By Somali K Chakrabarti
People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar
This quote by Zig Ziglar sounds funny for sure, but, hey read it again and you’ll not only find yourself agreeing with it, but may also follow up with the question ‘How do we motivate ourselves?‘
External factors such as recognition or rewards are a great source of motivation, but unfortunately we cannot always depend upon external triggers to find motivation. As a matter of fact, we have to face setbacks, deal with rejections, and yet we need to keep going.
So, how do we motivate ourselves in the absence of external triggers?
Needless to say that we need to find motivation within. That being said, it is not so easy to train our minds to seek motivation; for we need to spend time conditioning ourselves.
“It is not so easy to find happiness with ourselves and it is not possible to find it elsewhere” ~ Anais Nin [Tweet this]
Here are a few ways for developing a mind-set that allows you to rewire your brain to seek motivation within:
1. Develop a To-Be Vision
While it is not possible for us to have a definite picture of how the future would shape up, or where we would be say 3 – 5 years down the line, yet, we all have our idea of a best life, depending upon what we want from life and our potential to achieve that.
The concept of a To-Be vision is like a compass that sets the direction for your choices and actions that lead you towards your idea of a best life. Doing something every day that takes you nearer to your To-Be vision sends affirmative signals to the brain.
You can begin by deliberating upon questions such as:
- What is my idea of an ideal day? How sustainable it is?
- What do I foresee myself doing in the next 3, 5 or 10 years?
- What do I value most in life?
- What would I hate losing?
- What footprints will I like to leave behind?
Even, without a To-Be vision, doing something that helps us to grow intellectually, emotionally, or spiritually adds on to our confidence and serves as a means of self-reinforcement.
2. Know your strengths
Making a list of your strengths that you have developed from all your previous roles, makes you conscious of them and gives you the confidence that while you may not have all the answers but you’ll be able to find them by putting your strengths to use.
Your previous successes convince your brain that you are capable of doing great things and that the probability of great things coming in future is very likely.
“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within ~ Maya Angelou [Tweet this]
3. Re-frame your self talk
This is not the same as denying the problems, but looking at them as opportunities or challenges to be overcome.
“Talk to yourself at least once in a Day. Otherwise you may miss a meeting with an EXCELLENT person in this World.’ ~ Swami Vivekananda
Unlike birds that are powered by their sense of direction (Compass), we need to rewire our brain to find and set our direction, and move towards it.
Finally, it pays to remember that
“Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.” ~ Norman Ralph Augustine
How do you find your motivation?
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