As a motivational speaker, I’m often asked how one can overcome the obstacles that keep them from becoming the person they want to be. One path to overcoming obstacles is to understand what motivates and inspires you. Then, using that self-knowledge, set up the right conditions that will keep you moving toward your goals.
For instance, if you’re trying to loose weight, but you also know that you eat when you’re bored, conquer your boredom and you’ll be a step closer to achieving your weight loss goal. When the snack reflex kicks in, change the subject. Take a walk. Read a book. Journal. Take the dog to the park. Go to the movies. Call or visit friends.
Research says it takes 21 days to effectively change behavior, so when cravings arise, for 3 weeks, try filling that space with an activity that takes your mind off of the craving.
Some people are motivated by fulfilling the expectation of others. That’s why workout buddies are so effective. If you know someone expects you to meet them, you’re more likely to show up. Another advantage: the conversation between you and your partner can lessen the monotony of working out while feeding your appetite for social connection.
In my role as a coach, I provide the same kind of accountability when it comes to my client’s effectiveness on the job. I’ve heard my clients say, time and time again, that they’re motivated to take action because they know that during our next session I’m going to ask them about whatever commitment they made. It may be because they don’t want to let me down or look bad. Whatever the reason, it is a proven spark for igniting progress.
So, understand your unique motivations. What do you know for sure will get you moving, or make you finally map out that new work process? What has done so in the past? Tap into the power of the unique things that motivate you and, before long, you’ll see the progress for which you yearn.