WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF YOUR MOTIVATION?
In a word...GOALS. The source of your motivation should be rooted in the goals you set for yourself. If your goals do not inspire and motivate you, it is a sign that you need to think and dream bigger.
But beyond that, we need to find new and enterprising ways to self-motivate. Motivation can and should come from external sources (i.e. your coach, motivational speakers, inspiring audio programs, etc.) on a regular basis, but there will come a time in your path to greater success where you will have to breach your current comfort zone, and this will take internal motivation.
TECHNIQUE #1: DEFINE YOUR DESTINATION
This has everything to do with the goals you set. If your soul doesn't stir when you think of your goals, you aren't setting the right goals. See 'Destination' page for more insight on goal-setting.
TECHNIQUE #2: POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS...'AD NAUSEUM'
'Ad nauseam' is a Latin term for disgust that has continued so long that it has continued "to [the point of] nausea". Obviously I don't want you upchucking due to your repetitive positive affirmations...but I do want you to consider how recurrently stating positive affirmations really work on a subconscious level.
The simple fact is that nothing changes if nothing changes. If you are currently not where you want to be in life, no external circumstance is going to change it for the better. In order to reach your highest potential, you have to THINK on a higher level. The easiest way to do this is through constantly repeating confidence-building statements about who and what you are. This is not some new-age, woo woo thing...the most successful people in the world use the power of positive statements to advance their train of thought.
"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” ~Buddha
Affirmations interrupt your maladaptive neuro-nets. And the more you use affirmations, the more those nerve cells that are connected to each other (i.e., firing together), start breaking the long-term relationship with your negative thoughts, literally re-wiring to your new, affirming beliefs. Science calls this 'neuroplasticity.'
Let's look at a few simple positive affirmations that you can start using now and continue ad nauseam:
I am 100% responsible for all of my outcomes.
I am wealthy. Money flows into my life in waterfalls of abundance!
I am determined and deeply committed to reaching all of my goals. Nothing can stop me.
I am charming, good-looking and confident.
I am at peace with my life. I am happy with the choices I've made.
As you can see, none of these are long and drawn-out paragraphs. They are quick and to the point...and when repeated over and over and over throughout your days, your brain will begin to literally re-wire itself, which fundamentally changes the way you consciously think and view yourself as a person. You can literally change your chemical makeup by constant repetition of positive statements.
Just imagine if every day you wrote down your 5-7 major goals twice a day. Imagine further that you stated these goals throughout your day in the present tense, all day long. Imagine further still stating all of the positive attributes about yourself (whether you have them yet or not). Imagine repeating these things all day long, even if just in your mind. You are literally creating a new and improved person. You are creating a new mindset, which truly changes everything.
TECHNIQUE #3: CELEBRATE EVEN THE SMALLEST VICTORIES
Rewards feel good. Don't think that just because we teach a dog a new trick by rewards doesn't mean it won't work for you. It absolutely does and you should do more of it. Soaking up the goodness of even small victories, like completing a to-do list, having to complete a bunch of paperwork that you really don't want to do, or getting your inbox down to zero...all of these things should be seen as victories. When you make it a habit to celebrate, you are putting good vibes all around you, and you start to expect more of it on a regular basis. So when your big goals get accomplished, you'll already know how to celebrate.
TECHNIQUE #4: POSITIVE PEER PRESSURE
Jim Rohn once said, "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” So who are your five?
To become a greater success than you currently are, you are going to have to start hanging out with more successful people. I always [jokingly] tell folks to try and be the dumbest one in the room. This way you know you can soak up knowledge from the people around you. Whether through coaching, joining a group or community of like-minded individuals, or daring to ask a CEO out for coffee so that you can ask her questions...something has to change in order for your situation to improve. Positive peer pressure is having the right people in your life that influence you in a constructive manner.
"You will inevitably have to perform mundane tasks that don't motivate you. But always ask yourself 'Why?' Asking why you are doing these mundane tasks will show you the goals you have in front of you. Every day do something that moves you closer to your goals...and if you don't feel motivated, start with positive affirmations." ~ Benjamin D. Aaron