Motivate Yourself - It’s not what we do that makes us tired—it’s what we don’t do. Te tasks we don’t complete cause the most fatigue.
I was giving a motivational seminar to a utility company, and during one of the breaks, a man who looked to be in his 60s came up to me. “My problem,” he said, “is that I never seem to fnish anything. I’m always starting things—this project and that, but I never fnish. I’m always oﬀ on to something else before anything is completed.”
He then asked whether I could give him some afrmations that might alter his belief system. He correctly saw the problem as being one of belief. Because he did not believe he was a good finisher, he did not fnish anything. So he wanted a magical word or phrase to repeat to himself that would brainwash him into being diﬀerent.
“Do you think afrmations are what you need?” I asked him. “If you had to learn how to use a computer, could you do it by sitting on your bed and repeating the afrmation, ‘I know how to use a computer. I am great at using computers. I am a wizard on a computer’?”
He admitted that afrmations would probably have no efect on his ability to use a computer.
“Te best way to change your belief system is to change the truth about you,” I said. “We believe the truth faster than we believe false afrmations. To believe that you are a good finisher, you must begin by building a track record of fnished tasks.”
He followed my suggestions with great enthusiasm. He bought a notebook and at the top of the frst page he wrote,
“Tings I’ve Finished.” Each day, he made a point of setting small goals and fnishing them. Whereas in the past he would be sweeping his front walk and leave it unfnished when the phone rang, now he’d let the phone ring so he could fnish the job and record it in his notebook. Te more things he wrote down, the more confdent he became that he was truly becoming a fnisher. And he had a notebook to prove it.
Consider how much more permanent his new belief was than if he had tried to do it with afrmations. He could have whispered to himself all night long, “I am a great fnisher,” but the right side of his brain would have known better. It would have said to him, “No, you’re not.”
Stop worrying about what you think of yourself and start building a track record that proves that you can motivate yourself to do whatever you want to do.
by Steve Chandler (www.stevechandler.com)