Ever wanted to get away from negativity and focus on building a motivated mindset? When it comes to making big changes in life, your desire must overrule your fear. It all comes down to your mindset. Simply expressing that you want to achieve a goal isn’t enough. Internal motivation is only one piece of the puzzle. You need to actually put in the effort, which requires mental strength.
Achieving anything of value requires hard work, perseverance, commitment, and energy. You can expect to experience setbacks and failures along your path to success. That is a normal part of life, and an integral aspect of the learning process.
In the words of Joe DiMaggio, “Motivation is something that nobody else can give you…it must come from inside you, and you must possess a constant desire to do your very best at all times and under any circumstance.”
Let’s explore 4 ways to build a motivation mindset
1. Know Your Strengths
When you have an awareness of your strengths, it helps you make smarter choices in life because it equips you with the right resources and tools that will contribute to your success. When it comes to your goals, having knowledge of your strengths gives you the confidence and motivation to take action so that you can take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way.
2. Find the “Why” Behind Your Goals
Before you set out to achieve your goals, you need an empowering “why”. Dig deep and ask yourself, “Why do I want to achieve this goal?” More importantly, what will be the consequence or pain that you will experience if you do not achieve this goal?”
In the process of constructing your dream life, the important thing to be aware of is not the goals you set, but rather what motivates you towards those goals. Are you chasing what it is that you really want in life? In the words of Henry David Thoreau, “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
3. Enjoy the Process
Are you truly enjoying your life or do you find that you are constantly stressed out about everything? So many people are focused on the destination alone that they forget to enjoy the process of getting to where they want to go.
Goals aren’t all about the end result. If you want to be consistent over the long-term, you need to find ways to enjoy the process. In his book, The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness, Jeff Olson says, “Here is the amazing thing—and I’ve seen this happen so many times, yet it never ceases to fill me with awe: when you set your goals, life has a way of rearranging itself, a series of events starts in motion that you could never have predicted or planned, to get you there.”
If you want to master your life, don’t attach yourself to outcomes. Slow down in order to achieve more. Ernest Hemingway said it best – “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
4. Stay Hungry
Goals give us a sense of direction, but when life takes a turn, it may mean that your goals have to change with it. Willpower and the motivation to succeed are at their peak during the beginning stages of your journey towards the achievement of any pursuit.
The trick is to stay hungry and keep your momentum flowing. A great way to stay connected to your vision is to adopt a ritual that reminds you of why you set out to achieve a goal in the first place.
Action: Take 5 minutes every day and journal about your goals. When you write your goals down, it’s like planting a seed. If you water that seed every day, you will be amazed at how quickly your dream life can manifest into your reality.
Building a motivation mindset is essential for achieving success in life. Become mindful of doing the very things that will support you in the achievement of your goals. Never forget that your mind is one of the most powerful tools at your disposal for supporting your highest aspirations in life.
Take it from Denise J. Hart, who said that, “To get what you want in life you must develop the ability to think in the way that will support your goals and dreams.” When you master your mind, you master your life.