Welcome to Motivation Monday #3.
Do you ever feel like you are working in a vacuum? Nobody can see what you’re doing and they definitely can’t hear you. So how do you continue working toward your goals?
“You have to find your own applause.” jeff noel
That’s right. “Smith, party of one” standing in front of a mirror applauding your successes however minor might be the way you keep going.
You also don’t need to wait until you’ve achieved your goal to celebrate milestones along the way. Are you training for a marathon? You don’t start out running 26.2 miles on the first day. So you start with a 5K goal and celebrate when you accomplish it. Then a 10K. Then a half marathon. Your first goal may even be going to buy the right shoes!
Don’t be afraid to celebrate. Be genuinely happy for your accomplishments.
Whatever it is, be good at it.
Happy Monday! Here is #2 of the Monday Motivation series.
We started this last week with a quote about motivation. This week continues on that thought with another jeff-ism.
“What are you prepared to commit to for the rest of your life?” jeff noel
Motivation to accomplish a thing requires a goal. Your intensity will vary over time toward that goal but your focus should never be distracted from the end result.
The world is full of distractions. And there are even more unfulfilled dreams that have faded into nothingness. Do you do things to remind you of your goal every day? Maybe you’re a visual learner so having a picture or a drawing that you see may be the trick for you. Audio leaners may listen to podcasts or watch videos of trusted individuals with a track record of success. Maybe you have a family member, friend or work colleague that you bounce ideas off of. Don’t lose that connection.
Become emotionally involved. This type of connection is hugely important, as this will motivate you to keep moving forward.
It’s a new month and I’m starting a new series. My intent is to brighten your Monday with some motivation.
For now, I’m going to call these jeff-isms. My good friend and prolific blogger jeff noel has a podcast along with his good friend Jody Maberry.
I don’t know if jeff is the author of any of these sayings and he would be the first to steer you in the right direction of their origin.
With this new series, today’s thoughts for Motivation Monday center around . . . well, motivation.
“Nobody is in charge of your motivation. Do it for someone else. Find 1,000,000 ways to stay motivated.” jeff noel
Motivation can come from someone else, but it is almost always short lived, like a spark with no kindling. Have you ever lit a fire from a spark? Boy Scouts know how to do that and like most boys, it’s really cool to watch. But if you blow too hard, or don’t have the right kind of kindling, what happens? Nothing. If you rush the process you’ll probably sabotage your own efforts.
It’s a series of small accomplishments that are the sparks that fuel the fire of reaching our goals. So don’t give up on your dreams. Remember why you started them in the first place.
Are my ears big enough?
We often ask our listener to pay attention as if we have some profound wisdom to share. And we very well might have THE answer being sought.
Much of 2020 was filled with noise. The constant regurgitation of topics that have been around longer than you or I have existed on this planet permeated the headlines daily. Books will be written, history will receive an asterisk beside last year.
How do we reduce the noise? What are we trying to say? Is it our message that is difficult to hear or are we speaking to the wrong audience?
Make every effort to reduce the noise around you so that your true message can be heard. Close your eyes and listen.
Hopefully you are sitting down as you read this. We have a Disney trip scheduled for next month. I know, shocker.
We are only 37 days away from the start of our trip and with the current crisis and no firm opening date, I used the online chat feature to contact a Disney Cast Member and get the news straight from them.
I got my answer . . . I was pretty sure what it was going to be. And then it occurred to me that I wasn’t chatting with a computer bot. It was a real person on the other end of the screen.
I turned the tables on her and instead of asking questions that satisfied my personal agenda, I asked how she was doing. We sometimes forget the workload that has been placed on others right now. It’s been almost 60 days since Disney has had to shut down their theme parks. I can’t imagine the stress remaining cast members are under dealing with guests from all around the world who’s travel plans have been affected. Having to answer the same question a dozen times (or more) a day can be demanding.
You can see her response in the picture above.
Treat everyone as though they were your customer. Be nice. Be kind. Treat others as you want to be treated.