Getting motivated, whether you are inspired to do something new, to go after a big goal, or change your exercise routine can be a fleeting sensation. It fades and can be difficult to summon up over time. Taking a little time to clarify what is motivating you to make a change and why helps you develop a compelling vision for what you want and develop a realistic plan that you can return to over time.
Taking a little time to clarify what is motivating you to make a change and why helps you develop a compelling vision for what you want and develop a realistic plan that you can return to over time. Realistic and inspiring plans provide the framework for people to take control of their lives, focus on priorities, move forward in their careers or improve their health. Well-conceived plans are rooted in compelling vision, one that beckons strongly to you about what you want. Change is not easy, takes time, trial and correction. It is normal be frustrated, or discouraged from time to time. Being clear about your vision is the foundation for staying motivated over time.
6 Elements for Getting and Staying Motivated
1. Your Vision: Your vision for what you want. It is hard to resist the presence of something and hard to feel and see the absence of something, so you want to make your vision “speak” with positive words, in the present tense and in first person. What kind of person do you want to be when it comes to your, life, career, or wellness? Paint a detailed picture with your words. Clarify this until it’s reasonably succinct and is irresistible to you. The questions below will help you do this.
2. Your Motivation: Why does this matter a lot to you, now? The more you connect with these reasons the more successful you’ll be in creating a compelling vision and realizing your goals.
3. Compelling because: What aspects of your vision are more alive or exciting to you?
4. Your Strengths and Resources: What strengths, talents, and abilities will you draw upon? How can the lessons from your successes in life carry over to your current challenges?
5. Likely Challenges: What might get in your way? What concerns you the most?
6. Your Success Strategies: Challenges approached with a “can-do” attitude, an appreciative eye and some foresight, can be faced effectively or even outgrown. What support team and structures will you put in place to address challenges?
Here’s a free worksheet on getting and keeping your motivation.