“The ancestor to every action is a thought.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
The above would have been sufficient for a post, but let’s delve deeper into this…
You shouldn’t think discouraging thoughts, for then you’ll be discouraged.
You should instead think encouraging thoughts because then you’ll be encouraged. And you should do so constantly.
Your choice of thoughts determines whether you’re inspired or not. If you want to succeed, you’ll want as much inspiration as you can get.
Two Key Ingredients to Success
Inspiration and motivation are the two key ingredients that lead to success. Without them you’ll find it very difficult to produce sustained action that takes you closer to your goal. With motivation and inspiration your ability to take the massive action necessary to reach your goals increases drastically.
There is a catch, of course. While it’s true that being inspired and motivated are the key components that lead to success, I never claimed it’s easy to have them or to sustain them.
Actually, it can be a challenge because you have to overcome inertia to build inspiration and motivation. Once you’re inspired and motivated, you have to exert effort to maintain and cultivate these mindsets.
You can’t just wait for inspiration to knock on your door. Instead, break the door down and allow inspiration to surface as a result of the actions you’ve decided to take.
Ever heard the saying, “You can do anything you put your mind to”?
I’m sure you’ve heard it a zillion times and there’s a good reason for that:
It’s absolutely true.
The challenge, then, is keeping those motivating and inspiring thoughts in your mind consistently. This takes work, but for the results, it’s absolutely worth it.
Methods to Build Motivation and Inspiration
Seinfeld method: Get a wall calendar and put it in the open where you’ll see it often. Every day you fulfill your goal, whether it’s writing 500 words, not smoking, or flossing, mark a big x for the day you succeeded. After enough successes you’ll create a long chain of x’s that you won’t want to compromise.
The above strategy contributes to both reminding you of your goal and encouraging you to maintain consistency.
Read something inspirational every day for at least 30 minutes: This practice will give you a daily reminder of the identity you desire and will inspire you to take action.
I can’t recommend this powerful practice enough. Do it even if you don’t feel like it.
Post reminders of your goal: For example, if you’re trying to lose weight, stick a piece of paper to your fridge reminding you of the weight you want to lose by a certain date. This way you can’t even open the refrigerator without being reminded of what you want to accomplish.
You could also post your goal or inspirational quotes or both all over your house so that you’re constantly encouraged to think thoughts that empower you.
Make a public declaration of your commitment to your goal: For example, if you’re trying to quit smoking, you can tell everyone you know. This will generate powerful motivation for you as being caught smoking after telling everyone you’re quitting is embarrassing and will threaten your pride.
Have self determination: This is the most important component to success. Because without self determination, you won’t even try any of the above strategies.
Or… you may try, but you’ll give up prematurely.
It’s deficient to persevere for only a week or even a couple weeks.
You have to persevere until you reach your goal. Granted, it’s often wise to change your strategy along the way by noticing what works and what doesn’t.
Don’t be stubborn to changing strategies, but do be stubborn to giving up.
No one ever accomplished their goal by giving up. Perseverance is your greatest ally, and don’t you ever forget that.
Bamboo Forest is a professional email life coach and the founder of Tick Tock Timer