Having a positive mindset is the most promising way to achieve the dreams most people do not have the courage to pursue. If you are already a positive thinker, this will be interesting. If your default mode is to look on the dark side, then please, stop reading here.
Motivation grows when we have a positive frame of mind, and with this positive frame of mind, we will search for more things that motivate us.
When setting goals, when searching for more to life, when striving for growth, these motivators need to be both internal and external.
- Drive us toward self-growth and feelings of personal achievement.
- It is the desire to be a better friend, mother, father, sister, brother, etc.
- Seeking to build self-esteem; lessen anxiety or depression; resolve inner conflicts
- Moving towards continual progress on your spiritual journey
- This is the outside stimulus or material things that we dream of
- It can be monetary compensation or in the form of material possessions.
- The desire to hold on to what you already have
- Striving to be like someone whom you admire
Can a motivating factor be both?
Yes, it’s possible, depending on what context your mind is shaping this motivation into. Let’s use the example of a media superstar. Internally, your narrator tells you, “I wish I could be like that person. If I had those qualities, I’d feel so much better about myself.” Externally, the fans, fortune and fame make this person so much more appealing. Is your motivation to have the things they have or the qualities they exhibit? Is it both? There’s no wrong or right answer here.
As a positive thinker who is seeking more motivation, ask yourself whether the motivation is intrinsic or extrinsic. If you feel it is both, go with that. There is a wealth of material out there which provides more information on these motivators and I implore you to go in depth on the differences between the two. I personally recommend Les Brown, who is regarded as one of the world’s leading motivational speakers.
- Actively seek out resources from motivational speakers and find who resonates with you.
- Label someone or something as internal or external motivation to add fuel to your fire.
- Create a goal tracking system to help stay accountable:
- Bullet Journals, Vision Boards, Goal Tracking Apps, etc.
- Seek out support from other like-minded, positive thinking people.
- Keep your goals S.M.A.R.T
- Specific: Goals should be specific and clearly define what you are going to do.
- Measurable: Goals should be measurable so that you can track your progress and stay motivated.
- Achievable: Goals should be achievable; they should stretch your abilities but still remain possible.
- Realistic: Goals should be realistic; they must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work.
- Timely: Goals should have a target date so that you have a deadline to focus on and something to work toward.
As a positive thinker, you already know you want more in life. You see potential in yourself, feel a desire to achieve more, want to help others or provide a service to the world. If you continue on this path; creating and altering goals as you go, finding and utilizing your internal and external motivators, there is nothing or nobody who can prove you wrong in going for it!
What are some of your favorite ways to keep track of your goals? Let us know in the comments!
About the author: JR is a CA Addiction Treatment Counselor Level 2 (CATC II), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Alumni Coordinator, Veterans Support Group Counselor, and USMC Veteran Sgt. He spends his days helping others make positive changes and set goals on their road to recovery.
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