Know the why and motivate yourself.
I’m writing this on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. I have the day off from my 9 to 5 job, and I want to be productive today, as I did nothing yesterday, except clean, cook, eat and relax with family and friends. Tomorrow I will go out early and get some landscape photography done, so today is marketing day. No, I’m not going shopping; I have to work on marketing my soon to be printed book.
But as I plan to get started, I find I don’t have the energy, so I drive out to the local co-op and get a cup of coffee. I am in drastic need of motivation. As I drive back, it hits me, I need to look at the document I prepared while I was listening to the Tony Robbins recording on goal setting.
Robbins states on the recording that it’s wonderful to have goals, because without goals you won’t accomplish much. Goals by themselves, however, are not enough. You need to know why you want to accomplish these goals. The why provides the emotion. And it’s the emotion that gets us connected with the goals. When we are connected with the goals they will motivate us. Absent the connection, there is a degree of separation between us and the goals, and they won’t have a motivating impact.
So as soon as I got home, I started writing this blog entry. I wanted to get it down before I lost it. I was already motivated, at least as far as writing this blog. Sometimes the hardest part of writing two blog entries a week is thinking about something to write on. Having a topic is a rush and is its own motivation.
But after it is written I will immediately look at what I had written down as to my why’s. I know it will get me motivated again, as it has done so many times before.
So there are three points you can take from what happened to me on Friday morning:
1. Keep in the forefront your why for all your goals. Help those goals get you motivated.
2. Take advantage of your social environment. Mine includes Tony Robbins, along with a bunch of other really helpful people. It doesn’t matter that I don’t know Tony and he doesn’t know me (not yet anyway).
3. Don’t wait! When inspiration hits, get it down. Do it while it’s hot or it might disappear.