How To Use Self Encouragement
To Increase Motivation
The word encouragement emanates from the Latin word Cor, meaning
heart. It means to give courage, confidence or hope. Having
courage is having the ability to disregard fear and to be
brave. The easiest way to be brave and fearless is to listen
to and follow your heart. To further your level of success
you must establish a system for self-encouragement.
Pursue activities that you feel passionate about.
Performing activities that you enjoy and that are fulfilling
will help you to build momentum toward your life of EASE.
As mentioned in Step Three of the Creating Your Life of EASE
chapter, in the Activate your Life Book, it is the feelings
that achieving your goals will give you that make them fulfilling
in the first place. The most important aspect of establishing
your system for encouragement is to focus your attention on
the feelings that achieving your ideal life will give you.
There is no point performing activities that do not make you
feel compelled to perform them. You will know if the activity
is correct for you by instinct and by the feelings you get
when you perform them. Before setting any goal or performing
any activity, ask yourself the following questions:
Why do I want to achieve this goal?
What is the underlying feeling it will give me?
What does this mean to me?
Is this feeling compelling enough to maintain my motivation
in the long term?
An excellent way to encourage yourself, and to become more
aware of your progress, is to acknowledge yourself for your
achievements. Often we get caught up in the things that we
haven't achieved in our lives, which take our focus away from
what is really happening.
If you are struggling to see any personal progress I recommend
writing a list of everything you have achieved in your life.
This will very quickly give you a different perspective on
your life and the progress you are making toward your goals.
Perhaps the best way to acknowledge yourself is to reward
yourself every time you achieve a significant goal. Rewarding
yourself builds motivation and confidence. Each time you achieve
a goal, CELEBRATE! You deserve it!
Rewards also close-off the energy that was created while moving
toward the goal. If you don't acknowledge yourself for achieving
a goal, it will actually become unfinished business and, even
though you have achieved it, some past energy will be stored
thus not making 100% of your energy available in the present.
Design a list of rewards that you can give yourself for achieving
your goals. These could be tangible rewards such as a dinner
out with friends, a new piece of clothing, a pampering day
at the spa or a well-earned holiday, or intangible rewards
such as feelings. You will notice, as you begin to achieve
your goals, that the feelings of achieving the goal are often
the greatest rewards. The feelings of strong self-confidence,
self-belief and heightened self-worth that come with achieving
your goals are priceless.
Another excellent way of encouraging yourself is to have gratitude
for all of the things you have in your life. Often we get
caught up in the negative things or the things that we don't
have or don't want in our lives, and this takes our focus
away from all the positive things that we do have.
If you are struggling to find the positives about yourself,
I recommend keeping a pen and paper beside your bed, and each
night before you go to sleep writing down everything that
happened during the day that you are grateful for. Within
no time you will have a very different perspective on yourself,
your life and the things and people in it.
Accountability and support group
Identifying key people in your life that you can share your
vision of an ideal life with and asking them for their encouragement
and support to help you to achieve it is a great way to encourage
yourself. Even better, why not all support each other and
form an EASE creation group, where you meet regularly to discuss
your goals and vision for your life of EASE. In doing this
you will not only encourage each other and feel supported,
but you will also keep each other accountable to follow through
on your plans.
List the people you would like to have in your EASE creation
If you follow just one or two of the suggestions in this article
I guarantee you will start to build a greater sense of internal
motivation which can only lead to you achieving all of your
goals in a lot easier fashion.
"Being an elite performer on the playing field of life is
not about being perfect. Rather, it is about cultivating a
mental focus towards mastery in every area of your life. It
is about committing yourself, from the core of your heart,
to manifest and polish your highest talents and become the
person you are destined to be."
Robin S. Sharma
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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