Is there a certain area of your life that you are dissatisfied with but lack the motivation to change?
Perhaps you SHOULD (that dirty word) stop smoking?
You know it’s time to lose those 50Lbs you’ve been carrying ( I know about that one)
Maybe you SHOULD cut back on your drinking
You have contemplated changing your situation for a long while now, lately you’ve been giving it a lot of thought but once again lack of motivation shows it’s ugly head.
Okay, you know you have problem in this area you have seriously given it a lot of thought, you have the desire, you want to change but you seem to lack the time energy and willingness to take the necessary steps that would propel you in the right direction.
You look at what needs to be done and you become overwhelmed immobilized and stuck which reinforces more negative feelings – guilt your motivation wanes and falls out the window.
“Be patient with yourself,” according to Steven Covey author of the Book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “self growth is tender you are standing on sacred ground.”
Maybe it’s time to stop, pause and reflect, perhaps the change you desire, has less to do with motivation and more to do with readiness, confidence and support.
Here are 3 simple questions that you can ask yourself to begin to assess your level of motivation. Using a rating scale of 1-10
Where 1 is low and 10 is high:
How ready are you to make the change that you desire?
Not Ready Ready
How confident are you that you can make the change that you desire?
Not Confident Confident
What would it take for you to move from where you are now in the areas of readiness and confidence to a higher number on each of these scales?
There are lots of reasons why we might rate our level of motivation less than ten when it comes to being ready for change. Here are some of the excuses that we use that contributes to our inactivity.
- Lack of time
- Afraid to fail
- Change is hard
- We might upset the status quo
Motivation is often loaded with ambivalence the immediate cost energy and effort can often out weight the long term benefits.
I am sure when answering the questions above most people gave themselves a number above zero.
Asking yourself the question why did I not rate myself at 0 is a great place to start in terms of moving forward.
Your answer to this question will build momentum and help to propel you forward into taking more positive action steps.
Lets not forget that change is a process. We can simplify our levels of overwhelm by understanding that small steps one at a time is what gets results.
Perhaps focus on cutting down smoking rather than stopping altogether.
Maybe just focusing on losing 2lbs rather than 50lbs. etc.
How would you go about eating an elephant?(If you are in the business of eating elephants.) The answer of course is one bite at a time.
Motivation: The inner power, the desire, the ambition that pushes you to take action toward your aims, objectives, aspirations, and goals.
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