Someone who’s motivated has a force within that launches them toward their goals. It gives them total control over their future.
When you’re not motivated, you:
- Feel exhausted and bored with life.
- Procrastinate by wasting time on meaningless distractions.
- Don’t know what you want (so you never get it).
“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer
If you’re not motivated in life, nothing amazing will happen. Your dreams won’t come true if you don’t have goals.
You’ll regret what you didn’t do to improve your life.
Living without goals would be a miserable, repetitive, and meaningless existence. So, don’t suffer in stagnancy; humans thrive on working toward their goals!
Don’t allow yourself to waste your precious life. Instead, keep reading to learn how to get motivated. You’ve got things to do!
How getting motivated works:
When you’re motivated, there are usually three factors at work.
- Activation (starting). This means you’ve decided to do something and you’ve started doing it. This is often the hardest part of any task.
- Persistence. You keep working towards your goal, even if you encounter problems along the way.
- Intensity. You have energized focus and get absorbed in your work.
So, how do we wrap all this together and achieve our goals?
Here’s how you can get motivated and back on track:
1. Get motivated with clarity
First, you need to know exactly what you’re working towards. If you don’t have any goals, get some! Take the time to think about what would improve your life. Choose at least one goal.
For example, do you want to work on improving your relationships? Learn something new? Get a promotion? Start a business? Get in shape? Heal from past traumas? Get healthier? Create something? Travel or move somewhere amazing?
Write your goals down.
Ask yourself, how badly do you want this? Because you’ve got to really want this to happen. So, psych yourself out into desiring it more and more every day! Imagine yourself achieving your goal, in detail. Feel the excitement!
2. Plan your day, every day
What can you do today to bring you closer to your goal? Research, plan, and write out what you need to do.
- Write down what steps you’ll need to take to get there.
- What skills will you need to build?
- Will you need to gain some new habits or get rid of bad habits?
Then, prioritize the list in order from the first task to the last. Also, don’t forget to include start times and deadlines. By all means, take these times seriously.
3. Remember why you want this
You’ll lose motivation if you forget why you want this goal in the first place. So, write down the reason you’re doing this.
Then, write what will happen if you don’t reach this goal, how will your life suffer?
For instance, if your goal is to lose weight, your reason could be so you can live a healthy life. Consequently, if you don’t lose weight, you’ll feel tired, sick, and lack confidence.
Afterward, put the list in your daily line of sight, so you never forget why you want it.
4. Force yourself to start before you’re motivated to do so
You can’t wait for motivation to arrive before you get started. Sometimes you’ll have to force yourself to get working even if you don’t want to. Starting is the hardest part. So, just begin and soon the motivation will follow.
You are the boss of your life and you’re the only employee, so get to work!
5. Allow your plan to change if needed
Sometimes your initial plan won’t be the best route. So, you might need to take a detour on your way to your goal. That’s okay!
If things aren’t working out, reevaluate your system and change it up. Nevertheless, be flexible and try to get there another way. You’ll eventually succeed if you’re always willing to try one more time.
6. Refuse to hold yourself back
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
Don’t make excuses to not get started. Trust me, your subconscious wants you to keep doing the same things every day. However, this isn’t beneficial.
So, you’ll need to break through the chains of your comfort zone and start doing the things that will change your life!
You’re the boss here, not your habits!
Also, if you get overwhelmed, break down your project into small tasks. Then, schedule them for each day of the week. Make your way down your list, daily. Have patience because good things take time but, refuse to quit.
Every time you finish a task, you’ll gain more motivation to keep going! You’ll be so excited when you see how much you’re accomplishing!
7. Think positive, encouraging thoughts
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
The main cause of a negative attitude is pessimistic thinking. Pessimism devours energy, kills creativity, and collapses all motivation. It’ll distract you from working on your goal.
Furthermore, people procrastinate when they’re in a bad mood or when they fear the outcome of their project. But, procrastination is self-sabotage. So, don’t hesitate anymore! Your dreams are on the line!
Instead, encourage yourself while you work. Research shows that positivity increases your productivity.
8. Get motivated with urgency.
“If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.”
― Rita Mae Brown
A sense of urgency can enhance your ability to finish the job.
So, choose a task and set a timer (a real one or an app on your phone) for how long you think it’ll take you to complete it.
Also, you could try the Pomodoro technique. This entails setting a timer for 25-minutes, then working on your task, non-stop. When the timer goes off, take a break.
Then repeat as needed. This productivity technique trains your brain to focus and be more efficient. Over time, it will improve your ability to concentrate.
9. Have fun!
You’ll be much more engaged and focused if you’re having fun. In fact, you can make almost any task fun! Turn your project into a game and speed things up! For example, you could set a timer and race against the clock.
Decide on a “punishment” if you don’t finish the task before the time is up. Also, choose a prize for if you finish in time! You’ll slaughter your “To-Do List” when you know you’ll get a prize in the end!
10. Step away from your project
If you’ve been working on your goal for hours and the words on the screen are blurring together, you might need to step away. So, get up and go take a walk or get some coffee. Getting out of your workspace can recharge your brain, so you can come back focused and ready to get back to work.
If you don’t have much time, then just take a quick meditation break. Sit back, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing for one or two minutes. You’ll return to work with revived focus and energy.
11. Imagine how you’ll feel after you reach your goals
“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.”—Christopher Reeve
Depression can cause you to lose any motivation to achieve goals. Also, if you obsess about the complexities of doing something new, you’ll intimidate yourself and not do it.
So, don’t obsess about the work involved. Do your goals step-by-step and focus on how great you’ll feel when you finish it.
“No storm, not even the one in your life, can last forever. The storm is just passing over.” – Iyanla Vanzant
It’s always good for people to keep a journal. Don’t hide from your thoughts like you may have in the past. Now is the perfect time to get to know yourself! Besides, you are the only one around for every moment of your life. So, get on good terms with yourself.
Journaling can be a great way to learn from the past and let old problems go. You can also discover who you are and what you want! Also, write about the issues you’d like to fix and how you can do that. Then, you can save your journal in a document on your computer or write in a notebook.
Use it to gain the motivation to keep working towards your goals. Furthermore, writing positive thoughts can help get your mindset from negativity.
13. Get motivated with quick, easy goals
“There is no normal life that is free of pain. It’s the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth.”
— Fred Rogers
Even though getting things done when you don’t have motivation can seem like an impossible feat, but you can do it. Also, the more you push through and do what you need to do, the easier it’ll be in the future.
When you set small, manageable goals, then chances are, you’ll accomplish them! That will fuel your motivation, and you might end up doing even more. Before you know it, you’re on a roll! When you finish the small tasks, you can add more if you want.
Plus, when you’re busy, it’s harder to worry about things you can’t control. If even small tasks overwhelm you, then try doing something easier or even taking a break.
In the end, everyone lacks motivation from time to time. When that happens you can follow the above tips to get you back on track! Above all, force yourself to actually start the task. I promise, starting is the worst part, the rest will fall into place.
Amaze yourself with how much you can accomplish today!
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