How do we stay motivated and committed to our purpose?  Sometimes it’s difficult to stay energized and excited about our journey, especially when we have been bombarded with so many challenges this past year.  Lately, it’s been a struggle for me to stay motivated, so I took some time to explore ways to get my mojo back.  If you are feeling unmotivated and despondent, the steps I took to reignite my passion may help you too.

You’ve got to be inspired!

What I learned was that you must get inspired!  When you are inspired by something, it fuels your motivation.  Inspiration generates your passion that will propel you forward AND you are able to enjoy the journey so much more.  The more joy you experience, the easier and faster the things you want will come to you.  

On the contrary, (which I’ve experienced firsthand) when you lack inspiration, there is a tendency to push and push yourself to do the things you think you should do.  Because there is no joy associated with this type of motivation, you aren’t aligned with what you really want and then it’s harder to stay on your path.  When you can let go of the need to do what you think you should do, then the next steps along your path become clearer and more rewarding.

How do you get inspired?

It’s a lot simpler than I thought!  You look inward to identify what will make you feel good.  Here are a few ways you can do this:

  • Write down what you want and why you want it,
  • Meditate about it,
  • Start a gratitude journal---listing the things in your life you are grateful for,
  • Exercise to get the energy flowing in your body and mind.

All of these are great “tricks of the mindfulness-trade” that will guide you back to your purpose, and, more importantly, fuel the flame that keeps your passion burning so you can stay committed to your journey.

Take inspired action!

When you start feeling good, you will naturally get inspired and ideas will easily flow to you.  Follow through with these inspired actions, no matter how big or small.  The key is to let go of any expectations you may have about the outcome and simply enjoy the moment.  Trust that you are being led in the direction that is most beneficial to you at that time.

Staying on the path of your life’s purpose takes commitment and discipline.  To help avoid feelings of lack of motivation requires you to constantly look inward to stay inspired about your journey.  This practice is known as tapas and is one of the teachings of the 2nd limb of the 8 Limbs of Yoga, the niyamas.  The practices with this 8-fold path are a great resource for day-to-day inspiration.  Click HERE to learn more.

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