What is a Motivation?
The definition of motivation is, “the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way”
* Necessary, everyday motivations
- Being motivated to get up and go to work
- Being motivated to pay utility bills
- Go food shopping, buy clothes
- Motivations geared towards our dreams and specific, bigger personal goals

Why is Motivation important?
Motivation is necessary to manage daily activities and manage our time efficiently. It is motivation that fuels our desires to go after the bigger opportunities. Long after our head has checked out it is going to be the motivation in our mind that pushes us forward – achieving our goals!

What is Motivation REALLY?
Here is what I learned motivation is for me … At some point the burden of pain, unhappiness, or discontent of not doing it becomes greater than the pain or discomfort of doing it. In other words, at some point, it is easier to change than to stay the same. It is easier to act and feel insecure at the gym than to look in the mirror and just not like who you are and how you look. It is easier to redo your resume, send it out and start looking for a new job than it is to go to a job that you completely dislike. It becomes easier to handle the fear of the unknown than to be in an unhealthy relationship

What is the underlying desire that Motivates you?
* Money and financial gain
* Desire to be the Best/To Be Loved
* Helping the Others
* Power/Control
* Recognition
* Passion

Your Desire Becomes Your WHY?
Once you have identified the underlying desire for your motivation then you must take the time to really develop your WHY?
What do you want? What is the underlying desire? WHY do you want it? WHY do you have that desire?
* Identify the desire
* Be Specific – break down the desire
* Write it, Say it, Feel it, Believe it!

SO… Let us take employment has an example…
At some point, it is easier to redo your resume, send it out and start looking for a new job than it is to go to a job that you completely dislike. The desire to be recognized in your professional has grown stronger, the desire for increased financial gain has become important, and maybe you feel the need to be more useful in your position. These are your desires. There can one or there can be multiple. The key is to be honest and to identify them. Once you have identified them, then you need get more specific and really break it down…Desire to be recognized in your professional has grown stronger – you have invested a lot of money and resources in your education and its time that you are recognized for that. The desire for increased financial gain has become important – you feel that you are not getting paid your worth. People that are there a shorter amount of time are getting paid more money. You feel the need to be more useful in your position – you feel as though your position is not really contributing. You need to serve a higher purpose to yourself and to your community.


How do you maintain your Motivation?
* Every morning you should read your why, but most importantly you must believe your why!
* Create a vision board
* Be mindful of your thoughts – dispel negative self-talk; replace with positive talk
* VISUALIZATION: Create your mental future self, your next best version with your goals achieved!