Follow-through requires motivation, and sometimes it can be challenging to stay motivated in a season when nothing seems to light your fire. The good news is that there are strategies to get you out of your lack of gumption and boost your motivation forward.
Motivation Is A Mindset
Motivation fluctuates because it is based on emotion and emotions change over time. Because it is external, it can create a habit of waiting on something to make you feel like accomplishing something. The truth is that you must begin to shift your emotion from being a feeling to becoming a mindset. The way to achieve this is by learning to find motivation in accomplishing the goals you set for yourself. You put your plans into action by learning to shift what needs to occur into a list of commitments you have made to yourself.
Commit To the Daily Five
The best way to shift your motivation into action is to create a list of five things you must accomplish in a day – I call these the daily five. Before you go to bed or first thing in the morning, write down five items that you must accomplish during the day. I do not recommend writing down more than five items on this list, especially initially, because it can become overwhelming and keep you from experiencing success. These five things have now become a commitment to yourself; you will not end the day until you have accomplished these five things.
Do What You Committed To Do
Your follow-through is paramount; you must commit that you will accomplish the five things you placed on your list for the day. The list is now a commitment you have made to yourself – it is something you said that you are going to do, and you must accomplish it. Now, you can stop waiting on the feeling, that magical moment when you feel a burst of energy to get something accomplished because you realize that motivation is not some magic bullet that arrives and pushes you through. You begin to accomplish your tasks because they are a commitment to yourself, and you owe it to yourself to be accountable to the commitments you have to do what you said you were going to do.
Self-Accountability Builds Confidence
When you learn to hold yourself accountable for the commitments you have made, over time, the result becomes newfound confidence and more self-esteem. Self-accountability actually creates a mindset that you can trust yourself to follow through with your commitments and see yourself as a person who holds yourself accountable for the work you said you would accomplish. By making self-accountability a habit, you learn that you achieve your goals because you chose to and not because someone is coming behind you and checking your work. You do what you commit to doing because it is the right thing to do, and it benefits you in the long run. You make a commitment to yourself, and then instead of thinking about it or wondering whether or not you are motivated – you are just going to get up, and you are going to do it. You must refuse to stop until the five things on your list are finished.
The trick is to stop thinking about it, commit, and keep your commitments to yourself. By doing this, it builds character, and character builds success. As the Growth Architect, I want to help you learn how to become more motivated, keep commitments, and hold yourself accountable to do what you said you would do. If you want to learn more about building your motivation, watch my video – let’s grow!
Beate Chelette is The Growth Architect & Founder of The Women’s Code, a training company specialized in providing companies an ROI on Balanced Leadership. She has been named one of 50 must-follow women entrepreneurs by the Huffington Post. A first-generation immigrant who found herself $135,000 in debt as a single parent, she bootstrapped her passion for photography into a highly successful global business and eventually sold it to Bill Gates in a multimillion-dollar deal.
Beate works with business leaders and supports organizations by developing and providing training the training, tools, and expertise to create and maintain a balanced, equal, and inclusive work environment that fosters creativity, employee engagement, and corporate growth.
Recent clients include Merck, Women’s Legislative Caucus of California, Cal State University Dominguez Hills, Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), NFTE, CreativeLive, the Association of Corporate Growth, and TracyLocke.
Beate is the author of the #1 International Amazon Bestseller “Happy Woman Happy World – How to Go From Overwhelmed to Awesome” a book that corporate trainer and best-selling author Brian Tracy calls “a handbook for every woman who wants health, success and a fulfilling career.
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