We have all been there. The last year has been a grind, and the stress of it all has taken a toll on many of us. If you are finding yourself putting things off, or just not having the motivation to get something started, this information can help get you back on track.
What is Motivation?
Motivation is a powerful force. Motivation gets you out of bed, gets you to work, the grocery store, to wash the car and pick up the kids at school. It is motivation that determines whether you exercise, take the dog for a walk, make those sales calls, or eat healthy and so on. Motivation is involved with every action, or inaction, you take.
There are a lot of things that can affect our level of motivation. Stress, fatigue, depression, hunger, shifting priorities, and distractions all play a role in deflating our drive to get things done. Once you are aware of what’s affecting your drive, you can begin to create change.
Are you focusing on mistakes?
If you're trying to reach a goal, you're probably going to make mistakes along the way. Small mistakes can easily be overcome, while others may feel like they put your project or dream in jeopardy. Remember that mistakes are a part of the learning process. Think of how many times you fell down learning to walk! Instead of dwelling too much on mistakes, focus on the lessons and experience you gained from them. Use mistakes as a way to fine tune your plans.
Are you afraid to take risks?
Some people are willing to take big risks, and some people are more comfortable being cautious. If you feel like the risks are too big, then take a step back to see the bigger picture. Keeping potential losses in perspective allows you to see what you may gain from taking a healthy risk.
Are you thinking too far ahead?
Make sure that you aren’t neglecting the steps and actions you need to take to reach your goals. Success is a step by step process. Imagining a more successful version of yourself is a great way to propel yourself into your desired outcomes. Just remember to take things one step at a time.
Are you focusing on your perceived weaknesses?
We tend to move toward whatever we are focused on. If you are focused on what you feel like you’re lacking, this can lower your confidence and makes it more difficult to keep yourself motivated. Recognize your strengths and use them to your advantage.
Are you afraid of failure?
We are all, to some degree, afraid of rejection. We like to have people’s approval, and we thrive when we see that others like what we are doing. Pursuing a goal and trying to make a name for yourself comes with a variety of risks and challenges. Allow yourself to recognize failure as mistakes. Mistakes allow us to improve our performance and see where we can succeed. Rejection helps you to perfect your sales pitch. Failing to meet your fitness goals lets you know that you need to reevaluate those goals and make sure they are reasonable.
Are you working too hard?
It's important to take a break once in a while. You do not want to burn out on your efforts. Pace yourself. Set reasonable, short term goals that move you toward your success. People who work too hard on their projects can burn themselves out and eventually give up.
Do you expect immediate results?
Many of us expect our hard work to pay off immediately. When it doesn't, we can sometimes feel a sense of disappointment that can stall our progress. Recognize that change is a process.
Are you using your resources?
Quit trying to do and know everything yourself! Take advantage of the many resources at your disposal. Make use of your connections with relevant people, advice from mentors, and support from friends and family. Failing to take advantage of these resources can make you feel less informed, less connected, overwhelmed, and less motivated.
The Role of Hypnosis
Replacing Faulty Thinking
All hypnosis has a strong motivation aspect. People seek out hypnosis because they want to experience a certain part of their life differently. Hypnosis gives you the ability to access the resources that already exist within you that enable you to create that change. Motivational hypnosis not only gives you the tools you need to reach your goals, it helps you to feel excited about the process of creating success in any area of your life, from your business or career to your fitness and relationships.
The fact that you’re choosing to work on a goal shows a lot of motivation. Thinking about the feeling you will have when you accomplish what you set out for can make the journey easier and more successful. Consider all the benefits you’ll enjoy when you achieve your goal. Being aware of your reasons for creating these changes can strengthen your motivation and helps to dissolve any resistance or blocks that may be keeping you stuck.
You can use a simple self-hypnosis technique to boost your motivation. Simply take a few moments before you go to sleep, sit in a safe and comfortable position and imagine yourself already enjoying your success. Imagine that you are looking at yourself in a full length mirror, already having reached your goal.
From this place in the future, you can look back at how well you’ve done. See it through your own eyes, hear the sounds around you in your own ears, and feel those incredible feelings of accomplishment in your own body. Do this for a week, and notice the changes in yourself each day.∎
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