MoHow Posted By Dr. MO Creating and maintaining motivation are the keys to achieving anything in life and then sustaining the achievement. It is this motivation that plays a crucial part in helping us maintain momentum through thick and thin. The momentum I am referring to is the energy we require to create, regain, and sustain our efforts to move forward and upward in life. To have this energy we need to learn and practice a range of skills, and use a number of tools to motivate ourselves.
Over the past five days I have shared eleven Motivators. Today I am continuing with two more, and in the days to come I will continue to offer more suggestions….
Motivator Twelve: Become aware of your thoughts
One of the most powerful things to do to keep motivated and positive is to become aware of negative thoughts. A great way to do this to track your thoughts any time you feel bad and want to quit. You can use a notepad or the thought tracking exercise available on the maintain momentum website, to do this.
This can work for any goal, because with any goal, we think about giving up. We might not feel like running today, so we automatically begin justifying it to ourselves. Or, we might feel a lag in motivation about about dieting or anything else really.
The next thing is to have ways to replace those ‘quitting’ thoughts. The ways include learning how to dispute what we say to ourselves that leads us to want to stop, and/or to look for evidence that supports continuing with our efforts. Both these ways are in fact techniques that can be learned, practiced and used in any situation. Both are taught in the momentum mind course on the website.
The key is to develop an awareness of these destructive thoughts which we all have, and have the skills to change them into constructive ones.
Motivator Thirteen: Have important reasons to continue
When I decided to become more physically fit I realized that I needed a better reason than “it’s good for me” or “I want to prove that I can do it” .. so I stated a more important reasons: “I want to live a healthy long life where I will travel and hike with my wife, be with my children as they grow up, and play with my grandchildren.”
These were powerful reasons and I wrote them down and shared them as a commitment with my wife. Then, any time I wanted to give up, one of the things that kept me going was the promises I had made, and the powerful reasons I had written down. I kept those reasons in my mind as I went through the tough times, and they sustained me, and still help me maintain momentum in this health initiative.
This works for any goal. Know your important reasons, and write them down. Working out to lose weight isn’t enough. Most people who do this will give in. Have more powerful reasons. Think about your goals. What are your reasons? Doing it for yourself is good , adding in doing it for your loved ones is even more powerful.
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