"People often say that motivation doesn´t last.
Well neither does bathing....that´s why we recommend it daily.
- Zig Ziglar
If I motivate myself once in a while to do something......how come I can´t seem to create some better habits and to live a more fulfilling life?
Does motivation last?
No it doesn´t.
The same reason that bathing doesn´t last either and it is recommended that you do it daily.
Same thing with eating. You can´t just eat once a while and survive for very long.
Exercising is another great example. You will not get in a great shape if you only exercise once a month or even once a week.
So how come we can´t just motivate ourselves once in a while?
Simply because there are so many things during a day that will de-motivate us.
It is estimated that over 90% of our daily input is of a negative nature.
The news is mostly negative. So if we read the newspaper and watch TV daily we will get a large dose of negativity served straight into our mental factory or our brain. Can you imagine what that will do to our attitudes and our mind over a couple of years?
The Internet is also filled with traps of negativity. A lot of people venting their frustrations on Facebook and we are picking it up and allowing it to enter our own mind. It seems like everywhere we turn people are arguing, complaining and venting their frustrations and their negativity.
Now let us add all our negative relatives, family members, co-workers, bosses and friends.....WOW sometimes it is amazing that we can stay positive and happy with all of that negativity all around us.
So what can we do to motivate ourselves on a daily base.....yes it has to be almost daily to be effective since there is so much de-motivation going on all around us.
We can start by not watching as much TV, not reading the newspaper and spend less time surfing the Internet. We can also be selective who with spend our valuable time with.
We can also learn to motivate ourselves on a daily base.
Motivation is a muscle and you can grow it. By using it every day it will become larger.
I am talking about self-motivation because there isn´t really any other kind of motivation.
Don´t depend on others to motivate you, because what will happen if they don´t???
Example. You have decided to start going to the gym. You and a friend are going to do it together. It is great to have an exercise buddy, but don´t depend on that person too much because what will happen the day that they don´t show up to go to the gym with you?
What will you do...no go to the gym....because you are not motivated to go on your own?
Self-motivation is key. Don´t allow other people to stop you because you lack your own motivation.
Build you motivation muscle on a daily base.
So how do we do this?
Tony Robbins was talking about it on SuperSoulSunday with Oprah about a month ago.
He calls it "Priming" yourself on a daily base.
This is how it works.
Take 10 minutes of your time right away in the morning to prime yourself for the day.
You can spend ten minutes doing gratitude, praying, meditation, plan your day, read some inspirational material or whatever will work for you.
Something that will set you up for a more positive day.
Don´t tell me that you don´t have an extra ten minutes in the morning???
Just simply get up ten minutes earlier and that will take care of that problem.
Most people get up 30 minutes too late anyway and then they stress around in the morning and by the time they get to work they are already exhausted and in a bad mood because of all the running around in the morning.
They were already late, even before they even got out of bed.
Don´t let this be you. Make a new habit of getting up a ten minutes earlier and prime yourself.
You will be surprised how much better you will feel after a while.
I have been priming myself for years. I just didn´t call it priming. I just called it "My Hour of Power."
In 2011 I started to get up early every morning.
Today I always light a candle and drink some hot tea while I listen to some motivational recording for an hour. To be able to this I have to get up an hour earlier every morning but it is well worth it, and I wouldn´t want to miss it. My day won´t be the same if I don´t do it.
So are you going to get up a little earlier starting tomorrow to "Prime" yourself?
Just remember to make it daily habit for it to be effective.
Karin Glannstam - Personal Success Coach