Finding Intrinsic Motivation for Lasting Change

by | Dec 28, 2014 | Mindful About Fitness | 0 comments

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© ladoga – Fotolia

The year 2014 is coming to an end.  The excitement for change is in the air.  How we set ourselves up for success in the years ahead takes vision and planning.  Perhaps we are in the process of making some New Year’s resolutions or going with a more organic mindset of letting things come naturally.  Whatever the case may be, our vision, attitude and lifestyle can either work for, or against us.

Perhaps it’s the excitement for change and the intention of working towards a goal that brings forth strength and passion.  Whatever the case may be,  drive and motivation may dissipate over time, like a ship fading in the distance.   I’m not speaking for everyone, but for some, there may be truth in these words.  A global consciousness of change sweeps over the world, embracing it with endurance and propels it along its course.  Then, all of a sudden, a wave of self doubt and perhaps lack of will washes over,  takes hold of our vision and misguides it to an abandoned island.  Sound familiar?

So how can we set the intention to change with a lasting impression?  There are a few tools that are helpful for the journey ahead.  We are perfect where we are in life, but if our soul wants change, then we set our mind to it, and we don’t settle for anything less.  We say to ourselves, “and this is so!”   Listed below are a few tools that may help carve out intentions and have a lasting effect.

1.  If our thirst for change is aligned with our value system,  it may be easier to attain.  Myers Briggs testing is a tool to get insight into our personalities.  You can get more information on www.myersbriggs.org.  Learning about ourselves and finding out what drives our decisions can lead to life changing momentum. 

2.  Write out a LIFE mission statement.  How do we want to live life?  Write down what moves our soul and brings us joy.

3.  Take the superficial out of your super soul.  There is nothing superficial about us.  We can choose to let others see our outer selves based on past experiences, or we can show them the wonderful and loving soul that we are.  We are spiritual beings having a human experience in this game of life.  We have been blessed with the intelligence of divine universal truths.  Stop and listen to the whispers of our soul.  What gift do we have to offer in this lifetime?

4.  Forgive and Forget.  Have you ever heard the term, I’ll forgive, but I will never forget?”  Those words attach fear to the outcome.  We cannot move the fear out of our souls without forgetting.  Forgive without attachment.

5.  Sit quietly and ask ourselves for advice.  When we empty our minds each and every morning, we are open to receiving new information.  Allow our decisions to be brought forth by new awareness, and not the comfort of past patterning.

6.  Ask ourselves, “How can we serve?”  This question takes a selfless approach.  By helping others, we create a wave of inspiration that is intended to help others.

7.  Wake up and go to sleep with an attitude of gratitude.  This mental mindset lets the universe know that we are feeling blessed and will bless us further.

We hold the power to create  lasting change in our lives, and the lives of others.  If we set our destination with our own value system, our course of action will stay aligned and focused.  We have the choice in how we want to live and what we want to accomplish.  It’s our responsibility to take our own course of action while uplifting those around us.  Grab hold of 2015 with a new found lust for life knowing that we can create a spark and light the way for ourselves and others.

“You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself any direction you choose.  You’re on your own.  And you know what you know.  And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”  Dr. Seuss

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