10 Quick Tips on How to Motivate Yourself
We all go through times when we are just down in the dumps for no apparent reason or few many reasons. Either way, keeping yourself motivated, driven, and encouraged is key to being successful at conquering your goals. Therefore, we will share a few quick tips on how to motivate yourself despite how you feel.
Step 1: First things first, devise a plan- Know what your goals are, know what you are trying to achieve, what you have to do to get there, know the steps you have to take and how long it may take to achieve those goals. Ensure it is clear, conscience and attainable.
Step 2: Create a goal list– Whether it’s per day, week or month, it’s up to you. Pick how and when you want to accomplish each goal you have established. Understand that developing many short term goals can lead you towards your major goal. Therefore, do not lose sight of the big picture, but certainly define your steps along the way.
Step 3: I know this may seem like a no brainer, but seriously; Just Get Started- You don’t have to wait to feel motivated to get started. That’s how people get into procrastination. If you want to see change and transformation towards your goals you’ll have to be consistent in every way. However, as you continue to work towards yours goals despite your lack of motivation and enthusiasm, you’ll notice yourself being more productive and start to become more motivated because you are accomplishing your goals.
Step 4: Start small- If a project or task feels too big and daunting don’t let that lead you into procrastination. Instead, break it down into small steps and then take just one of them to start moving forward.
Step 5: Reduce the daily distractions- When you have easily accessible distractions all around you then it becomes hard to focus. So shut the door to your office or bedroom. Put your smart phone on silent mode at the other end of your work space or home. And put a sticky note on the screen of your on anything that is known to distract you that states; “Stay Focus”, “Get Back to Work” or “Is All of Your Work Done?” to keep yourself on track. Little reminders like that can help you go a long way.
Step 6: De-clutter your work space. Take a couple of minutes to clean it up. I find that having an uncluttered and minimalistic work space helps me to think more clearly and I feel more focused and ready to tackle the next task (or small step).
Step 7: Look for motivation- Whether it’s for from people, music, videos, books and etc. There is a ton of motivating books, podcasts, blogs and success stories out there that you can tap into to up or renew your motivation. Play motivational music or videos that gives you energy and excitement.
Step 8: Find the optimism- Pessimism can drain both your motivation and energy. But the positive and constructive way of looking at things can on the other hand energize and recharge your motivation. So when you’re in what looks like a negative situation, don’t lose sight of the real reason you’re doing it, ask yourself questions like: What’s one thing that’s good about this? And what’s one hidden opportunity here? To motivate you to keep going.
Step 9: Be kind to yourself when you stumble. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of beating yourself up when you stumble or fail. You just feel worse and less motivated. So try this the next time: Compare yourself to yourself and see how far you have come. Instead of deflating yourself and your motivation by comparing yourself to others. Realized what you’ve accomplished so far, even if it’s within the same hour, day or week. Give yourself credit.
Step 10: Be constructive about the failures. To make your setbacks more valuable and less hurtful be constructive about them. When you stumble ask yourself: what is one thing I can learn from this setback? What can I do differently next time? Then keep that lesson in mind and take action on it to improve what you do.
All in all, stay focused, think of your end result and go after your dreams!