Do you have a special dream? Maybe it involves a better paying, more stimulating job? Maybe you want to start your own business? Maybe it has to do with a healthier life style? Maybe you want to lose some weight or start an exercise program? Maybe you want to get into a healthy, loving, caring relationship?
Do you find that despite your best efforts, you just don’t seem to be able to get it together to make this dream real in your life?
Have you started making the dream come true, but then, after a while, suddenly realized that you hadn’t worked on your dream in a while?
Do you wish you were motivated to keep moving forward?
Are you frustrated and annoyed with yourself, and maybe just a bit depressed about it all?
You are not alone. I was exactly where you are right now. And so are lots of folks.
Starting a project is easy – each time you start it is easy. A new project seems to have its own inherent motivation. The freshness of it makes us want to get going.
But what happens next?
What happens is:
- The freshness doesn’t last.
- It gets boring
- You get busy
- Some new more exciting thing takes its place
- You hit a road block
- You lose focus
You lose your motivation.
Maintaining that motivation, the motivation you had in the beginning, is always going to be an issue. Because the inherent motivation will disappear. It almost always does. And once your motivation goes away, you stop doing the work you need to do, and once again, you aren’t working on your dream. If you don’t work on your dream, your dream doesn’t come true. It stays merely a dream.
So when that initial motivation fades, you better take action to build it back up. An even better thing to do is to have created a plan for self motivation in advance, so that when the inherent motivation disappears, your planning kicks in, and you will still be motivated. It’s motivation on auto pilot.
Either way, responding or planning ahead, means taking charge of your motivation. You have to take charge of your motivation. No one else is going to do it for you. It’s totally your responsibility.
In other words, when that initial motivational bloom withers, you have three responses:
- You become unmotivated and stop working on your dream
- You become unmotivated and take charge of your motivation as soon as you notice it
- You have in place a plan for self motivation which means your motivation never stops. It just changes from inherent motivation to created motivation.
Choice two is certainly better than choice one, but I think you’d agree, choice three is the best.
In my next blog I will write more about this great choice, the wonderful tool of the plan for self motivation.