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Encourager-In-Chief: December 26, 2018
Don’t count on other people for your motivation.
Believe me, as a coach and a mentor to many people, I certainly believe in feeding off the positive energies and reinforcement I get from others. However, that is not always possible. As a coach, you never want to bring your problems to your clients or protégés. (I have many mentors I turn to for support, and boy, are those poor people tired!)
Still, there will be times when there is just no one around with whom you feel comfortable opening up. In those moments, it’s important to be able to generate your own enthusiasm to get you through. There are several easy ways to do this.
One way is to track your successes. If you are keeping a goal list (and you should be keeping a goal list), you may derive great satisfaction as you check off each goal or at least acknowledge the progress you’ve made.
Another way is to use positive affirmations about yourself such as, “I am entitled to all the success and benefits I am willing to earn.” You might develop a catchphrase just to keep you on track. Mine is simply, “OK,” which I repeat frequently throughout my day to stay focused on the next task at hand. I also repeat my compelling reason to myself when I am engaged in a difficult or time-consuming task (like shoveling snow when my snow blower failed me.) Mine is “my wife deserves better.” It’s also written on the bottom of my goal list each year.
You can put a picture of your loved ones in a prominent place where you work so you can keep their smiling faces in front of you all the time. Use them as your motivation to always give your best.
Let’s not leave prayer out of this. Pray for peace and strength to be able to play the hand you’re dealt. Remember the more personal ownership you take during your trials, the greater the rewards will be when you achieve your goals.
“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.” - Martha Washington
This excerpt is taken from my Getting Past Your Past seminar. I encourage you order a copy of my personal growth book "Getting Past Your Past", which covers this lesson in much greater detail.