I’m sitting at my desk, planning my social media posts for 2021. I’m copy and pasting Hashtags I hope will bring me the types of clients I want. So I’m noticing how often the word motivation comes up and in Life coaching is very common to hear it. However I am sitting here deleting the word. Why’s that?
Well I’m all for inspiration which is the breath of life breathed into you. Motivation is defined as “a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way” or “Motivation is the process that initiates, guides, and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. It is what causes you to act, whether it is getting a glass of water to reduce thirst or reading a book to gain knowledge. Motivation involves the biological, emotional, social, and cognitive forces that activate behavior”(www.verywellmind.com)
So when it comes to motivation and me, I feel its a reason not to procrastinate. That doesn’t sit with me well. I don’t like doing my book keeping but I have a business. I don’t like to clean, wash up or take out the trash but I don’t live alone and others visit me. So you could say that there are things that motivate me to do the things I dislike.
To go from procrastinating to action for me has taken two things: a plan and a reminder. What I want is the inspiration to cause the plan so that when I need to take action the motivation is natural. If sitting on the lounge watching TV is what I’m doing then that is what i have planned or its me with no plan. Nothing is in between, I don’t see the need to be motivated from inactivity or rest to doing the thing i want to be doing to fulfil my Dreams/Plan/Goals.
Motivational quotes affirmations are important and i am not here to belittle the people who use them. They are simply not my clients, because my clients see a vision of what they want in the future and a way to get to that practically. My clients plan resting, eating and socialising into their business minded lives because they want it all.
Success for me after all is: Knowing where you are now, Koning where you want to be and taking action to get there. I will still dislike doing my book keeping but it’s what I’m doing at a set time and place in my schedule and my life.