Personal motivation (or self motivation) is a key to all aspects of your life. It is not an easy thing though. Remember your New Year’s Resolution? Are you still into it? Generally straight after you generate new idea you are motivated and full of energy to keep it going but soon the feeling wears off and you left without your initial enthusiasm. This is a moment when you need your self motivation the most! So what is motivation and how to get (and stay!) motivated?
Motivation can come from your outside word in a form of e.g money, grades, career or praise. Self motivation though is a feeling that comes from within you. It can be sparked by your sense of achievement, curiosity, interest or pride. It is a voice in your head whispering “you can do it”!
So how to get and (the most important!) stay motivated?
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
A good way to be continuously self-motivated is to implement some motivational tips. Here I will try to put them in points that are easy to follow.
My 5 best tips to keep motivated
1. Set your goals and break them up in small achievable parts
Setting goals is an essential step of any development (read my other post on setting goals). By setting a goal you make a decision to act upon what you want. This gives you a direction to focus on. Some goals can be very big and to achieve them you require a lot of strength and patience. Because people can be very easily discouraged and loose their motivation it is advisable to break up the goals into smaller achievable sub-goals which can be reached easier and quicker. It gives you a feeling of achievement and satisfaction that keeps your motivation going. Start simple and build on it bigger and bigger things. Breaking up your task into achievable chunks helps build your confidence.
2. Don’t be too hard on yourself
Being too harsh on yourself doesn’t help, it can actually make you feel dispirited. Stay positive by keeping in touch with positive and motivated people who wish you well. See the good in any bad event. You want to get into the habit of looking for what works to overcome an obstacle when you encounter any. Learn from your mistakes and failures- there are the best teachers (read my post about failures).
“It’s important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst that can happen is that you become memorable.” – Sara Blakely
Don’t get discouraged when you didn’t finish something in a given time, learn how to get better in a next go. It is nothing else that another lesson to be learn. Perseverance and constant adjusting of your approach is a way to go. But there are some days when you just need to stop and have a moment for yourself. Sometimes what you need is a short break to recharge. It can give you a fresh perspective and put you back on track.
“I think you should learn, of course, and some days you must learn a great deal. But you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up inside of you until it touches everything. And you can feel it inside of you. If you never take time out to let that happen, then you accumulate facts, and they begin to rattle around inside of you. You can make noise with them, but never really feel anything with them. It’s hollow.”
― E.L. Konigsburg
3. Track your progress
Tracking your progress gives you an evidence that what you do toward your goal is actually working . Drawing a chart or creating any visual representation of how you are coming closer to achieving something can be very motivating. Keep a progress bar for ongoing projects. Seeing yourself moving closer and closer to your set goal makes you feel motivated and fulfilled.
4. Reward yourself
Any time you achieve something, even a small victory, you should give yourself a pat on a back. Promise yourself some sort of small reward for your hard work each time you complete a task. Do something nice for yourself, spoil yourself a little. Even a small reward is a great motivator. Celebrate your accomplishments!
By rewarding yourself in the moment, your brain elicits positive emotions, leading to the realization that your efforts result in a positive reward. By doing this continuously, your brain will start to link pleasure to accomplishing the task or objective and move towards it in the future. – Tony Robbins
5. Keep learning
Keep learning, keep learning, keep learning! Watch and read motivational stories or speeches- you can learn a lot from them and they allow you to stay elevated and excited for the future.
Discover new sense of motivation by reading personal development and motivational books. You will reveal new tips to keep yourself motivated and centered on your goals as well as grow as a person. The more you learn, the more confident you become.
“You cannot open a book without learning something.” – Confucius
What about you?
Do you have your special tips to stay motivated? What are they?
Please share your ideas to keep your motivation going by leaving a comment below.
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