What is Motivation?
Motivation is what makes the world go round. It’s the pushing force behind every action, to the point that almost every single thing in this earth is eventually the reflection of somebody’s passion, drive and determination. It’s one of the most powerful forces in the universe and it’s highly important you learn to properly harness its energy, especially when you’re low on fuel.
5 Powerful Ways to Get Motivated!
If you’ve lost the motivation you once had in your life, whether on a personal or professional level. It’s time refocus and reenergize so that you can accomplish your goals and dreams.
Here are 5 easy to follow tips on how you can do this today!
1. Believe in Yourself
Without self-confidence, motivation is nothing. If you don’t believe in yourself and your abilities nothing is possible. You have to have “YES I CAN” attitude before you even think about getting re-energized and motivated.
2. Imagine Success
In my experience success is the biggest motivator. As you achieve more success, your drive or motivation increases. And as you face more failure, your drive or motivation decreases.
For example take the scenario of Adam and Lisa who are both students studying for the same test. They both study very hard for the same amount of time and come test day both of them receive the same amount of time to attempt the test.
BUT, when they do get their results back Adam receives only 40% while Lisa receives a 92%.
This results in a significant impact on their drive and motivation. Lisa who did really well on the test will have more motivation to study for the next test, as she received positive reinforcement that studying helped to improve her grade. Adam on the other hand will have less motivation to study for the next test because even after studying very hard he still failed the test.
So what can Adam do? Well while he can’t change the past he can still change the future and he needs to get that perspective into focus. He needs to focus on success and envision being successful in the future. You can do the same. Whenever you lose motivation, cling on to your end goal and use it to drive you forward. Imagine yourself reaching success and harness its energy and positivity to keep going.
3. Look at the Big Picture
Sometimes all you need when you get stuck in a rut is a different vantage point. So just take a moment, step back and breathe.
Take a look at all the different aspects of your situation and answer these questions to yourself (I suggest you write these answers down):
- What is your long term goal?
- Where are you now with respect to this long term goal?
- Where were you at the beginning, when you made this goal?
- Why did you make this goal?
- What will you gain when you achieve this goal?
- Why is this goal important to you?
This simple exercise should give you a good idea of where you are and where you need to be. It should help alleviate some of your stress and give you a starting platform to rebuild your motivation.
4. Make Short-term Goals
Finding motivation to complete or reach a very large goal is a lot harder than finding the motivation to achieve shorter smaller goals.
For example if you are used to waking up at 11:00 AM everyday it’s going to be very difficult to start waking up at 5:00 AM everyday going forward. You might be able to wake up early for a day or two but then your motivation will run out.
But if you start waking up 10 minutes earlier each day, and tomorrow you wake up at 10:50 AM and then 10:40AM and so on you will find that you will have more than enough motivation to keep going, And you will eventually reach a point where you will be waking up at 5:00 AM and will have reached your goal.
5. Get Organized
Organization is crucial to staying motivated because motivation is very linear. Your mind works best and is able to recharge itself the fastest, if it knows where, what, why and how it’s doing something. So try to plan and lay everything out so that your mind can make the right connections and help you remove the obstacles in your path; invigorating your motivation. Organization also really helps me to boost my productivity and positivity which are both factors towards your drive, which should also help.
As a final note all I can say is that motivation is that spark that allows you accomplish your biggest goals and realize your greatest dreams. And only YOU can bring it out.
Best of Luck!