Fired Up: How to Stay Motivated – Part 5

Motivation is the driving force that pushes you to action. Often, you fail to progress because of a lack of motivation. You have all the how-to information you need to achieve your goal. However, you don’t have the motivation to set yourself into gear and get moving. And because of it, you never reach your destination and achieve your desired result.

In this series, I aim to help you find the motivation to accomplish what you’re designed to do. In the previous posts, I addressed the external factors and internal factors of motivation.

In this post, I want to touch on practical factors of motivation: three foundational building blocks of your motivation “system”. To stay motivated, you must ensure these blocks are solidly established in your life.

1. Vision

Without a vision, you’re all over the place. You have no focus. Your efforts are scattered. Vision gives direction to your efforts. It gives direction to your projects. It gives direction to your life.

Vision feeds motivation. Vision inspires action. What is your vision? What do you want your life to be about? Define this and it will boost your motivation. When you write your vision and plan for it, you get an injection of motivation. To sustain it, you must never lose sight of your vision.

2. Goals

Once you have a clear vision, set inspiring goals that drive you there. It’s important that the goals you set be inspiring: goals that push you out of your comfort zone and demand that you grow.

Inspiring goals fire you up; they’re a great source of motivation. To stay motivated, make sure you’re always working on the right goals: goals that help you materialize your vision.

3. Tasks

Pleasant tasks and activities are inherently motivating; unpleasant ones are demotivating. You rarely struggle to perform enjoyable tasks and activities. The struggle comes when you have to perform less appealing ones.

When your schedule is filled with boring tasks, your motivation sinks. When this happens, it perhaps means that your schedule is filled with the wrong tasks and activities: tasks and activities that aren’t really connected with your goals and vision.

It’s true that you don’t get to only do pleasant tasks. However, these should not monopolize your schedule. Seek to fill your schedule with tasks and activities that light you up and move you forward toward your goals.

Your vision, your goals, and your tasks directly impact your level of motivation. Get these three practical factors for motivation right, and you won’t have to worry about feeling motivated. And if you combined these factors with the external factors and internal factors of motivation, you become unstoppable.

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Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.