Randomly starting off the day with no clear plan for what you want to do leads to mediocrity at best and missing out on things God has prepared for you. The key to solving this problem is daily motivation.
The way you start each day has a great bearing on how successful it’s going to be at the end of it. Daily motivation enhances your chances of doing the important things that move you closer to your goals.
Life is tough enough without us making unwise choices. It can be better by being intentional about getting off to a good start each and every day. When you start each day on the right note it creates the motivation you need to face the challenges that will come your way.
Here are 5 steps to daily motivation you can take to maximize every day of your existence:
Edwin Cole used to say, “All good communication in life must begin with communication with God. That’s where truth is found.” This sounds simple yet it’s so profound. I think about the many times I’ve just gone through a day without consulting the Lord and blunders that happened as a result.
By trying to do things through our own intelligence we tend to make mistakes, some can be costly. It’s imperative to start off each day by spending time in the presence of God praying. Listen closely to what is on God’s heart. He’s speaking all the time but you just have to listen.
What must you pray about? Everything! It’s easy to compartmentalize God to certain areas of your life and think you don’t have to involve Him in other areas. He is interested not just in your salvation but everything about your life.
Pray that He would show you His purpose for your life. Pray for the meetings you’re going to have during the day, your family’s wellbeing, for solutions to problems at work, for safety on the road as you travel and anything else. The point is that God is interested in the minute details of your life.
Prayer is a powerful weapon that’s often underutilized so you must use it to your advantage. This alone is excellent for motivation daily.
2. Bible reading
Prayer is one side of the coin of communication with God. When you pray it’s mostly you expressing the things on your heart to God though He also speaks to us when we do. Reading the Bible is the other side of the coin. He speaks through His word as you meditate on it and not just read it as a novel.
Sometimes you can read a scripture that just jumps out at you and confirms certain things that are happening in your life. Some things you’ll learn but may be more relevant at a later stage in your life. The Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword.
The Bible is full of many promises for those that believe and choose to follow God and His son Jesus Christ. It is the believer’s manual for life here on earth. It has instructions on how you ought to relate to God and people. There are promises for your health, acquiring wisdom, having abundance, knowing your life’s purpose, etc.
Most people today have substituted the Word of God with Google. Instead of searching for answers in the Bible their default setting is the search engine. While there’s nothing wrong with using technology to do research on a subject, it is no substitute for finding answers to life’s toughest questions.
The more you study the Bible the more revelation you will get on the different areas of life and God’s plan for your life.
3. Physical exercise
Getting up to run or do some form of physical exercise stimulates your brain cells and prepares you to face the challenges of the day. Every time I do I feel refreshed and motivated to carry out my tasks for the day.
Another thing that happens when you exercise is that the body releases toxins through sweating, making you more vibrant in the process. After a good exercise you may even feel the need to use the toilet to release additional waste from your body.
Your body can’t function at its optimum level when it’s contaminated and exercise is a good and natural way of cleansing it. The body can now use the energy converted from the food inside to do all the things you need to. At times after a busy day I find that I’ll still have extra energy to do more work.
A healthy body leads to a longer life and a longer life gives you opportunity to accomplish more. Don’t ever take your health for granted because it’s one of the few things you may never recover once it’s lost. Your body is the temple of God so it’s important that you take good care of it.
4. Praise and worship music
John 4:24 says, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” God loves it when we acknowledge Him and spend time in His presence giving Him praise and glory. He is worthy to be praised in both the good times and the bad.
Praise is the key to bringing down strongholds in the spirit before the manifestation is seen in the physical. This was the case with King Jehoshaphat when Israel was under siege and even Paul and Silas when they were locked up in prison before God supernaturally released them.
Praise is another powerful weapon in spiritual warfare. It is through praise and worship that God gives revelation about your life and other things. Just as you would tell your deepest secrets to your close friends God will do the same with you when you spend more time with Him.
Get up each morning to praise and worship God no matter how you feel. The principle works when you feel like it and when you don’t feel like it. The devil may try to distract you in different ways but let God be the center of everything because He is with you even in the storms of life.
Affirmations are positive confessions over your life. As you study the Word of God find scriptures to personalize and declare over your life and other areas. If you’re in need of healing find a scripture that speaks of God’s healing power and speak it over your life.
Find scriptures to speak over your marriage, children, career, finances, property, giving to the less privileged, your nation, ministry and anything else of concern to you. The word of God has answers and promises to all of them. Your words have creative power and you can rest assured knowing that His promises will come to pass if you walk in obedience.
An example of an affirmation using John 10:10 could sound like, “Jesus came so that I could have life and have it in abundance.” Not all affirmations will be a scripture but anything positive and empowering that is in line with what the Word of God says.
Instead of confessing the negative things you see happening around you choose to declare what God says. Your life is not defined by what you have or what other people say. It is defined by who God says you are and what He says you can do.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, therefore you are better off using it to bring life into every situation you face.