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How to Forever Cure to Your Lack of Motivation

How to Forever Cure to Your Lack of Motivation

The late Zig Ziglar once said, “Of course motivation is not permanent, but then, neither is bathing. But it is something you should do on a regular basis.”

But rather than just revisit what Zig said, I’d like to add to it by challenging that it’s not just motivation that gets us going. Before you can become motivated, you must first be inspired.

These are two different things in my mind. Inspiration comes first, and this is what really keeps us going. Motivation is simply the day-to-day grind to keep moving towards your goal. Without a bit of inspiration here and there to really compound your belief in yourself, your motivation will eventually fizzle out.

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Where Does Inspiration Come From?

Maybe you see a movie and decide you want to be more like one of the characters, so you set out to change certain behaviors. Inspiration strikes first in the form of the emotions you experience during the movie.

Motivation comes next in the benefits these changes will have on your life. Maybe you read a book that tells a rags to riches story. The inspiration comes in the form of the story: the belief that you too can create wealth for yourself just like the person you read about. The motivation comes when you start to realize what you will be able to do with your new found wealth.

The big difference here is that the emotion of feeling inspired to make a change is incredibly powerful. It can be a true catalyst to a big change in a person’s life, but inspiration has a finite lifespan before it needs to turn into tangible goals and “motivation” to keep things going.

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Humans are Irrational and Emotional Beings

We as humans are irrational and emotional beings. Unless we have something that is truly emotionally striking driving us forward, the day-to-day motivation to get better eventually dies out, and a lack of motivation can easily set in.

While I’m a huge believer in things like goal setting, to-do lists, and organization, these things are not emotional in any way. They’ll only keep you motivated enough to keep spinning your wheels.

This is why to stay truly motivated to do great things, you must stay “inspired.” You must seek out those things in your life that bring you deep emotional inspiration to be a better person.

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For me, reading success stories of personal change from people like Ramit Sethi and Tim Ferris really bring me the belief that big time changes are possible. Studying the philosophy of great successes in history, like Walt Disney, Bruce Lee, and Dale Carnegie, and the way they went about not just their business but their daily lives is incredibly eye-opening.

Going to conferences and meeting people who have been radically successful doing things not too far from what I’m doing, and then finding out they were once younger, less-equipped, and less networked than me (true story), can really make a person believe.

These things are just a few examples of my inspiration, but that’s just me. Inspiration is different for everyone.

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Find Your Inspiration

To really keep improving in your own life, you must find your own inspirations. For example:

  • Maybe it’s a mentor you can look up to and learn from
  • Maybe it’s certain authors you would like to emulate
  • Maybe it’s an incredible success story you know you could do as well
  • Maybe it’s an event or group of people that you find incredibly inspiring
  • Or maybe it’s family or friends that drive you to continue to be better

Whatever that inspiration is, this is what you really need to stay truly driven and motivated. Find it. Keep it in your heart. And there is no doubt you will continue to improve each and every day of your life.

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Last Updated on November 15, 2018

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

What do you think it takes to achieve your goals? Hard work? Lots of actions? While these are paramount to becoming successful in reaching our goals, neither of these are possible without a positive mindset.

As humans, we naturally tend to lean towards a negative outlook when it comes to our hopes and dreams. We are prone to believing that we have limitations either from within ourselves or from external forces keeping us from truly getting to where we want to be in life. Our tendency to think that we’ll “believe it when we see it” suggests that our mindsets are focused on our goals not really being attainable until they’ve been achieved. The problem with this is that this common mindset fuels our limiting beliefs and shows a lack of faith in ourselves.

The Success Mindset

Success in achieving our goals comes down to a ‘success mindset’. Successful mindsets are those focused on victory, based on positive mental attitudes, empowering inclinations and good habits. Acquiring a success mindset is the sure-fire way to dramatically increase your chance to achieve your goals.

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The idea that achieving our goals comes down to our habits and actions is actually a typical type of mindset that misses a crucial point; that our mindset is, in fact, the determiner of our energy and what actions we take. A negative mindset will tend to create negative actions and similarly if we have a mindset that will only set into action once we see ‘proof’ that our goals are achievable, then the road will be much longer and arduous. This is why, instead of thinking “I’ll believe it when I see it”, a success mindset will think “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

The Placebo Effect and What It Shows Us About The Power of Mindset

The placebo effect is a perfect example of how mindset really can be powerful. In scientific trials, a group of participants were told they received medication that will heal an ailment but were actually given a sugar pill that does nothing (the placebo). Yet after the trial the participants believed it’s had a positive effect – sometimes even cured their ailment even though nothing has changed. This is the power of mindset.

How do we apply this to our goals? Well, when we set goals and dreams how often do we really believe they’ll come to fruition? Have absolute faith that they can be achieved? Have a complete unwavering expectation? Most of us don’t because we hold on to negative mindsets and limiting beliefs about ourselves that stop us from fully believing we are capable or that it’s at all possible. We tend to listen to the opinions of others despite them misaligning with our own or bow to societal pressures that make us believe we should think and act a certain way. There are many reasons why we possess these types of mindsets but a success mindset can be achieved.

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How To Create a Success Mindset

People with success mindsets have a particular way of perceiving things. They have positive outlooks and are able to put faith fully in their ability to succeed. With that in mind, here are a few ways that can turn a negative mindset into a successful one.

1. A Success Mindset Comes From a Growth Mindset

How does a mindset even manifest itself? It comes from the way you talk to yourself in the privacy of your own head. Realising this will go a long way towards noticing how you speak to yourself and others around you. If it’s mainly negative language you use when you talk about your goals and aspirations then this is an example of a fixed mindset.

A negative mindset brings with it a huge number of limiting beliefs. It creates a fixed mindset – one that can’t see beyond it’s own limitations. A growth mindset sees these limitations and looks beyond them – it finds ways to overcome obstacles and believes that this will result in success. When you think of your goal, a fixed mindset may think “what if I fail?” A growth mindset would look at the same goal and think “failures happen but that doesn’t mean I won’t be successful.”

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There’s a lot of power in changing your perspective.

2. Look For The Successes

It’s really important to get your mind focused on positive aspects of your goal. Finding inspiration through others can be really uplifting and keep you on track with developing your success mindset; reinforcing your belief that your dreams can be achieved. Find people that you can talk with about how they achieved their goals and seek out and surround yourself with positive people. This is crucial if you’re learning to develop a positive mindset.

3. Eliminate Negativity

You can come up against a lot of negativity sometimes either through other people or within yourself. Understanding that other people’s negative opinions are created through their own fears and limiting beliefs will go a long way in sustaining your success mindset. But for a lot of us, negative chatter can come from within and these usually manifest as negative words such as can’t, won’t, shouldn’t. Sometimes, when we think of how we’re going to achieve our goals, statements in our minds come out as negative absolutes: ‘It never works out for me’ or ‘I always fail.’

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When you notice these coming up you need to turn them around with ‘It always works out for me!’ and ‘I never fail!’ The trick is to believe it no matter what’s happened in the past. Remember that every new day is a clean slate and for you to adjust your mindset.

4. Create a Vision

Envisioning your end goal and seeing it in your mind is an important trait of a success mindset. Allowing ourselves to imagine our success creates a powerful excitement that shouldn’t be underestimated. When our brain becomes excited at the thought of achieving our goals, we become more committed, work harder towards achieving it and more likely to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

If this involves creating a vision board that you can look at to remind yourself every day then go for it. Small techniques like this go a long way in sustaining your success mindset and shouldn’t be dismissed.

An Inspirational Story…

For centuries experts said that running a mile in under 4 minutes was humanly impossible. On the 6th May 1954, Rodger Bannister did just that. As part of his training, Bannister relentlessly visualised the achievement, believing he could accomplish what everyone said wasn’t possible…and he did it.

What’s more amazing is that, as soon as Bannister achieved the 4-minute mile, more and more people also achieved it. How was this possible after so many years of no one achieving it? Because in people’s minds it was suddenly possible – once people knew that it was achievable it created a mindset of success and now, after over fifty years since Bannister did the ‘impossible’, his record has been lowered by 17 seconds – the power of the success mindset!

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