Do you control your feelings? Or do they control you?
For adults, consistent motivation is a HUGE determinant in success, as is mental toughness. The difference between success and failure can typically be narrowed down to who works harder and takes the right actions more consistently. While humans ARE creatures of habit, we are also emotional animals. Too often we allow fatigue (or perceived fatigue), disappointment, boredom, etc knock us off our path to success.
To put it simply, most people follow this model:
Feelings => Action => Identity
How they feel determines the type and level of action they take on a daily basis. Those actions lead to a certain identity which isn’t always one of success and victory.
Now imagine if you turned that model around? How would your life be DIFFERENT if you started from a place of creating the IDENTITY of what you want to be? Imagine if you created an “avatar” if you will of who and what you want to be?
Imagine if you followed THIS model instead:
Identity => Action => Feelings
You would certainly have a lot less motivation issues. You would get derailed by disappointment a lot less due to your mental toughness.
Now some people will say that making that switch is tough to do. Maybe it is, but something magical happens once you start. If you make those positive changes and start taking positive actions…..you will notice your progress and motivation will grow. Like the circle of failure from the first model…..the second creates a circle of positive progress for you.
All you need to do is begin. Create your ideal identity and begin to model your daily actions after what THAT person would do.
Yours in success,
Master Jason Nolan