This is it friends; the end of my book “How do I get it all Done… and Still Have Time to Enjoy it?”
Today I’m sharing my last few thoughts on motivation and how I get stuff done even when I don’t feel like it. If you missed the previous posts you can find them all here.
How do I stay motivated?
I reward myself. Well, sometimes.
I don’t do this one as often as I should. It’s not that I need to be convinced that it’s a good idea, rewards can be an excellent motivator for anyone. It’s just having the creativity to dream up fun rewards that don’t require too much money or take me away from home for too long. Not that I think I need a reward for every little thing I do. For the most part I find my lifestyle very rewarding and much of what I do is a reward in itself. I enjoy sitting down in a clean house and having a nice meal to eat. It’s the bigger projects and goals that might get done more quickly if I had a reward waiting at the end.
When our family hit the mark of “debt free except the house” we went on a vacation and paid cash. It was a fun way to celebrate success. We moms can reward ourselves in smaller ways as well. How about an afternoon with friends, just chatting and sharing life? Maybe a new candle for the kitchen or hand cream for your purse. Maybe a new praise cd or a book, and time to read it. Would a pizza and movie night with the family be a fun way to top off a busy week? I’m sure hubby would love the idea of your rewarding yourself with a date night! I’m so practical, I get excited about new socks! Whatever it is for you, if you have something that is going to take a little extra push, think of some kind of reward to keep your eye on while you dive in and get it done.
I know I will be blessed when I do certain things. Like exercising.
I have to admit, I don’t thoroughly enjoy working out. I do it for the long term benefits of being healthy and having more stamina. But what gets me off the couch is the fact that I can actually feel a difference the very day I work out. I feel more flexible and have more energy. This motivator is similar to rewarding myself for a job well done (or, lets face it, a job done!) but with this one, the reward isn’t something I have to figure out and work into the budget or schedule. Its just part of the package. When I honor my husband I get a good marriage, when I love my kids I get a good relationship with them, when I stay in touch with God, well, the blessings abound. So much of what I do comes with a blessing. So, even if I don’t feel like it at the moment, the promise of the blessing is enough.
I give myself a break. I have to find ways to recharge and refresh or else everything I have in front of me looks boring at best and insurmountable at worst. God has not given me anything I can not do. I just have to allow him to give me the grace one step at a time and he does that through pulling me away to the green pastures and causing me to rest. Knowing that I will soon be able to rest helps me to press on with what I need to do.
I remember where my help (and my grace) comes from. Trying to keep everything done can be like trying to bail water from a leaky canoe. You keep bailing, and the water keeps coming. Now, I’m not saying we shouldn’t try to do a good job with our responsibilities. We just need to know our limitations, and know that God knows them too. He has promised his grace for our imperfections, his beauty for our ashes. Rest in his grace. Know that he sees your frailties and still, he sings over you. He will give you the strength, the resources, and the grace, that you need.
Copy some of these verses and post them around your house so you’ll always remember where your help comes from.
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children— with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber;
I Corinthians 12:9a
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight
Hebrews 13: 20-21
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
What motivates you? What gets you up and going when your feelings have gotten up and left? Share with us in the comments.