To stay motivated becomes the key which kicks us out of bed Monday morning, and guides us to stay on track. This pushes us closer, this so we can start to see the light at the end of the coffee. Motivation is that internal kick in the groin we give ourselves, realizing that some days can be harder than others.
This when what most want is to default to lazy, and remain as static as possible. To do as little as they can. So what it take’s is that nudge to get where you want to go, as there’s a variety of obstacles which strays our path. The truth being that staying motivated requires a bit more than having the urge to do something.
Once our goals become unclear, unrefined or too difficult to reach, what then happens is life throws us curve balls, making us question our motivation.
“Am I doing the right thing?” “Do I really need to push myself even harder?” “Is this worth my time?” “Do I want to keep going?” Once doubt begins to creep in, what’s lost is that initial excitement, then we ultimately give up on our goals.
Why People Quit
The reason why people stop chasing their dreams while others reach theirs, is motivation. Proper sustainable motivation begins from the inside out, supported by well-defined goals, which bridges a strong emotional connection to keep going.
What’s known is that intrinsic motivation is a lot more sustainable than extrinsic motivation, as what we value is our internal motives more favorably.
Different Types Of Motivation
Our motivation drivers can fall into a variety of categories. When it comes to motivation that’s sustainable, it’s self-interest and concern for others which matters the most.
For instance, you’re more likely to get a promotion once you show you really care about improving your standing where you work, while finding reward in wanting to please your spouse, parents, or wanting your kids to get the best education, etc.
Similar to a house that’s built on a weak foundation that won’t stand the test of time, what motivation that’s weak and based on unclear goals with poorly defined outcomes, begins to crumble.
To Develop Strong Motivation
So what you need is to set your goals, this according to what your priorities are, and then have a firm plan which will help you follow through to the end, until it’s completion.
Know the answers to “why” your doing something, such as knowing why it’s the right or the proper goal to pursue. The reason why you need to reach it, reasons why achieving this goal is important.
Once you set a strong foundation, a firm reason why you decide to do something, then you can fortify these reasons by adopting, justifying reasons to sustain your efforts and motivation, this until you succeed.
Put Everything In Writing
Identify what you need to do and put it in writing. Be clear and specific, including both quantitative measurable and experiential aspects of the goals. Once it’s written down, then keep it visible somewhere in sight.
What we constantly do is make promises and plans to ourselves, but it’s just a verbal commitment that we tend to forget, this once life begins to interfere and we get too busy.
What putting things in writing does is holds us accountable to complete our goals, which also serves as a reminder.
Keep Focused Minimize Distractions
When disorganized, what happens is you can’t make progress as everything’s in disarray, as your attention is divided between a variety of tasks.
Then procrastination sets in, this because of all the wasted energy on things that doesn’t matter. Nothing’s more distracting and demotivating than a mind that’s cluttered and wandering.
Once you get confused and begin running around in circles, then step back and hit the “pause” button. Take a moment to think what your true intentions and priorities are.
When you set objectives, then it becomes easy to flush out all the time wasters which sucks up your energy, keeping you stagnant.
Know The Pitfalls
Know all the potential obstacles that you might encounter while making progress towards reaching your goals. It becomes important to know all of the likely stumbling blocks, this so you’ll be expecting them, while knowing how to deal with them.
Once you encounter them, you won’t be surprised as you’ll eliminate them while keeping your motivation. Once you take note of all the possible obstacles, then categorize them into situations you can control, situations you can influence, and situations that you can’t control.
Never waste your energy on things that you can’t do anything about, but instead, focus on just the things that you can do, while remaining focused on wanting to move forward.
Always be mindful of positive self-talk, by doing things that makes you happy, this because when you’re happy, what being so does is gives you more energy and motivation.
Once something bad happens, it’s negatively that affects our attitude, as what our minds will automatically do is default into thinking the worst, which weakens our drive.
What forcing yourself to think positively in every situation, does is helps you recover quicker to your original intent, at times not skipping a beat as if nothing happened.
Always Reward Yourself
What rewards does is injects motivation because they make you feel valued and justified. The reward doesn’t need to be that big for it to have a positive effect. A well deserved break can serve as a reward.
So give yourself little rewards here and there, this once you make progress, which will inject motivation, allowing you to maintain a positive outlook, reminding yourself that you’re on the right track.