I wrote this article a few weeks ago for Brightzine and I want to share it with you too.
When life gets hard sometimes is complicated to keep the same level of motivation that we have when we start a project. For some seems to be easier than for others but that doesn’t mean everybody has to make an effort.
Motivation comes from discipline, commitment and an absolute desire to give your best in the task at hand. It comes from an all or nothing attitude that will help you rise the bar as many times as you need.
For me motivation comes from mindset and setting goals so big that I can’t stop bettering myself until I become the person who can live up to those goals. I’ve always been determined but this last year I have learned from the best how to really make things work and I will share with you 5 of the best tricks to keep your motivation high and make sure you hit those targets that will level up your life.
1. REMEMBER THAT THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOU AND ANYBODY ELSE.
The only difference is that some believe in themselves despite the odds and other are too lazy to find solutions to the challenges.
Absolutely anything is possible. If you are willing to put the work and learn every single day how to make things happen.
2. FIND YOUR REASON WHY
Sit down with yourself and find the reason why you do the things you do, why you want the things you want, why you will sacrifice things now. Dig dip, ask yourself why is worth the time you are going to invest, why will you learn new skills, why will you do anything to reach that goal.
Your why must be so strong that there is nothing that can stop you from getting things done.
It can be having failed in the past, it can be being done with mediocre results, it can be seeing others fail and trapped in the victim mentality, it can be the anger that you feel when you see that other people make it and you are still stuck, it can be wanting to help others, it can be wanting to help your parents, it can be whatever you want.
Just make sure it wakes you up early and fuels your days because not every day you will be motivated to keep going but having a strong reason why will keep you working.
Nobody has to understand your why, you don’t need to share it, just make sure it motivates you enough.
3. TAKE ACTION EVERY DAY
Listening to podcasts won’t make you get leaner or stronger or get out of debt. Taking massive action will.
While it’s important to feed your mind with motivational content and I use it as fuel in the gym, playlists like Fearless Motivation or Andy Frisella’s podcast are my favourites when working out, it’s mandatory that you commit to take action every single day of your life towards that goal. No excuses! Podcasts and books are inspiring but you get the results by working on yourself.
If you find yourself living pay check to pay check maybe is time to learn more about finances and how the system really works; maybe you find yourself lacking confidence to ask for that pay rise and it’s time to work on your strengths and see what can you give to the position that nobody else can; maybe you are dreaming about opening a bakery and it’s time that you start looking for quotes and “how to” instead of focusing in the “don’t haves”
“Where there is a will there is a way!”
4. PRIORITISE AND FOCUS
There is only much that we can do but if we do it right we move forward at a faster speed. We tend to want to do it all at once and then we get overwhelmed and give up when we don’t see results.
Choose 2 to 3 goals to work on, write an strategy to achieve them and commit with yourself to make them happen no matter what.
Some days you will find yourself out of balance, some days you will feel amazing, some others you will feel like giving up, but never ever quit, keep going and when you realise the clarity that comes from focus you will learn, improve, research and turn projects that you had waiting into reality.
Tip: A friend recommended me the book The 12 week year and I can tell it works, check it out! 🙂
5. WRITE YOUR VISION
Decide what it is that you want and more important, the actions that you need to do to get it done, set a specific deadline, be realistic (always dream big, huge dreams are achieved by breaking them into baby steps) and hold yourself accountable. Write a plan for the day, for the week, for the month. Review your vision every single day.
My routine every morning is after my 20 minutes guided meditation I read my vision, to make sure that all my energy is focused on creating it.
They say do baby steps and yes, I agree that Rome wasn’t built in a day but it’s your life that we are talking about and if you aren’t hungry for more and willing to sacrifice your all…you won’t make it really far.
If this doesn’t motivate you I don’t know what will. For me is about living in the abundance we all deserve.
Ah! And remember this is a journey and be grateful, because having the chance to read, empower yourself and grow is a luxury that not everyone can access.