he 5 Step Process to Develop Life Long Motivation
Below I share with you the 5 step process to develop life long motivation.
Step 1: Identify and Write Down Exactly What You Want
Above all else you must identify your purpose. You must know why you were
put on this earth.
When you know exactly where you want to go, it plants the seed for life
Here’s a great exercise to start gaining clarity on where you want
to go in your life:
Take out a piece of paper and get ready to write. Imagine 5 years have
passed. Everything you have wanted to accomplish has happened.
What is your day like?
What activities do you do?
What relationships do you have?
How do you make money?
How much money do you make?
How do you feel?
What are your hobbies?
Write. Write. And write some more.
Step 2: Write Down Why You Want It
Knowing what you want is the first step, but knowing why you want it feeds
Basically you’re establishing a purpose for your purpose.
So look over your 5 year vision. Then write down your response to this question:
Why do you want to achieve this vision? What impact will it have on your
life if you fulfill this vision?
Step 3: Develop The Step by Step Plan
A killer of motivation is ambiguity, or a lack of knowledge.
Therefore to nurture motivation you need to gain knowledge and establish clarity.
A critical part of gaining clarity is to identify the specific steps you
must take to fulfill your vision.
Look at your 5 year vision. Begin to write out the specific steps that
you will need to take to fulfill that vision. Don’t make this difficult.
You aren’t going to know all the steps. But you will know some of them.
Develop the plan. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it’s got
to be something.
By creating this plan you have created a map to start working with.
Step 4: Take Action on Step 1
So you have put together the plan to fulfill your vision. Now is when the
rubber hits the road.
You need to take action on step 1.
You have identified exactly where you want to go, why the vision matters,
and the plan to fulfill the vision.
Now, take the first step to make it happen.
This brings an alignment between your daily actions and where you want
to go over the longterm.
This brings meaning and purpose to each day… Which is fuel for lifelong
Step 5: Reflect Then Adjust
After about 1 week take a look at the actions you have taken. Reflection
allows you to learn from your experiences and to increase the rate at
which you achieve what you want.
Basically, this allows you to constantly learn and grow as you move forward.
As you learn and grow you will become the person you need to be to fulfill
Look at the actions you took over the course of the previous week and answer
these 3 questions:
What actions are moving you towards your 5 year vision? Keep doing those.
What actions are preventing you from achieving your 5 year vision?Stop doing those.
What is 1 action you can start taking this week to accelerate you towards
achieving your vision? Immediately implement this.
Remember: a huge killer of motivation is a lack of knowledge. When you feel like
your just running on a treadmill it kills your motivation. By taking the
time to step back and assess your actions and plans you are providing
fuel for your motivation.
Above All Else
Here’s the simple reality, you can spend a lifetime waiting for motivation
to strike… and it might never happen.
But right now, this moment, you can take action.
As you can see with the steps above when you take action, you give yourself
the opportunity to gain motivation.
I’ll end this with a quote:
“You are much more likely to act your way into feeling, rather than
feel your way into acting”.