In my last blog posting, I explained that your environment, the third factor in the model for self motivation, plays a big part in how motivated you are. I alluded to the fact that there are two types of environment, the physical environment, the place where you do your work on your dreams, and the social environment, the people and organizations that surround you and are available to you. In today’s posting I will give you some hints on making your physical environment enhance your motivation.
Physical environment is usually what we think about when we hear the word environment. It’s a place. It’s the place where you do the work that is required to make that special change you want to occur in your life. But it’s more than just the place; it also includes the things in that place. For many people the place will be an office, whether outside or inside their home. For others it might be in their car, for example, a person who does outside sales. A library would be a physical environment for a researcher.
The place or places where you work on what you desire is your physical environment.
In order to help you achieve your goals, you want to make your physical environment enhance your motivation. That is how we use the model for self motivation. We do things, strategies, that enhance the motivational impact of one or more of the factors of self motivation.
There are several ways you can enhance your physical environment. The first way is to set up your physical environment so that you are more productive. This increases your successability, your confidence in your competence. The more confident you are, the more motivated you will be.
My physical environment, the place I do my work on becoming the foremost expert on self motivation, consists primarily of my office in my home. In my office I have a desk with a computer on it. I have a wide screen monitor which lets me have two documents open at the same time, next to each other on the monitor. This makes the constant editing I have to do so much easier. I have a built in book shelf next to my desk, on which I keep the books related to the work I do to manifest my vision. They are right at hand whenever I need to look up something. My physical environment, both the place and the things in it, make me more productive and thereby increase my motivation.
Another way to make your physical environment enhance your motivation is to make it inspiring. Posters are a great way to make your physical environment motivating. Many different inspirational posters are available at any mall. But inspiration can come from something as simple as an advertisement in a magazine. I have above my desk a Smith Barney advertisement I cut out of a magazine. It shows a new Town Car backing out of the drive way of a very nice, upper middle class home. In the back ground you can see the sun is just coming up. The ad reads, “Luck? There’s blind luck, dumb luck and then there’s get-up-every-morning-at-5:30-and-sweat-the-details-luck.”
I may not want a Town Car, but the beautiful house looks real attractive, and these words remind me that to achieve my dreams I need to work hard; luck is not going to do it.
Your physical environment may be the dining room table after the kids have been put to bed. It doesn’t matter. Whatever your physical environment, there are steps you can take to make it more motivating for you. It’s well worth your while spending some time thinking seriously about the changes you can make in your physical environment to enhance your motivation.
How have you made your physical environment enhance your motivation?
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