Motivation:Get Revved Up To Do The Things You Want Or Need To Do

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When it comes to motivation, the first thing to do is to identify what it is you want to be more motivated to do.

When I work with clients they tell me things like they want to be more motivated to exercise, but they don’t realize that what they are saying is rather vague, and when it comes to getting stuff done the brain doesn’t like vagueness. If you want to be more motivated to exercise, you need to have the answers to questions like these:

o   What type of exercise do you want to do more of?

o   How often do you want to do this?

o   On what days, at what time, for how long, with whom, and where?

o   Last but not least, what do you want to do this for?

See, motivation is not something you have or don’t have, it doesn’t happen by chance or by a miracle, it is something you do. It requires adequate planning and mental preparation.

Typically, we are motivated either towards pleasure or away from pain. For example, people who are great at sticking to a workout routine tend to have a specific objective they want to work towards. Then, they constantly and consistently focus on the positive outcome that sticking to their workout program will bring about, be it achieving a certain size or body shape, or competing at an event… and this thought is strong enough to drive them to action.

Or, they may think about the worst thing that could happen if they didn’t train, such as getting out of shape, putting on weight, not being able to compete,etc,  and that thought would be vivid enough and disgusting enough to get them to take action.

At the same time, you have to use the right motivational language. You have to speak about what you want to do in a way that inspires you and makes you want to do it more, not less. For example, if you want to work out after a hard day’s work and you tell yourself something like “I should go to the gym” while lying on the couch, is that going to make you want to do it? My guess is no.

But if you stand up, get your gear on, and tell yourself in your most confident inner voice “right, I’m working out”, and maybe you stick a really motivating song on your iPod, then the chances are that you are going to feel more motivated and go do it.

The same can be applied to anything by the way.

A lot of people are used to using great deterrent mind strategies. They do this unconsciously and often they are unaware that what they are doing is the opposite of motivation; it’s demotivation.

But just like we build automatic or unconscious habits such as brushing our teeth after every meal or taking a daily shower, we oftentimes build unuseful habits that can be detrimental to our health and our lives.

Building the habit of motivating yourself to do the things you want or need to do, when you want or need to do them, starts with the same conscious process.

If you want to be more motivated more of the time, you have to plan for what you want to happen, you have to discipline yourself to follow the plan until it becomes second nature. And last but not least, you have to add a big dose of Attitude to the mix!

Are you motivated yet? I thought so…

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