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Systems for Staying Motivated

Systems for staying motivated

Lasting motivation is something that I have yet to find.  Reading a motivational book or attending a seminar can create enthusiasm and inspiration but it doesn’t remain.  Regardless of how influential the topic is, I find that I have to work to stay motivated and that it doesn’t happen without a conscious effort on my part.  

Zig Ziglar once said that “people often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”  The only way that I have been able to incorporate daily motivation is by creating a system for staying motivated.

Here are several ways to stay motivated:

  1. The first thing to understand is that motivation follows action, not the other way around.  Get up and start moving and motivation will follow.  I can never sit and watch TV to get motivated to do something.  I have to get up and take action and then the motivation follows behind. 
  2. Find ways to incorporate motivation daily.  This can be from a daily motivational podcast or eNewsletter or it could be from watching videos of motivational speakers.  Reading motivational books is a great way to stay motivated and get several viewpoints that can help one stay positive.
  3. Begin exercising daily.  Even if it is a modest exercise routine, daily exercise will help to stay positive and motivated and will provide the energy necessary to get through a tough day.  
  4. Reduce the negative media, music and interactions and replace it with positive occurrences.  It is difficult for me to watch the news because of how negative the news media can be.  Instead I prefer to read news websites so I can filter the amount of “trash” that I read but still stay current with the world.  

The way that I incorporate daily motivation is by combining all four of these principles.  Every morning, the first thing that I do is to go downstairs and get on the exercise bike.  While I am biking I listen to upbeat music (Reggae) and read part of a motivational book.  Because it is first thing in the morning I am forced to get right into the workout without thinking about it.  I listen to positive music and read motivational material which, along with my increased heart rate, has an amazing impact on my mood.  

I encourage you to try and create a system (or steal mine) for incorporating motivation into your daily routine.  You will be amazed at how different your day becomes when you start it on a positive note.