The secrets to keeping yourself motivated

This is Episode 5 in our journey into podcasting. To build a successful business, you need to maintain high levels of energy, persevere and most of all be consistent in implementing your plan. Your aim is to build momentum. This is not always easy and so during this episode, Dave and I give you some ideas on how to motivate yourself when times get tough.

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What we cover:

Jonathan Haidt in his book The Happiness Hypothesis uses a clever Metaphor for describing how difficult it is to maintain discipline consistently.  He talks about an elephant and it’s rider to describe the relationship between the conscious and the sub-conscious mind. According to Haidt, pure discipline is not enough to achieve our goals as the elephant (or the desire to stay in bed warm and cosy) is just too strong. The elephant needs to be guided by a strong vision, passion, enthusiasm, and a clear and overwhelming sense of purpose.

Here are some of the suggestions we make in the podcast:

Have well-formed outcomes: What excites you? What are you passionate about? What is it that you really want for yourself? Your goals need to always be top of mind. They need to consume you. To do this you need to describe them in the present tense and use your senses and imagination to make them as real as possible.

Schedule time to get things done: Make time to get things done and focus all of your energy on achieving that one task.

Watch your self-talk: Live by these words:
Watch your thoughts, they become words;
Watch your words, they become actions;
Watch your actions, they become habits;
Watch your habits, they become your character;
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

Use anchors to maintain a positive state of mind: When times are tough, it is possible to recall previous positive experiences that will get you into the right frame of mind so you can press on in pursuit of your dreams.

Here’s to your success.


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