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Activate Your Motivation

Andrew McCombe

Do you set goals and fail to achieve them because of boredom or lack of interest?

How many times have you started a training program only to quit after the first rainy day or interruption at work?

Do you set new years resolutions but soon notice you are falling back into your old habits?

Does life some times just feel too HARD?

If you answered yes to any of the above then you are not alone. We all fail to achieve our goals at times, even though we have the best intentions in the world.

Motivation is possibly the biggest determining factor when it comes to creating your ideal life of EASE. Your level of motivation can make or break your plans. That is why it is so important to be clear on the underlying values and feelings that your goals will give you before you embark on achieving them. If they are very clear and you feel 100% committed to their achievement then nothing will get in the way of your success.

However, when it comes to motivation, be aware that the easiest way may not always appear to be the easiest way, but it will all make sense in the end. In fact, facing some challenges on your journey may actually be necessary for you to move on to the next phase of your development.

Say, for example, that your vision is to climb Mount Everest and one of your strategies to achieve this vision is to join a health club. You begin training and in your first three weeks everything seems so hard. Your muscles ache, you are always tired and you can't stop eating. But you know that if you persist the results will come and they will enhance your growth and development. In this case it will be the increase in strength and fitness that you achieve by persevering that will help you to climb Mount Everest. So be patient with yourself and know that even when things are challenging they are often for the betterment of your vision.

Most people never achieve their goals because things are too HARD in certain areas of their lives, which reduce their motivation.

Why do things sometimes feel HARD?

HARD = Harbouring Acute Resistance toward the Direction you are taking in some area of your life, which ultimately causes dis-Ease.

Life is meant to be EASY, and if everything in life were EASY our lives would flow and we would be free from dis-Ease. If you are finding that certain goals or strategies that you have chosen are too HARD, look for the root cause of the issue causing the challenge and either remove it, or set yourself some more compelling goals or more effective achievement strategies. See chapter two of the Activate Your Life Book at the Activate Your Life website below to help you remove any underlying issues that may be affecting your motivation levels.

HARD Choice = Your External World will control your Internal World.

EASY Choice = Your Internal World will control your External World

When people feel discomfort, they are right on the edge of their comfort zone, and they can make one of two choices:

1. Expand their context by taking the EASY choice and create EASE.
2. Remain stuck in their comfort zone by taking the HARD choice and return to a state of dis-EASE.

By implementing what you have learned above you will ensure a smooth transition through your de-motivated state and you will fast track your results. Have a think about the following quote from Marianne Williamson and see if it does anything to increase your motivation levels.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness which frightens us most. We ask ourselves who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are born to manifest the glory that is within us. It is not just within some of us, it is in everyone. And when we let the light shine, we subconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
Marianne Williamson

Andrew McCombe is an international author, coach, presenter and trainer and can assist you, your team or your organization with your health, fitness, well being and motivational needs.

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