One of my personal goals is to stay motivated in my personal life. I’ve always been incredibly motivated by other people’s stories, especially motivational speakers (I guess that’s the point right?). I loved to hear where they came from. The struggles they faced and ultimately overcame. How adversity led them to this grand life they were now living. I was truly moved and touched by each and every person’s story, rallied for them when they succeeded and cried for them at their lowest points always getting swept up in their momentum to not let life get in the way of living.
Except, once I left I ultimately lost that feeling of being able to conquer the world, to achieve all my wildest dreams to exist daily in that sweet spot of inspiration and personal development.
My Personal Journey:
I’ve worked the last 4 years to find that “sweet spot” on my own. I started by doing an Art of Living course based on Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s teachings. It focused on meditation, breathing and lots of self-reflection and viewing the world from a selfless perspective. That led me to going to one of his ashrams in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina where I took a 3 day Art of Silence course- yep I didn’t talk for 3 days! And the point wasn’t to try and communicate without words it was to let the silence open your mind. Having been raised in a very traditional American household things like mediation and this worldly introspection were not part of any of our family dinner conversations.
Since then I have read many books, found many guided meditations, and many motivational quotes that I refer back to as needed.
Here are 8 ways to stay motivated in both your personal and professional life:
- Always be reading a personal development or motivational book. I literally have books in all they ways technology allows. I listen to snippets of books to and from work via audible, I have books on my phone, I have real, actual paper and ink books. All ways that I can consistently surround myself in a mentality of progress and development and motivation. Be sure to chose books that help you grow in an area you know you need growth. Are you co-dependent? Read/listen to codependent no more. Are you struggling with your spirituality I personally recommend reading The Alchemist. Are you starting a new business? Try Russell Brunson’s Expert Secrets (My next book!)
- A vision board! I know it seems so simple. Maybe you think you don’t need one because the vision is in “your head” but I assure you a vision board is truly powerful. Put it somewhere you can see it every day.
- Mantras. Find them. Repeat them daily. Live them. My personal favorite source for mantras is Louise Hay. Google her-you won’t be sorry. Even these don’t have to be fancy. Did you ever see the movie The Help? “You is kind, you is smart and you is beautiful” That’s really it. Just find ones that resonate within your soul.
- Mini Meditations. I say “mini” but in reality any meditation is simply just meditation. With 2 young boys and a full time job the only time right now I have for my meditation is when I arrive at work- still in my car. I turn off the radio (or my personal development book) and do a guided meditation on my iphone app. It’s a quick way to clear your mind and set you on the right path for the entire day.
- Write out your goals. Notice I didn’t say type. Write them, it’s a proven fact that when your brain sees the words written in your own handwriting its more powerful. It doesn’t have to be that difficult or involve step-by-step processes to achieve each goal. They can be short-term goals or long-term goals or both. Just get them down on paper.
- Write a letter in the future of all the things you want now that you have then and how grateful you are for them.
- Have coffee dates, dinner dates, or get togethers with people who truly support your endeavors. Sometimes it just helps to have someone else standing on the sidelines and raising their pom pom for you.
- Finally, find a passion that feeds your soul and then find people who share the same passion. This doesn’t have to be profound and it doesn’t have to be your job that you currently do (That is a topic for a different post). If your passion is growing your own vegetables find Facebook groups that support that. Make virtual friends, make in person friends. Spread your passion. I find that my personal “brand”, who I am and what I stand for (or against) is just as important to feeding my soul and personal development as learning how to delegate at my job. There should be someone you can send the picture of your perfect tomato to who will just understand. No words necessary.
Keep truckin’ along!
I encourage you to break this down by what works for you right now. Most of all, don’t worry if you can’t do all 8 today. Just do one of them and do it for however long it takes to make it habit and feel natural then add another and as a result these activities will have a drastic improvement on your outlook and emotional state of being.
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