We all talk the talk but a lot of the times we forget to walk the walk. Men and women alike want to be more healthy, more motivated and more self-aware of where we are in our walk of life. Add in all of the stresses that our societies are now experiencing and 9 times out of 10, “yourself” gets put on the back burner. I saw a quote once that stuck with me. It said “You are your own raw material. When you know what you consist of and what you want to make of it, then you can invent yourself.” I have discovered that my truth is when I want changes to occur in my life or I want to grow more or feel more bound to my relationships, I make sure that I first attend to myself and analyze where “I” truly am so that I can then open myself up more and also be more to others.
Checking in with myself has been an overall hard effort in the past for me. Finding the self-motivation to put myself first and to get out of slumps is and was hard work. Falling off the bandwagon is just like being addicted to nicotine. You fall off the wagon and get back on again, which can end up being a disastrous cycle if you allow it to fester. Continuously motivating ourselves and giving ourselves the time we deserve (mentally, physically and emotionally) is utterly important. When I allow myself to breathe, spend time nuturing myself, I feel remarkable. In my opinion, this happens to everyone who starts to think that they can do things when they believe in themselves first.
Another idea about checking in with ourselves and motivating ourselves is by sharing our knowledge with others. Think about it….what if Maya Angelou never shared her magnificent poems with all of the world? What if we never heard the story of Albert Einstein or Anne Frank? What if Martin Luthur King, Jr. decided only to preach his message in the church and not take to the streets to spread his wisdom and God’s word? In order to help people, we have to share what we know. No one is successful by themselves. There is always someone behind the scenes helping. I know I would be absolutely no where without my fabulous business partner who supports me and whom has inspired me and shared her knowledge with me. It’s about being unselfish and allowing our motivations to help others. Remember, we can do more and aim higher when we have supportive people around us.
Here are a few tips to get you more motivated:
- Stay Positive. Attitude, attitude, attitude. It makes all the difference in the world. You are the only one in charge of your attitude.
- Reach Out. Share your message with others. By helping others, you will be more motivated to do even bigger things.
- Stay Organized. Keeping track of where you are at on your goals is important. Put pen to paper, even if it is in a journal.
- Be Good To Yourself. Take “me” time. If your home life is busy all the time, treat yourself to a hotel room once in a while.
- Take Action. Stop with all the “talking” about what you want to do and just do it!
- Don’t Go Overboard. You are only one person. Take into consideration that you cannot do it all in one day, one week or one month and it’s OK.
- Expectations. Keep your expectations realisitc. Maximize your strengths and work on your weaknesses, but keep them all in a realistic perspective. You are not superman or superwoman!
- Complacency. Do not get stuck incomplacency. If you dream, dream big! You can grow as high as you reach, you just have to believe in yourself.
TMF Readers, when we are in motivational mode, we have to remember that wanting something in our lives is not enough. It’s like watching a soccer match that lasts 90 minutes and the score is 0-0. It’s all about which team has more hunger. Your dreams must inspire you. However, dreams are just that…dreams….they are insufficient if they do not stretch your comfort zone at times.
Mikhail Baryshnikov once said, “I do not try to dance better than anyone else, I only try to dance better than myself.” This is my truth. I just want to dance to my own music, I want to be successful by working at what makes me happy and by being inspired by my dreams. Being motiviated and checking in with myself to make sure I am where I need to be is starting simple and that is the first step.
Peace & Blessings,