“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going” – Jim Rohn

Okay, you believe that the positive living approach is definitely the way to go. You’re meeting and greeting the world with a whole new positive attitude and your life is starting to show the signs already.  People are actually being influenced by your new attitude and are responding in kind.  Being positive really works!

Then something happens.  You receive some not so pleasant news and you’re right back where you started! What happened to your determination?  How could this happen?  What can be done on a regular basis to keep you motivated?

You need to have a personal motivation plan in place.  And motivation is, as the word itself suggests, a motive for action.

Here are a few suggestions to help you get started.

1          Seek Motivation Everyday

Is it possible to be positive and optimistic all the time?  The answer is “No”.  The Law of Natural Rhythm comes into play and we will have “up” days and “down” days.  However, by maintaining a positive and optimistic attitude throughout life and keeping yourself on track, you will have many more up days than down.  If we want to stay motivated continuously, we will need to feed the mind with motivational “food” everyday.  As we need daily food for physical energy, we need daily motivational “food” for mental energy…. books, audio, and association with people who lift us up, rather than drag us own attitudinally.

2          Build a Motivational Base

Read or listen to motivational material daily.  Go to the nearest library or bookstore and find yourself some inspirational material.  A well-written book that offers sound advice is more motivating than reading about the latest, most horrific stories or market declines.  Alternatively, forget reading if you have no time.  Use audio.  Audio is really great to listen to because you can also be doing something else while you are listening to it.  Just spend half hour everyday listening to motivational tapes or CD’s in your car, on the bus, or while working out at the gym.

3.         Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

Exercise regularly.  It helps your body to work more effectively and efficiently.  You will enjoy life more.  When the body moves, the mind moves even more.  An active body promotes an even more active mind.  The mind gets organized whether you want to or not.  We may be thinking about work while we exercise but we develop more creative solutions.  So, set aside a little time every week for exercise.  You’ll be more productive when you return to your work.

4.         Do Enjoyable Activities

Find some activities that give you real pleasure, things that excite you and allow your talents to shine.  This makes you feel good about yourself and promotes positive emotions.  When you enjoy what you do, you tend to excel and succeed easily.  And with each success, your self-esteem grows and motivates you to greater heights.  You will enjoy even more of that particular activity.  In time, you feel that success comes naturally.

5.         Remind Yourself of Your Goals

We should have clearly stated goals and action plans with deadlines written on paper.  Take the necessary steps to achieve your goals.  Remind yourself constantly of these goals.  Maintain a strong desire to attain those goals.  Our subconscious mind will steer our daily activities and action towards achieving these goals.  If you are clear about what you want and you want it strongly enough, then you will surely get it.  What we do today has everything to do with where we’ll be in 6 months.

In order to get ahead, you must always be motivated. All the motivation in this world will not do anything for you unless you ACT NOW. Apply these steps and believe that these are practical and effective guidelines. The results will surprise you.

Along the way, count your blessings at every opportunity and be grateful.

© 2010, Shelley Dudley, Author, Speaker, Coach

Shelley Dudley has 25 years’ experience in sales & marketing, customer service, and training. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, she has written articles for a diversity of publications from Ladies Home Journal to Precious Metal Magazine.  She has written a best-selling book, “You Can Do It! A Step by Step Guide to Achieving your Dreams” and is available for speaking engagements.  More information can be found at her website:  http://shelleydudley.biz

  1. Veronica says:

    Thank you so much for this short article – it is exactly what I’m working with at the moment and started to write colourful notes to myself so that I can remember what I had learnt….. you are quite right – I have forgotten and then when I read something and go AHA again I remember that I did learn that before – your suggestions are very helpful … thank you

    • omni100 says:

      Veronica, you’re very welcome. I’m glad you liked the article and found it useful. This article is actually an introduction to a series of articles I’m writing on the subject of maintaining motivation, each article exploring a particular aspect in depth. Check the archives button on the right side of the page to find more articles. And you may also be interested in my book, “You Can Do It! A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Achieve Your Dreams” which contains an entire chapter on maintaining motivation, as well as several incredibly motivational stoies of real people and how they’ve done it! It can be purchased at http://shelleydudley.biz.

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