In almost every small office in America hangs that cheaply framed motivational poster. You know the one I’m talking about. It’s got a picture of an eagle soaring with a title, “Be Your Best You” or “Reach Great Heights” or “Work Lots and Never Complain.” I’m kidding about that last one. Sort of.
From the cubicle in the corner, perhaps you have a long distance view of that motivational poster. Being so far away, it feels like you just can’t reach it. It’s this big thing over there, so separate from you. It feels like a lot of things in your life. Like that potential client you are wanting to get. Like that report you somehow know you can’t finish by the deadline. Like balancing your work life with your family life. Just not possible.
We all say that we want to be motivated. We want believe that’s it’s possible to do more and be more. But like us, sitting in the corner cubicle, so far away from that motivational poster, there is a huge divide. Almost like a smoky haze between you and what you really want out of life.
Our motivation is just too far away.
So then the negativity comes. Aren’t we all looking for the same thing? Deep down, don’t we all want happiness, acceptance, love, and fulfillment? So then when we don’t get those things, when we look at that motivational poster and instead of feeling inspired we think, well that doesn’t work.
I’m not bashing motivational posters. I like them. Obviously, I’m a motivational kind of a person. I know that the power of words, especially when we tell them to ourselves over and over, are powerful. But sometimes the distance holds us back. They are too far away to believe.
It’s the act of believing these words that is so hard. We let our negative thoughts hold us back from what we really want out of life. So, let me propose something to you. Instead of looking so far away to your motivation, instead of placing your motivation way over there… bring it right in front of you.
Your motivation should be right in front of you, where you can see it best. It should be close enough that you can touch it and feel it. Instead of that huge divide and space between you and what you want to believe, bring it closer.
Grab a Sticky Quotes pad and start sticking.
Place them close to where your eyes will be every day. Your bathroom mirror, your computer screen, your car dash. Keep them close. As you bring your motivation closer to you, you’ll be one step closer to believing it’s possible.