Motivational thoughts and how to effectively use them.

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What Do Motivational Thoughts Do?

Motivational thoughts help us take action. This isn’t about positive thinking or motivating quotes. Those have their place in shaping your attitude and thinking. However, what motivates each of us is unique, so you need to have your own thoughts – those which are most effective at getting you going.

Some people like a funny motivator. Some like something serious. For me, it’s usually a Bible verse, but not always. For example, I love this ancient Proverb but I don’t know the author.

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When the student is ready, the teacher will appear

For me, that means I will learn what I need to learn when I need to learn it.

Motivational Thoughts Of Your Own Making

Coming up with your own motivation thoughts means experimenting with a good thought until you find a way to use it in your own recipe for motivation. Suppose, for example, you’re in a difficult situation and don’t feel like dealing with it. As you sit there, you play around with the idea that opportunity can come from difficulty. You discover that thinking that way pulls you out of your slump. This is how you create your own motivation. Because it worked, you can go there again in the future and engage in that kind of thinking.

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Maybe it might be more motivating for you to imagine yourself being interviewed someday about how you overcame this difficult time. The thoughts that work for you are the thoughts you need to be thinking when facing the next similar difficulty.

Learn your motivation

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Experiment and get to know how your mind works. I find that if I can explain it to someone or out loud to myself, beyond just thinking a thought. That is my own self-motivation recipe.

When I feel unmotivated about writing, I imagine signing books and how great that would be. Or I might use this favorite little phrase of mine (my husband is not a fan, however), “Doing does it.” In other words, I might tell myself that thinking isn’t doing and maybe the time has come to “do” and not think.

You can get creative in your motivational experiments.

Maybe thinking about being poor makes you get up and get to work. If so, that is a great motivational thought. If visual thoughts are more motivating than mental conversations, then use those.

See pictures in your head that get you going.

Sometimes I imagine myself as having achieved a goal, but other times I find myself imagining the daily steps I need to take. I use the first when I’ve been working hard and feel like I’ll never accomplish my goal and the second one when I’m just beginning. The phrase ‘baby steps’ works for me.

I’ll show ’em!

Perhaps when people say you can’t do something, you do whatever it takes to prove them wrong. It might be motivational to think that way at times.

I don’t think this is the best way to motivate yourself, but on occasion, it does work. And I have to admit, I’ve done things myself just to prove someone wrong. But it’s usually better to be motivated for your own well-being rather than to prove someone else wrong. Guess you could call this ‘revenge motivation.’

Try dangling a reward in front of yourself.

When there is a truly uninspiring task you have to do, try promising yourself a reward for completion – make it one that really means something to you. Keep that thought foremeost in your mind to keep yourself motivated. A trip to the beach and even a small bowl of ice cream may work for you.

When I was writing my second book, my reward was that if I finished on time, I could engage in some fall DIYing and decorating. I was really wanting to so that worked for me.

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What motivates you?

We are each unique in what motivates us. But almost everyone I know is motivated by positive motivations, not negative ones. What works for me might not work for you. But sometimes it might. If you have difficulty figuring out what motivations work for you, read some autobiographies. Or google some famous people to see what worked for them.

I think it’s important to know what motivates us for those times when we need it, and only we can give it to ourselves. Which, if you think about it, is most of the time. A combination of thoughts and concrete rewards works best for most of us. Sometimes words aren’t enough and sound hollow.

I hope you have a blessed and motivating day.