“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Rohn
Okay, so you believe that a positive living approach is the way to go. You’re meeting and greeting the world with a whole new positive attitude and your life is starting to show the signs of success. People are actually being influenced by your new positive attitude and are sending positive vibes your way. Positivity is contagious after all and spreading joy really works!
Then something happens…
You receive some not so pleasant news and you feel like you’re right back where you started! The negativity spiral begins…
The grey days are there to check your resolve – remember stay focused – the sun will shine through the dark clouds and create a RAINBOW!
What can you do to start doing on a regular basis to stay motivated?
Putting together a personal motivation plan can definitely keep you on track. Motivation is, as the word itself suggests, a MOTIVE for ACTION.
Below are a few suggestions to get you started:
1) Incorporate Motivation Daily
Is it possible to be positive and optimistic all the time? NO WAY!
It’s true that motivation doesn’t last forever, however, if you work at it by keeping yourself on track, then you will have many more UP days than DOWN. If you want to stay continuously motivated, you’ll need to integrate motivational tools into your life. Just like we need daily food for physical energy, we also need daily motivational tools like affirmations, positive quotes, meditations, etc. to feed our mental health.
2) Build A Motivational Base
Read or listen to motivational material daily. Check out the online bookstore or Amazon to find yourself some inspirational books, poems, or workbooks. A well-written book that offers sound advice is more motivating than reading about the latest pandemic news or market decline. Alternatively, If you have no time to sit down and read a book, then try audiobooks. Audio is valuable to listen to, simply because you have the ability to multitask while you’re listening. Spending half an hour every day listening to motivational CDs or MP3s in your car or while working out.
Check out the Happy News website or the Bobby Bones radio show (listen to the Tell Me Something Good segment!) They will start your day with a smile and positive feeling with their fresh outlook on what’s going right in the world around us 🙂
3) Have A Healthy Lifestyle
Exercise regularly. It helps your body to work more effectively and efficiently. When the body moves, the mind shifts even more. An active body promotes a healthy mind. Set aside time each week to exercise your body. You’ll be more productive when you return to work.
4) Participate in Enjoyable Activities
Determine which activities give you real pleasure, excite you, and allow your talents to shine. The activity should make you feel good about yourself and promote positive emotions. When you enjoy what you do, you tend to automatically excel and succeed effortlessly. With each success, your self-esteem will grow and will motivate you to greater heights.
5) Remind Yourself of Your Goals
You should have clearly written down goals or an action plan with concrete deadlines. Jot down the necessary steps to achieve your goals. Remind yourself constantly of these goals. Place sticky notes on your bathroom mirror or create a vision board to have visual reminders of your goals. You will develop a strong desire to attain your goals. Your subconscious mind will steer our daily activities and action towards attaining these goals. If you know what you want and want it badly enough, then you will surely get it. Strangely, what you do today has everything to do with where you’ll be in 6 months.
In order to get ahead, you must always be motivated. All the motivation in the world won’t do anything for you unless YOU ACT NOW and apply these steps, believe in yourself, and then let the results inspire you!
Along the way, count your blessings at every opportunity, every obstacle or resistance you encounter, and be grateful for the journey.
P.S Check out these great motivational quotes to get you started!