Zig Ziglar was onto something when he said that motivation and bathing don’t last which is why they need to be practiced daily. Just because you are motivated today does not mean you are going to be motivated tomorrow. We have all had the sequence when we feel incredibly happy on one day and then horrified on the other day, or the opposite. That is because many people do not see the reason to practice motivation every day. As a result, this motivation does not last.
In an earlier blog post, I mentioned how the first hour you wake up controls the rest of your day. This means on a typical day if you motivate yourself early in the day, you will remain motivated for the rest of that day. Then, you have to repeat the process again tomorrow. Instead of going through day by day trying to motivate yourself, you need to set up a plan for yourself so you start the day right and stay motivated every day. Here are the three ways to get motivated early so you stay motivated for the rest of the day.
- Realize that you are a miracle. There are some days when the journey gets rough, and these are the points when we look for a miracle. We look for quadruple the sales in 1 month or a way to get hundreds of thousands of followers in a short amount of time. What discourages people from putting in the work is that many of these miracles take a long period of time to pull off. Few people realize that getting born is a miracle. The way microscopic parts of the body work is that there are millions of possibilities, but you were the possibility that was brought forth to the world. Your birth was a miracle, and that means you are hear for a reason. To make a difference.
- Write down 1-3 motivational quote and read it/them when you wake up. Few people think of writing motivational quotes down, and when people write motivational quotes down, they write too many. In this case, less is better because you will have a stronger appreciation of the motivational quotes you have in front of you. I use angel cards to determine what motivational quotes I get. One of them says “Think Global.” I got this card when I had a little under 30,000 Twitter followers and a mediocre strategy to gain a targeted following. The second card is a motivational quote that I read daily that says, “Keep charing ahead, and don’t take no for an answer. Expect miraculous solutions to appear.” It may be easy to imagine how reading that type of motivational quote can charge someone up every day.
- Just get out of bed. We all know that sleeping too little is bad for our health and causes symptoms like depression and anxiety. Plot twist: sleeping too much causes the same symptoms. Depending on what time I get to bed, I sleep between 6.5 to 8 hours. I never sleep for more than 8.5 hours at anytime simply because the human body does not need as much sleep as advertised. The people at Buffer have a lot of data on the amount of sleep we really need. Most of the time, I only sleep for 7.5 hours on a given day. The next question you may be wondering is how I always get out of bed at that time. I’ll say that I do not have an internal alarm clock, and I use a devious trick with the alarm clock that wakes me up every day. For some, the trick may be too devious to even attempt, but it is definitely worth it, and it will get you out of bed for sure
Motivation does not last daily which is why it is important to constantly practice these three motivational tips so you have an empowering day. What were your thoughts on the list? Do you have any additional advice on having a motivating day? Please share your thoughts and advice below.