Have you noticed that it´s so easy to do some things in life and more difficult to do other things? This can make you a little bit confused. At least it makes me confused sometimes. I´m so disciplined and make things happen in some areas in my life, but in others I´m just pushing it forward, thinking there will come a better day. I´ll start on Monday… So I was looking back and thinking why it is like this. It´s not cause I´m a very lazy person, I do a lot of things in life. No it is about something else. It is about finding motivation.
What is motivation?
Motivation is the balance between the willpower and having faith to your own ability. If you only have the will but you don´t believe in yourself you´ll not make it happen. If you believe in yourself but don´t have the will you´ll not make it happen. So having a balance between the two is important.
Find the right balance
When you are starting a project or making a change in your life, it´s so easy to do too much. You want too much and do more than you can handle. And the result is overwhelm, that leads you to stop engaging – and here it´s so easy to start procrastinating. So find your balance. Especially in the beginning and slowly increase over time.
You need a reward
I have written about this before in the blog How to change a habit. We are designed in a way that we need a reward doing things. Just think about it: Maybe you have a job that is very boring, but you go there because the reward is the money you get at the end of the month or maybe your co-workers are very funny so that is your reward. Another example can be that you want to lose weight and want to be able to wear a beautiful dress. So that dress can be your reward. There are so many ways to get rewards, they can be material, emotional or just an experience. You just need to find yours.
The reward needs to be reachable
The reward you´ll get needs to be in the near future. Ok, so maybe you have a very high goal, let´s say you want to get well from an illness. That is mostly not a quick fix, we all know that, so you need to be a realist and think about what you want to expect and what is reasonable. I remember when I started my health journey changing my diet, starting my yoga program and at the same time starting to run. Yes I did everything at once, and it actually worked for me at the time. Why? Cause I set goals. I was thinking that I will give this three months, if I don´t feel anything within that time I´ll stop or change the program. The trick here is to journal. It´s easy to forget your progress in the journey, so write how you feel everyday. I wrote how much intensity my pain was, when I had pain, and by doing so I noticed the pain actually decreased pretty fast. This was especially important when I felt things were getting slow, then I could go back and actually see the proof, that I was getting better.
You need to believe in yourself and expect that you´ll reach the goals
As I said before it´s important to believe in yourself and that you are able to reach the goals. If you don´t think you can do it you´ll not get there. If you don´t have the knowledge then you can get help from people who has the competence in the area. For example, if you want to start your yoga practice at home, but you don´t know how to start, then the best thing is to go to a yoga teacher, right? Or maybe you want to change your diet and yes I know there is a lot of information out there - it can make you confused- go to a person who works with nutrition and diet. You don´t need to have all the knowledge in the world, let people who has the right education and training help you.
And don´t forget to trust your own inner voice. I think most of us actually do know what is best for us, but we just don´t listen to that whispering inner voice.
Having support is also very important to get motivated. When I look back what I have been able to change, there has often been support in some way or another. When I started my daily yoga practice for example, I was in a yoga teacher training. For two years we met regularly and did yoga together. And here is the thing, every time we met we also shared how it had been since last time. I had to share if I had done my yoga, what I felt etc. So this made me actually do the homework and make a routine into a daily habit. You don´t need a big community, even though it´s good to have that kind of support, it can simply be enough having a friend knowing about your plans or you can do things together. supporting eachother and also pushing eachother.
Are you procrastinating? What is stopping you from doing the things you really want? What dreams do you have, that you want to do, but have not started with yet?
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Helen Kåselöv is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist and the founder of Healing from within with yoga & food (former Yoga for Endometriosis & Pelvic pain). Helen has a history of severe endometriosis and is today helping women with endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids and other pelvic pain online, with yoga, nutrition and other lifestyle changes. Using yoga both as a tool in different kinds of healing programs, pain management, yoga has become the foundation in her work. “Yoga can help you in so many ways: Physically, mentally, spiritually and as a personal development tool.”