Having inner drive is that deep feeling of determination you get inside to carry on when you’re unmotivated. It’s the will to carry on when you feel like you can’t continue. Why is inner drive so important? What happens if you lose it? For me, it’s like a lifeblood – I’d rather lose my right hand than my inner drive! Please understand that it’s normal to feel apathetic at times and that you should acknowledge those feels when they arise. In doing so, your inner drive is more likely to return to full strength. So, don’t give up, work through those feelings, cultivate your inner drive and keep motivated.
Inner drive is an important tool to use as a leader. It can determine the success or failure of anything you do, both personally and professionally. Can you lose your inner drive? Most definitely. That’s why I’ve listed five ways you can manage your inner drive to help you conquer your goals and feel good.
Optimism and Faith
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
This quote by Helen Keller, Activist, and Journalist (1880 – 1968) rings very true. Remaining hopeful and confident about your success is extremely important. You can manage your inner drive by remaining optimistic while trusting in your skills. Continue to find sources of inspiration and draw from these. Motivate yourself and find people that have similar mindsets. Being around optimistic people and mentors can encourage you – it will also build your confidence and make you feel good!
Journaling you say? Yes, it’s not easy getting into the habit of journaling but it is well worth exploring as it’s a great way to document your journey – a fantastic method to detail all your thoughts and feelings on paper so that you can manage your thoughts and feelings more clearly. In my experience, when you journal, you write about how you feel, what you feel is important and anything you find relevant. Journaling can be used to vent out your frustrations, or for inspiration, whatever you deem appropriate. Once you’ve written it down, you’ll find that your mind is clearer. Better yet – you’ll have the opportunity to go back and revisit those thoughts. There are also benefits to keeping a journal, as reported by Huffington Post.
Sense of Community
I find that having inspirational people around you can also help you manage your inner drive. What’s great is that you’re able to connect with communities that share similar ideals and find encouragement by their journey. Whether personal or professional, communities are the support structures you need when apathy starts to kick in. Networking will get you excited again, build up your confidence and encourage you to carry on. This is the perfect playground to grow. If you don’t feel good about you, it’s hard to feel good about anything else!
Envisioning your success should be motivation enough for you to push toward achieving your goals. I just imagine how I feel when I reach my goals, the rewards, and how it changes my life. It’s a fantastic feeling. It makes me feel good! I’m sure that these are just some of the thoughts that would go through your mind when you start to visualise your success.
A great tool that I think also helps with visualising your success is creating a vision board or Pinterest Board. It’s tangible, further provides an incentive for you to continue, and can bring more clarity to you achieving your goals. You can start by finding images or photos that form as a representation of your success and achievement. Note that it does not have to be monetary – anything that captures your interpretation of success will suffice.
Find Your Inspiration and Meditate
It sounds simple, and it really is. Go to a nature reserve and breath in the fresh air, enjoy the wind in your hair, the warmth of the sun as it kisses your skin, the smell of the flowers and grass, just enjoying your natural surroundings. Find your inspiration and enjoy nature and all that she has to offer. It is proven that the human well-being is dependent on the benefits that nature provides. I’d suggest you meditate too – free from the distractions of your stressful life. Meditation has been around for centuries and is practised by many successful businessmen and women. All you need a few minutes to quiet your mind. You can also find inspiration through wonderful programmes such as the High-Achieving Woman’s Leadership Academy, you’ll get the tools and strategies to feel good and make the people who work for you feel great.
Use Your Resources
To end off: having optimism, journaling, and meditating are just some tools you can use to manage your inner drive. Remember: Do something today that your future self will thank you for! Furthermore, using your resources while managing your inner drive can certainly help you achieve your goals, no matter how big or small they are. They will help you feel good on your road to success.