Regaining the Motivation and Desire to Achieve a Goal
When Justin Thorstad speaks on transformation, it’s from personal experience — and tons of his own research. Recently, he shared some wisdom via a video about how people can regain the passion and love for their aim and future goals when they become disenchanted or disconnected from them. And, per usual, it all starts with the proper mindset.
Justin explains that when people start to feel disconnected from a goal they were once excited about, they need to resource themselves to get back on track. He knows this because he too has experienced it. He reminds people that mindset is an active practice, and it starts the second people wake up.
“Upon waking, at that very moment of consciousness, if I don’t immediately start thinking about my visions of the future that are defining me, I feel my old stories and old programs start creeping in instantly,” he admits. That programming is created from the 60,000 to 70,000 thoughts that run through people’s heads every day — 90 percent of which are the same as yesterday and the day before that. “How can you expect today to be bigger, better, different and more beautiful, joyful and abundant if you’re thoughts are the same?” he asks.
He suggests that people start thinking and feeling about their aim the second they are conscious. Of course, if they’re excited about it, it can easily pull them out of bed. But what if they’re not? What if that aim or that creation has become dreaded?
“When you have a goal that you were once excited about or something you were really passionate about and now you’re asking ‘where’s the love?’ you might have become disconnected from it,” he says. “You need to resource yourself to get back on track.”
He explains this can be done with a cycle of thinking, adding, “How you think leads to a choice and that choice leads to a behavior, which leads to an experience, which leads to an emotion.” That emotion sets up the next corresponding thought — and so the cycle continues.
When “I don’t feel like it” comes into play, Justin says, “You must think greater than how you feel.” And that starts by thinking about the end product as if it’s here today.
“You have to connect to the energy of the future as if it’s here now. Start thinking and feeling that way now,” he says, adding that meditation can help fuel this. Taking baby steps can also help. “What if you took just three small steps toward that end product today? What three bite-sized things can you today that will move you closer toward your goal? You’re likely to feel a little more excited, a little more loving and a little more enthusiastic about your aim, and yourself, at the end of the day if you take those steps forward.”
The key he says is to keep that trajectory going every single day, reminding people that what got them off track didn’t happen overnight and getting back on track won’t happen like that either.
“It was a sequence of events, of thoughts and of emotions that set that downward spiral into place where the connection with your creation was lost and you lost your motivation to achieve your goal,” he says. “There’s no switch to turn it back on. You have to love yourself enough to go through the process of reversing those steps to become reconnected and remotivated.”
He encourages people to do this by connecting the goal or the aim with a feeling — a super happy or excited emotion or a positive memory from the past. He says that if people can evoke that emotion and attach it to the future goal, they will start associating that feeling with their goal so they can get re-energized about their future goal or creation.
“Once you connect the two, your feelings will once again be powerful and positive and you can go behave in alignment with that intention,” he says. “You have to work with yourself. Inspiration and empowerment are not going to come hit you while you’re busy sitting around. It doesn’t work like that.”
He says it takes effort to resource oneself to get into action, but with an understanding of the cycle, people can direct it where they want it to go. When it comes to motivation and getting back on track, try these tips from Justin to get reconnected with the aim. He reminds people, “when the intention is clear, the mechanism will appear!”