In today's blog I speak with Rowdy McLean who features in my Millionaire Motivators book:
What have you found motivates people?
People are motivated to change when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of making a change.
My job as a motivator is to convince people to take a good look at how their lives are unfolding and get ahead of the game; look for the pain points that are on the horizon and fix them before they become a massive problem.
Seeing that the pain of working out or going to the gym or mending their diet is much better than having a massive heart attack.
You shouldn’t wait for the threat of divorce to fix your relationships; or don’t wait until you’re bankrupt to realise your finances need attention; and don’t wait to get a redundancy notice to know you’re not applying yourself at work. They are the biggest pain points in life; most people only react to the problems that show up.
I like to get people into the habit of being proactive; knowing what you really want and then going out and getting it, no matter what.
Once you identify what you want, how do you get the motivation to do it?
In his program, The 90-Day Challenge: Rowdy McLean outlines three clear steps
(1) Acknowledge exactly how your life or your business is right now;
(2) Know exactly how you want it to be; and
(3) Make it happen.
The process works like this;
Choose just one change that you want to focus on; otherwise you’re focusing on too many things and not doing any of them well. Make one significant change every 90 days, four per year, 20 over five years. Creating incremental steps on the path to success.
I choose a timeframe of 90 days because it’s long enough to get traction and see some results, yet not too long that the goal gets lost in the daily grind. Once you’re clear about what you want to achieve, describe it to yourself in detail to create an image in your mind of you living that now. If you want to lose weight, what will you look like? How will you feel? What clothes will you wear? What will people say to you when they see the new you?
Some people create a vision board, others write it down in detail.
I visualise it in my mind; when you make it absolutely real in your mind, your mind starts to work for you. Most people stop at this point, but it’s not enough; you then need to ask, ‘Why is this important to me, and what is the urgency that it was to happen in 90 days?’
This is so, when you meet obstacles, you will have the emotional drivers to propel you to keep going. If you want to lose weight, your emotional driver might be, ‘I want to look like I did when I was first married, so I look great for my partner.’
Then create a plan with one key action or milestone every month. For each milestone, detail the timeframe, the support mechanisms and most importantly your strategies for overcoming obstacles you are likely to come up against. This is very important, because most people give in when they meet obstacles.
Continuing with the example of losing weight, action one might be to join the gym, and by ‘x’ date be going to the gym three days a week.
Your support mechanisms might be to get a personal trainer or a buddy. An obstacle might be that winter is coming and you won’t want to get out of bed at 6am because it’s cold. A strategy for this could be to exercise during your lunch hour or after work.