Staying motivated and being productive can be easier said than done.
Do you have problems staying motivated?
Are you moving in the direction of what you say you want? If not, have you really examined why?
You may be getting in your own way.
We talk about things we wish for or desire but are we putting in the work to actually make them happen?
We are in the driver’s seat of our lives. We determine the direction our life is headed.
Are you feeling less than productive? Here are some questions to ask yourself to see if you might be the one standing in your own way.
Getting and Staying Motivated: Questions To Ask Yourself
- Are you clear about your objective? Have you really thought through what you want to accomplish and why? It is important to get clear on your motivating factors. This is your big why; your mission statement. Especially if we’re talking about big dreams and intentions, this is important. Write it down.
- Do you have a plan? Are your goals written down? After putting thought into the big why, it is important to write down the what. What steps are you going to take to reach the end?
- Is your main objective too big to swallow? Break it into smaller, realistic, bite size goals. Here are some tips for help with goal setting.
- Are you accountable to anyone? Have you told anyone of your plans? This is an important part of dream chasing. The universe wants to help you reach your goals and the more you put your desires/dreams/goals out there, the more support you will receive. Plus, you’ll have someone to call you out when you get off track. 🙂
- Do you have support? Is anyone helping you on this journey? We can’t do it alone my friends. Whether it’s someone who can give you that gentle nudge when you need it, someone to commiserate with, or someone to cheer you on-it’s helpful to fall back on other people to help you stay motivated.
- Do you have a visual reminder? Do you have a written mission statement or picture posted somewhere you can see it? This is something to rely on when you lose motivation and focus, because you will. It helps remind you why your goal is important and why you want it so bad.
- Are you procrastinating and complaining? If we spent half as much time actually doing what it is we’re complaining about, we’d already have it done. Stop bitching about it and do it.
- Have you started? Or are you still just talking about it? It’s time to start.
- Are you patient with yourself? Most of the time, anything worth achieving is difficult. It takes time and hard work. Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day and cut yourself some slack. Even baby steps are still steps.
- Do you reward yourself for progress? Having something to look forward to can help you with tasks that aren’t much fun. For example: when you accomplish 3 of your bite size goals, reward yourself with a new book, a Netflix binge, or happy hour with friends.
- What inspires you? Are you fueling yourself with inspiration? Read inspirational stories, post inspiring quotes, talk with people who have done what you are doing. Stay inspired.
- What is your plan for the hard days? There will be days where you lose steam and want to quit. Just know they are coming and prepare.
- Have you fallen off the bus? If you’ve been unproductive for some time, make a commitment to start again.
- Do you visualize yourself being productive and achieving your goal? Your mind is a powerful tool. Use it.
- Are you writing down daily/weekly progress and struggles? Jot down what works and what doesn’t. Note your small wins.
- Are you making time for what needs to get done? Can you get up an hour earlier or stay up an hour later to work toward your goal? Can you give up TV time to be more productive? Things will be a little uncomfortable when we are working toward something important.
- Are you letting your inner critic take the driver’s seat? Keep that b**ch outta there. Your inner critic will do nothing but derail your efforts. Notice when you start to discourage yourself or use limiting beliefs. This is not you, it is not your truth. This is your inner critic and what s/he tells you is nothing but lies. You CAN do it! If you need help silencing her/him-watch this.
- Are you easily distracted? Are you constantly on your phone? Checking emails? Getting up from what you’re doing to do something else? Do you spend time doing things that are unimportant? Set a timer for a specified amount of time, work on what needs to get done, and don’t get up until it goes off. Unless something is on fire . . . then you can get up. 🙂
- How’s your attitude? Maybe you are just trying to stay motivated to go to work everyday and raise your family. That’s a huge and worthwhile goal for sure. Do you have an attitude of gratitude? (cheesy I know). 🙂
Sometimes, we need motivation just to get through the day. This type of motivation can only come from an attitude change. Changing how we think about things.
If your job isn’t all you’d hoped (but it pays the bills) and your kids or spouse are getting on your last nerve (hey-it happens) then maybe all you can change right now is your attitude.
Declan OFlaherty makes a good point when talking about creating a positive mental attitude. I especially like his last point, urging us to “journey well.” Life is about the journey not the destination. We don’t need to get anywhere if we accept we are already here.
I believe that where we are in life is exactly where we need to be. Maybe it’s time to start that new business, take that European vacation, or add an addition onto the house.
But, maybe it’s not.
It’s important to have dreams for the future, this means we are growing and thriving, refusing to stay stagnant.
But, maybe we need to realize that for whatever reason, at this point in life, we just need to be okay with where we are. We just need to stay motivated in the here and now.
And this takes a mental shift. A willingness to harness the power we have to change our attitude and decide to be happy right where we are.
We have the ability to make our ordinary days extraordinary.
I don’t think people realize this. That WE have the power to create a life we love.