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.