Phyllis Reardon M.Ed.
October 16th, Saturday morning and you may be struggling to get out of bed to take part in the fitness program you joined in early September; to complete the “To Do List,” or to start that fall home project.
What is it about us humans that we can get so excited about new activities but as a month or so goes by that motivation dies?
How do we keep that initial excitement?
How do we maintain our motivation?
Obviously you wanted to work out at your local gym…..you paid your membership.
You wanted to do whatever you placed on your, “To Do List,” and that fall project, well you have the big bills for the supplies you have already purchased.
So what keeps us from moving?
What causes the initial excitement to diminish?
Maybe the question we should be asking is:
How can we keep motivated?
In my Life Coaching practice I talk about a Self Motivation formula:
D + C + P + P = M
Desire + Commitment + Planning + Persistence = Motivation
Today let’s look at the D factor….Desire.
According to Napoleon Hill author of Think and Grow Rich,
“ Desire is the starting point of all achievement.”
What is Desire?
I define desire as something that you truly want.
I believe that it has to be a goal that is linked to something you strongly value; family, health, money etc.
Ex: You join a fitness class to stay fit and healthy so you may live longer to enjoy your family.
How do you develop desire?
Using this value as a link or hook is a starting point for creating your desire. It creates a deeper commitment to achieve.
How does it motivate?
Your values drive you. Your values are your very essence, so hooking a goal to a value not only creates the Desire but moves you to Action.
Action is Movement. Movement creates Outcome. Outcome produces Motivation.
Hook your Goal to A Desire and stayed Motivated!
Check back for the rest of the Self Motivating Formula and have a Motivated day!