Do You Think Motivational Thoughts?
What do motivational thoughts do? They help you take action.
This isn't about positive thinking or motivating quotes. Those
have their place in shaping your attitude and thinking. However,
what motivates each of us is unique, so you need to have your
own thoughts - those which are most effective at getting you
"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity" - Albert Einstein
This is a decent quote, and it may help you look at the positive
side of a situation, but what if it just doesn't get you excited?
Then you need to apply a little brainpower to make the idea
your own. You have to make it a truly motivational thought
Motivational Thoughts Of Your Own
"Making it your own" means experimenting with a good thought
until you find a way to use it in your own recipe for motivation.
Suppose, for example, you're in a difficult situation and
don't feel like dealing with it. As you sit there, you play
around with the idea of opportunity coming from difficulty.
Fortunately, you discover that it pulls you out of your slump
to think about yourself in the future, explaining to a friend
how you turned the difficult situation to your advantage.
This is how you create your own motivational thoughts. Now,
it might be more motivating if you imagine yourself being
interviewed someday about how you overcame this difficult
time. The thoughts that work for you are the thoughts you
need to be thinking.
Learn Your Motivations
Experiment and get to know how your mind works. I find that
beyond just thinking a thought, if I explain it to someone,
I get excited. That is my own self-motivation recipe. When
I feel unmotivated about writing, for example, all I explain
an idea I have for some article to my wife. By the time I
am done, I'm very motivated to work.
You can get creative in your motivational experiments. Maybe
thinking about being poor makes you get up and get to work.
If so, that is a great motivational thought. If visual thoughts
are more motivating than mental conversations, then use those.
See pictures in your head that get you going. Perhaps when
people say you can't do something, you do whatever it takes
to prove them wrong. Then it might be motivational to think
about them saying you can't.
When there is a truly uninspiring task you have to do, try
promising yourself a reward for completion - make it one that
really means something to you. Keep that thought in your mind
to keep yourself motivated. A trip to the beach and even a
simple bowl of ice cream may be some of your more powerful
Steve Gillman has been studying brainpower and related
topics for years. For more on Motivational
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