Hands up if you start out super motivated to achieve your goal, but then lose that motivation along the way? I’m pretty sure this has happened to every single one of us at some point or another. We often get told to just ‘toughen up’ or to ‘just friggin do it’ – but for many, that’s easier said than done – and hearing or reading advice like this can only make them feel less motivated and more like a failure.
If you’re someone who feels like ‘motivation stamina’ isn’t one of your top qualities, or maybe it is, and you simply want another ‘goal kicking tool’ to add to your toolkit, then this is the post for you. In this post I will tell you about a super powerful resource that you can add to your tool belt called an Emergency Inspiration (or Motivation) Plan.
Your Emergency Inspiration Plan is a resource that you develop at the outset of creating goals for the purpose of drawing upon it when your motivation levels are low. It outlines your unique plan for giving yourself the kick in the butt, or the love and gentle prod forward, that you need to get yourself back on track and in action toward your goals. It lists specific action steps that focus purely on moving forward, getting out of the ‘motivation drag town’ and recreating the momentum you need to continue along your journey toward your goal.
To help yourself develop an Emergency Inspiration Plan, complete the below exercises.
Develop a vision that you can refer to frequently
In a previous post, I provided some suggestions on how you can develop a clear understanding of your vision and vivid visual of your dream. For example, this might involve developing a Dreamstorm Board (otherwise known as a Vision Board, Dream Board, or Inspiration Board) or an affirmation that you feel connects you to your goal and ultimate life.
Place this vision tool somewhere that you’ll see frequently, and note in your Emergency Inspiration Plan that you’ll take time out of your day to go and look at it and feel into it when your motivation levels are low.
Get clear on your WHY
When we get caught up in the daily grind, focus on labels, or on our To Do list – we sometimes forget to take a step back and think about our WHY. Why do you want to achieve this goal? Why is it important to you?
You can watch a great video from Simon Sinek called “Start with Why” on this very topic below:
Reflect on your WHY and write it down in your Emergency Inspiration Plan to remind yourself of next time your motivation levels are low.
Write a list of blogs, books, or other resources that inspire you
Reflect on who inspires you to be your best self and to be in action toward your dreams. Is there a blogger who shares information around the goal type you’re pursuing? Is there a book on the topic? Are there other resources that you find inspirational?
Keep a note of these resources in your Emergency Inspiration Plan and prompt yourself to take the time to explore them and be inspired by them during motivation low points.
*NOTE: If you are listing individuals who you follow or admire, make sure they are people who you find uplifting and inspiring. Don’t list people who you start comparing yourself to, beating yourself up, and feeling even more hopeless about – if you start to feel this way, remove these people from your Emergency Inspiration Plan.
Write a list of activities that make you feel good about and connected to your self
Think about what activities make you feel rejuvenated, healthy, and happy. What physical activity or movement do you enjoy? Does spending time outside energise you? Does listening to music? Writing in your journal? Getting your hair done? Meditating? Consuming nourishing food and drink? Having a good ol’ nanna nap?
Write a list of these activities and note them in your Emergency Inspiration Plan as ‘Must Dos’ to help get you back in motivation mode.
List a support or accountability person
Consider the people in your life who make you feel good about yourself and most in line with your best self. They might include family or friends, colleagues, or professionals who you’ve engaged to help you with your goals. Who among these people could you turn to for support or encouragement when you are feeling low – and who could help give you the boost needed, when required? Is there someone who you could ask to be an accountability partner – to meet with regularly and hold each other to your action steps and goals? Maybe you could create a little support group, network, or mastermind with people who have similar goals? Make a note in your Emergency Inspiration Plan that you will contact these people when you are in need of some support and encouragement.
If you have not yet involved any professionals to assist with pursuing your goals, take some time to think about who you could engage. Might a life coach be helpful? A business coach? A personal trainer? Dietitian? Psychologist? Even if you don’t want to engage them from the start, consider writing them in as a backup plan for drawing upon in your Emergency Inspiration Plan.
Write yourself a list of questions that will help you focus on how you can move forward and get ‘unstuck’
Think about what questions you could ask yourself when you are feeling unmotivated that might help you focus and move forward. These might include:
- What is one thing (small or big) that I can do to move forward today or this week?
- What is something new that I could try? Something that I haven’t tried yet in the pursuit of my goal…
- What would I do if I loved myself more? If I was the most confident and best version of myself…
- What barriers or difficulties am I encountering, and what can I do about them moving forward?
Write these questions down in your Emergency Inspiration Plan.
Write a list of your Personal Psychological Resources
Take the time to find out what your Personal Psychological Resources (PPRs) are. Write these down in your Emergency Inspiration Plan and prompt yourself to ask how you can use them to move forward toward your goals. You can learn more about how to identify your PPRs here.
Look for inspiring affirmations, mantras or quotes
If you haven’t already done so as part of creating your Dreamstorm Board, start to look for inspiring or motivating affirmations or quotes that you can add to your Emergency Inspiration Plan to give you a needed boost when required.
Now that you have completed these exercises, turn them into a list of action steps that you can complete when you are in need of a motivation boost. Try to think outside the box. If you can think of other things that inspire and motivate you, make sure you include them!
I’d love if you’d post below some of the steps that you will take as part of your Emergency Inspiration Plan.
Oh and don’t forget, it’s my job to inspire you! I can do that as your coach, or even here on the blog or on social media, so please feel free to add me to your Plan if you’d like me to help with an inspiration or motivation boost!
Let’s soar together,