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Motivation is a lot like showering September 13, 2006

Posted by sl4sp in Motivation.

Ever try to motivate your self to do something you don’t want to do? Sure you have. I’m sure it works for the short term, but had no lasting results.

You know what I’m talking about. Remember that new plan to exercise every other day? To study just that one more hour every day? To work one hour on your goals everyday? To sign up for that volunteer position? To spend more time with your kids? To save a couple dollars a month? To finally start living and enjoying the life you know you want and deserve?

You were so determined, so enthused, so radiant, yet you could not stick with it. I want to make it clear right here you have not failed, you have taken a step towards becoming the person that you have always imagined to be that exercises, studies hard, goal oriented, active in their community, who spends ample time with their kids, and has millions in the bank.

You are like an elastic band. (I heard this analogy somewhere, it is not my own and I do not take credit for it) You can stretch out two, maybe three times wider than if you were not stretched by “motivating” yourself by imagining the end result, focusing on the joys that are to come when you accomplish your goals, and performing beyond your normal self. However, this only works for a short time because the second you lose focus of the end goal, and cease being motivated; you snap back to your normal self and back to your old habits and routines.

The trick to motivating yourself is to think about the end result everyday. Zig Ziglar said it best, “Motivation is like showering. The effects are not long term – but that’s why it’s recommend that you do it daily”

So imagine the elastic again, now instead of stretching it with your hands and holding it there, you stretch it between two sticks in the ground. Then every day you pull the elastic a little further while it is still attached to the sticks stretching it (so it cannot snap back).

How does this analogy actually turn into applicable things that you can do to change your life today?

1.) Write down you goals. S.M.A.R.T. just like they taught you in school. (Yes you though it was stupid, now shush up and do it, because all the millionaires are doing it.) <Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely>
2.) Imagine your life after accomplishing this goal. Down to the colours of the socks you will be wearing. Enjoy the feeling of joy, success, excitement, and livelihood that will no doubt accompany the completion of that goal/ those goals.

3.) Put it somewhere where you will see it at least twice a day. (Bathroom mirror, wallet, car, kitchen, bedroom, etc)

4.) At least twice a day,(I do it at least a dozen times a day) stop, take a minute to imagine your life as if all your goals have been accomplished and simply bask in the wonderful feeling of you being your natural successful self brings about. (If you think I am kidding, I assure you I am not. Your emotional feeling regarding the goals brings about motivation, not how logical goals are laid out)

5.) Remember, it matters not where you start, it’s where you plan to end up that counts in life.

6.) Now you have to actively think about, and work towards those goals everyday!!! (What did you think was going to happen, you just imagine and all your goals will come true? Silly rabbit. Trix are for kids.)

7.) Every decision you make during the day, first ask your self: “What would my goal achieving, successful, intelligent, determined, efficient, confident, inner genius decide to do in this situation?”

8.) Enjoy your life. You have already done half the work – You figured out where you want to end up! Now no matter how hard the times, you can be happy, because you are now responsible and persevere because you choose to. Because it will bring you closer to your goals and dreams. Because you are already living the life you imagined to be living years down the road today!



1. christopher battles (@christophermust) - April 5, 2012

Thank you for this post. I was searching for that Ziglar quote and found it here.
I like your analogy of the band and sticks.

K, bye

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