What does the word Motivation mean to you?

Motivation is a word that is commonly used in my vocabulary on a daily basis, whether in conversation with my clients, chatting with a friend or family member, or an internal dialogue that remains consistent with my inner self.

Defining motivation can be tricky, but for me, I associate motivation similarly to an internal process that is guiding me to move towards changing my mindset, in a positive manner, something that is essential for setting achievable goals.

Shifting ones mindset to progress in a forward moving direction will help to gain clarity and a greater self-awareness to assist in making positive change, good decisions and choices so that one can set achievable goals and lead a happier and more confident life style.

Life can sometimes be challenging and making changes isn’t easy for any of us, but with motivation, a positive outlook, persistence and achievable goal setting, the sky is the limit.

So let’s look at goal setting.

Do you ever feel stuck or unmotivated?

My motto is ‘go back to basics’ and then proceed with one step at a time, once you have achieved success with step number one, then proceed forward to the next step and continue along this path.

Motivation is an internal process that makes a person move toward a goal.  There are many ways you can set goals and follow them, but for success, you have to be committed and motivation is the crucial element in setting and attaining goals.  Motivation can be a powerful thing, sometimes it is quite easy to get motivated and other times it is nearly impossible.

So how does one become and stay motivated you ask?

Work out what you want, why do you want it and how you are going to get there.

It is important to set clear, sustainable goals, work out what you want, why you want it and how you are going to get there.  What I usually say to my clients is always break your goal down into small, achievable steps so you can build your confidence along the way, sustain your motivation and move forward when you are ready.’

Choose goals that are of interest to you and reward your successes along the way.  Your goals may include something like:

  • Losing weight
  • Getting fit
  • Spending more time with family or friends
  • Career change or study
  • Adding self-care strategies to your day
  • Join a community or social group
  • Volunteer work.

It doesn’t matter what the goal is, just follow the same process.  Plot your progress along the way. I believe journaling is a good way of keeping up the momentum, assessing behaviour and tracking any changes that are required to meet your goal.  It’s also a great tool for self-reflection, how well you are going and whether you need to change direction.  It is essential to acknowledge each and every step along your journey as this builds your confidence, motivation and reinforces your behaviour.  If you’re like me and you struggle a bit with motivation, work toward your goal with someone by your side, it can be a real boost to your motivation if you have someone to encourage you along the way and use as a sounding board if you are having difficulties.

If you’re struggling with motivation or your goals, talk it over with someone you trust.  Achieving things solo can sometimes be challenging, so having a good support network may be all you need to succeed.  You can also try talking to a Counsellor, who can help you with building positive change in, motivating strategies and manageable behaviour.

Come on; don’t let anything hold you back from achieving your goals and dreams.  Be inspired and make the necessary changes to turn things around to work in your favour.  I know making change isn’t the easiest thing to do, but with determination and persistence, it can be done.  After all, we all want to be HAPPY in life.

Warmest wishes, Pauline

Sometimes we all need a hand creating positive manageable goals and balance in your day-to-day lives. For counselling services that can help you set manageable goals, click here.

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