Motivating Strategies for Taking Action on Your Transformational Decision
- Do your research. Finding out more about your subject will generate interest and motivation. For example, if you want to learn how to blog, subscribe to a bloggers website, read up on experts and how they got started, or start out writing something on your social media page and see if folks are interested. Facebook Notes is a good place to
- Reward yourself as you progress. Celebrate your little successes on the way. This will also bring you motivation to continue succeeding.
For instance, I made the decision to take my journalling to the next level, so I started blogging publicly. I celebrated my very first published blog. It didn’t matter about the length or if folks liked it, all that mattered was I made a decision and did it. Yay!!! I did this by associating the action with the pleasure of being an accomplished writer one day. You too CHALLENGE: Each time you celebrate a success, associate it with the please of …(only you know). Do something to reward yourself and share your progress/success with a supportive friend.
- Join a community. Working together with others who share your goals and ideals will allow you to learn from their mistakes and successes. It can keep the fires burning and get you back on track if you go astray.
- Befriend motivated people. Our friends are a powerful influence on our lives. Therefore, we must choose them with care. Make friends with those you admire and look up to and trust. They’ll support you and encourage you on your quest for a better life. Together you could move mountains!
- Seek feedback. If you blog about your big and little successes, you’ll probably get lots of encouragement. Just writing the blog will help to keep you going. It will inspire others and, in turn, motivate you.
- Relive past successes. If you study high achievers, you’ll notice that they have a positive self-image. They focus on their past successes in order to make them happen again. CHALLENGE: Every morning when you wake, start your day off with a prayer of Thanks ask The Lord God to make you a blessing to others and open to receive blessings. Think on the good days when successes literally seemed to fall from the sky and you will find yourself moving and operating in success.
- Keep your target in sight. Keeping your target firmly in your mind will reflect in your body language. Focus on the pleasures and rewards in store and you’ll get more of what you focus on.
- Be tenacious. Act towards the attainment of your target every day. Don’t let a day go by without taking action, even in a small way, to reach your goal. A line from one of my favorite movies “Galaxy Guest” was NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER. Never give up on your dreams, goals and never surrender because you think you are not qualified. You have what it takes to be a great success you just have to keep working towards it. 😉
- Read inspirational material. Read inspirational stories about others who have achieved their goals against all odds. These could be well known people or ordinary people who have awaken the sleeping giant within. (hint: “Discover The Power Within”) Make the time to read or listen to motivational recordings while driving.
- Have a goal. Motivation doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It’s always tied to a goal. Ensure you have clear goals.
- Write down your goals. According to research, people who write down their goals are far more likely to remain motivated and achieve their goals than those who merely make mental lists. To ensure that you always remember your goals, you could write them down where you can readily see them. JOURNAL, JOURNAL and JOURNAL. I write all my goals in my journal.
- Give yourself a spiritual goal or noble cause. Give yourself a worthy cause such as donating money for cancer research or helping others better their lives. Seeing how you affect the lives of those less fortunate will keep you motivated. Your faith will motivate you to act in the most positive ways to bring about your desired life.
- Know your “peak hours.” All of us have certain times of the day when we feel most energetic and creative. Find out your “peak hours.” Are you a morning, afternoon, or evening person? Once you know your most productive time, you can do the tasks that require the most energy during these periods.
- Don’t look for perfection. Many a perfectionist gives up on a task before he’s even begun, because he’s afraid of not being able to do a perfect job. Amen!!! I gave up writing years ago, because I was afraid I wasn’t qualified to do so. When you constantly look for perfection this can lead to procrastination. A good writer, for instance, accepts the fact that he will probably write several drafts or may have to re-write because what was published wasn’t quite right. Non-the-less, you don’t give up you keep on going. It’s all apart of the writing process.
- Do the harder task first. This can work really well. For example, if you have a bunch of articles to write, tackle the toughest first. After that, writing the rest will be easier and you can keep the motivation going.
- Use self-affirmation techniques. When you keep saying something to yourself, you declare it to your brain.
Affirmations are a great way to start your day. I set on my mobile device alarms, but those alarms show up in the form of an affirmation. Example… “You’re closer to your dreams” or “You More Than a Conqueror”. Closely related to self-affirmations are inspirational quotes. Someone else’s idea may resonate with your beliefs and inspire you to keep going, even when the chips are down. Sometimes these sayings can remind you to take action. I also, have my dream board on my wall, so every morning before I get out of bed I see my dreams and every night before I go to bed I see my dreams. It motivates me to keep going NO MATTER WHAT.
Here’s some inspiring quotation to help you get started:
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 700 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas A. Edison
Thomas Edison had very little formal education and was a great believer in self-improvement. Whatever he knew was taught to him by his mother and his own efforts. When his first patented invention, an electric vote recorder, proved a commercial failure, he didn’t give up.
You could say that his mother was his motivator. Of her, he said in later years: “My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me, and I felt I had someone to live for, someone I must not disappoint.”
When he was twelve, he lost almost all his hearing, but rather than perceive it as a drawback, he felt it helped him to concentrate on his experiments. Then came the tin foil phonograph, which brought him international fame, followed by the incandescent light bulb which had taken him one and a half years to perfect.
When Edison was asked in an interview how it felt to fail 700 times in his attempts to create the light bulb, he answered: “I have not failed 700 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 700 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I’ll find the way that will.”
You too can learn from your mistakes. They’re not a waste of time as long as you use them to avoid further mistakes. Success comes by trial and error. Keep a journal of your progress. Write down what you did towards realizing your goal every day, even if it’s something small. Writing things down will bring clarity to your efforts.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Sir Winston Churchill
As a child, Churchill was neglected by his parents and demeaned by other kids. The only affection he had come from his nurse, Mrs. Everest. This is the background which made him want to prove his worth to the world, and as a statesman, orator and journalist, he lives on.
As a successful person, you know that there’s always another hill to climb. Never rest on your laurels or get discouraged when obstacles turn up, for when you climb that hill, you discover rewards at the top.
“God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.” – Mother Teresa
The suffering and poverty Mother Teresa encountered outside the walls of her convent in Calcutta prompted her to leave that secure place to work in the slums. She had no funds, but she had love and a fierce determination. So moving was her compassion, many people joined her in her efforts and the funds began to flow in.
She won the Nobel Peace Prize, and was happy because she could invest the money she won into her work of love. She even cancelled the dinner they were to host for her on the occasion so she could use the money for the poor. Her focus was unwavering.
“You will face many defeats in your life, but NEVER LET YOURSELF BE DEFEATED”. – Maya Angelou
She was a woman who came from the Depression era south. In the eyes of many she should have been defeated and quietly drifted off into nothingness. However, this courageous woman lived to be an American author, poet, and civil rights activist. Maya Angelou was a woman that lived her words and she imparted those words to the next generation.
I pray that this blog has deeply inspired you. Remember “Let’s Get Motivated”
Peace and Blessings