We all need to be motivated at one time or another. Maybe for you motivation is personal—to lose weight, exercise, save money, create a better family life or change jobs. For me being in self employment since I was 24 meant that it was critical to learn motivation techniques or risk not meeting my financial or personal goals. Everyone knows how important it is to stay motivated at work and in your personal life. It’s becoming more and more difficult to do that due to the pressures of everyday living. Do you know how to motivate yourself in an instant?

Motivation is defined as the process that initiates, guides, and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. Motivation is what causes us to act.

In my coaching I talk about personal motivation often because it is only you who can get you where you want to go – no one else!  Other people can assist in the motivation but ultimately change starts with you!.

Motivation requires a change in your energy state you need to be in a higher energy state to be motivated.  You will not make change sitting like a slug on the couch watching TV nor will you make change if you are in a negative mental state.

Motivation starts by wanting to make a change – then deciding what it is that you want to change – then making a plan on how to change and then DOING IT!!

To get into a higher energy state: exercise – this raises your feel good endorphins, do 10 star jumps, run on the spot, laugh, read an inspiring blog or article, talk with another motivated high energy person.  Get to know what makes you feel good, because when you are in this state you are at your best for making goals, making plans and moving in the direction you want!

If you can stay motivated then you will develop more confidence, stay focussed and maintain direction.

Accept responsibility for your life and the person you are being.  Understand that it is you who will get you where you want to go – no one else!!