[This is Part # 9 of a 20 Part Series to Improve Your Strengths] — Take the Strengths TEST
Quote: “If you want to accomplish anything in life, you can’t just sit back and hope it will happen. You’ve got to make it happen.” -Chuck Norris (that’s right!)
Definition: “that which gives personal purpose and direction to behavior”
It rained this less-than-favorable day of mine. My car’s A/C was out (and this was 100°F, 3000% humidity Houston, TX weather) and the windows quickly fogged up. The house was infested with the most God-awful fire ants that aren’t even supposed to be in the United States. I’ve had an ever growing list of home chores to do… and all I could think about was just crashing and letting the day slip on by.
Sound like a normal day? It used to be and I hated it! I use the word ‘hate’ very sparingly and rightly so… I just cannot stand letting the world get to me like that anymore!
You might say I’ve turned all of those little “challenges” into glaring reminders of opportunity! A simple flip of the “outlook on life” switch and lemons become lemon bars. Mmmmmm…
These low motivation days can really get to us and knock our self-esteem down low, without much in the way of improvement… unless you plan ahead and know how to actively fight off these “bottom of the barrel” moments.
What follows is a mini-barrage of self-motivation improving ideas… I trust you’ll be as motivated as you can as you absorb this important strengthening exercise.
8 Ideas to Improve Your Self Motivation Now:
1.) Identify reasons to accomplish specific goals and tasks — knowing why you are doing something helps to crystallize the end result vision in your mind, setting a veritable (unconscious) blueprint for successful completion.
2.) Make the conscious choice to do whatever is morally & justly required to succeed — plans are nothing unless you act upon them, and will full conscious awareness. Committing to doing what it takes will make the “doing” easier to “take” form.
3.) Make small steps in the direction of your goals — call them mini-goals, milestones, sub-tasks, etc. but it can help significantly if you’ll take at least one small step toward your goal every single day. Got an extra 20 minutes? Do the next available 20 minute task… or heck, just get *started* on the next task and see what happens.