Motivation and enthusiasm manifest as desire and interest, and as a driving force that pushes you to take action and pursue goals.
However, it often happens that you have the desire and interest, but you lack the motivation. This is a frustrating situation, since you want to do a certain thing, but cannot get enough inner strength and motivation to act.
There are many reasons for the lack of motivation. It could be due to a weak desire, laziness or shyness, and it could be due lack of self esteem and self confidence. In some cases, the reason is a physical or mental problem, which requires professional help.
Motivation is the Key
Personally, if I had to describe the greatest spiritual key in life, it would be motivation. Motivation is THE key to not only mastering spirituality but regular life as well. Even if you consider yourself a motivated person, almost everyone can benefit from raising the bar and kicking life up a notch. Extremely successful CEOs and billionaires are not successful because they plateau; they are successful because they are always looking for new ways to find success.
Remind Yourself of Past Success
A lot of people have a difficult time getting motivated and successful people even have problems taking things to the next level. Think about it: How many times have you sat dreaming of tackling something? It would be wise to remind yourself of past success where you crossed the finished line, any finish line, to know that you can be successful again.
Change Your Mind and Heart
If you can change your mind and heart, then you can change your life. The tapes we play certainly become our reality. The constant thought of “I will never get this done” produces exactly that—never getting it done. It becomes important to break up this “mental matter”—this thought that you do not feel up to whatever task is at hand. Motivational speakers like Tony Robbins and financial motivational speakers like Suze Orman are shockingly impressive at getting you fired up and out of the way of your own success.
Record Over Old Mental Tapes
The idea is to record over the mental tapes (like “I’m too tired,” “Not today,” “I don’t feel like it”) that keep you from doing what you want to do. Try achieving something smaller and easier to manage to stay in the motivated zone. Personally, I love completing lists to get things done. There is something about the sense of empowerment and accomplishment that I get from crossing the completed items off of my list. Try making a list on days when you have a million things to do because at times like this you have a better success rate. This reinforces your new, positive mental tapes and also brings organization and order to what would ordinarily be a frantic, crazed, chaotic day.
You may have heard me say that for spiritual people it is sometimes easy to KNOW spirituality but it is a lot harder to PRACTICE the spiritual path. You love it but do you live it? Spiritual motivation is just as important as motivation in the rest of the world. The exercises found at the end of the chapters of many spiritual books are just as important if not more important than the chapter itself. Yet they may be the most neglected part of the books. A tip to bringing spirituality into actual practice in regular life is to try to see God or the universe or whatever you believe in as your best friend, close confidante and constant companion. Try keeping the conversation between you going at all times. This constant connection keeps your spiritual side “on” and is an easy way to “move up a level” spiritually (a big jump by the way) and keeps you motivated on the spiritual path as well.