The secret to motivation is to figure out the “why” behind your lack of…
Pick something you would like to do, but you’re lacking in the motivation department. For example…you’d like to begin the regimen of an early morning run. You’ve the best intentions, but when the alarm goes off, it’s still dark outside and the only thing running out the door is your motivation.
This is when you need to dig deep. Why do you want to go jogging? Is it to clear your head or get ready for a busy day? Is it to stay or get into shape so you can be more active, live longer or play catch with your children/grandchildren?
Take the time to find out “what your why is.” It makes this process much easier once you have it figured out. You’ll need to remind yourself frequently of your reason “why” to stay motivated.
Stick a picture or a sticky note on your bathroom mirror or refrigerator door to remind you first thing in the morning and last thing at night. If you’re lying in bed contemplating hitting the snooze button a few times instead of going for that run, have a little chat with yourself about your “why.”
Set those running shoes next to the front door before you go to bed and lay out your clothes the night before. Not only are they visual reminders, they also make it a little easier to jump up, get dressed, lace up the shoes and head out the door for that run.
Name one thing you want to motivate yourself to do or accomplish. Don’t make it a huge goal like losing 100 pounds or changing your career. Pick something you can get done in a few weeks. Daily walks, dropping 5 pounds or cleaning out your closet may be better goals for this exercise.
Figure out “why” you want to reach this goal, and write it down. Post it to your mirror, put a reminder on your desk. Make sure you’re constantly reminded about why you’re doing this. It’s a great way to get and stay motivated.