Get Inspired And Motivited For Your Best Life
To learn how to create success in any part of your life it is important to first understand the ideas of inspiration and motivation. This is a powerful life lesson and once learned will allow you to use both your inner strength and those outside forces to propel you to reach any goal you desire. Here is what I mean.
First let’s ask the question – “So how does inspiration differ from motivation? A recent email conversation with Sam Taggart, founder of The D2D Experts, went a long way in clarifying the crucial differences for me. "Motivation is a push factor," he explained. "It's an outside force that is compelling you to take action, even if you don't necessarily want to. Inspiration, on the other hand, is more of a pull or driving force. It's something that comes from within that gets us to proactively give our best effort. When someone is inspired, they're with you for the long haul." (Source: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/343666#: )
The term "motivation" is commonly used in ordinary speech to express why someone does something. It is the force that propels human behavior. According to a study by Washington University, "Most people readily acknowledge that motivation is the desire to do something but is it that simple? While motivation can start with a mere thought or verbalization, it must be followed by visible action—and anchored by a clear vision. The natural, psychological, interpersonal, and intellectual elements that trigger behavior are all motivation. Without these things, the thoughts and words tied to a desire for change remain empty and powerless."
People's drive and willpower fluctuate for a variety of reasons. If you don’t know your WHY for your goals inspiration will be lacking and every step will be a challenge through shear willpower (We wrote about finding your WHY here https://www.wendybottrell.com/blog/implement-the-5-whys-method-to-energize-your-best-life ). Today We want to share ideas to help you stay inspired and motivated so you can accomplish what you set out to do:
Find Your WHY
Finding your WHY is the most important thing you can do for yourself in any goal you say you want to achieve. One of my mentors taught me that knowing your WHY is 95% of reaching a goal and the how is the 5%. This is exactly the opposite to what most think. Take the time to learn what your WHY is today.
If you are going to stick to your health and fitness goals this year, and for your lifetime, developing YOUR WHY will be the most important thing you do so that it is strong enough to stick it out when the motivation cools off, the excitement isn’t there and you’d much rather stay in and watch television instead is vital to your succeeding along the way to achieve your goals.
Your “WHY” has to be unique to you.
Find whatever that is and use it to push through the hard days!
For me, my WHY was seeing my mother lie on a hospital bed for 2 days waiting for a full hip replacement. There was that moment when I realized if I didn’t start to make changes in my life, I was going to be my mother in 20 years.
You see, 25 years ago I was about 100 lbs. and had no energy, had already been diagnosed with 3 autoimmune health issues and if I didn’t make changes my life and health were only going to go downhill.
I’ve heard it said that if you know your WHY and the how is simple.Be sure to check out our article on the 5 WHY's Method to help you create your unique WHY.
Just Get Started
Once you know your WHY you do not need to wait for motivation to begin. If you want to work consistently every day, you must take action.
Most of the time, procrastination results from having too much on your plate and not knowing why you want to begin. It's difficult not to feel this way when you attempt to address it all at once: but when you concentrate on one or two things at a time, it's simpler to act and not be in the overwhelm. The next thing you know, you are working on your goal consistently and beginning to see the results that you have set out for yourself.
Take Tiny Steps
Don't let the size or difficulty of a goal cause you to procrastinate. Break it down to tiny steps – and then start with just one of them. We’ve written about Tiny Steps here https://www.wendybottrell.com/blog/how-to-make-big-changes-by-tiny-steps
Minimize The Number of Everyday Distractions
It's difficult to concentrate when there are so many distractions all around you. If you have a goal of living a health and fitness lifestyle and as a part of your plan you decide to get out for a walk each morning, be sure to lay your clothes out the night before and have your shoes ready to put on at the front door. Stay focused to keep yourself on track.
What we know for sure is that walking is the link to living a healthy and vibrant life. We believe walking inspires the mind, activates the body, and nourishes the soul.
Join our FREE Walking Challenge Here - This is appropriate for all fitness levels, though it is tailored to beginners. You will also get a tip a day, which gives you a little more insight into how to walk, what to wear, going outside or using the treadmill, and even journal entries about your experience.
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