Once again we bring you our Stay Motivated Everyday Series here at Motivate Amaze Be GREAT.
This is the third and final part of this series. We've focused on Preparation on part 1, than on starting the Day on part 2, and today we're going to talk about how you should act during the day for total motivation (with 5 motivation tips).
"An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. " - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Why can have all the preparation we want, make all the right thoughts, write about all the things we want to conquer, read, listen and watch all the motivation sources we want, but if we don't take Action we will achieve nothing! And so, we get discouraged and unmotivated.
We have to put ourselves in a position where what our mind thinks is, actually, what our body will do. And that's a process, it could a slow one in the beginning, but you have to start somewhere. You can fail and you will fail many times, but that's a sign that action as been taken, and that will be the path that you have to take if you want to be successful in the long run. Action is indispensable.
"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan
5 Ways To Stay Motivated Everyday
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTIONS
1 - Goals and Purposes
“All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.” - Brian Tracy
Every move you make, every breathe you take... (:D) is for something right? Whats moves you? What drives you? Why do you have to do things you do?
The key answer is goals, your goals will determine your "whats and whys". In the preparation phase you've determined the priorities in your life, that in essence, represent your goals. Now it's just a matter of remembering them constantly throughout the day and ACT upon it.
At any given situation, you could be feeling down, or someones is influencing to do the other things you don't want to, remember why are you doing what you do, what's your purpose in that particular situation. Look for good answers and empowering ones, not garbage and common sense. You have your own particular reasons, don't compare to others, you have your own road. Review your goals at any moment.
- You've defined goals an purposes at the preparation phase, that's your potential inner fire.
- You've lighted it with your actions starting the day.
- Now it's just a matter of keeping the fire alive inside, don't stop the wood supply, keep on going with powerful answers and actions.
2 - Make it fun - variety is fundamental
"I beg. I call. I badger. I cajole. Part of the secret is everyone has fun and that's really motivating." - Katie Couric
Your actions throughout the day should be goal orientated, no doubt about that. But, this doesn't mean that it will be boring and a pain in the ass. By the contrary, if those are your life goals and life priorities you should be ultra-inspired and have fun with it (see picture in box)
This it's all rational, but the problem with it, is that sometimes during the day we get caught up, and our body reacts on some illogical ways, and there we go on the search of something different that as no affair , whatsoever, with our goals.
Good news: there's a way to deal with this - make your goal chasing a funny and exciting thing. Find in any situation a reason to smile, be creative with your actions - don't do the same old thing the same old way, have variety. Engage with others - they also have their goals and sometimes their common with yours! Only way to find out is to engage with them, even if they haven't common goals with you, there always some connection).
See the clown in yourself - do you make funny sounds of happiness once in a while? do you dance during the day like nobody it's watching? laugh out-load? sing with the birds? Do you create something new when the boss gives you the same old assignment? Do those things during your daily actions and you'll be able to link fun to your goals and purposes.
3 - Reward yourself
“For them to perceive the advantage of defeating the enemy, they must also have their rewards.” - Sun Tzu
Nothing will make you happier than seeing your own progress. But the one thing that will bind happiness to goal achieving in the long run, it's to give yourself a reward every time you achieve some milestone.
A reward can be a gift to yourself, something you like to do, but in your busy life you can't do at all. Go to park, eat a casual ice cream, take the day of, go to the movies, buy a new toy, take a nap, play with your kid, go to that store your friend told you about but you never went, lunch with a friend you don't see often, any of this will do.
How it will make gain more motivation? If you've accomplished a goal and you reward yourself, not only the pleasure of achieving will give you great joy, but the reward will hyper-extend that joy to levels you can't even dream of. And you'll be wanting to do more and more that's the biggest reward of all (see image in box).
4 - High-powered during the day
“Always work hard. Intensity clarifies. It creates not only momentum, but also the pressure you need to feel either friction, or fulfillment.” Marcus Buckingham
Do it with passion! Don't be a slow pacer, don't be a hyper freak of speed also, but you have to be intense and passionate about it. That's why defining priorities and things to do that you really love it's essential.
This means at any given opportunity you have to make the best of it. And the best you it has everything to do with a high engaging person, take actions, make the best you could do, even if your best now it's far from what others can do.
Have patience, with time and work ethic you'll outlast those who now outlast you, but don't have the heart or effort you do.
Those tools you've utilized in the Preparation phase and at the Beginning of the day for focus and motivation (music, quotes, videos, written goals, see posts from the guys at reddit.com/r/GetMotivated), could be use During the day also. They will help to spark the fire that sometimes lacks throughout your day and put you on the right path to be intense and alive.
5 - Review your achievements
"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals."- Goethe
By reviewing your written goals you will be driven, by reviewing your achieved goals you will be extra-driven. You will be committed and hooked to achieve more and more.
This it's like an habit (see image in box), but a good one. You get hooked if you do it regularly, and you will want more and more once you realized that you've broke your limits and it could be more to it!
Even if you're in the starting phase of achieving your goals, and the progress is slow.
Let's imagine your goal is to write a book.
- Yesterday you've wrote a paragraph, today another one, by the end of the week you have a page.
- You started with nothing, now you have a page are you going to give up?
- Of course not as you write your skill and the flow of the writing will be better and maybe in the week afterward you be writing 3 pages per week.
- That's because by reviewing your achievements you get more and more motivated and engage more and more in your actions.
(Motivate Amaze Be GREAT started with small texts and posts about Amazing People, now it's on the way of making articles about how to be amazing and so on, because achieving and reviewing inspired us to write more and more.)
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