Many times I hear people say that they want to do something, but they just don’t have the motivation for it. Or another popular excuse is, “I just don’t have the time”, when in reality everyone has the same amount of time, every single day of the year. It’s what you choose to do with your time that makes the difference.
Now remember, there’s a difference between inspiration and motivation, so if you are inspired you are already going to feel motivated. But if you have lost your sense of motivation, or you weren’t motivated in the first place, there are a few key steps to getting back your drive.
The process can be outlined by Tony Robbins’ RPM plan. This plan essentially breaks down into 3 major steps that I want to go over with you:
R – Results
First, is the What. In order to achieve a goal, you need to have one. You need to define exactly what it is that you want to accomplish. This means finding the core of what you want, and making sure that it is something that is concrete and measureable. Let’s take fitness for example. Let’s say your goal is to be fit. Now I don’t think it’s possible to be much more vague than that, and yet thousands of people make that their goal every January. Define fit. Does that mean you want to lose weight, or gain muscle? What kind of weight do you want to lose? How much weight do you want to lose? When do you want to lose that much weight by? These are all the questions that go into finding a specific and measurable goal that you really want.
P – Purpose
Second, is the Why. Why do you want to be fit? You might think, “Well that’s a dumb question.” But really, think about it. If the answer isn’t apparent you might need to redefine your goal. And if that doesn’t work then it’s time to reconsider whether it should even be your goal. The reason this is important is because the Why is what fuels you. If you have enough reasons for reaching your goal and doing so will benefit you and the people around you, then you’ll get there. I promise. In this step you’ll need to make sure that you give yourself a compelling argument for why your goal is important to you and provide reasons that you simply can’t ignore.
M – Massive action plan
Third, is the How. This is when you ask yourself, “How am I going to get there?” If you’ve gotten to this step and you feel a little overwhelmed or even a little nervous, that’s ok! That probably means that you set a pretty decent goal. However, that could also mean that you might want to spend a little more time on step two. The massive action plan is simply the framework for how you are going to achieve your goal. What specific steps are you going to take to achieve your goal, in a measurable and timely manner? This could mean going to the gym three times a week, or bringing a banana to class or work instead of a Snickers bar. Making sure that you have a sufficient number of ways to accomplish your goal is a crucial last step to ensure that you get what you really want, or even more importantly what you really need. If the What is the destination, and the Why is the fuel, then the How is the vehicle.
As far as the staying motivated goes, it really comes down to maintenance. Taking the time to check if you are still on course, or checking how far you’ve come along. It doesn’t mean you’ve failed if you tweak your goals, or readjust your sails. In fact, that’s a good thing. It is important to zero in on where you’re going and checking if what you’re doing is still working for you. Staying motivated then basically comes down to two steps:
1) Recheck – Make sure you are heading where you want to go, and that the process is working for you. If it isn’t, readjust and put your new plan into place. If it is, then great! Move to step two.
2) Repeat – Whether it is your old plan that you just re-examined, or your new version of the old plan, if it’s working now then use it again.
“People often say motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar