If you’ve ever attended a motivational program, read an inspirational book or saw a movie that inspired, you know first hand how effective a shot of positive energy can be.
Unfortunately, the buzz doesn’t always last long. It’s often not transformational. Life goes on when we forget the positive message.
When we hear something inspirational, motivational or down right life changing, how do we give it legs so its sticks with us?
“The road to life is always under construction” – one of my favorite inspirations because it shows that work ethic is good enough and that accomplishing the end goal is not necessary to be successful or even productive.
“Make a life not a living” always sets me straight because it takes my type A personality and reminds me that if I turn it lose on personal matters not just career, my private life can be better.
“Be the fine person you are” was uttered by my best friend years ago and it sticks with me to this day because it reminds me that I don’t always have to be what other people expect of me to be a good person.
So here’s how I recall these life-changing inspirations and integrate them into my life.
I make them a short phrase or sentence.
Attach a benefit – you will see in my quotes above the benefit that is forever attached to the words.
One more thing.
There is inspiration all around us. I get it every day when readers of this blog show gratitude for the writing. I try to write back and share a benefit I received from their kind gesture.
The pep talk always works when it is short, memorable and has a specific benefit attached.