You often hear sportscasters talk about a team getting “Big Mo” on their side. In that context, they’re referring to momentum. I’m talking about the other “Big Mo” – motivation. If you have the latter, I can practically guarantee you’ll have the the former.
What is Motivation?
It’s an internalized drive that pulls your powers of heart, mind, and body in a purposeful direction. It pushes you toward action and achievement and away from stagnation and procrastination. It’s something within that lights your fire, drives ambition, gives you a zest for life, and provides a reason for getting up in the morning.
Where Does It Come From?
Inspiration. Many use motivation and inspiration interchangeably. They’re similar concepts, but their source is different. While motivation is the internal fire, inspiration is the external spark that lights it. Ate you looking for motivation? The good news is its inspiration can come from a million places – a movie, a book, an experience, a sudden insight, a conversation with a friend. There’s no end to the constant sparks around you ready, as soon as you’re willing, to light that fire inside.
How to Make Motivation Work for You
Great! Now you know what motivation is and where you can dip your candle to get the flame going. How do you use it and keep it burning?
- Purpose – undirected motivation is a fire that soon flickers out. You must have a compelling goal that keeps feeding the fire.
- Action – stationary motivation quickly fizzles. Once you have a purpose, start moving toward it. Don’t wait. Procrastination is water on your fire.
- Goals – your purpose is a big, all encompassing target. Have small, achievable goals along the way towards it. Nothing feeds the fire like success.
- Celebrate – celebrate those little successes along the way. This adds incentive to keep acting in the direction of your goals and purpose.
- Dream – dream big, colorful dreams that employ as many of your senses as possible. The more senses that are involved the more real the dream. While goals are the intellectual objectives, dreaming is the emotional engine that keeps the whole train moving down the track. It sucks in the inspiration from all around you and keeps pushing you to act.
If you do these five things, rinse, and repeat, you’ll never be unmotivated in your life again.
Have a beautiful and MOTIVATED day!
Good morning, my friends!
John F. Kennedy was voted the best orator of the 20th Century a few years ago. It’s true he could inspire a crowd and a nation to action. These JFK quotes call upon us to take ownership for our actions and to call on the greatness within us to solve our challenges.
Have a great day!
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is one of the great American poets ever and among the greatest world poets of the 19th century. He wasn’t bad a coining motivational quotes in his poetry. This is one stirring example.
Mr. Longfellow is among those included in my growing Motivational Quotes library. You can read more of his quotes here.
I’ve always been a quotes person. I enjoy finding new quotes and using them to motivate me. I often coin new motivational quotes that come to me and have posted many of them on the web over the years with the hashtag #rayquote. For me, quotes like these often cut through cobwebs in my mind, shaking loose new ideas, perspectives, and paths forward. I hope at least one inspires you today!
Here are seven #rayquotes to provoke thought and inspire change.
- Stress is what you feel when you’ve lost sight of your WHY. When your WHY is strong, so are you.
- We are either doorways for fear in this world or doorways for love.
- It costs nothing to believe in yourself and everything not to.
- A well-studied loss is worth a dozen mindless victories.
- A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it. (This one has become quite famous showing up on t-shirts, in books, and on quotes sites.)
- Adversity is not failure. Adversity is fuel.
- When you unleash your best you can undo your worst.
Have a fantastic day, my friends! Thank you so much for reading and sharing these blogs.
Breathe and Reflect
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
― Søren Kierkegaard
Reflection is critical to happiness and success. Go, go, go may be necessary sometimes to get things done. Without reflection and adjustment, you’ll just go in circles.
We are now into the third month of the year. Take some time to look back at your goals from the beginning of the year. What have you achieved and what have you not even started? Has something changed that makes your New Year’s goals no longer applicable? We talked about staying fluid yesterday. Is it time to do some rework on your goals? That is allowed, you know.
Most importantly, take some time today to look at the road you’ve traveled these past two months. Be proud of how far you’ve come on some things. Be gentle on those things that still need work or you haven’t focused on yet. Be determined to give the time and attention to those things that are important!
Power hack: Conduct a start, stop, continue analysis on where you are. Identify one thing you’re committed to start doing. Identify one thing you’re committed to stop doing. Identify one thing that’s working well and you want to continue doing.
Take a breath, adjust, and keep on going. There’s a lot of year left. Big things await you!
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Make never giving up a part of your DNA. Here’s the to-do list of the never-say-die mindset. It’s not the number of plans it takes. It’s the number of plans it takes to find the one that works. Dream on!
Feed the hero within
When I feel helpless I remember I AM powerful. When I feel weak I remember I AM strong!
In yesterday’s post, I shared 10 empowering ideas that, if absorbed and applied, could make a huge difference in your life. Today we going deeper on bullet four from that list – the hero I am waiting for is waiting for me in the mirror.
Ok, it’s clever, but what does it mean and how do you become the hero in your life?
Some may see it as cliche to talk in terms of the hero within. After all, we have a tendency to overuse words like hero and dilute their meaning. However, I really want you to embrace this idea that a hero lives within you. Every person reading this is disguised all day like Clark Kent just waiting for your phone booth moment to arrive.
We are inundated by the idea that soldiers, firefighters, and police officers are heroes. No question, they are heroes. Yet, I would argue that the seeds of heroism lie within each of us. The single parent raising several successful children is a hero. The person who works for peace daily is a hero. The person who shares a kind word with someone who needs it is a hero too.
Here are eight characteristics of a hero to help you see the moments in your life when you are or can become one.
- The hero’s work may be great or small. It does not always change the world. Sometimes it just changes the moment.
- The hero’s work is everywhere he or she goes all day long. The hero is always looking for those phone booth moments to step forward and shine.
- The hero may deserve or even get the credit, but the hero does not do it for the credit. The hero does it because it contributes to the greater good.
- The hero puts the good of the team ahead of his or her own good.
- The hero sees beyond appearances and gets to what is real and true; choosing to live there.
- The hero knows his or her work is bigger than self.
- The hero knows that criticism and blame comes with the territory and is careful never to associate himself or herself with either.
- You are a hero. Plain and simple, you are. Let that part of you come to the surface at every opportunity.
The hero you are waiting for IS waiting for you in the mirror.
Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss!
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