This is part II of my last blog post 3 Secrets to Staying Motivated. Just when you thought I was done…
Here is my top secret weapon to really cranking up the power of motivation:
What would _______________ do?
Yes, admittedly, it’s an adaptation of the “What Would Jesus Do?” motto you remember from bracelets, notebooks, and other teenage girl goodies in the 90’s. But it works. Just fill in the blank with the type of person you strive to be. You know, the person who already accomplished the goals you set out to do.
For me, it’s “What would an Olympic marathoner do?”
Would she hit the snooze button at 4:30 am when it’s time to run? Would she over-indulge in another piece of fried chicken? Would she skip her workout in order to go to happy hour with friends?
Of course not.
And if you want to be in that person’s shoes, you must be willing to do what it takes to get there. It’s getting into the daily habit and the mindset of the person you want to become, coupled with the art of visualization. It’s essentially “Fake it till you make it” or better yet, “Fake it till you become it.”