Motivation- Get the Daily Dose
that Keeps You on Fire
By Beth Tabak
"One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting
its own fire." John W. Foster
If that's the case we each have the
ability to manifest the genius within. Motivation seems to have
many of us playing red light-green light. We're on, then off. Check
out the following steps to keep the fire burning.
1- Be in tune to what lights your
fire~ Dr Carol Dweck*, who received her PhD in psychology from Yale,
and is currently on staff at Stanford University has studied motivation
and offered the following, "… when you sift through the literature
on creative genius, the researchers agree that motivation is perhaps
the number one component in the realization of genius. Many of our
most illustrious geniuses in every field were people who were considered
ordinary as children, and then just caught fire around their topic
and achieved amazing things that we know about today—from Darwin,
to Coleridge, to Cézanne. All of these people were not necessarily
extraordinary children." What provides the emotional charge that
makes it easy to take action? List the topics, ideals, information,
music, activities, causes, and passions that get you wound up? This
is part of who you are, different from others, that deserves to
manifest and be shared.
2- Get your daily dose~ Fill yourself
up with the stuff that keeps your flame lit. Don't think about what
you "should" do. Do what makes you feel great! Incorporate joy into
your schedule daily. First, you will feel more energized, more complete,
and in flow. Secondly, you stand apart from others. So if you hate
building your business by cold calling, don't do it. What do you
enjoy? If you are uncomfortable networking, shifting your focus
to helping others may make a big difference if that’s what you value.
Filling your mind with exciting information, listening to uplifting
music, or connecting with someone who inspires you may be just the
daily habit to keep you whistling while you work.
3- Take responsibility to motivate yourself~ As motivational
speaker Zig Ziglar would hear complaints about motivation wearing
off he would sometimes respond saying, "People often say that
motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing-that's why we
recommend it daily." Too often we are looking for someone or
something to provide motivation when it's really up to us to keep
that spark ignited.
What makes you jump out of bed in the morning? What inspires you
into action daily so that the genius in you is manifested fully?
Ponder that. Starting Now!
Beth Tabak of http://www.startingnowcoaching.com/ is a
Business & Life Coach, speaker, columnist, & owner of
Starting Now. She coaches big thinkers to move beyond limits, stand
out in the crowd, and experience the vastness of their capabilities.
Stop by to see all that’s available to you and say “hello”.
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