Have you ever considered the purpose of motivational thoughts? They help you take action. I’m not talking about quotes or positive thinking. Those things shape your attitude and thinking in a similar way. However, the thing that motivates each of us is unique. You have got to have your own thoughts. And those thoughts need to be effective at getting you going.
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity — Albert Einstein
Like many decent quotes, it may help you see the positive side of a situation, but it may not get you excited. You will need to apply a little imagination to evolve the idea into your own. You have to remake it into a motivational thought for you.
Your Own Motivational Thoughts
“Making it your own” is simply experimenting with a good thought until you find a way to use it with your own recipe for motivation. Imagine, for example, a difficult situation and you don’t feel up to dealing with it. As you pause, you contemplate the idea of opportunity coming from difficulty. With this contemplation you discover that it pulls you out of your slump. You can now think about yourself in the future, and you can explain to a friend how you turned the difficult situation to your advantage.
This is one way you create your own motivational thoughts. It might be more motivating if you imagine being interviewed someday about how you overcame this difficult time. The thoughts that work for you are the thoughts you need to be thinking.
Understand Your Motivations
Develop an understanding of how your mind works. Make a list of thoughts you find inspiring. If you don’t have paper and pen, use the voice record feature on your iPod, iPhone, mp3 player, or digital voice recorder. In addition to thinking a thought, try to explain it to someone. If you can translate your excitement to someone else, you will get excited. That can be your own self-motivation recipe. When you feel unmotivated about something, all you need to do is explain an idea I have to someone and by the time you’re done, you’ll be very motivated.
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 motivational thoughts.
Getting motivated isn’t magical, but is does do some amazing things.