Getting started on your wellbeing journey
Finding your get up and go. It can be a tall ask; especially given the general malaise most of the country is feeling following the perpetual pandemic-ness of the past year. But your wellbeing matters, so find it you must.
Our motivation levels are impacted by a whole range of factors, including:
- The weather
- Physical health
- Mental health
- Life events
- Sleep quality
- The people we surround ourselves with
- The specificity of our goals
The reason motivation matters so much is because without it, our wellbeing very quickly heads south. Motivation is what pushes us to exercise when we’d much rather be binging on Netflix; it’s the drive behind our actions when striving for a promotion, or setting up a business; it’s at the heart of every step we take towards improving our health and wellbeing.
In other words, it’s our reason why.
Find your why
We all have areas of our lives we’d like to improve on. You’ll actually find a lot of them covered in this book. The key to getting (and staying) motivated is tapping into why you want to improve those things. Without that understanding, you’re likely to feel overwhelmed — at which point you can kiss vim and vigour goodbye.
That’s why Form is so focused on being intentional about our wellbeing.
Setting intentions helps us to be specific about our goals, which in turn leads to higher levels of motivation. When you can visualise what you want — see your why — you’re less likely to be side-tracked or knocked off course. Fixing on a small number of goals is also a great way to give yourself that initial push!
But it’s also about looking at your life and learning to recognise what no longer serves you. Our energy stores can become quickly depleted if: we’re in a job that doesn’t play to our strengths; we’re surrounded by people who don’t share our values; we’re perpetually carrying out tasks we don’t enjoy, or we’re living in a way that doesn’t support our wellbeing.
Staying motivated does take work, but it’s work you can absolutely manage when you have clarity of purpose (and Form to help you on your way).
Rob’s top tips for finding your groove