Hello dedicated blog readers. I hope you all are doing well on this wonderful Monday. Currently, I am sitting in my mothers kitchen in good ole Cleveland, Ohio. What a blessing to be unemployed, but still have the ability to get some travel time in, especially with my loved ones. It is such a beautiful day here so I was compelled to write this particular topic for your reading pleasure for today.

A few weeks ago I was watching a commercial for Kaiser.  And the commercial asked the question, “Where’s your motivation? Where did you leave it? Wow! What a powerful and thought provoking question.  And it got me to thinking about motivation and have I lost mine.  Well, before I get into all of that let me first define the word motivation. According to the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, motivation can be defined as a force or influence that causes someone to do something; the condition of being eager to act or work.  Ok…so now that I have defined motivation let me go back to thinking about me and have I lost my motivation.  I have to be honest at times I have misplaced it…I mean it’s hard to keep your motivation in front of you when you have other pressing matters on your mind like…a job and lack of funds.  But here’s the thing if you lose your motivation then you won’t be moved or eager to want to change your current situation-no matter what that situation is-rather it be looking for a job, earning more money, starting that new business or even building on a relationship.  The influence and force that drives me every day is my faith in God and thinking about those that have struggled before me and have made it in spite of the obstacles that they had to go through.  I keep reminding myself that God has worked it out for me over and over again and he keeps blessing me. And I know that whatever he has in store for me is going to be so awesome that I need to make sure that I have room enough to receive it.  I’m excited about what he has in store for me professionally and personally. I know that going through these obstacles for the past 5 years have been for something bigger than what I could ever imagine.

The key to being motivated is realizing that “your motivation” has to come from within. No one can give it you. No one can find your motivation for you either. Your motivation is your own.   If you are not sure what motivates you, then you need to take some time and figure it out. Having motivation is essential to making it through life.  Otherwise, you will find yourself just going through the motions.

Everyone is motivated by different things.  One of my besties is motivated by the “company jet” I know that sounds funny, but it’s her goal to be on the company jet. So what is she doing to reach that goal? Well, she is working very hard at her place of employment by networking with the right people, putting in the right amount of time and effort that is needed to go above and beyond her job requirements, getting a mentor etc..she is doing what she has to do to be on that company jet one day. And you know what? I believe she will make it.  Allow what motivates you to catapult you to achieving what you really want out of your life.  If you have found that you have lost your motivation or you may have misplaced it- don’t worry I can help. Check out my tips below:

  1. Find inspiration. Inspiration, for me, comes from others who have achieved what I want to achieve, or who are currently doing it. I read other blogs, books, magazines.  Perhaps Google your goal and see what you come up with.
  2. Get excited. This sounds obvious, but most people don’t think about it much: if you want to break out of a slump, get yourself excited about a goal. But how can you do that when you don’t feel motivated? Well, it starts with inspiration from others (see above), but you have to take that excitement and build on it.
  3. Post your goal. Print out your goal in big words. Make your goal just a few words long, like a mantra (“Exercise 15 mins. Daily”), and post it up on your wall or refrigerator. Post it at home and work. Put it on your computer desktop, iPhone, Smart Phone, Blackberry etc.You want to have big reminders about your goal, to keep your focus and keep your excitement going. A picture of your goal (like a model with sexy abs, for example) also helps.
  4. Think about it daily. If you think about your goal every day, it is much more likely to become true. To this end, posting the goal on your wall or computer desktop (as mentioned above) helps a lot. Sending yourself daily reminders also helps. And if you can commit to doing one small thing to further your goal (even just 5 minutes) every single day, your goal will almost certainly come true.
  5. Get support. It’s hard to accomplish something alone. When I decided to participate in boot camp I signed up with one of my besties and we hold each other accountable every day to ensure we make it to boot camp. I couldn’t have done boot camp without her support and the support of my mother who also does boot camp where she lives. Find your support network, either in the real world or online, or both.
  6. Realize that there’s an ebb and flow. Motivation is not a constant thing that is always there for you. It comes and goes, and comes and goes again, like the tide. But realize that while it may go away, it doesn’t do so permanently. It will come back. Just stick it out and wait for that motivation to come back. In the meantime, read about your goal (see below), ask for help (see below), and do some of the other things listed here until your motivation comes back.
  7. Stick with it. Whatever you do, don’t give up. Even if you aren’t feeling any motivation today, or this week, don’t give up. Again, that motivation will come back. Think of your goal as a long journey, and your slump is just a little bump in the road. You can’t give up with every little bump. Stay with it for the long term, ride out the ebbs and surf on the flows, and you’ll get there.
  8. Call for help when your motivation ebbs. Having trouble? Ask for help. E-mail or call a friend. Or do like I do, I often times call my mother and talk it out with her.  Ask your friends or mother for advice- trust me it works.
  9. Remove negative thoughts; replace them with positive ones. Along those lines, it’s important to start monitoring your thoughts. Recognize negative self-talk, which is really what’s causing your slump. Just spend a few days becoming aware of every negative thought. Replace your negative thoughts with positive ones like, “I can do this!” or “This too shall pass!” or “Tomorrow is a new day.!” This really does work.

Hey, if you still can’t find your motivation feel free to shoot me an e-mail and I will see if I can help you out!