Mastering Self Motivation

Self motivation is sometimes incredibly difficult, but is essential in the process of achieving a long-term goal. This is something that has come up in my life, both at recent leadership meetings, and in an audiobook I am currently listening to.

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When you first set a goal, you are super excited about it. The sheer enthusiasm will help you to perform the necessary work. If it is a true long-term goal, though, it can be difficult to maintain the same level of enthusiasm for months and years. Add to that the negative people and difficulties that life tends to throw at you, and it is very easy to lose sight of what you are working for, or even to give up all together.

Another issue for me, personally, was discussed by Sandi Krakowski in one of her podcasts. Perfectionism. This is not just an issue in my Young Living business, but in my home life as well. If I am going to take the time to do something, I want to do it right, I want to do it well. I want an A+, I want to be noticed and recognized for a job well done. So I don’t start my projects, I put them off until later, and later, and later. Uhm, this blog hasn’t been updated since when?!

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So at a recent leadership meeting, one of my leaders talked about a method of self motivation called carrot and stick. Your carrot is that awesome thing you want bad and will work hard for. This is your positive reinforcement. Your stick is that negative thing you do not want in your life which may be possible if  you do not take action. You use this to whip your own fanny when getting out of bed and doing the work it takes to get where you want to go seems more difficult than usual. This is the negative reinforcement.

Anyone can easily come up with a carrot and stick that applies to his or her life, then call these to mind in order to stay the course and keep moving forward no matter how difficult, no matter how arduous the task, no matter how many naysayers are around to try to keep you down.

So here is what I came up with: My carrot is being financially free and able to travel with my family and help those in needs in ways that I am called by my Creator. My stick is being stuck in a “healthcare” job forever while continuing to miss all of the big events in the lives of those I love. Needless to say these are personal to me, and likely wouldn’t apply to you, or simply wouldn’t work for you. The key is to find your own carrot and stick.

Let me just say that this has helped tremendously for me! When the urge to go to bed at a decent hour hits, I remember missing Easter recently due to work. This was the first year for my son to really hunt eggs, and I had bought him a suit and would have loved seeing him in it. I stay up and I write. I go to the library to finally update this blog. I teach classes and think on ways to improve on my systems. Some day my kids and I will enjoy a nice cruise to a white sandy beach as a reward for my efforts!

So tell me, what is your carrot and stick?

Blessings,
Sara Sherrell
Rockin’ Oily Momma

P.S. I will have more to say on self motivation in my next blog post. See you soon!

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New Year of Possibilities!

This time of year there is a great deal of discussion on goals and resolutions for the new year. What do you want to do different in 2015? What changes do you want to make? What steps are necessary to get there? What will you have to sacrifice to make that happen?

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I have spent a good deal of time considering those same questions. My Young Living team has grown more this year more than it ever has in the years I have been “doing” Young Living. I truly attribute that to the Lord’s provision. The fact though, despite that yesterday I got my biggest Young Living check of the year, is that my current level of income is not enough.

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God has given me dreams of my future: of having abundance, and of being able to give back in ways that I am unable to right now. I will also be able to enjoy life with my family much more as I am able to leave a position in which my hours change based on someone else’s needs and desires with complete disregard to my needs and the needs of my family.

The biggest thing though, is having a big enough house to more comfortably fit all my many children, and to be able to help people who are in need. Those things are important to me, and I want to model those that to my children. My children will grow up loving to give as they see me and my husband give generously and joyfully.

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2015 will be a year of significant growth toward the realization of those goals. The thing is, I need a strong team around me to make it. I need people who have dreams, goals, and visions of big things, and of lives changed for the better. I want to help those people achieve their big goals and dreams. Young Living is absolutely a vehicle in getting me, and other leaders there.

I recently had a dynamic young leader join my team. Her excitement and ability give me confidence that my team, with her in it, will grow beyond what I had recently imagined.

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The thing is… I need more of her. I need more leaders who are passionate, driven, confident, and Christ-centered.

In order to grow I have made a commitment to work on myself this year. I will work to grow as a leader and teacher. I will also work toward personal growth on the home front. In order to grow so that I can help my teammates grow I will read and listen to podcasts (and attend other trainings as I am able). I will work toward implementing what I learn and teaching what I learn. I will need accountability and will strive to provide accountability as well.

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This new year is going to be an amazing year of growth, and watching God work in my life and in my business. I am excited to see His hand in the businesses of my teammates as well. I do hope you will join us! Each new team member who joins on wholesale membership with a Premium Starter Kit receives an Essential Oil Pocket reference and support from me and other team members. I look forward to seeing your growth as well as my own. Click here if you would like to join my team.

Blessings,
Sara Sherrell
Rockin’ Oily Momma

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