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We’ve crawled out of the river of denial and taken a long, hard look at our finances.  We’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly, and we know how to get from where we are to where we want to be.   But the road looks H-A-R-D.   It’s easier to see what needs to be done than it is to do it!  So how can we keep our motivation going?

In the post Change Management, the Winning Why, we learned the importance of linking our goals to our values.  In order to develop discipline to get our finances in order, we must stay in touch with the “Winning Why” that makes the sacrifice worthwhile.   There are several ways to do this.

1) Visualization.  Take some time each day imagining the life we can lead when we fulfill are deepest values.   What is happening?  Who is with us?  How do we feel about our life when we honor the things we value most?

2) Storyboarding.   I confess that I haven’t done this because I am not a visual person, but it works for others.  When you use this technique, you create a graphic representation of your “story.”  The story could be the steps you take to Bridge the Gap, or it could be the way your life looks when you attain your goals.

3) Affirmations.   Some people say to speak affirmations as if your goal has already been attained.  If that works for you, great!  If you are like me and a little voice in the back of your head keeps whispering things like “That’s not true,” “You haven’t done that,” or blah, blah, blah, try framing the statement differently.  Example:  I am learning to live within my means and get better each day instead of I always live within my means.

I am sure that there are dozens of other ways to keep motivation pumping along.   How do you motivate yourself?  I would love for you to tell me in a comment below.

  4 Responses to “Mastering Motivation- 3 Tips”

  1. One of my biggest motivations is to focus on being happy. When I feel upset or off… I refocus on what makes me happy. Doing this has helped me stay motivated and do what needs to be done.

    When I focus on where I am going and making that debt smaller and smaller… I know I am heading in the right direction.

    Great post and I agree affirmations are tough sometimes! LOL

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    • Thank you for sharing your motivator! Staying happy is a wonderful skill to learn. Not only for motivation, but also for just enjoying life!

  2. I like to set mini-goals so I don’t get overwhelmed. I might not be able to swallow the “new” budget if I know I have to live this way for the next five years, but what will it look like for the next 2 weeks? What will I have gained at that point that I wouldn’t have had if we didn’t make the switch? Then when I want to do something that isn’t on the plan, I remind myself that I can do anything for 2 weeks (or however many days are left in this 2 week session) and that it is almost over. The smaller chunks help me to not feel overwhelmed and trapped.

    • I like your idea of mini-goals. If you make it two weeks and have a solid gain to show for your efforts, it should be easier to go another two weeks. Great response!

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