2 Words for Motivation

It surprises me how much I am totally responsible for my own energy level, and therefore, for my commitment to getting things done.

Don’t let me mislead you. I am not saying I am the epitome of motivation. Quite the contrary. On a scale of 1-10, if 10 is high, I rate my motivational level average at 6. On my best days, perhaps an 8.5. That is, when it comes to motivating myself.

For some reason it is easier for me to motivate others. Actually, I know the reason for this. When I feel blah, I don’t think.

For us to be motivated, we must first THINK.

As I mentioned already, it is easier for me to motivate others, precisely because it is easier for me to think when I am not attached emotionally to a circumstance.  But when I know it’s finally time to get serious about taking on a new direction, or addressing my priorities, or even getting out of my comfort zone, I take the time to think.

Thinking helps me weigh benefits, consequences, preferred outcomes and then the logic of  needed steps easily comes to mind. When I am motivating others, I have first carefully considered all these angles to my persuasive strategy.

Perhaps this is why I get so much out of coaching. What others seek motivation and support in is exactly the type of activity and behavior I am motivated by. So for instance, if someone wants assistance with having a difficult conversation, I can think through, strategize with them, and then later can apply the same strategy for my own life needs.

Taking the time to think through our circumstances with others usually gives us the motivation to act on them. Take time to think.

Once we have given careful thought to our circumstances, we are motivated to follow through when we have a PLAN.

When I hear my morning alarm on days that my schedule is not defined, I hit SNOOZE frequently.  It is these days that impulse takes over. If I am strong, I may weigh my options before hitting snooze, but usually, I just hit snooze.

But when I have a solid plan because I have given careful thought to the benefits or the possible outcomes, I engage my thoughts on my plan and take action. The plan gives me a structure to follow through with next steps. Take time to plan.

Need motivation? Try these two words – think, plan. Be cerebral, discuss with others, weigh the options and come up with a strategy. Let me know what happens. 

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On September 27th, 2012, posted in: adrenaline, managing self, move forward by