“I can almost see it,
That dream I am dreaming.
But there’s a voice inside my head saying,
"You’ll never reach it."
Every step I’m taking.
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction.
My faith is shaking.” The Climb by Miley Cyrus
Do you ever have one of those dreams where you can’t reach your destination? Ridiculous obstacles stand in your way. It seems impossible. Waking up is a blessing.
Our waking goals are reachable. We hand pick our goals. The obstacles that stand in our way are typically inside us. When goals are far away, doubt and fatigue can set in.
Motivation is at our finger tips to sustain us through our personal climbs. What motivates you?
7 Motivational Tools for the Climb
1. Persistence – Change takes time. Even with continued effort, change can move up and down. We need repetitions to make new habits stick. Keep leaning into your goal, even after you fall down.
2. Focus – Catch yourself focusing only on negatives. Instead focus on what you know. It’s okay to focus on what you want to learn, but focus on where you are sure. What you are good at.
3. Joy – Keep learning and growing, yet find joy in each day. If you wait to be happy, you will miss out on possibilities right in front of you. What is energizing and renewing to you?
4. Creativity – Think outside the box. If you are trying to change an old habit, what else can you do to blow off steam? Try something new until you find what works for you. Not what you read, but what is yours.
5. Curiosity – Think of your personal climb as an adventure. Your very own journey. Not to be ashamed, but to be celebrated. What have you learned about yourself? How have you grown?
6. Boldness – The payoff must be greater than the cost of letting go of old habits. When benefits outweigh the costs, nothing seems to stop us. We tackle goals boldly. Initiating the climb feels like we’ve already arrived.
7. Distinctive – You aren’t your goal. Be who you are. A person on a journey with hills, valleys, and plains. While you may put a lot of energy into your personal goals, don’t let your goals define all of you.
I’m not very patient but I am persistent. I keep at it, even if I don’t enjoy it. I’m working on finding joy in the climb. I’m always learning and growing, a work in progress.
My passion is coaching others. And, I’ve seen the power of a choice. Small steps repeated turn into big change over time.
You don’t need to possess all 7 tools to reach your climbing goals. Which one helps you sustain your motivation or get back on track when you’ve fallen?
“Ain’t about how fast I get there.
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side.
It’s the climb.” By Miley Cyrus
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