What impacts motivation?
People are already motivated – by something.
However, it’s not always obvious what this is and so we need to determine how to unleash that motivation, either within ourselves or within others. Most people are not aware of the significant driving force behind others motivations.
Maslow’s informal theory of motivation suggests that less than 1% of people jump out of bed each day energised, excited and ready to get on with what they have planned for their day.
This is a confronting statistic and a sad waste of time. It’s interesting that the one trait that all successful, fulfilled people have is a passion and enthusiasm for life.
Three generally understood approaches to increasing motivation are through:
3.) Change in Paradigm.
This is true in a broad sense but can be broken down further into the following 6 steps.
Taking these steps will not only help avoid procrastination but will actively unleash motivation.
1. Create a Compelling Vision
When you think of the future, what do you really want?
What is it you desire to have, to do or to become? What would a happy and meaningful life look like to you?
Your vision needs to be strong enough, massive enough so that it makes you feel uncomfortable but keeps you going when the going gets tough. It needs to tap on your shoulder everyday to get you up, get you mobilised and provide you with a reason for staying on track. I can help you find your IKIGAI, which is the Japanese term for “reason for being”…..
2. Identify Your Mission or Purpose
What’s important to you? What do you value? A purpose inspires you and gives you direction in life – it’s the reason “why” you do things. Everyone has a big reason ‘why’ they do what they do.
But most people don’t think about it, let alone use it to their advantage. Creating a strong WHY can significantly impact the decisions you make, and ultimately your life.
The 5 whys method is used in Root Cause Analysis. Just as it’s important for us to get to the root cause of a problem in order to fix it, we need to get to the root cause of our reason so that we can use it effectively…
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds; your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourslef in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a far greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be” — Patanjali
3. Set the Right Goals
Goal setting starts with making a decision. Deciding that you want something badly enough, or that you no longer accept the way things currently are, and that they need to change.
Here's a secret you need to know. You need to set goals that are just right for you, that resonate with your heart and your mind. Goals that align with your values. Goals really do have power! People who set goals out perform the 99% who do not – in all areas of their life.
Writing down your goals further activates the latent parts of the brain, the Reticular Activation System (RAS) and propels you towards an outcome – so it better be a desired one!
4. Have a Clear Focus
Without clarity you cannot see a goal to direct your effort towards.
John Kehoe, the author of Mind Power into the 21st Century, states that, “weak and scattered thoughts are weak and scattered forces, and strong and concentrated thoughts are strong and concentrated forces.”
There is compelling evidence that goal setting helps people focus their mind to achieve more in less time.
5. Create an Action Plan
A successful life takes forethought, planning, some sort of structure and an approach to achieving things.
As William James, the father of Psychology in the USA states, “it’s little by little we build our power," and it’s the accomplishment and achievement of goals that creates this power… and the confidence we need to set bigger goals.
Life without a plan is like driftwood floating on the ocean, buffeted by the currents and elements without a navigation system, constantly at risk of being dashed against the rocks.
Working though a disciplined approach to action planning can be the means of transforming a bleak outlook into a bright one overnight and empowers you to become the creator and director of your life.
6. Overcome Your Mental Barriers
Once we make a choice to bring in or accept change into our lives, we need to deal with the mental barriers that erode our ability to take concrete steps and action towards our goals.
These are the thoughts of fear and doubt that erode our ability to win in life; self-sabotage, lack of self esteem, lack of self confidence and so on. Thoughts that stop us in our tracks, that delay and defer us from doing the very things we know we need to do for the complete fruition of our overarching vision.
What are you waiting for?
Taking charge of your life is a CHOICE.
There’s a formula for designing and creating the life of your dreams. Avoiding procrastination and unleashing your motivation are possible for you.
If you need help, I’d be honoured to guide you through this.
My coaching methodology is based on the global YB12 Life in Balance Programs, a psychologically structured, well-established and proven approach to personal development and self-empowerment.
I offer personalized, one-on-one coaching and group coaching sessions.
If you're interested, contact me to book in a one-hour complimentary clarity session - so that we can both see clearly if I can help you.
— Gwen Meyer