Checklist for Moving Forward: Maintain Your Motivation [5 of 7]
Maintaining your motivation is not always an easy endeavor. It requires you to believe in yourself and what you are doing. The Key word here is YOU. It does not matter what anyone else may think about you. You possess the ultimate power to decide whether you move forward or not. Motivation includes your initiative to attempt, persevere, reach, serve, and inspire toward your goals.
Now, I know it feels good when someone pats you on the back and says all kinds of wonderful things like “You can do it!” and “You have what it takes!”
Compliments are nice, but then… what?
If you do not believe in your own abilities, if belief does not motivate action consistently and intentionally, you have already lost the battle.
Confused about the battle I am talking about? I speak of the battle that happens within you. You struggle with your insecurities, overwhelmed with the daily struggle, haunted by your past mistakes, hindered from progress. Belief must power your activity and motivate work on your life goals.
Something is not right if I am more concerned about your goals than you are. There are steps you can take if you find yourself lacking. Remember success, continual success, is all about what you are willing to do for you.
The first plan of action is to surround yourself in an environment that will be conducive to what you are doing. Start with your work area (the main place you will be working on your craft). Make a list of supplies that will assist you in learning and producing. Then, go shopping. Always remember to stay within your means, no need to create unnecessary stress. If there is something you feel you need but can’t afford at the moment, put it on your wish list.
The next order of business is to surround yourself with people who are doing something, who speak wisdom, and provide encouragement. People who are “bored,” reckless, “ready to party,” and the like must be replaced with people who are “busy,” constructive, and quick with new ideas. Cultivate as much positive energy in your environment as possible. Wise words can provide direction and sound judgment when needed. If you have kids, engage them to provide checks on your progress, consideration for your work and organization needs, and challenge because they are excelling at their own projects.
What you engage in is key to maintaining your motivation. Your activities should match your goals. If your goal is to be an artist, you should attend art shows, take an art class, learn about the different categories of art, or connect with local artists in your area.
Engagement keeps you inspired and focused on your craft. The options are abundant. You can engage online and off. Most importantly, you control your engagement. Only you know what available time you have and what you feel comfortable doing.
When working on your goals, do you often wonder how some people did it? This information is not hard to find out. You can find out via web, library, television or documentaries. The “How” is important to know because it reveals the steps, struggles, and the work it takes to reach goals.
Sometimes it is easy to be disillusioned about what it takes to succeed. Pick someone that has succeeded in the same way you are working towards. Research them, and take notes on what they say helped or hindered them. Then, write out your own pathway to success. You may even save yourself from making some of the same mistakes they did.
Pay close attention to how others keep themselves inspired and motivated. Being motivated will take you a long way toward continual success. Without motivation, nothing will be produced. You must decide what reaching your goals means to you. No one can determine that for you.
[Taunya is a registered nurse, an author, and a mother to three children. This post is an excerpt from a non-fiction text Taunya is working on periodically entitled From Me to You: A Mother’s Legacy to Her Daughters. Find her author page at facebook.com/authorTSW]