There are 3 important components to building lasting motivation.
The final step is to find and define the purpose for what you do.
Here, I will touch on what I have learned about Purpose and it’s 3 steps from my study of Behavior Change. But first, a few quotes to give weight to my argument, and just maybe a story or ramble to express the passion. 😉
While there are BLOG posts written for the first two components, I started with step 3- Purpose – because it is what I believe to be the most important piece of motivation.
“The human brain cannot sustain purposeless living…Its systems are designed for purposeful action.”Klinger
“As human beings, we are not machines that are caused to do things. We are human agencies that do things for reasons: to achieve the purposes, goals, and meanings that we set for ourselves.”Cooper
Okay…Quotes and Pics in Place. Now you know it’s true and no more excuses. Here are the 3 steps you’ve been waiting for. See? I didn’t even Ramble!…yet.
Number 1 – Ask Yourself Why What You Do Matters
Number 2 – Ask Who You Can Help
Number 3 – Ask What You Can Help Others Do
Now can I ramble a bit? Perfect…
Getting Personal –
Starting this website and BLOG has been scary at times! It has taken guts to look at all the things I have felt I was missing and to take a next step. I never, ever in my wildest imagination, thought I would have the courage and the audacity to tell my story, BLOG, and help people in such a public way.
The fear has NOT, I repeat NOT subsided. There is still so much to learn and to do. Social Media, SEO, finding and using my own unique voice, and keeping up with a time-line of scheduled articles.
Purpose, I repeat, P-U-R-P-O-S-E is how this is still happening.
The images below show the boards that I created to remind me of the ‘why’ and the deeper meaning for my Goals. When I become frozen and afraid of failure, these images move me forward.
While not categorized as Questions 1, 2, 3…these boards remind me of who I am doing my work for, what matters to me most, and how my openness and courage will hopefully help others.
No doubt you and I have lofty goals. We are after all, experienced and chronic Dreamers. But dreaming isn’t what gets us to the Finish Line.
So you’ve done the work. You have taken the vision of your ideal future, and you have broken it down into actionable chunks.
You have your next steps and you are certain they will lead you to the Finish Line.
But watcha gonna do when the going gets tough?
How will you ensure that you keep your promise to yourself?
The answer is?…Find Your Purpose!!! Did I say that already? 😉
“Give life to your dreams, strength to your visions, and light to your path”
“Grant your journey the assurance of a safe arrival”Shad Helmstetter, PhD