Wed, 16 March 2016
How to stay motivated.
Do you wish there was a simple to use device that could get you motivated from sun up to sun down? Congratulations, there is no such thing. Motivation cant be drank, swallowed, or eaten. The only was to get it is to create it. As Brendon Burchard says, “a power plant doesn't have energy it generates it.” Its the truth all of us have the ability to get motivated but its staying motivated that is the hard part.
As a firefighter I run into burning buildings all the time. Its a crazy job but no day if you're motivated or not the fire must go out. Sometimes in life we don't have the ability to wait to become motivated to tackle projects or to complete the mundane things needed to reach our goals.
Fighting fires for the last 13 years made me realise there is alot of similarities between fire and motivation. There have been times that the fire has motived me to leave the building because its soo soo hot. Fire is motivaoin. When you have that buring desire within your soal you have everthing you need to attack your dreams.
In the next few minutes I hope to open your motivation receptors and to assist you in answering the question, How do I stay motivated?
The first step is to understand what is motivation and why do you need it. Motivations root word, motive, mean a “reason for action”. This action can be known as the “why” you want to do something. Motive is the a latin word that means, “to move.” When you look at it together motivation at its core is WHY YOU MOVE or why do you do something.
If you were thrown on an island and you were naked, cold, and afraid. Sorry to draw such a visula picture, haha. The first things you would want to do beore sunset would be to find food, water, shelter, and yes fire. To create a fire from scratch is on of the most challenging things to do. Not because rubbing two pieces of wood together is challenging but because you have never done it before. Its the same with motivation its not that its hard its only hard because you never really broke it down.
The first time you tried anything it took you a while but look at now you are able to write, ride a bike, and tie your shoes. Yes very simple now but when you were 5 it seemed impossible. Motivation is the same way when you know how to get motivated everything else will fall into place.
To help you learn this, come on lets be serious Jake I just want to know how to get motivated I dont want to learn, If I just tell you you will forget but if I teach you you will remember for a lifetime.
Motivation has three parts to it. Going back to our stranded on an island theory, think if you were to start a fire what would you need but more importantly what three parts are needed to create a fire?
Wait what about a lighter, newspaper, and logs? Yes we need those but the three parts listed above are the simplest form of fire.
These three pieces are piece of the fire triangle. The fire triangle is the three simplest parts of fire and as we all know fire can either make you feel cozy or wipe out thousands of square miles of forest. If you craving the kind of motivation that can wipe out a forest figuratively speaking then here I suggest you learn this.
We need heat, fuel, and oxygen to create our forest fire of motivation.
To generate heat grab two sticks one for aspiration and second for hope. Once you have the two start to rub them together. Once you see smoke that means heat is getting generated and when you see smoke fire will soon follow. In the heat phase we are looking for two ideas when working together make the first step into making a raging fire.
Aspiration is a word that describes your want to do something. If you're motivated that means you're wanting to get something in your life. If you know what the something is then you on your way. But if you dont have that passion or want for something your aspiration stick won't generate the heat needed to create that fire. You cant have a kinda, sorta, maybe, or whatever kind of attitude towards what you desire. You must have blowtorch mentality that you really really really want it.
Action Plan For Aspiration:
-Figure what do you really want. Motivated people know where they want to go if you know then move on if not then ask yourself the following bullet points.
-What is your “Why”, ask yourself why do you want this what is the outcome. Asking yourself great question will lead to great answers a great ted talk on this is Simon Seneck What is your why?
-If you had motvation then lost it reminde yourself of why you had it in the first place. Many of us forget the road we wanted to take so we just took an easy one. Find that road that you fireed up on and reimerse yourself into that moment.
-Still no answers to find you aspiration I would suggest you journal. Journaling aobut what you want is a great exercise to open your mind to what you crave in your life. Is it better relationshiop, job, more $, or freedom? Only you can decide figure this out.
The stick to rub with aspiration is hope. Hope needs to be present for our aspiration to come to life. Surprisingly hope is more than just skipping through a meadow. Hope is specifically understanding that you have both the determination and the path to get your why, desire, or goal. Hope is a very powerful word and I suggest you try to become more hopeful in your life.
Action Plan For Hope:
-Visualize your aspiration in your mind over and over. Yes might sound a tad zen but visualization works. Don't belive me do a quick google search and you will find everone from gold medal athletes, actors, classical performers, and top level executives all visulize. Do you want to reach your aspiration? Visulize!
-Write out a rough draft of your action plan to obtain your aspiration. It may not be the correct path but its somehting to get you moing.
-If there are big road blocks in your way dont worry about then identify them, wire them down, and think about them. Dont stress about these roadblaocks as your path gets cleared the answer will come to battle these issues.
Aspiration x Hope = Heat (part 1 of an internal forest fire)
To get super hot and intense fire you just don't add more fuel but you need to key is to give it more oxygen it. Just like a blowtorch to get that super hot intense blue flame that can melt steel you don't give it more fule you give it more oxygen. 100% pure Oxygen will create the extreme flame needed to melt through steel. To get that oxygen moving into your motivation you two things the right mindset and the perfect surroundings to make your world light up.
100% pure oxygen if very flammable and if handled incorrectly will explode. Just like your mindset if you don't take care of it your mind will can do more bad than good towards your motivation. People who achieve amazing things are always positive, enthusiastic, and controlling their thoughts everyday.
These people understand that thoughts become things and choosing the correct thoughts and behaviors they create the might mixture of motivation to achieve their goals. Changing your mindset is not easy and it takes time but once you harness it you can make it so intense that it will burn through any obstacle in your way.
Action Plan For Creating A Positive Mindset:
-Try to reduce all media in your life. If something big happens you will know about. Media take up your time and distracts your mind from focusing on what you really want in your life.
-Delete ridiculous things from social media. You can Either a specific person or company from your timeline or select to reduce the amount of exposure they show up on your stream. Hint take control of your social meida dont let it control you.
-Turn your car into a college on wheels. Instead of listening to the radio filled with commercials play a podcast like Operation Self Reset, listen to a book on tape, or play soft classical or meditation music so you can organize your next plan of action towards reaching your goal.
Create an awesome surrounding:
Creating a perfect surrounding is the last key component to maxamiszing your motivaion. The reason why forest fires wipe out thousands of miles is because the fire has all the oxygen it needs and there are no obstacles holding it back. Once that fire gets started there is very little you can do to stop it. That is the same kind of mentality you need when you are setting up your surroundings. Create a space that give you the opportunity to succeed. Fire travels to the place of least resistance. Make your goal easy to achieve by setting up your physical and mental surrounding.
Action Plan For Creating A Perfect Surrounding:
-Surround yourself with people that light you up and are trying to achieve the same kind of goal as you. We are pack creatures bring people into your life that will raise you up when you get off track and progress togher to reach that epic goal.
-Create a powerful space in your home that when you walk into it you know its time to get your motivation on. Just like the Notre Dame football team has a sign that they hit when the team leave the locker room, “Play like a champion” create that same type of atmosphere in your life.
-Remove all things that dont help your progress towards your goal. Example if you are motivated to loose weight dont have pictures of the old you. It will make you think of who you were then who you strive to become.
-Create a healthy lifestyle full of fresh greens, whole foods, water, and healthy snacks like Lara Bar. (my favorite), and exercize. When you body is full of energy there is no stopping you just like a forest fire
Mindset x Surrounding = Oxygenation
You just created some heat from your sticks of aspiration and hope. Heat creates smoke and its start to show it's time to nurse that smoke so we can start to see that flame pop through. To make sure fire will form we need to keep rubbing the sticks of sticks of aspiration and hope and give this soon to be fire some concentration and effort.
You will never get that fire to show if you don't give it 100% concentration. As my mentor Tolly Burkan told me, “Pay Attention!” Pay attention on what it is you are trying to achieve. In your life there are tons of distractions don't forget what you're trying to go after. Motivation can only come if you concentrate on the steps needed to achieve it. Many people lose motivation because in the moment they are excited they have all the ideas, formulas, and to do list. When the next day hits they forget all the support information and the motivation slips away. That is because they lost concentration and they didnt pay attention 100% of the time. This can be exhausting for some but that is why some people reach there goals and some dont. If you break your concentration you lose the battle. Stay focused and dig deeper that is where the forest fire lies.
Action Plan For Concentration:
-Continuously concentrate on your “why”. Know what you want and write it down. The more you write it the more it will anchor into your subconscious and unconscious mind of what it is you really want.
-Read a preplanned statement when you wake up before you go to bed. I call this the Storybook method.
-Set reminders on your phone every 20-30min to pop up to deral your current thinking so you are thinking about your why, goal, or ambition.
-Place post notes on your mirror or in your car. Seeing physical notes written from you is another approach to creating motivation anchors in your life.
-Get or create a support group to remind you of what your going for.
The second part to fuel the fire is to put in effort or know as the “how”. If you want to see a fire grow you must gather the fuel needed for it to thrive that's your effort. When the fire starts to come alive and you don't have the material for it to burn you will lose it and it will die. The same applies to your motivation you need to put in effort towards it everyday.
Effort is needed to achieve your aspiration and it seems so obvious because it is. As Jim Rohn said, “ the easy things to do are also easy not to do.” Effort is not always easy but its easy to think of and when you think without action you don't do. If you want to create that raging internal fire you must go and find the wood everyday no matter what.
Action Plan For Effort:
-First you must understand that effort is not a feeling. Effort is action. If you go off of your feelings you will never get the aspiration you want. You can not feel your way through this world. If you do you will not have the motivation.
-Set up a to do / action list to achieve your goal the night before you go to bed. When you wake follow that plan and when the day ends make a new list.
-Figure out the skills you dont have to make your why come to life. Take time out of your day to first find where and how you learn that skill then to actually go and do it.
-Start to become comfortable with the uncomfortable. Effort will push you outside your comfortable box. Try your best to stretch yourself each day. A rubber band is useless unless it stretches, the same applies to you.
Concentration + Effort = Fuel
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