The Ultimate Key To Unlocking Your Internal Motivation

September 19

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We all have things we’ve got to get done. Some of them are work related, some of them are chores around the house, and some have to do with the people we care about. As long as we’re having fun and are enjoying what we’re doing, motivation isn’t usually an issue. But when it comes to something we don’t really want to do, it gets a bit trickier. Then we have to motivate ourselves to get off the couch and get cracking. This kind of internal motivation isn’t always easy to come by.

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As I say, motivation is not always easy to come by. Especially not internal motivation. It all depends on what you genuinely want, believe in, and are passionate about.

I swam at two Paralympic Games. Aside from getting married, it is the best thing I've ever done. Competing for your country in one of the most significant sporting events is an epic experience. Even more so if you get to watch your country's flag (in my case the Union Jack) rising as they present you with a medal.

I shocked many people when I retired a mere 7 months before the London 2012 Paralympic Games. For athletes, a major competition in front of a home crowd is THE dream. It was for me too. But not enough.

I believed in myself 100%, but not in what I was doing. I have always been able to motivate myself - use the potential positive outcomes to fired me up at 5:30am. But if there's one thing I've learned, it doesn't matter how incredible the external motivation is. If you don't feel the internal motivation firing you up like a furnace, you won't give it everything you've got.

Today I want to share a little strategy with you that will make it easy to get and stay motivated.

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The Key To Finding Your Internal Motivation

The key is to find your purpose - your "why". There's a video called 'My Why Wakes Me Up'. Watch it, you won't regret it.

Your purpose - your why - is the reason why something needs to get done and how it benefits you in the end.

Your reason for doing something – your “why” – can be something big or small. For example, your motivation for taking out the trash can be as simple as wanting a clean kitchen. So simple, huh?

Your reason for planting a garden might be something more significant. You’re spending all that hard work so you can have plenty of healthy, fresh vegetables to feed your family. You may even want enough extra so you can share with people in need.

Give it a try

Next time you run into an issue with motivating yourself, stop and think. Think about why it is you need to get this done. Occasionally, the answer will be so you can stop worrying about it and move on with your day.

Sometimes it will be because you’ll enjoy the end result. Sometimes it will be because it benefits a loved one, friend, or even a stranger.

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Focus on the “why” and the benefit of getting things done. Then get to work and keep at it. Use your why as motivation when needed, until you’re done. Often all it takes is to take that first step. Once we get started, sticking with a job until we finish it is much easier than that first step.

Whenever I need to do something I know will be hard, I keep asking "why?" until I find a reason that fires me up.

Exercise is a great example

Let’s say you made it a goal to go for a 30-minute walk each day to improve your health. Getting yourself off the couch and out the door is the hard part. Once you start walking, it becomes easy to get it done, and you feel great after your walk.

You will always need to kick-start your internal motivation to be able to get going. So, why do you want to walk? Keep asking why and before you know it, off you go!

This type of internal motivation works surprisingly well. In fact, it’s more useful than having a boss or spouse tell you what to do or look at you expectantly until it’s done. You're much better off finding a reason YOU want to do it!

Disclosure: If you purchase anything from links in this post or any other, I may receive some kind of affiliate commission. However, I only ever mention products I love and would recommend whether I was being compensated or not.

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Disclosure: If you purchase anything from links in this post or any other, I may receive some kind of affiliate commission. However, I only ever mention products I love and would recommend whether I was being compensated or not.


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