For my money, nothing beats a good tool. Those who have ever worked on a construction site or have completed a DIY home project know this to be true. The more specific the tool is to the need the better it is able to properly complete the task.
For example, you wouldn’t use a hammer to insert a screw. Well, maybe you could. However, that method is probably going to cause some damage and a ton of frustration. The right tool is needed for the right circumstances to help you achieve maximum results in the most efficient amount of time.
Interesting thing about tools is how they motivate me to succeed. There have been times when I was having difficulty with a particular challenge and a tool pushed me through a mental or physical barrier. In most cases, the tool cost me money to obtain but in the end it proved vital to my success.
So for that I’d say the right tools are worth purchasing to help you win.
My Tools of Motivation
Tools of motivation come in all shapes and sizes for all aspects of life. Here are a few areas where I’ve seen tools be effective in my life.
Oh boy…who doesn’t love something technological to make life easier?
When I first started running, it was very difficult to complete my runs. Yes, I was out of shape but really the issue was I was lacking motivation. I wasn’t keeping track of my distances or times and I didn’t have a goal, so it all seemed quite pointless.
That all changed when I purchased a Nike+ SportWatch GPS. This watch allowed me to track my pace, distance and time. Plus it also charted the elevation of my runs. All the information obtained during the run is downloadable to the Nike+ website where it is stored and displayed in graphs to review. Even a map of the route is cataloged for each run.
Seeing these statistics helped me analyze my running and pushed me to get better. I know it sounds silly but I’m not sure I would have ever crossed that “running-is-just-a-pain” psychological barrier had I not purchased the watch. Now I can’t run without it.
Books are a great tools of motivation and cost very little money to purchase. Besides the Bible, the two books that have meant the most to me in the past few years are Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job and Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters both by Jon Acuff.
I was in a really dark place several years ago, struggling with my fears about moving on in life. As you may know, I’ve recently become a stay at home dad after having been in education for 17 years. When you are committed to a career for that long it’s incredibly difficult to quit and leave behind what you’ve helped build.
While quitting is tough and requires a definite plan of action, starting over is just plain scary. Fear is always around knocking at your door. And fear rears its head differently depending on one’s age and circumstances.
These books helped me focus on my transition strategy. More importantly they showed me how to conquer my fears and find a new calling that matters.
If that isn’t where you are at right now you can still find a book in an area your struggling with or want to grow in. There are great authors in all niches that can provide the boost you need to push through.
Perhaps it goes beyond a simple book. You may need to take a study course or go back to school to advance to the place you want to go.
When Mrs. Luke1428 decided to commit to a new career as a CPA, not only did she have to take grad school classes to obtain qualifying degree, we also signed her up for the Roger Exam Review course. For that course, Roger used the Wiley CPA exam materials to direct her to the vital information she would need to know.
Yes, the course and materials were pricey. Perhaps she could have passed the CPA exam without going that route. (She would say doubtful.) But a dynamic teacher and incredible materials gave her the motivation to accomplish an extremely difficult task.
What tools of motivation do you need today to help you succeed? Perhaps it’s a software program to help you create a better budget. Maybe you need professional help to conquer a life issue. Whatever the challenge, find a tool that is right for your need and sacrifice the money to get it.
It will be worth it to receive a good kick-start to your motivation.
Questions: What are your favorite tools of motivation to help you maximize results in an area of interest? What else helps you get motivated to accomplish a task?
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