Fake It Until You Make It

By · January 22, 2014 · Motivation · Leave a comment
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Motivation is a tricky thing. Sometimes you got it, and sometimes you don’t.

And the sad part is, it can come and go at will (or so it seems).

The reality is that motivation needs to be cultivated like a garden, and worked like a muscle. It is the driving force that causes us to take action. Without it, any progress will come to a grinding halt.

As much as we all want to succeed, whether it be in weight loss, fitness or business, there may be times when your will is not willing anymore.

So what do you do when your mojo is lacking? You fake it.

Here are three things you can do to get your motivational juices flowing again.

First, have a plan. A plan so solid, that if you just follow it, you can’t help but succeed; and then follow it. Have a no excuses policy, and agree for the next 30, 60 or 90 days to do whatever is required of you. Don’t think; do. Taking the emotion out of it stops that internal battle with your “unmotivated” self. Keep moving along in this robot-like fashion until your actions re-engage the mind.

Secondly, have a vision. A vision so clear it makes you smile. If it is weight loss you are after, picture what you will be wearing at a party three months from now—all the way down to your shoes. If it is fitness, envision yourself taking part in your first 5K as you cross the finish line. Connecting a vision to your goal makes it come alive. Visit this “Future You” daily until it becomes your reality.

And lastly, find a group. When you are lacking in your own ambition you can ride the momentum of a supportive and enthusiastic group. Motivation is infectious, and who doesn’t want to be part of a winning team? Join a class, a gym, or a Facebook forum. Show up, participate, and give support to others; you will be surprised at how quickly your mindset will change for the better.

So the next time you feel your interest starting to wane, don’t give up; take action!

“Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane.” ~ Donald Trump

What steps will you take to get your mojo back in gear? I have my plan, do you have yours? I would love to hear about it below.

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