The Motivational Monday post drew a lot of attention. It seems this is a hot topic with many of us as we take on the new year.
Today I had coffee with a friend that I met while attending the Flagler County Citizens Academy this past fall. I knew her name and she knew mine, but we never had any reason to connect or meet face-to-face. Since that time we’ve kept in touch through social networking, but decided to have coffee when our schedules permit. Well, today was that day and just spending an hour or so with this person makes me realize that another tool for motivation is to surround yourself with positive energy. There is an energy exchange that takes place between people when they have similar goals, personalities and views of the world.
D is just such a person. Within the last decade, she has battled a life-threatening disease while raising a family and on a professional level has seen her position “cut” from the last two organizations that employed her. Yet she is fully of bubbly enthusiasm for the next adventure that life will bring her. She is positive and glows both inside and out. In her words “whatever happens happens.” You can’t help but be excited for her and with her about her extremely positive attitude. Smiles and laughing are definitely contagious.
So what’s the point here?
The point is that another tool to stay motivated is to surround yourself with people like D. If people find fault with everything in the world or put your ideas down or make you feel that what you’re doing is not valuable, that negative energy will eventually transfer to you, making it ever harder to stay on task with your goals - whether those goals are professional or personal.
Maybe today is the day to look back and see how people and situations around you may have influenced your level of enthusiasm for staying motivated. Make sure you’re keeping the positive connections in your realm within reach to help motivate you.
Any experiences to share about this subject? Let me hear from you!