You may already know that motivation is one of the keys that determine success or failure. However, just knowing doesn't make it any easier to gain motivation. If you feel that you're having trouble properly motivating yourself, it's time for you to act. Not tomorrow, but today.
Waiting for motivation might be something you end up waiting for the rest of your life. Taking action and moving forward is what actually creates motivation that will last and keep you moving towards your goals.
Finding your motivation is something personal-different for everyone. What I find that motivates me is visualizing myself after I have done the work. Imagine myself feeling invigorated, proud, healthy, happy...this is what jump starts me and makes me look forward to completing my task. Most of the time I use this strategy with physical fitness. I rarely wake up and feel like running or teaching, but I visualize myself and how amazing it’ll feel when I’m done and that seems to be the push I need.
Consider the following ways to motivate yourself today:
- Avoid just going through the motions. One reason you may find it difficult to perform everyday tasks is that you get bored. Of course you're going to try to avoid something that you find tedious! You can combat this mentality by really concentrating on what you’re doing and why. Maybe you think of your family and how great it is for them to come home to a clean house. Maybe you think of your team at work and how great it’s going to feel when the work is done and you’re celebrating that project being completed. This can give purpose to what you’re doing.
- Set a goal. You might lack motivation because you don't have a goal. If you aren't even sure what you're working towards, you'll have difficulty finding motivation. Setting a larger goal and breaking it down into smaller bit sized goals will help it feel much more achievable. Plus, it gives you more small wins along the way to keep your motivation up.
- Hold yourself accountable. In order to ensure that you don't stray from your chosen path, evaluate your progress every week or even every day. Determine how you can do better next week. If holding yourself accountable is scary, share your ideas and goals with friends of family and hold them accountable in holding you accountable. (See what I did there?)
- Think positive thoughts. Negative thinking is the fastest way to lose motivation. You can increase your motivation by concentrating on eliminating your negative thinking patterns. Replace negative thoughts with thoughts that are more optimistic and get you moving forward. Replace “I can’t” statements with “I can” and ask yourself what is standing in your way and how you can overcome those obstacles.
- Make a change. If you think you've tried everything and you still can't get motivated, perhaps you should consider a life change. Maybe there's a reason you're feeling this way. Pause and take inventory of your life, dive deep, ask yourself what you really want, and listen to your intuition.
Always keep in mind that "the time is now." Clarity and confidence come from action. Put procrastination into your past and you'll feel happy and accomplished at the end of the day, instead of stressed out or regretful.
Remember that motivation isn’t something that you have to wait for—motivation is within you. Think of what you’re working for and get going. You’ll always be happy when you do!