Internal motivation and drive is a funny thing. It can come and go without much notice. When it does leave you, have you ever wonder how to get your drive back? I sure have!
I have found that figuring out how to get your drive back isn’t as hard as I used to think. However, it does require a counterintuitive approach. This is probably the reason it’s so hard to figure out how to get your drive back once it leaves.
There are two things I do to get my internal motivation and drive back.
First, I do NOT try harder to get my internal motivation and drive back. Sorry, but figuring out how to get your drive back is not primarily about exerting more effort or energy. It’s not about pushing harder or trying harder. Instead, the first thing I do to get my drive back is slow down and give myself space to find my motivation and drive.
In other words, the first secret to how to get your drive back is to take time to intentionally and proactively look inward at your life. I call this approach leading your life from quiet. This is a discipline I practice everyday and, like taking time to stop and put gas in my car, leading my life from quiet is taking time to stop and put fuel in my life. Some key things I do during this time that fuel my internal motivation and drive include writing in my blessings journal, reading positive books, and reviewing my purpose statement and goals.
Second, I continue moving by taking little, positive steps. Yeah, I know I just said that I slow down every day to refuel, but I didn’t say I completely stop moving. I continue to chase after my drive by taking little, positive steps each day.
Notice I didn’t say big steps; I said little steps. You see, most people wait for motivation before taking action. They think they need motivation to start moving. Sorry, but this equation is backwards. Energy is often a result of action, not vice-versa. Once positive steps are taken, even tiny little steps, energy builds! (To read more about the power of taking little actions each and every day, check out BIG Is Little and Little Is BIG.)
Question: What do you do to get your internal motivation and drive back?