Monday Motivation is here for you. This weekend I read an article that left me shaking my head. Not because it was so unbelievable but because it was dead on, describing me to a T. I love making lists. I love learning new things. I love starting new things. It makes me feel good to move forward.
But what happens when moving forward isn’t really moving forward? What happens when you’re really moving laterally? Every time I start a new project, I research the heck out of it. I loooooove me some research. That’s the problem. Instead of moving forward, I was spending way too much time in research mode, paralyzed by the thought of actually putting everything I’d learned into practice. There are two problems with this. First, people learn better when they DO instead of read. The more I read, the harder it became to remember all the cool things I’d learned. Second, I wasn’t going anywhere. I wasn’t moving toward my goal; I was just hiding from it.
How do I overcome this? Deadlines. It’s one thing to say that I have a goal. It’s another to give it a timeframe that sets achievement in stone. Put one foot in front of the other and quit hiding in preparation.
Think this doesn’t pertain to you? How many times have you had work to do but felt the incredible urge to clean your desk before you could begin? How about planning to work out? You can only buy so many cute outfits or cool pairs of shoes before you actually have to sweat in them.
Don’t feel too ashamed. We all do this. The difference between never achieving your goal and total fulfillment is knowing when you’re moving laterally instead of taking the steps to move forward. You have to give yourself a deadline on every detail. Don’t forget this important, often forgotten, step in achieving your goals. Give yourself a deadline on every detail so you don’t get hung up for too long. Before you know it, you’ll be checking off your goal and moving on to the next one.
Chime in. Tell me your favorite procrastination technique.
Today’s Monday Motivation: Happiness is a state of activity by Aristotle reminds us that you can’t wait around for happiness to come find you; you must be active in the search for happiness. You need to make choices, set goals, and plan an attack for achieving those goals.
It seems that so many people these days are unhappy. Turn on the news and see a world of negative images. Article after article is being published about ways to find happiness. There is a self-help section in the bookstore that has dozens of books related to finding happiness. Finding is the key word here. It doesn’t come knocking on your door. It doesn’t leave you present on the doorstep. And it doesn’t come in the mail. You have the power to determine what makes you happy and what you have to do to achieve that happiness.
Happiness has to be a state of activity because you must plan for it.
So what makes you happy? And how are you going to achieve it?
Many of us spend our lives in the Land of If Only. Your Monday Motivation is to stop wishing and stop thinking “if only…” and do something to make your dreams come true.
You want to be healthier?
You want to lose weight?
You want to have a job you love?
You want to have more money?
Find the motivation to move forward. Figure out one major factor that is keeping you from achieving your desire and figure out a way to solve that single problem. That’s it. Just take one small step today. Next week, do the same thing. When you start getting used to the format, and you’re are closer to reaching your goals, you may find that you can make these changes faster than a week.
When I did this just a week ago, my wish was to have a more organized home. The first step was to figure out why I couldn’t keep it organized. It was hard to admit, but I simply don’t finish things. I get something out for a project and complete the project, but I fail to put everything away. This happens with long-term personal projects, as well. Now that I know one major factor preventing the fulfillment of my dream, I can work to complete each task every day.
Everybody knows the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. (Thank you, Lao Tzu, for those amazing words of wisdom!) Don’t be frozen in inaction. Take a step. Just a little one. Eventually they will add up to so much more.