5 Things I’ve Learned About Motivating Myself
Motivation is key to almost anything we want to accomplish. Without motivation we don’t get out of bed and go to work. Without motivation you’re not reading this blog.
It’s been said life is full of peaks and valleys, that life has its ups and downs. There are various ways to look Yes, it is true but I’ve found another way of looking at things
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:18
This is my “life verse” it reminds me to “stay focused.” Why? Because life is going to do everything it can to get us off track.
I remember riding with my grandpa in the car. He was what we call a “gawker” he would look around at everything while he was driving. You know what happened? He drove slower. In fact one time on the interstate he got pulled over for driving too slow!!! Seriously, too slow!! Can you guess why? That’s right he was looking at everything else and NOT the road. He wasn’t focused.
In life we will be tempted to look all around. The result is it will slow us down. Unfortunately in life there are no “vision” police or “goal” police to tell us to stay focused. Ways to stay focused are for another blog.
Try these tips to stay focused:
- Post it notes around the house with your vision, mission & goals
- A picture that speaks to you
- An accountability partner
- A coach
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters – Colossians 3:23
This sounds so simple but honestly, if I don’t have passion about something, it’s difficult to do it for long. In fact it’s difficult to start it and it’s difficult to do it well. It’s likely you work a job that you really don’t have a passion for. It’s likely that those around you lack passion.
Consider this, Jesus came to earth and died and came to life because of his love for us. Or in other words his passion for us. In the verse above the word “heart” means soul, essence, etc.
Ask yourself these questions to identify your passion:
- What energized me?
- What do I wake up thinking about?
- What makes me laugh? What makes me cry?
- Back Away
In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves. – Psalm 127:2
No seriously, back away from your work. Get some rest. Take a vacation or a staycation. However, you can do it, get away from your work.
Studies are showing more and more it’s important to rest and back away from our work. Why? Because when we do we come back with more energy. Renewed thought processes and vision. You can accomplish more in 8 hours of work than 16 hours of work if you disengage.
One of my hobbies is backpacking. It’s hard on the body, the mind, emotions and more. When I come back from being days on the trail my wife says I’m a different person in a good way. Thought my body is beat up I’m mentally and emotionally more energized to face problems. Why? Because I’ve disengaged and done something that invigorates me.
Tips to backing away:
- Take a notebook with you. When your brain drifts to work write it down so you can come back to it.
- Do what mentally and emotionally energizes you.
- Rest (not nap) rest. If you’re an extravert get out. If your an introvert get in
Count it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds – James 1:2
Yeah, you read that right. Challenges motivate me. I’m the guy who my wife says, “You won’t get up at 5 AM and work out.” You know what? Suddenly I’m motivated. If my wife told me, “Honey, you can do it. I know you can.” Guess what’s not going to happen? I’m not working out.
Why is that? Because I’m wired to face challenges. I honestly believe men are wired to face challenges. I can’t speak for women because, I’m not one. But men in general like to feel they can “fix” things. As men I don’t think we are overly concerned about the emotions of it, though we should be a little more. No, I think we like the challenge to “fix”, solve, and complete.
When I say challenge I don’t mean a massive life crisis I mean a real puzzle that involves brain power, figuring out new ways to do things. Challenges are motivating to me. Why? Because when it’s complete I feel like a winner. When I can’t figure it out I’ve learned. So either way I’ve improved my understanding and skills. So that brings joy.
Tips on approaching challenges:
- What has worked and what hasn’t? Of all the things that have worked what do they have in common.
- Have an attitude of “it can be done.”
- I’m not going to get beat by this.
For God so love the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16
Can you think of a more impactful person in history than Jesus? What motivates me is know my actions, words, and thoughts all have impact.
Understand this, it’s not impact for the sake of impact. For me I want my impact to be eternal. Why? Because this earth is passing. I don’t want to spend my energy, effort, etc. on something that’s going to pass away. Most of us would consider that a waste of time.
I love it when my impact creates the “light bulb” effect on people!! The “ah ha” moment that causes people to see something differently. Why? Because we are all spiritual beings. When that light bulb comes on I know it’s eternal!! Or at the very least going to alter someone for years and years to come.
Tips on increasing your impact:
- Jesus was intentional about coming to earth. Be intentional.
- Write down your “light bulb” moments
- Share your experiences and discoveries with others. You’ll retain those lessons longer.
Those are the five things that motivate me. What motivates you? In what ways do those things motivate you? (Emotionally, intellectually, physically, etc.)