Motivation is often this ambiguous concept. Like it’s luck of the draw if you pick the right pump up song or string the right list of tasks together. It may even seem like you either have it or you don’t…
But in reality, you can incorporate intentional acts into your day that not only create motivation, but action-powered momentum as well. (Even if you wake up feeling like you want to play hookey.)
3 Purposeful Acts That Create Motivation
It took me a lot of trial and error to figure out what creates the best motivation for me. To this day I still tweak this list because I learned a new tactic during my personal development or realized something stopped working.
The first thing to understand about motivation is that it’s fluid. You can create purposeful acts that set you up for success but don’t beat yourself up if you find you just need a little extra TLC one day.
Try one or all of these go-to, tried and true purposeful acts that create motivation and then let me know how it goes in the comments!
- Create a Morning Routine
One thing I quickly realized is that it’s not so much about motivation as it is about momentum. If I wake up late and don’t have time for myself, my whole day feels behind. So I’ve started blocking out time until 10 am for ME. I work out from 8:30 – 9:30, check in with my husband, see the kids off, and have a shower before stepping into my office.
This creates momentum and allows me to fit some personal development and self-care in before I pour into my team.
- Focus on Goals (Not Lists)
I used to brain dump a list of “goals” every Monday morning with anything that came to my head. It was super overwhelming and left me feeling like I didn’t accomplish anything on Friday afternoon.
Now I’ve started focusing on 1-2 big projects and 4-6 smaller projects a week. Being intentional about what I define as a goal sets me up for success and increases my time management.
I also defined what I do each day as goals (like checking email and showing up in my Facebook group). Just because those tasks don’t have end dates doesn’t mean they aren’t goals, so it’s important to include EVERYTHING on your planner. This gives you an accurate representation of where your time is going and keeps you motivated as you check things off your planner.
- Try Gratitude Journaling
Each day, I think of 3-5 things I’m thankful for and write about them. They can be anything from the clothes on my back, our beautiful new home, the way my husband plays with our kids, or the sweet way my dogs hang out with me.
I thought this exercise would be great for mindset and self-reflection, but it didn’t take long for me to realize it was not only having an impact on my mindset, but my motivation level as well.
Journaling about the amazing women on my team, my kids, and working with oils daily lights a fire under me. I wake up wanting to burst into my office and make sure my team has all the training, knowledge, and support they need.
I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that I’m on this earth to serve women who want to take charge of their lives and better the world around them. It’s something I’m thankful for each day, and that increases my motivation more than anything on this list.