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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Getting Into the Game

Often when I am on the road I like to listen to something more beneficial than music, especially pop music. Usually I listen to different preachers, occasionally I listen to podcasts on leadership and business. When I hear a sermon, I am often able to relate it to my business, and to success in any business, really.

A few days ago was listening to a preacher I had never heard of before named Jack Graham (not an endorsement, I only heard part of one sermon!). He was discussing getting into the game.

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He said that every sports team manager would love to have a player that played perfectly all the time, who never made a mistake, and always scored points at every attempt. He said that the trouble is “We can’t get the guy in the stands to drop is hot dog and get in the game!”

He made several worthy points that I intend to remember as I build my business. The comfort of the sidelines (or worse my couch) where many stay and often negate the efforts of those in the midst of the action. It takes courage to get into the game. Prayer is vital to the believer in the game.

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The sidelines (or couch) are a comfortable, fun, and safe place to be! I mean players are injured all the time, but no worries if you aren’t playing, right?! The sidelines don’t require you to work up a sweat, to work hard, to train. You just show up and watch. Oh, and critique. “How could he miss that” and other such phrases are easy to throw around when you aren’t actually playing. This is a great place to stay if comfort is your top priority.

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Chances are though that you want more. To be honest, God made you for more.

Following the will of God and running your own business are scary endeavours! What will my friends and family think? How will I survive? Will I have to sacrifice time with loved ones? Sleep? Will I really make money? The uncertainty of it all will drive many right back to the sidelines. We want a guarantee, we want to see the end.

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It take courage to get in on the action, to start playing the game. It takes courage to overcome the fears. Your friends and family may not approve. Things likely will be tough. Time with loved ones will be reduces as time for training increases. Part of that training and game playing may just happen when you are accustomed to sleeping. You never know whether you will make money at it until you try.

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Training, hard work and sacrifice are part of every great success story. One must be courageous and overcome fear in order to overcome, and to pursue God-given dreams and passions. There is a period of often painful growth before the money and success come. Only God knows when that will be, so continuing on the course of growth and training is necessary as long as God says it is. He knows when you are ready for the real game, which leads into the next point.

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“The door of success always swings on the hinges of prayer.” Prayer is vitally important! Knowing what to do during the time of training and preparation will come when you ask God. Every step of the way, God knows the path that leads to victory and the path that leads to destruction. Asking God’s direction before proceeding would save a lot both time and embarrassment. Then God will tell you when it is time for the big game, and He will be there with you in it. If you stay humble during this time, he will continue to guide you through the game, or in my case, my Young Living business.

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After typing this I will be anointing myself with three particular essential oils. Valor is my favorite for instilling feelings of strength and courage. Motivation, and the name says it all! I will also apply Frankincense, a personal favorite of mine when praying and seeking.

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Blessings,
Sara Sherrell
Rockin’ Oily Momma

P.S. His sermon was about Nehemiah. Go read about him!

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