Lesson 7 - Introductory Course in Living Your Success
Staying Motivated – Desire and Commitment
Motivation is that which moves you to take action. Motivation can be based on positive factors such as desire to be, do, or have something; or it can be based on negative factors such as fear of failing, of never having something you desire strongly, or of not having enough money to live comfortably.
In the context of personal success, your big motivators should be primarily desire to serve your purpose and to achieve your success goals. But, looking deeper, it is the “whys” (i.e., the reasons) that you have those goals that are your real motivators.
Know the why behind each of your success goals…
If you have the goal of making X dollars this year, the reason that you really want that is because more money provides more security, provides a feel-good feeling of accomplishment, enables you to live in a better way, and perhaps gives you more freedom to do things (travel, for example) that you could not do without it.
Now motivation is important because it is so easy to lose sight of what is motivating you to take the actions that will move you forward toward your goals. You desire to achieve your goals, but if you don’t stop and think about the whys on a regular basis, you may not feel motivated to take some needed action.
Commitment is the decision that you will achieve the goal, and therefore you will perform the needed actions to get you there, without fail. So, at this point I urge you to take the step of going back to your list of success goals and decide which ones you are truly committed to and why. Don’t skip over doing this. You may find that your list has gotten shorter.
You must develop and maintain a “success mindset that keeps you motivated”. You must regularly think about your success goals, the reason why you want to achieve them, and how committed you are to doing so.
As with confidence, you can also obtain audio recordings for keeping yourself motivated through hypnosis. I use them and find them helpful. However, knowing why you are motivated and knowing that you are committed should be sufficient.
What is important is to remind yourself often of your whys and your level of commitment to achieving the goals. Find a way of reminding yourself of why you will achieve your most important goals… Maybe put a note on your mirror that you will see every morning and night that says “I will achieve ____. I am committed because _____.” You can also use that as an affirmation, but as always, you must say it with strong intent and feeling.