Cultivating a motivated journey

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At some point along the journey to discovering your divine design, you will be discouraged and want to give up. There will be times when the frustration is too much and the motivation to keep moving is all but gone. Finding the new energy to keep going could be the one thing that pushes you to finally discover the person you were created to be.

A few weeks ago, I ran across a TEDTalk that identified the seven major things that motivate people at work; it was based on various scientific studies. While journeying to discover your divine design might not technically be a job, it is definitely work. Many of the principles highlighted in the talk can also apply to discovering your divine design.

Whether you’re just starting out on your journey or you’ve hit a block in the road, here are a few talk highlights that will help you stay motivated along the way:

1.Seeing the fruits of our labor makes us more productive.

The main reason people get discouraged along their divine design journey is because it takes a while to start seeing results. Very rarely does someone feel called to be a pastor and start leading a church the next day. It takes time. However, if you want to stay motivated along the way, look for ways to practice your skills. Not only will this help you improve, it will also create opportunities for you to see the impact you are making.

Think of it this way: A basketball player who spends all day shooting hoops knows it was well worth it when he finally learns how to hit a three pointer from a new spot.

2.Knowing that our work helps others increases our unconscious motivation.

If we’re pursuing our divine design only to benefit ourselves, it’s going to be tough to stay motivated. However, if we’re working so that we can truly help others, it’s easier to stay motivated along the way. We can’t keep our focus on how much money we make. Our career, calling and mission have to be focused on the impact that we’ll be making on others. The fact is that self-serving ambition will never satisfy us; however, investing in others will.

Remember, you were not created to serve yourself. When searching for your divine design, consider how it’s going to help you make a difference in the lives of other people. That will provide the motivation needed when things get tough.

3.Cultivating a positive environment helps us focus.

Surrounding ourselves with a positive environment has an instantaneous impact on our motivation. Maybe you need new relationships with people that will push and challenge you to keep moving forward. Create a work environment where motivation is ingrained in your surroundings. Put up pictures of the inspirational leaders in your life and maybe a few quotes that have been life changing for your journey. Whatever it is that you need to have in your environment to cultivate motivation, do it.

No matter what phase of the journey you’re currently navigating, there are many things that can be done to cultivate motivation. The key is creating an environment that nurtures growth and inspiration, and keeps you motivated on the journey to discover deeper depths of your divine design.

What keeps you motivated on the journey? What are the slumps that you’ve overcome as you’ve discovered more of your divine design?