Motivation Practice

I wonder if you, like me, ever need to work on remaining motivated? We all want success, inspiration, great jobs etc., but very few folks talk of the daily journey that is integral to staying motivated.

For me, remaining motivated is essential. It helps me battle with my old familiar demands of not being good enough, thinking about not getting the jobs I want, not having enough time…this list is endless.

I’d like to start this new blog series where we can share motivation tips and support each other to keep moving forward regardless of all our doubts and difficulties.

How do we keep our faith that things will work out? (This simple belief is what has kept me going for so many years.) Obviously, motivation requires daily attention and practice.

Here is the daily morning routine that helps me keep focus and inspired regardless of my demons:

  • Write anywhere from 1-3 pages in a journal. This is a very powerful tool and great way to get rid of all the unnecessary junk in your mind. Once written down, it’s easier to let the worries go. In addition, don’t hesitate to write down your dreams and goals. This is always a first step for putting them into motion.
  • Read a few pages from a book that inspires you. This book could be the Bible or any religious book that gives you hope. I am reading several books right now, but the one I am loving is Excuses Begone! by Dr. Wayne Dyer.
  • Find a motivation quote. Sometimes, we just need something that will remind us how much we can achieve. Find a quote that motivates you and tape it up near your desk. My quote for today is: “You can do what you have to do, and sometimes you can do it even better than you think you can.” –Jimmy Carter
  • One meeting at a time. If a day of tasks ever feels overwhelming, just sit and think this to yourself. Once you focus on being present to the tasks that need to be accomplished, and you focus on them one at a time, you can achieve anything.

Now tell me, who among your friends and family helps keep you motivated? For me, it is my partner and my design team.

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  • http://www.camillemaurice.com Shani Gilchrist

    My husband motivates me because he is such an inspiration to me. I also have a new-ish friend who has become one of my great motivators. She is incredibly upbeat and always there with something encouraging to say! I wish everyone could have friends like that.

  • http://LaDonaCarmen.etsy.com La Dona Carmen

    My children inspire me and motivate me to continue working, striving and achieving goals/tasks. They’re my best critics. I do it all for them; if I don’t then who will?

  • http://Facebook Barbara Ramoutar

    My younger daughter,,and my clients who knows my work and willing to pay,,,and invest in quality stuff,,also my BIGGEST
    AND EVERLASTING INSPIRATION the HOLY SPIRIT GOD’S SPIRIT,,, and I do write often,,has been for years,, and read the BIBLEand other books.and look at tv,,lots ,, single people do ,me its company.

  • http://www.weddingbootcamp.com.au Christine

    I read an article about motivation myself recently and in it, it explained that we cannot wait for motivation…what we need is structure. Your daily morning routine reminded me of this….maybe its this structure that propels you forth.
    :-)

  • http://www.honeybeeandmeblog.com MELISSA

    COMES FROM WITHIN… NOTHING ON THE OUTSIDE OF ME EXCEPT PERHAPS THOSE THAT ARE STRIVING TO COME BACK TO THE CENTER OF THEIR BEING LIKE ME AND THOSE ARE VERY FEW, MOTIVATE ME..

    XXOO
    MELISSA

  • Deborah Dixon

    Preston, I love this post. Motivation is definitely something I require every day. My cousin is truly one of my biggest motivators, because she is positive, encouraging and I enjoy just talking things out with her. I love Dr. Wayne Dyer (His last movie was phenomenal) I also, like to read Louise Hayes, Bob Proctor and Michael Beckwith. I start my mornings off with mediation, affirmations and writing in my journal. All of the above helps me through my day as well as keeps me growing. I also, like to watch inspirational video clips when I feel like I require a break during the day http://thesecret.tv/planet-earth/ and http://www.thesecret.tv/optimists-creed/. Two of my favorite quotes are “Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.” — Napoleon Hill and “You are God’s highest form of creation. You are a living breathing creative magnet. You have the ability to control what you attract into your life.” – Bob Proctor.

  • http://dawneasterevents.blogspot.com Dawn

    Great post, Preston! I am a die-hard fan of journaling. My favorite weekly journaling ritual (I do write throughout the week) is to go the park very early on Sunday morning when no one else is around. Great way to start the week! Now as far as my motivation, honestly…it’s the vision in my head of what my company and team will become. That keeps my nose to the grindstone.

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  • http://www.silverleafevent.com Navjot

    My inspiration has been my father who never gave up and kept his spirits high till his last day. It was his vision that I earned my MBA a year ago. It was his inspiration that each day I keep on moving forward in the direction that became passion after I saw you designing floral chandeliers at Opera Winfrey Show couple of years ago.
    Another person who inspires me is my son who tells me that God creates the opportunities for all of us and it is upon each individual to avail and keep inspiring others as well.

  • http://www.silverleafevent.com Navjot

    My son motivates me to keep smiling and keep focus on doing the right thing. Another motivation that comes each day is from my holy scriptures. Last but not the least comes from the five elements of nature.

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    I love this post! We struggle with how to motivate ourselves sometimes on an hourly basis, and I’ve found that staying present is key. When I get too far ahead of myself, I feel like I’ve lost focus, and I’m totally scattered. I’m reading Wayne Dyers “Excuses Begone!” right now too! LOVE this book :)

    Thanks Preston!

    Debbie

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    My parents,sister and fiance motivate me.They each have a different way of enpowering me.My Dad uses reverse psychology,My mum likes to use her Faith and prayers to guide me,My sister is a singer and she empathizes with me and uses examples from her own life to motivate me,My fiance just grounds me,he is very practical and I am the daydreamer,worrier,nervous wreck.I am so lucky to have each influence and in times of trouble or worry I think about what each would say to encourage me and almost always they are right!

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