We all lose motivation, it’s part of the course of human nature. We get distracted, we get defeated, we bored, we get sick, we get overwhelmed…
There are many motivation stealers out there and inside of us.
One that seems to be a constant in my life is getting sick. It seems that I just start to really get going on a goal or project when I get sick. I have to stop everything and spend 2-3 days resting and out of commission.
It’s just enough to derail my motivation, my momentum, my enthusiasm, and my progress. I don’t get sick a lot but when I do it’s always when I’m at the beginning stages of some real momentum to bring change into my life.
That’s exactly what happened one weekend last month. I was making progress on the project that I’m working on, I was making real progress on my new fitness routine, I was making some real progress in other areas of my life as well. Then, wham!, I got sick and spent the weekend on the couch unable to do much of anything.
Once I felt better I was discouraged because the motivation train had been thoroughly derailed and I felt like I would have to start over at ground zero on everything that I had made so much progress on.
Do you want to know what the real problem was?
The Real Problem
The real problem was that I had lost the key to staying motivated.
I had completely lost sight of my “why” – the reason that I do what I do. There are different why’s for different goals, the why for my fitness routine is not the same as the why for my business even though there is some overlap.
Without the why there is no motivation. The tasks at hand seem tedious, overwhelming, boring, pointless, etc. What is the point of bothering with all of the steps in the plan if you don’t have your why in front of you to motivate you.
You Must Embrace Your Why
It’s one thing to have your why, to know what it is and keep it in mind but it’s another thing altogether to embrace your why.
What does it mean to embrace your why? You need to be in touch with it, you need to involve your senses, you need to keep it alive.
It has to be so real that you can see it, feel it, touch it, taste it, hear it, live it. No, not literally in most cases. You will need to use your imagination to get there. You will need to spend time picturing yourself living your why. It needs to become so real that living without it is not an option – then and only then will you be 110% motivated.
You have your goal, you have all of your senses on your goal, you won’t stop until you get it!
Practicals to Bring Your Why to Life
Get a magazine and read articles and look at pictures that will inspire you.
Collect pictures and create a vision board to look at daily.
Find something that you can do daily to bring that dream closer to a reality.
Talk about it with someone who shares a similar goal.
Write out a narrative of what it will be like when you attain your goal.
Join a forum for people who are already living the dream and read what they have to say about the life and about what it takes to get there.
Do whatever it takes for you to bring your why to life!
What does it mean to you to embrace your why? What do you do when you lose motivation? Share in the comments and if you found this helpful please retweet, share, and vote! Thank you!
To Your Success,