Jones said,
“You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”Charles “Tremendous” Jones
You may have goals, visualise your outcomes and track your progress, but you will ultimately gravitate in the direction of your company.
Which of these 5 lessons hit home for you? Please share in the comments and don’t forget to subscribe.