“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing, that’s why we recommend it daily.”
– Zig Ziglar
Several years ago I got really interested in “self-help” litterature.
What got me started was Tony Robbins, then I explored the likes of Brian Tracy, Zig Ziglar, Wayne Dyer, Les Brown, Earl Nightingale, Napoleon Hill, Dale Carnegie, etc.
I plunged deep into the sea of books, seminars, audio tapes et al that were out there.
The reason was simply that I’d lost my motivation to do things. When I read and listened to these people they filled my bucket to the brim.
I spent countless hours listening to recordings when I should’ve been doing the work.
The scales tipped over and once a deadline was approaching I felt like a failure. I felt miserable because I hadn’t done what I needed to do and wanted to do.
I understood everything these books and tapes were saying but I didn’t take action on any of it.
I’d become a motivational junkie.
Once I accepted the fact that I was using it as an excuse to avoid the work (just one more, and then I’ll start!) I started implementing the things I’d learned.
I limited my “motivational moments” to 1 chapter/tape/video every 3 days. Did I keep the limit? Nope.
Still, I got all the work out of the way. Since I had time to spare, why not use it to fill my mind with tools to help me stay motivated.
When I’d devoured the materials for something like 6 months I noticed a change. I turned my attention to other kinds of materials. Looking back I now understand that I’d absorbed the materials so much that they’d become more or less ingrained in my behavior.
This got me thinking about the importance of intrinsic motivation.
During that period I clearly needed something external to help me keep my engine going. After a while it became internalized. I could simply look within myself for a jump start whenever I needed it.
Now, this doesn’t mean I’m perfect and succeed every time. There are still moments when I turn to it. But it’s become less and less frequent as the years have gone by.
A few of the tools I’ve found useful are Mastermind alliances, books/audiobooks, forums/messageboards, and YouTube.
What are some things that help keep you motivated?
Have a kick-ass ₢eative day!