Your Own Motivational Thoughts
We need motivation to take action. A few good motivational
thoughts can help with this. I'm not talking about positive thinking
orsimply repeating motivating quotes. These have their place
in shaping your attitude and thinking, but what motivates each
of us is unique. You need to have your own thoughts - those which
are most effective at getting you going.
In the middle of difficulty lies
opportunity - Albert Einstein
The above quote is a good one, and it may well help you look
at the positive side of a situation, but what if it just doesn't
get you excited? In that case, you need to apply a little brainpower
and make the idea your own. You need to make it a truly motivational
thought for you.
How do you "make the idea your own?" By experimenting
with a good thought until you find a way to use it in your own
recipe for motivation. For example, suppose you are in a difficult
situation and you just don't feel like dealing with it. Then
you play around with the idea of opportunity coming from difficulty,
and you discover that it pulls you out of your slump to think
about yourself in the future, explaining to a friend how you
turned the difficult situation to your advantage.
That is making it your own motivational thought. Of
course, it might be more motivating to imagine yourself being
interviewed someday about how you overcame this difficult time.
Whatever kind of thinking works for you is what you should be
Experiment and see what works. For myself, I find that more
than just thinking a thought, if I explain it to someone, I get
excited. This is my own recipe. If I feel unmotivated about writing,
for example, all I have to do is explain an idea I have for some
article to my wife. By the time I have done that, I am very motivated
Get creative in your motivational experiments. If thinking
about being poor makes you get up and get to work, then that
is a great motivational thought. If a visual thought is more
motivating than a mental conversation, then use that. See a picture
in your head that gets you going. If when people say you can't
do something, you do whatever it takes to prove them wrong, then
think about them saying you can't.
If you have a truly uninspiring task you have to do, try promising
yourself some reward for completion that means something to you.
Hold that thought in your mind to keep you motivated. A bowl
of ice cream or a trip to the beach may be more motivating than
any famous quotes.