The 5 Keys To Having Greater Motivation In Your Life
Some people believe that motivation is a gift only available to the elite, but the truth is that within each and every one of us lies an unlimited storehouse of motivation and energy, waiting for the moment when it will be awoken with some great purpose of vision. See, it's not that we don't have motivation, it's that we have not yet awoken it. If you will take the time to learn the art of motivation then you'll never be confused at the lack of motivation in your life. Rather, you'll understand why it is that your motivation is asleep, and you'll know what to do in order to awaken it.
I believe that there are 5 major keys to attaining real motivation on your journey to achievement. If you'll learn how to utilize these five keys then you'll be well on your way to becoming a highly energized and passionate person, constantly moving forward with purpose and vigor.
1 - What?
What exactly is it that you want to achieve? This will be the first key to you being able to find greater motivation. See, the main reason that most people don't go for what they want in life is because they don't know what they want. If you don't have a goal and a vision for your life then there is no point moving towards anything. Clarity will be the bridge between where you are now and where you want to be. Make sure that you know exactly who you want to be and what you want to achieve in life. This will elevate you to a whole new level in life, and put you well ahead of most other people, because when you're clear on what you want then you are better able to move forward with purpose.
2 - Why?
The most important question in life is “why?”. Why do you believe what you believe? Why do you want what you want? Why do you need what you think you need? Why are you spending hours every day on your current career? Why are you learning new skills and strategies for life? It’s not enough to simply know what you want, but now you must ask why you want it. Knowing why you want something will allow you to tap into a storehouse of energy and motivation on your journey to achievement. So ask yourself, why do you want this? Why is this a goal that you would pour considerable time into?
The greatest and most inspiring leaders in history were those people who had compelling missions. In other words, their "why" was empowering, and it was so powerful that it gave them unlimited motivation to achieve their life mission. In fact, the greatest leaders have such compelling "why's" that their motivation spills over to the people who they inspire. Whatever the goal, make sure that your “why” is strong enough to push you and inspire you to achieve new milestones every day.
3 - When?
Whatever you want to achieve, you need to make it specific. Make sure that there is a deadline for every goal that you set. If you will be specific with what you want, why you want it, and when you want it, this is when motivation really starts to kick in.
It's not that we don't have enough time to achieve all that we want to in life, but that we don't use the time that we do have wisely. Everyone has the exact same amount of time in life. We all have 24 hours in a day, and 7 days in a week. If you will set a specific time that you want to achieve a goal then you'll be more motivated to prioritize your time and get it done.
To elaborate, can you think back to a time when you left a school assignment too late, and you had to spend hours writing it at the last minute? How motivated were you to finish that assignment before it was due? Probably very motivated right? Well why can't you replicate that situation in your own life and set deadlines so that you can force yourself into a state of motivation?
4 - How?
One of the biggest killers of motivation is the lack of planning and strategy. If you know what you want, but you don't know how you will achieve it, that will kill your motivation, unless you decide to write a battle plan.
What are the skills that you need to learn in order to become the person who you want to be? Who do you need to be? What do you need to learn? Who do you need to meet? Where do you need to be? You'll need to ask as many questions as you can, and then go to work learning about what it will take for you to achieve our goals.
Nothing will give you greater motivation than having a well thought-out plan of which you will follow to achieve your dreams. If someone gave you an exact plan to follow that would lead you to become a millionaire, would you follow it? Of course you would! Well why can't you find a plan like that? Why can't you create a plan that will take you to where you want to be? The resources are all out there, and it's your job to seek them out and become educated on what it will take for you to achieve your goals. As you do this your motivation levels will skyrocket.
5 - Who?
Sometimes the best way to find motivation as we head towards our dreams is to think of the people in our life who will benefit from us finding this motivation. Think of the people you are working for. Think of all the people who are expecting you to do well, and to be better. Think of your family, friends, spouse, children, and colleagues. Who are the people who light up your life? How can you repay all the people who helped you to get to where you are now? The best way to do this is to find your inner source of inspiration and motivation so that you can push forward with passion and purpose towards your goals.
Once you've considered these five keys to greater motivation, I know that you'll be in a far better position to take full advantage of all the bounty of resources and gifts available to you. Learning how to find the motivation to push forward in life, in spite of all obstacles and setbacks, will be of more use to you than almost any other skill in life. And the best thing is that motivation gives life to even more motivation. As you move forward with inspired passion you will see greater results in life, and when you see results you are more motivated to keep going.
But remember also that motivation has a very limited shelf life. It's not something that you attain and keep. Motivation lends herself out when she is needed, but returns when she is neglected. Because of this, you must be vigilant and lasting in your efforts to maintain motivation. So keep on going, keep searching, and keep striving.