Finding Motivation

Filed under Reflections on January 28, 2016

Sometimes there is so much to do that it’s hard to know where to begin. I could tell you to buckle down and just complete your task list, but there may be something else you could use to motivate yourself. Here is a 3-minute exercise to find focus.

  1. First step: breathe. Take a deep breath and let it out. Repeat this three times.
  2. Next, if you’re sitting down, get up and stretch.
  3. Sit back down and close your eyes.
  4. Take a moment to find one thing you’re grateful for. Maybe it’s a nice day outside. Or maybe your coffee tastes really good. Or maybe you really love the cozy sweatshirt you’re wearing. It’s important to find one easy thing that feels good to you.
  5. Take another deep breath in and appreciate the feeling of gratitude.
  6. Now ask yourself in a gentle way as if you were speaking to a child, “Okay mister kiddo. What would you really like to do right now?”
  7. Maybe you’re at work and the answer is you just want to go home. Maybe you’re at home and you really want to watch a movie. Or maybe you really feel like dancing. Whether or not you are able to do this right now, it is so helpful to know what you really want to do in this moment.
  8. From a place of gratitude for your sweatshirt and the clarity of knowing you really want to go home and watch a movie, take another look at your task list. Does anything jump out at you as being fun or on the way to where you want to be? Can any of the items wait until tomorrow? My guidance is to do whatever it takes to get yourself in a grateful mode and then tackle your goals with that appreciative energy. Remember, you have access to however you want to feel… right now.

With appreciation, Danny aka Tiger.