“…there was a rattling and a trembling all day long, and where the piston of the steam-engine worked monotonously up and down, like the head of an elephant in a state of melancholy madness.” Charles Dickens – Hard Times
Wake up early, rush through ablutions, possibly have breakfast or a cup of tea or coffee, sit for hours in traffic, plonk down in your office chair, feel the pressure build until you reach your optimum efficiency, work , work ,work, lunch on the go, more work, back in the traffic, home, cooking, cleaning, house chores, evening ablutions, sleep, REPEAT….
How many of us can relate to a daily routine similar to this?
How do we remain focused and inspired every normal day?
It is very easy for me as a “coach” to jump up on to the stage of your life and say;
Every one stand up and stretch and take a deep breath!
Close your eyes and imagine your self living your passion!
How fun is that?
Now go out and do it!
Your body responds as follows;
Excitement, a mild stress response heightening your awareness, Stretching and breathing adds oxygen to your system helping to relax your muscles, linked to the positive emotions of visualizing your passion and hey presto! – you feel great and inspired right there in the seminar!
How do we maintain this motivation over time to get us to where we want to be?
The first step is to decide where you want to be. Look back at the vision that you imagined in the above mentioned example. Allow your imagination to be totally free. Populate that vision with as much detail as possible. Feel yourself in that space and ask yourself if this is what you actually want, or is this a fun fantasy. Both these outcomes are acceptable, but for now we need to decide if these goals are real and attainable, and if they are not, we need to see how we can insert smaller “way station” or sub-goals to lead us into our expectation.
Once you have some sub-goals in place, review your imagined journey to your goal and take some time to edit and smooth the rout as best as you can. Intentionally associate these sub-goals with your main goal and structure a simple affirmation around it. repeat that affirmation to yourself while you are commuting every day or while you are driving between clients. Make a point of repeating this affirmation at least 40 times a day. Once a week, observe your progress and fine tune your vision as required.
Success is a state of constant progress along and intended path, it is not a destination, so observe your changes and you will see your success grow and mature.