How does one get motivated to do something? The conception is that you need to feel motivated before you start your work. Well, in my opinion, you need to start your work first and then this motivates you further.
Did you know that The Beatles are a perfect example of this – they played over 1200 shows before they became a hit. The Colonel Sanders was also rejected over 1000 times before someone finally invested in his chicken recipe. Thomas Edison, as an inventor made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb before he succeeded. How did they stay motivated – they took action!!
- Do Something New
- Visualize Yourself Starting
- Have a List of Goals
- Do A Little Each Day
- Who Inspires You
- Make Sure Your Task is Achievable
- Having a Bad Day
- Raise Your Vibration
- Write a Contract
- Plan Your Future
1.Do Something New
Sometimes people are not motivated because they have just gotten a little stale in their life routines. So if you want to boost your level of motivation, reduce your level of stagnation by trying something new.
For example you always wanted to join a football team or a gym class then go and sign up for one today. Taking this action of something new will stimulate your thinking and hence trying to get motivated.
2.Visulize Yourself Starting
I believe that if you can see yourself starting a new project or wanting a change in your life then you need to See in your minds eye the moment of triumph of the end result.
Make yourself sit down and close your eyes and sit for 5 minutes while seeing yourself in your mind seeing the end result of your task. This stuff really works, but it takes action and consistent focus for this to work.
3.Have A List Of Goals
You need to write your goals down on paper. But when you have that goal written, do you see it everyday? Do you see that goal staring you in the face every day? Or is it a wishy-washy goal like ‘oh, I’d like to start my business someday’.
4.Do A Little Each Day
I know that you may have heard this before, but this is what successful people do each day – they take some action every single day and this keeps them motivated each day. Keep chipping away by making smart decisions each day towards your goals.
5.Who Inspires You?
High achievement doesn’t mean stress and whining. If you want to do good, then surround yourself with people who have the same goals. Go out and find people who inspire you and reach out to them and then bounce ideas of each other and see what they are doing that different from you.
6.Make Sure Your Task Is Achievable
Sometimes it is the size of the task that people find hard. It isn’t that they don’t want to do it, but rather they don’t know where to start and it all looks to hard for them.
I suggest that you break the task up in to a series of smaller tasks and also it might be worth getting yourself to think of little rewards you could give yourself after each mini milestone is reached. Work towards your goals and get rewarded.
7.Having a Bad Day
We all have bad days but to have a bad day when you are trying to stay motivated can be difficult to bounce back from. I suggest that you take action towards your goals and then let the motivation come to you. Don’t allow yourself in fall in to the trap of a slump day. When you see yourself falling into the same old routines…. Then take action right away, no matter how small the victory, and use that momentum for further tasks.
8.Raise Your Energy Level
When you are feeling down, you need to do things that are going to raise your energy level. The old adage “Move a muscle, change a thought” is certainly true. Go and watch a funny movie, listen to uplifting music, go for a walk or go and see friends and family. Do anything to raise your vibration and this will keep you motivated.
9.Write A Contract
This is great – visit stick.com. It’s a platform for writing informal contracts that help achieve goals and form new habits. Put down a concrete goal, on say losing weight or on becoming an entrepreneur and starting a business or joining the gym for three months, then ask a friend to monitor that you’ll get it done.
Put up some money, say $50, and if you succeed, you get your money back; if you fail, then your friend donates the $50 to a charity of your choice.
Try this out. StickK is an example of a commitment device, and it’s a remarkable mechanism for getting things done. Rather than a loose determination to make an abstract goal in the future, you have a concrete task to work towards on a specific date, and you lose more than your pride if you fail.
10.Plan Your Future
If you hate what you’re doing now, the prospect of sticking with it for the next 5-10 years is such a daunting and overwhelming scene that you can not bare. So I encourage you to know what you really want in the future instead. Think about where you’re going and what you need to do to succeed in the future. Make a list and write them down on a piece of paper and have it somewhere where you can read it every single day.
If you can not get a clear vision of where you want to be 2, 5, or even 10 years from now then just focus on the next 12 months instead. Having something to look forward to can make a huge difference in your life.
The Bottom Line
There are many ways to stay motivated. The best way to motivate yourself is to work towards your goals and find a routine you truly enjoy.
So take action and keep on taking action. Then, control as many factors as you can to set yourself up for success and make it a habit.
You can do this.