Motivation seems like this elusive quality, doesn’t it? We can be so motivated for something and then it seems to vanish. Where did it go? How do we get it back? How do some people stay so motivated all the time? If we could just get and keep it, being healthy and well would be so much easier.
Next week we will break down the true essence of motivation. There is great news ahead – motivation is not so elusive. We can get it and keep it.
Since this first week of the year is filled with resolve to get back on track or reach new goals, let’s harness that motivation in a way that makes it last.
What goal would you really like to achieve this year?
Lose weight? Get in shape? Quit smoking? Run a 5k? Eat clean? Meditate regularly? Reduce stress? Get organized? Have more energy?
This step seems simple enough. Yet, when we settle for these surface goals, we miss out. Getting really clear about the true goal behind the goal is a critical step in tapping into lasting motivation.
Close your eyes and take a few mindful breaths. Image it is January 2017 and you have reached this goal. How do you feel? What are you doing? How are you more you?
Create an image of how reaching this goal will free you to enjoy the things that mean the most to you in life, to be more you. Really take the time to imagine it. Write it down, draw a picture, do whatever helps you really see it.
You might discover that this goal is not really something important to you. Awesome, let that one go. Try it with a different goal.
Once you have a clear picture, restate your goal with this image. For example: When I lose 25 pounds, I will no longer have to say no to activities with family and friends. I will feel confident and free to have fun with those I love again.
Now we have a goal that contains the seeds of lasting motivation.
When you get caught up in the cultural pulls telling you what you want, remember this truth – you don’t need to suffer through a diet or exercise plan to be more you.
Pause, breathe, read that again.
No suffering required to be truly well. Really!
Your weight, physical limitations, energy level may be limiting what you can do, but you don’t need to suffer in the process of freeing yourself from these limits.
That sense of freedom you felt in stating your true goal continues each step of the way. If you are suffering through to get there, something critical is missing and motivation fades. This is simply a sign it is time to get back to the true goal.
Activate It: This week continue to come back to this image. Spend a few minutes a day visualizing yourself next year having achieved this goal. You might even put a visual image where you can see it each day. Allow the excitement of getting there to build inside.
May You Be Well,
Janet Huehls, MA, RCEP, CHWC
P.S. This is just a taste of what we do together in coaching sessions. If your image stirred up some genuine excitement, and maybe a touch of doubt that you can get there, together we can make it a reality! Set up a free initial call today.