External motivation is great for short term goals. How can we stay motivated for the long haul in order to accomplish larger tasks, like writing a book for instance? Losing 50lbs can be a daunting task for anyone, but it’s possible. The question lies in, how do we get this internal motivation to keep us propelling forward toward our goals?
Albert Einstein once said, “knowledge is power.”
Why do you think he said that? Because there is a lot of power behind us knowing things. The sink is spraying water all over the kitchen. The pipes are broken and the garbage disposal is shooting gunk all over the counters. We have many options of how we can react. If we don’t have the knowledge to shut off the water then we will probably start running around the kitchen with our arms in the air screaming. Until someone slaps us in the face and yells shut the water off! Then we can calmly end the chaos.
Now if that happens again, we know what to do and we can calmly take action. This ends frustration and internal chaos on our lives.
Now take this information and apply it to your current situation. What are you working on right now that is giving you a hard time? Are you overweight and are running around yelling and screaming? Though the running around may help you in this case, and waving your arms will also burn more calories but having more knowledge in this area will help you in the long run. (more puns- sorry)
What do need to learn that will help you? Learn what to eat, what to drink and where you can get the workout that you need? Taking responsibility for your life will empower you to make a change creating internal motivation.
Writing a book can be a long process and having internal motivation is going to be a necessity to keep me going. So I have to find more information on how to help me with my writing style and keep my readers from getting bored. I could run around waving my arms or I could take a writing class. That would empower me to come home and write the next section. Though the running around would also help me to be able to sit still for longer.
I think that’s what I’m going to do. What are you going to do to reach your goals?