They say love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life. But no matter how much you love your profession, there are days when your motivation levels will fluctuate.
Both via social media and in face-to-face interactions, I’m often asked how I keep myself motivated for what each new day brings.
With the wisdom of experience, I’ve figured out three factors that help keep me driven on a day-to-day basis which I’ve outlined below:
Stick To The Plan!
Organisation is the key to success. I’m a firm believer in thoroughly planning out the activities that will consume my weeks.
Regardless of whether it’s for work, exercise or social reasons, my next week is mapped out in advance on the Thursday leading up to it.
Planning leaves little room for procrastination because every moment of my day is accounted for, which spurs me on to achieve what I’ve set out to do.
Furthermore, it limits the possibility of stressing about what each day will bring because, barring any last minute surprises, nothing in my day comes as a shock.
So stop procrastinating and stay on track!
Each morning begins in the same consistent manner because repetition focuses the mind. I wake up and go for a walk or run accompanied by the sounds of my hype-up music playlist.
In summer, or when the weather’s clear, I’ll find a peaceful spot by the waterfront to meditate at and clearly visualise my intentions for the day.
Just as an aside, meditation plays a massive role in my daily ritual. So much so that I’ll expand on it in detail in a future blog post.
Moving on, after I’ve meditated and visualised, I travel home and make a fresh green juice to help wash down a healthy breakfast before venturing into the office.
From the moment I walk into the office I put my game face on and look towards fulfilling the plans I’d previously set out and thoughts I’d envisioned.
It’s important to set goals to work towards but beyond that it’s crucial to be able to see light at the end of the tunnel. That’s why I set rewards for myself to enjoy when I achieve my goal.
As a lover of travel, I book holidays as an incentive to reach my objective. The thought of that helps drive me through the toughest of days.
The thing that I love about visiting foreign locations is the alternative perspective on life and character growth I gain from being outside of my comfort zone.
Seeing the world live in the flesh reminds me that I’m in a privileged position. After all, I’m one of the lucky few who gets to do what they love as a job and for that I’m eternally grateful.