SIYLI Steps for Jump Starting Motivation

February 26, 2013

The journey of self-discovery begins with a single step. But are you motivated to take that step?

In an office, it can be easy to let your motivation slip. Facebook, answering emails, browsing blogs (hi there!) can become tempting distractions to your workday.

At SIYLI, we know the key to motivation is you. Yes, you.

You are the world’s greatest living expert on you and with this valuable information you can keep yourself motivated and productive all day. How do you unlock this motivational power from within? SIYLI offers you three steps to motivation and productivity.

  1. Alignment: First we must align our work with our values and higher purpose. The secret is to create a situation in which your work is something you do for fun and somebody just happens to pay you for it. The best way to do this is to look at the work you do and see the importance of it. Do you keep schedules and organize meetings? Think about what an important task is entrusted to you and how valued your work is. Look at how you can apply your values to your work. Consciously think about what value you are demonstrating by the task you are currently working on.
  2. Envisioning: Envisioning is based on a very simple idea: it’s much easier to achieve something if you can visualize yourself already achieving it. In Search Inside Yourself, we teach an envisioning practice that can help you clarify your goals. The basic idea is to envision, discover, and consolidate our ideal future in our mind by writing about it as if it were already true. Write a paragraph about who you are, what you’re doing and why it fulfills you. You’re literally writing your future right now. It is much easier to walk a path, once you have some idea of what it looks like.
  3. Resilience: The ability to overcome obstacles in our path. To do this you need three basic tools: Inner Calm, Emotional Resilience and Cognitive Resilience. Inner calm simply means being able to calm your mind no matter what is going on around you, your mindful minutes will help you achieve that. Emotional resilience is the practice of viewing success and failure as emotional experiences and choosing to embrace a mindful outlook. Cognitive resilience is the process of understanding unproductive mental habits and learning how to stop them in their tracks.

Combined, we know these practices constitute a complete package of tools to help you find out how you want your life to unfold and to navigate the path to get there. Enjoy each step.

SIYLI Suggestion: Write a paragraph envisioning where you want to be in the future. What did you find out about yourself?