Not to be confused with a bucket list, a ‘bucket of motivations’ is a list of reasons why you want to accomplish a particular goal. In past posts, I have written about goals not being end points but successful habits that help you continue on the journey of health, wealth and happiness.
The concept of a ‘bucket of motivations’ came to mind as I was at the gym, running on a treadmill. The gym initially was a reason for me to get in shape, but has evolved to becoming so much more to me. My bucket of motivations for going to the gym not only include looking and feeling good, but to also relieve stress and surround myself with people who are on a similar journey. If I have had a stressful day at work, the gym will help me release some tension. If I feel I need to get in shape, going to the gym will help me validate that I’m actually working on it instead of doing nothing.
I’m currently taking some courses towards my MBA through a distance education curriculum that requires some serious self-discipline. My bucket of motivations for taking my MBA and studying hard includes learning more about business and furthering my career but also for being a positive role model to my kids and showing them that education is something we need to value. I have a vision of being at my convocation ceremony with my daughters and wife in the audience cheering me on.
Think of a bucket of motivations as a few key reasons why you should do anything positive and that you would need to pull from to motivate you to stay on track from your goals. These motivations do not have to be related to one another aside from the fact that they are motivating you to achieve a particular goal/habit. And as always, I would recommend the use of a journal to help uncover these motivations and to help keep them in mind while you work towards a healthier, wealthier and happier self!
Happy New Year, everyone!!