When was the last time you caught yourself thinking, "if only I could get motivated, I could finally get XYZ taken care of..." ? Man, that mysterious motivation scarcity was an epidemic in my life from age 18 to 35. Get uber-fit? Need motivation. Organize my life? Need motivation. Start my own business? Need MOTIVATION. (Seeing a pattern here?) This cycle went on and on until I realized what a multifarious idea motivation actually is to begin with.
Motivation is a loaded word! When it's working for us, like a coach in our corner driving us on to victory, it's a great ally. But when we can't seem to locate it, or perhaps we're motivated by forces we can't identify, motivation becomes a crutch we rely on to allow ourselves to keep from moving forward.
In my 20's and early 30's, there was something else down there holding me back from my goals to become an uber-fit, organized business owner but I just couldn't see it. It wasn't a lack of motivation keeping me from realizing my dreams, but that was an easier excuse to own than the real deal. I was actually afraid to succeed, mostly because I was afraid of what would happen if I didn't succeed. Fear became my motivation to stay stagnant. So all that time that I thought I was in the middle of a motivation scarcity, I was actually surrounded by it, just not the kind that would propel me forward.
Fast forward to today. Now that I've acknowledged that this fear exists in my life, (yes, it still does, even now) I'm much more aware when it's impacting my daily decisions to keep moving in the direction of my dreams. When I notice fear coming up, most often in the form of overwhelm, I remind myself what I'm actually experiencing; not a lack of motivation, but a whole bunch of the wrong kind.
Then I just GET BUSY.
Even without that traditional feeling of motivation, that coach in my corner cheering me to victory, I just start doing things that move me in the direction of my goals. If it's the uber-fit body I'm after, I walk my dog around the park or commit to doing 5 minutes of weight lifting (which always turns into a full session.) If it's the organized life I'm trying to achieve, I pick one shelf or one drawer to tackle. If my small business needs tending, I hop on the laptop and write a blog post or brainstorm a new story to add into my workshops. No matter how small the task is, just getting busy with it counteracts the fear of failure immediately and becomes the positive motivation I thought I didn't have to begin with.
Like the pretty lady in that Wizard of Oz movie once said, "you've always had the power". It's up to you to decide what you do with it.
I'd love to hear your stories of what works to keep you motivated. Comment below or shoot me an email at InspireMe@AmyBirks.com. And if you like what you read here, please share it using the "share" button on the page!
With love and inspiration (and some super-cute ruby slippers),