There must be a reason you do things. Have you asked yourself whether your own well-being inspires that reason, or is it to satisfy others? What are the driving forces that push you to activate your unique set of skills to accomplish what you want to do? Motivation is considered by most to be a key factor in moving forward.
Conversely, have you identified the impediments that you believe hold you back? Is it the idea of obstacles being there, and you do not feel you can overcome them? A torrent of similar questions will go through everyone’s mind during a self-analysis when they are feeling stuck.
The risk of answering these questions without establishing a path towards a desired goal is redirecting your energy towards adverse outcomes rather than good. A motivational Life Coach will help you sift through the confusion and develop the vision to determine your goals and reach them.
Without motivation, it is easy to feel that you are stagnant. It is worth digging a little deeper to ask yourself what you really want to accomplish before you seek something, or someone, to motivate you. The stagnation could very well be a more deeply rooted fear of progress. A fear of letting go is as powerful as a fear of the unknown. The dread of commitment will often be masked by your conjured excuses not to move forward.
Life coach questions are designed not only to scratch the surface but more so to explore why you have chosen to be where you are right now. An intuitive life coach will guide you to examine how you define motivation and, from there, work with you to understand how the motivation process works.
It may sound cliché to direct you to look into your heart to find your motivation. But the truth in defining motivation is that it is a feeling! An emotion that either allows you or compels you to have a sense of urgency to do something is the foundation of motivation. Typically, this feeling is filled with excitement and anticipation of things to come. Positive energy is drawn from the desire to satisfy a need.
The question remains of where to seek motivation when your emotions are steering your course. Your heart may lead you to areas that your conscience will obstruct. The confusion will lead most people to seek answers for quick fixes to problems. The reality is that a designed program to guide you towards your goals will benefit your long-term success. Finding a life coach who can identify your goals with you, and navigate your course, while you remain in the driver’s seat becomes the first step in harnessing the feelings needed to motivate yourself.
The most important part of your search for a motivational life coach is to understand that the guidance you receive should be to find the answers within yourself. A life coach business is centered around the concept that self-actualization leads to self-improvement and sustainable progress. If you are looking for external motivation, you are seeking a quick fix that may leave you feeling less empowered to succeed than before you took action. Motivation works when you make conscious decisions to act and be responsible for your results.
While many external factors will influence you, they merely provide motivational support. Your own grasp and control of your feelings and purpose are the motivation you need to flourish.
Simply speaking, motivation is pivotal in your success. The emotional power of motivation, or lack of motivation, directly affects every part of your life. While it is generally accepted that having balance in your life is a good thing, there is likely no middle ground when it comes to motivation.
On the motivational extremes, you have highly ambitious persistence as opposed to uninspired attitudes. The intermediate option is complacency and contentment, eventually leading to boredom. Recognizing your own motivational requirements to move forward becomes your first accomplishment in your journey to achievement.
There will be a lot of unpacking to do before you can become focused on achievement and success. But they will both come when you know what you want as an outcome.
When you evaluate precisely why you are doing what you do, you can determine if it is by emotion or reasoning.
The emotional approach originates from external influences or internal needs. The reasoning method incorporates your logical interpretation of previous experiences.
By identifying the emotional aspects of motivation, you will get a clearer picture of why and for whom you are performing. Suppose external incentives, such as praise and recognition, are the driving force of your decision-making. In that case, you can dive deeper within yourself to find what internal emotional need you are trying to satisfy. While there is nothing wrong with wanting to be the best and perhaps reaping the rewards of money, power, and fame, it is vitally important to understand that you satisfy your own needs based upon what you feel is the perception of others.
Similarly, suppose your internal drive is based on a passion for helping other people, righting wrongs, or making the best of a bad situation. In that case, you need to understand that those you are trying to help may not always see the world through the same lens that you do. Keep in mind that as you try to help others, you are, in fact, an external influence in their lives. We generally do better in achieving long-term personal goals with internal motivation.
Life changes require thought and effort. Inaction will merely prolong the sense of being unproductive. We continue to wallow with the dissatisfaction of feeling stuck when we fail to act. We must focus on our journey, not the destination, to change the paradigm. Absolute focus on only long-term goals can seem overwhelming and inhibit motivational energy from igniting your call to action.
Short-term successes invoke more motivational vigor to keep the ball rolling. Motivation builds confidence as small “wins” become typical, making us strive to perform even better. We tend to learn faster and better when we are motivated. We will also be more likely to engage with people who can help us to obtain our next level of success.
As every failure becomes a learning experience, we grow and become better than if we did not try at all. The results are lasting and provide a sense of permanence, in that what is achieved can never be taken away. Building blocks for accomplishments offer the base for future development.
Now it is decision time! The emotional stimuli make you decide to take your first action in forming a decision. There is usually a culmination of external and internal factors that you will process before being prompted to choose to do something or not to do anything. Once your options are apparent, your rational brain will usually evaluate information, including new, old, and unknown evidence.
The follow-through with action after making a decision is the essential part of maintaining motivation. You will never know if you made the right decision unless you put your ideas to work. Every action taken will present the next step. You will have to navigate beyond what you saw before choosing. If you view this as a welcomed challenge because your success has allowed you to view more options, you are on your way to fueling your motivations and empowering yourself. Maintaining motivation is like the kinetic energy of a ball rolling down a hill. Once you start it, it will take more effort to stop it.
The value and power of success are as strong as any motivator. When you create your mindset to harness every learning opportunity available, even setbacks and failures will motivate you to move on. As long as you try, you will win. When you succeed, try challenging yourself to reach perfection, even when you know that is impossible. Anywhere in between where you are now, and perfection is better than you were before you started.
When you fail, FAIL BETTER than you did before you started. Lessons learned from failing will inspire greatness.