Motivation determines what you WILL do in your life – good or bad.
Assuming you have developed enough motivation to take action, this post will show you tips to maintain your motivation fro the long haul.
Getting the motivation to do something – whether it’s a small thing like a trip to the kitchen or a life changer such as taking action on your dream of getting clean and sober – seems easy enough, but few can sustain the motivation to follow-through consistently, for the long term..
There’s always too much to do. There are so many distractions. The task is too big. Procrastination takes over, tomorrow’s a better day to get started. Right? There are a million reasons we don’t follow-through with action, but almost always the consequences of our inaction are guilt and regret.
You don’t have to live like that anymore.
There are ways that you can stop that vicious cycle of inaction and regret and become the self-motivated person you always wanted to be!
10 Tips For Maintaining Motivation To Get Clean And Stay Sober
Here are some great tips on how to initially motivate yourself, stay motivated, and even get motivated enough to overcome blocks and hurdles in your way:
- Focus, follow-through and discipline. Focus on just one goal at a time. Even if you’re working toward improving several areas of your life, focus on each goal separately. This helps to keep you from feeling overwhelmed and prevents you from giving up before you get started. Take action and follow through on the steps necessary to achieve your task. Discipline yourself to not stop until the job is done
- See the projected results with clarity. Envision your goal as if you’ve already attained it. Imagine the feelings that are occurring as you achieve your goal. Remembering why you’re inspired in the first place will refresh your motivation towards attaining your goal. Think of how your life will be changed and improved once you achieve this goal.
- Start small. Develop the skill of sustaining motivation by starting small. A classic example is the direction to always make your bed every day which is almost universally taught in rehabs. The real purpose of making your bed every day is not just necessarily to have a neat looking room but it is an exercise in discipline focus follow-through and motivation. (I had made my bed on a daily basis for my entire 25 years of sobriety). It’s like bite-size chunks. When the chunks are small enough, you know you won’t be biting off more than you can chew at one time!Attaining many small goals on your way to the big goal keeps you happy and motivated with constant successes.
- Ask people how they stay motivated. Talk to friends, coworkers, and experts in the area you seek to master. Get them to share tips, advice and experiences they’ve had that can help you to reach your goal. Surrounding yourself with people who have the same goals – or have already attained them – will inspire you to act. You can find those people in 12 step meetings
- Tell people about your goals. By telling people about your goal, you are making a pact that you will follow-through. For me, this touched on my personal pride. Every time I I was tempted to slack off I would think of the fact that I would have to face all those people and let them know that I had given up. Pride often kept me from giving up Tell your friends, family and coworkers to energize your motivation.
- Dedicate daily time. Move forward toward your goal on a daily basis.it really doesn’t matter if you’re going fast or slow you accomplish a lot or a little the fact is you’ve accomplished more today than you have yesterday. Investing time in attaining your goal every day will keep it in your mind as positive action.Positive action propels success forward and diminishes doubts and regret.
- Research and find different ways of doing things.. I am insatiably curious. I have a yearning for learning. Research industry or topic books, blogs and forums. Anything you do to make yourself more knowledgeable about your goal can inspire you to act.
- Reward yourself for your accomplishments. When you accomplish a step or a positive outcome in your goal plan, reward yourself with a nice dinner or something that will make you feel special.Don’t go crazy now don’t go get high, but simple treats are tangible rewards can be something to look forward to.
- Acknowledge that you will become, unmotivated. At times your motivation will waiver. Now, while you’re psyched up is the time to develop a plan for those moments of weakness. When I was starting an online business the reward I had said was to trade in my old car and get a new car. At times when I did not feel like working on my business I felt like giving it up I went to the dealership to test drive the car that I wanted. That was my plan for restoring motivation and it worked, (I did however, where out my welcome at a couple car dealerships).lol
- Learn from your mistakes. First, recognize that you will make mistakes and accept this. Second, take the opportunity to learn what to do (or not to do) the next time.
Magic Johnson said:
Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
Analyzing how to fix the error will push you forward with greater confidence. Negativity is not reality unless you make it so. You create your own point of view it’s just disease to be positive as it is to be negative.
Tony Robbins On Motivation - The Power Of Believing In Yourself,
Motivating yourself is all in your mind. That’s where it begins and ends. We hope you have found some useful tips and techniques for your own motivation. You now have the knowledge, use it. This post was on sustaining your motivation> Click here for a post on thr right type and strength of motivation to get sober.
You’ll gain a sense of pride and increase your self-worth in doing something positive to make your life better. Motivating yourself is a key in getting ready to get sober. There is no bigger or more worthwhile goal in getting clean and living sober.
Taking action to having the motivation to sustain it will serve you well into the future for achieving more and more of what you want out of your life.
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Some Really Good Resources
- Drugs, Brains and Behavior: The Science of Addiction (Drugabuse.gov) – In my opinion this is the best short read on addiction. I have used the content for many therapy groups and lectures…check it out.
- Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction Most patients need long-term or repeated care to stop using completely and recover their lives.
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