3MN: How to make motivation a habit.

3MN: How to make motivation a habit.

Happy 3-Minute Thursday!

You are busy, so let's make this quick. No fluff, no filler, no spamming. Your breakthrough is 3 minutes away.

πŸ’¬ In the next 3 minutes:

  1. A childhood dream accomplished.
  2. Why some talents are not growing.
  3. How to make motivation a habit.

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πŸ“š Minute 1 - Today is a big day for me.

It's the day I finish a big project that I've been working on for over a year. This project comes from a dream I've had since I was a kid. As of today, I've done everything I can to get my first book ready for release.

This book has a special place in my heart because it is a true, honest, and thought-provoking story that speaks from levels of pain and promise.

In its pages, readers will travel with a young main character through a story that teaches five principles that can be used in life. These ideas have the ability to not only make life better, but also help people rediscover joy.

The end of this project brings me so much joy, and it's a day I've been looking forward to since the beginning of my goal. It's a reminder to be that big goals are reachable.

What BIG goals do you still have? What if I told you motivation is a habit you can adopt? More on that below. Today I'm reflecting on Proverbs 16:3.

✍️ Minute 2 - How your talents grow.

Poet and novelist May Sarton on talent:

"A talent grows by being used, and withers if it is not used. Closing the gap between expectation and reality can be painful, but it has to be done sooner or later. The fact is that millions of young people would like to write, but what they dream of is the published book, often skipping over the months and years of very hard work necessary to achieve that end..." Source: The House by the Sea

🫑 Minute 3 - How to Make Motivation a Habit.

You can build better routines and make being motivated a habit by following three simple steps.

πŸ‘‰ Step 1: Start with something so easy that you can't say no to it. For example, the first thing I do when I wake up is go to my knees by my bedside to pray. The second thing I do when I wake up is put on my running shoes. I can't say no to these jobs because they are so easy.

Start is the most important part of any job. If you don't feel like it before you start, you'll often feel like it after you've already started. Because of this, make Step 1 super easy.

πŸ‘‰ Step 2: Your regular habits should move you closer to end goals.

What is the purpose behind the actions that need your motivation? You're not going to the gym after work so you can be an Olympic athlete. You're going to the gym for your health because you want to roll around on the ground with your grandkids one day.

If you have the end in sight the actions become easier. Every day you read your Bible because you know the Words are shaping you into the image of God. That's worth struggling through the pain.

πŸ‘‰ Step 3: You have to do things the same way every time.

The main goal of your pre-game practice is to make a set of things you always do before doing a certain job. Your pre–game practice tells your mind, "This is what I do before I do ___."

At some point, this exercise will become so tied to your performance that just doing it will put you in a state of mind that is ready to perform. You don't need to know how to get motivated; you just need to start your practice.

Your pre–game practice is the thing that gets you into the habit of doing it, even if you don't want to.

Remember: Small changes lead to lasting breakthroughs. Reply to this email and let me know how it went.


C T T L W Y D, A H W E Y P.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3

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Until next week,

Payton Minzenmayer


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