How To Get Motivated And Stay That Way

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Why Do I Have No Motivation?

Do you catch yourself asking this question? So why don’t you have motivation? There are so many reasons why. Motivation is essential if you want to succeed, but many people find that they aren’t driven enough. Here are some reasons you have no motivation and some ways that you can become a more driven person and stay that way:

1. You Should Stick To One Thing At A Time

While having multiple long-term goals is a good idea, setting numerous short-term goals usually isn’t. Unfortunately, if you set more than one goal in the short-term, you might find that you are unable to juggle all of the tasks, and you get nothing done!

2. Inspire Yourself

Luckily, it’s possible to make just about any task interesting! Here are some ways that you can get inspired by your goals:

  • If possible, seek inspiration from others for your work, and if you speak about your tasks at hand in an excited way, you can channel some of that enthusiasm into your work.
  • You also might want to consider seeking inspiration from sources on the internet, and this can be highly effective for many people. Find websites or individuals in the community who also have your career, and talk with them about your tasks.

3. Make Your Tasks Exciting

If you are excited about what you’re working on, this will make you more successful at whatever you’re doing. Here are some ways to get excited about your goals:

  • One great way to get excited about your work is to involve people in your life. Not only can you get passionate about your work from people who are close to you, but you can also get excited about your work from finding inspiration and excitement from discussing your work online with people who are in similar occupations.
  • It’s also a good idea to mark future goals on your calendar.
  • Many people find that getting excited about your goals is the most effective way to stay motivated.

4. Anticipate The Outcomes Of Your Work

If you will be creating a new project, think about what the outcome of it will look like, and this can motivate you. Anticipating the results of your work will not only make you more motivated, but it will help you to create higher quality work as well. Here are some things that you should try to anticipate from your goals:

  • If the goal is likely to lead to you earning money, think about the money that you will make as a result of completing your goal.
  • If your goal is going to lead to you having a new item that you’ve built yourself, think about what it will be like to use your creation.
  • A study showed that goals that you are driven to achieve because of your personal values will motivate you much more than other goals.

5. Make A Posting About Your Goal

If you post your goal on the refrigerator or elsewhere in the house, this is likely to make you more motivated to reach it. While there are many ways that you can post a goal for yourself, one of the best ways to do it is to write a mantra for yourself.

Remember that this is not the same as posting it on social media or telling the world about it. In fact, studies show that doing so will have an adverse effect on achieving your desired results.

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6. Think About Your Goals Every Day

If you remind yourself of the goals that you have each day, you will be exceptionally likely to stick with them. Even if you only dedicate a small amount of time to your goals, you will probably find that you move ever closer to them if you consistently spend time trying to reach them.

If you’re pressed for time, there’s a good chance that merely five minutes per day will be enough to reach your goals! Here are some ways to think about your goals each day:

  • Watch an informational video about the goal that you want to achieve.
  • Read an online article that’s related to your goals.
  • Talk to someone else who has goals that are similar to yours.

7. Understand That Your Motivation Will Come And Go

While your motivation will never completely go away, you’ll find that it fluctuates significantly. It’s a good idea to read about your goals when you are not feeling motivated, and many people see that this brings the motivation right back! Here are some other ways to deal with a motivational slump:

  • If you find that you are in a motivational slump, you may consider taking a day off if that is an option for you.
  • Work on a different part of a task, and you may find that you are highly motivated.
  • Do a creative exercise to get yourself more motivated.
  • If you feel that your slump is triggered by being in a bad mood, getting yourself in a better state of mind can work wonders.
  • Try to notice things that are going right in your work, and this can often help you to become significantly more optimistic.
  • If you are in a dark room, get into the sunlight. This can help to improve your frame of mind, and it may result in increased productivity.

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily” – Zig Ziglar

10. You Should Never Give Up

You’ll probably find it quite challenging to meet some or all of your goals, but this is no reason to give up. Even if you do not attain your goals right away, you’ll almost always achieve them eventually if you work hard. Here are some strategies that can help you stick to your goals:

If you have a slip up on your goals or schedule, remember that it isn’t the end of the world.
Remember that you may end up failing a few times before you ultimately succeed, and no one was born with exceptional success in anything.

11. You Should Always Start Out With A Small Goal

Many people think that you need to set big goals right away, but this is almost never the case. If you set goals that are easier to attain and complete them, this will help to ensure that you remain motivated to achieve broader goals in the future. Here are some examples of small goals that you can set for yourself:

  • Wake up 10 minutes earlier than usual each day.
  • Begin working out a few days of the week.
  • After you complete a small goal, it’s a good idea to experience the results of this for a week or so before setting a new one.

12. You Should Read About Your Goals Often

There are many types of content that you can find that will motivate you. Luckily, there are many places where you can read content online that can get you excited for the tasks at hand, and there are even apps that are designed to motivate you to complete tasks or even to get more reading done. However, even if you are feeling reasonably motivated, it’s a good idea to continue to read about your goals.

13. Be As Confident As You Can

If you know that you’ll be able to succeed, you’re more likely to, and this is true in every profession. Here are some tips that can help you maintain confidence:

  • Spend time with people who are confident in your abilities.
  • Remember high-quality work that you have done in the past, and keep track of it.

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14. There Are Two Types Of Motivation That You Can Use

The two main kinds of motivation are positive motivation and negative motivation, and each one is effective in different circumstances. Using too much negative motivation can result in a state of perceived helplessness, and it’s best to use more positive than negative motivation. Here’s what else you need to know about positive and negative motivation:

  • Positive motivation tends to act as a reward when you complete the task, but negative motivation doesn’t have this effect.
  • Consistent use of negative motivation tends to lead to long-term stress, and this can be detrimental for your mental health.
  • A study showed that internal motivation that is driven by one’s desire to meet goals is much more effective than externally imposed negative motivation.

15. Chunk Down Your Goals Into Multiple Sections

This is especially important if you have a massive goal, but breaking up goals of any size is important. The purpose of splitting a goal into more than one section is that completing a single part of a goal is often seen as more attainable than completing the entire goal at once. Here are some ways that you can divide your tasks:

  • If you are creating multiple items as your goal, you can consider a single completed piece one of the goal’s sections.
  • It is also possible to divide your tasks into the steps of a process, and many people feel that this is the most effective way to split your goals.

16. Create A Reward System For Yourself

Choose rewards that are proportionate to the goal, and these are some examples of things that you can reward yourself with:

  • Go out to a movie upon completion of your goal, or go out to dinner.
  • Purchase a new clothing item that you have been interested in buying, or get something else for yourself.
  • Go out with your friends, or go to an event.

17. Have A Routine Before You Start Working On Your Goal

Many people feel that having a routine before you begin working on your goals is the difference between those who approach their tasks as professionals and those who approach them as an amateur. While many types of routines can be great for the beginning of the day, these are some of the most common ones:

  • Even if you work from home, get dressed as if you were going to a desk job for the day.
  • Exercise in the morning, and you might find that this puts you in a much more productive state of mind than you’d be in otherwise.
  • Read information about the day’s tasks, and this will help you to be prepared in addition to motivated.

18. You Should Try To Stay As Positive As You Can

Not only should you be confident in your ability to reach your goals, but it’s a good idea to think positively overall. Here’s how you can shift your mindset to a more positive one:

  • Think about your previous accomplishments, and this can be a great way to boost your self-esteem.
  • If you’re in a negative mood, think of positive experiences that you have had with other people.
  • Even if you face a disappointment, remind yourself that this doesn’t mean that you won’t reach your goals.

19. Realize That Every Minute That You Have Is Precious

Make sure that you keep track of how you spend your time, and see every moment as potentially valuable. Time is money, and this is especially true for people who are self-employed. Here are some ways that you can remind yourself of the value of time:

  • Think about things that you accomplished during a similar amount of time in the past.
  • Remind yourself that you were born to succeed not to fail.

20. You Should Take Steps To Avoid The “Treadmill Of Failure”

Many people are unaware that failure can be caused by a cyclical process. Failure often reduces motivation, and this leads to more failure. So, how do you break this vicious cycle? Here’s how:

  • If you are able to attain small goals, this will help to break the vicious cycle of failure.
  • Staying in good spirits can help you avoid the “treadmill of failure.”

21. Make Sure That You Set Goals That Are Realistic

This is especially true if the goals that you set have a specific deadline, but it’s important no matter what. Here are some ways to avoid biting off more than you can chew:

  • If possible, set goals that are closely related to one another, and this can allow you to complete multiple goals at the same time.

22. Surround Yourself With Successful People

Almost everyone unconsciously picks up attributes from people who are around us, and if we surround ourselves with successful people, we’ll pick up their habits. Not only will this strategy improve your motivation, but it can also help you network more effectively. Here are some ways that you can meet successful people:

  • Seek out meetings for people who share your career goals.
  • Attend networking events.

With these 22 tips, you can easily stay motivated in your life. Each one works and following more than 1 will compound the effects on each other. So why not go through all 22 this week? Please share if the post inspired you in some way!

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