I recently came across an old print-out from Jurgen Wolff on Motivation. *
Some people find visual symbols a powerful means of motivation – for example-
Do you have a ‘fat picture’ of yourself on the fridge door?
Or have you stuck a photo of your own head on the body of a supermodel/hunk and stuck that on the fridge?
‘If you’re more motivated by fear of the negative, find an image or a phrase that encapsulates what you’ll feel/look/sound like this time next year if you don’t steadily pursue your writing goals. Put it where you’ll see it every day.
If you’re more motivated by the draw of the positive, find an image or phrase that encapsulates what you’ll feel/look/sound like this time next year if you do steadily pursue your writing goals. Put it where you’ll see it every day.’
Linked to the Visualisation techniques used by motivational coaches in business.
If you have a clear vision of who you would be, and what your life would be like if you had achieved your goals, the evidence suggests that you are more likely to be motivated to achieve them. No matter what those goals are.
For me it has to be positive. Fat pictures would only re-inforce negative thoughts. Not going there thank you.
What type of motivation suits you? Positive or negative?
In other news, Katie Fforde talked about her finances in the Sunday Times last weekend.