The Single Greatest Way To Motivate Yourself
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So in today’s episode, I’ll be speaking about THE SINGLE GREATEST WAY TO MOTIVATE YOURSELF to pursue your dreams/goals/vision for your life.
I thought to talk to you about this because I realize that everyone who listens to the Success Smoothie Podcast is interested in achieving success in one or more areas of their lives. Meaning, you’re most likely currently pursuing activities and opportunities you hope or believe would lead to success. However, anyone who has ever tried to achieve anything great knows that the events of everyday life don’t naturally motivate or encourage us to pursue our goals. Instead, in the normal course of life, it’s very easy to get discouraged in our pursuit to achieve greatness or success.
However, mediocrity is a choice and success is a choice too. All successful people choose to stay motivated to pursue their goals regardless of the negative people or situations they face and you and I must do the same if we’re really serious about achieving success.
So, even though there are several ways to stay motivated, today I’ll be sharing on what I believe is my single greatest way and it’s simply this…
Create a strong mental picture of how wonderfully different
your life would be after you’ve achieved that goal/dream or vision.
And this particular habit is my greatest way of motivating myself because I find that the stronger the mental picture of success I carry, the more motivated I am to do what needs to be done to achieve that goal.
I remember writing my first book – Can I Be Married Already?! and deciding I was going to finish it. One thing that motivated me was the image of how differently my life would be once my book was published. I saw my self-speaking on TV and radio interviews, speaking on panels where thought leaders on the subject of my book were being interviewed. I saw myself receiving messages from people who had read my book and were making better choices in their romantic relationships because of it. And I just wanted what I saw in my hear to become a reality so I kept pushing and plodding towards the goal of publishing it until I achieved it.
I’m not saying, just give lip service to it by saying, “oh I wish I had a business of my own or oh I wish I lived in a nice gated community in a house full of servants.”
That’s nice, but that’s not enough and you know why it’s not enough? It’s not enough because it’s not clear enough. A mere wish is also not enough because you need to set goals with deadlines and actions plans FIRST before actively using your imagination to create a mental movie of what your life would be like once your goal has been achieved and that takes some time and conscious effort.
There are several ways to help create a strong mental picture of how differently your life would be once your goal is achieved and I’ll just outline some
- Set clear goals. This is important because it helps you to be clear about what it is you’re running towards, how you intend to get there and when.
“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” Anthony Robbins
- Actively use your imagination: Sit quietly by yourself, preferably in a quiet place and create a mental image of how wonderfully different your life would be
- Create a vision board with pictures and affirmations that represent what your life would be like once your goal or goals have been achieved. And place this board where you can see it often. You may not need a board, you could just stick all the photos to the inner side of the door to your room or to one side of your wardrobe or the wall or wherever else you know you’ll see it often.
- Follow people on social media who have accomplished the goals you want to achieve, study what they do and do the same. I don’t know about you, but I’m very intentional about who I follow on social media, I’m not one to follow people simply because they’re famous, I understand that what I repeatedly put in front of my eyes forms an image in my heart so I’m careful who I follow on social media. One good thing about following people who have achieved the very goal or goals you’ve set is, their results are a constant reminder to you that you can achieve the same results too if you’ll only do things differently than you’ve done in the past. Also, when you intentionally follow such people, you can learn more about what they’re doing to achieve the results they currently have and then know what you too can copy to see better results yourself.
“Where focus goes, energy flows.” Anthony Robbins
Focus helps us to manage our most precious resource – time and energy.
- Visualize your outcome visualize what you want so deeply that you can literally feel it. The deep-seated feeling that deep visualization creates will become the fuel that moves you to pursue your most important goals.
- Choose to imagine the happy faces of your friends and family when you’re celebrating your accomplishments. Visualize how you’ll feel when you can finally say you did what you set out to do. See in your mind’s eye, how more wonderful your life and those of others would be after you’ve successfully followed through in accomplishing your goals.
Now I’d love to hear from you! Did you find this episode helpful? How about the workbook? Got any ideas on additional things we can all do to make our mid-year reviews more effective and even fun? I and everyone else whose read this post would love to hear all about it so do share.
Thank you so much for listening, reading and sharing your thoughts with all of us.
Your insightful questions and contributions indeed make our conversations
on here much richer and I appreciate you for that.
You indeed only live once, be sure to take the time to make sure you’re
living a truly rich and productive life.