Motivation: the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.

I don’t know about you but some days it’s hard to stay motivated. I set out to do something or accomplish a feat and start out great but then I begin to burnout or get unmotivated. Motivation is defined as the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.

So with that definition in mind I have to ask myself why? Why did I start down this path? What is the outcome if I do accomplish this goal?

Asking these questions is one of the most powerful ways to keep my self motivated. But in order to have the answers to these questions I first have to put my vision, mission, and goals on paper. Why? It becomes my point of reference when I don’t feel too motivated or in the mood to keep going towards the accomplishment of the given task.

Now, I know what your thinking “Another blog on goals etc.?” Well to answer that question I want to focus on the most important thing you can write down because it will determine your vision, mission and even goals.

Values! Yes values! Values means “a person’s principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgment of what is important in life.”

If you don’t know what is important to you then it is easy to get off course and end up compromising what you believe. Most people when asked what are their values are unable to articulate what they actually hold dear to them.

I am a firm believer of value based vision which determine mission and give clarity to goals.

If you don’t base vision on values then you can easily get off course. For instance, often Christian leaders will have a vision to build God’s church spending hours at the office doing visits and speaking at every venue available. When you ask them what they value usually they respond with God and family at they very top of their value list.

So if family is valuable the you would think that they would schedule date nights with their spouse, time with children, family time etc. but when you look at their schedule it is all about building that ministry. Now there is nothing wrong with building the ministry but if you value your family then your goals shouldn’t exclude them but activities and time is important to schedule with them.

Now I know I used family as an example but let’s say health is something you value. For me this is second on my list after God and the reason is if I don’t take care of myself then I won’t be able to spend quality time with my family.

Health is important yet you eat out and unhealthy daily never exercising and spending your spare time on the couch. Health I would venture to say is not one of your values, nope not at all.

So back to my initial question, “how do I stay motivated daily?”

Know what my values are and let them be the driving force that motivates me to accomplish my goals. Visit my values and vision daily to help keep me on track so I can stay motivated.

Action step: Write your values down and see if your vision is in alignment with them.