What Motivates You? – Chady
Many people have gone through something that has changed them in a way that they could never go back to the person they once were. For me, and for many others, failure created the need for this change.
Failure creates an emotional experience, so the lessons we learn when it happens can be long-lasting. Sometimes, the fear of failure stops us a lot shorter than failure itself. On the other hand, failure gave me courage. But more importantly, it gave me motivation.
One of the hardest challenges I face every day is how to get motivated and to keep myself going, even when things get hard. To keep myself going, I set goals. Short-term goals are especially helpful because focusing on only two or three things at a time will prevent you from feeling overwhelmed. Instead, you will become more motivated, as your goals will now seem so much more attainable. When success is just around the corner, I suddenly get an amazing rush of energy where I feel liberated and excited to achieve bigger things.
Remember that goals don’t have to be set in stone. Like everything in life, it’s good to approach them with flexibility and open-mindedness. If you can’t successfully remind yourself of your initial reasons for going for the goal, and get re-ignited about those reasons, then it might be time to re-assess what those goals are and if they’re worthwhile.
With exercising, you don’t have to work out too many specifics. What’s important is making the big decision to start moving your body and committing to a routine.
Kick-start your routine by scheduling your gym sessions, packing your gym bag, and planning your meals. Most of all, make sure you plan for success. Once you make that commitment for at least 30 days you will feel motivated to get organized in other areas of your life and tackle tasks you’ve neglected.
Committing to short-term goals and reaching them made my success a little sweeter. However, we appreciate victory more when we’ve tasted defeat. Life wouldn’t be fun if things always worked out. Know that your failure is just part of the game we’re all playing. Running from failure takes too much energy. Instead, try embracing it. Find the opportunity in the difficulty that failure puts forth. Our circumstances tell half of the story, but you have the power to determine the rest. Try not to let fear consume you. If you have a dream, go after it. Taking small steps towards that dream can make it much more possible than taking one giant leap. One step in the right direction can make a world of difference in your heart and mind.
Most importantly, be your own cheerleader. Write down your goals or share them with a friend. Don’t give yourself the opportunity to make excuses, because you are stronger than that. Be rational with the goals that you set, and be aggressive in taking those steps forward. If you’re your own motivator, it won’t be that hard to take it one step at a time.