You’ve heard the expression, “You can’t fit a square peg in a round hole.” Chances are you’ve had days where you felt just like that peg and nothing seemed to fit.
I’m reminded of that famous quote from Zig Ziglar: “Motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing which is why we recommend it frequently!” So where does motivation come from and how do you recharge when you need more? Let’s go back to that square peg for a minute.
Mathematically speaking, a square peg WILL fit in a round hole if the diameter of the circle is equal to the distance between opposite points of the square.
For purposes of this discussion, think of yourself as the PEG in this “round hole” we call Earth. The “P” stands for Purpose. What is your purpose, your “why”, your vision? What is the real reason you get up in the morning? Remember the story of the starfish on the beach?
A little boy is walking down the beach. There are thousands of starfish washed up in the sand who will die because they can’t get back to the water. The boy is picking them up, one by one, and throwing them back into the water. A man approaches the boy and says:”You know you can’t save all these starfish.” The boy replies as he picks up the next one: “No, but it matters to this one.” So, what is your “starfish on the beach”?
What matters to you so much that you would persevere, even if you knew you could never finish the task? Arriving at the answer and reminding yourself, by words or pictures, will help you re-kindle the spark. The “E” reminds you that Everything is a choice.
Everything you think, do, or say constitutes a decision on your part. You control, you choose. Brian Tracy, in his book “Goals”, explains the Law of the Excluded Alternative. This says that whatever you are doing, thinking, saying right now, tomorrow, next week, etc effectively precludes you from doing, thinking, saying anything else during that time (Not counting multi-tasking!). Your mind is like a fertile field and you are the “farmer”.
Whatever you plant and “feed” will grow. What will you plant in the fertile field of your mind? What books will you read, what information will you absorb, what people will you “hang out” with? Select uplifting books, listen/watch positive programs, and hang out with folks that have a positive attitude. It will rub off and energize you.
The “G” stands for Gratitude. The old adage to “count your blessings” really applies here. Consider all that you have to be thankful for. Start each day by writing down three things for which you are grateful. End each day the same way. When you’re feeling “down”, go on a rampage of gratitude.
Think about the people you love, the places you’ve been, the great experiences or achievements in your life. In truth, we all have so much to be thankful for. To sum up, remember your purpose, scrutinize your choices, and give thanks. Now you have a recipe for motivation that helps whenever you need a boost.