Advice: 4 Tips to Motivating Change
Wow! It’s been awhile since I chatted with you.
Sorry about that.
I’ve been busy taking a leap of faith.
This year I set a goal to learn as much as I can about business, marketing, and blogging. Why? Because I want to offer you the best health and fitness experience I can. The only way I can do that is to continue to learn.
So in March I joined B-School 2015 that’s Marie Forleo’s online business course and spent 8 weeks learning and diving into the business and marketing world. It was truly a leap of faith hoping that I made the right choice.
OMGosh! I loved it.
It kept me on my toes, though. I woke up at 5:00 a. m. just to do an hour’s worth of homework before getting kids off to school and me to work. It was hard (in a good way), and it’s paying off little by little.
I’ve found that small steps can lead to big change.
It reminded me, though, that when you’re learning something new it takes time to absorb, understand, and apply what you’ve learned. I would look at all the material and think, “How am I going to make all this happen?” The answer for me was to start small, take baby steps, and get organized (my favorite part). So that’s what I’m doing.
Think back to a time when you were in school or learning a new job. Most often your learning targets were already defined and you most likely went through training to learn the new position. All that’s done for you.
When you’re creating or doing something on your own, all that responsibility falls to you. Yikes! The unknown can overwhelm you; I know it does me. So starting small and using building blocks to get where you want to go, I find to be a good approach.
Oh, don’t let those negative thoughts discourage or overwhelm you.
When you start to get discouraged or overwhelmed, sometimes creepy little voices sneak into your thoughts. You might hear words like, “I can’t do this,” “I’m not good enough,” or “I don’t know what I’m doing.” Those thoughts beat you up, strip away your self-love, and make you feel tired and unmotivated.
Trust me, I’ve been there on more than one occasion.
Next thing you know, you’re crashed in front of the TV watching a rerun of some show you didn’t even like the first time around feeling sorry for yourself. And that’s no way to live.
Be proactive and get started with some change.
Here’s some thoughts for getting up on your feet and get out of the “I can’t do this” thinking. Before we get started, though, let’s take some advice from C. S. Lewis who said,
“We are what we believe we are.”
A lot of times we tend to believe what we think. So let’s put positive thoughts in front of those crazy, little forward steps we’re taking and make some change, which leads us to our first tip.
Sucker punch negative thoughts to the ground. That’s right. Give them a good left hook, then a right or right then left, whichever you prefer. Using “I can” statements help out a lot or try repeating a favorite quote.
Next roll up your sleeves and get organized. Yep. This really works. Not sure what needs organized? Brainstorming is a great place to start. Breakout a sheet of paper and write down everything you can think of that may be holding you back. Include everything on that list, doctor appointments, vacation, upcoming events, exercise, kid activities, etc.
Finally make an action plan with small, achievable tasks. Review your list weekly or daily. Write down at least two or three to-dos you know you can get done. This part is important. You’ve got to stay committed.
Oh, and here’s an extra one for you, get some sleep. This one always works for me. Getting a goodnight’s rest rejuvenates me and helps in so many ways.
Ok. So let’s get started.
I would love to hear how you handle yourself when you’re learning something new or making a change. So send me a comment.