How to be motivated and stay motivated

How to get motivated and remain motivated

Most of us ask this question – “How to get motivated and stay motivated when the going gets tough?” It is easy to be motivated when things are working out the way they should be, but it is when we face obstacles and problems on our way that we find it difficult to stay motivated. It is easy to start a task, but to do it well and bring it to completion, we need to remain motivated. Being motivated is the only way to do a task with zeal and passion. When our interest dies down, we only make half-hearted attempts at whatever we are doing and the results are not going to be laudable.

How to be motivated

The best form of motivation is that which comes from within. However motivating the external factors may be, they lose their grip over us over a period of time. Being self-motivated is to be driven from within and nothing is stronger than your own will-power.

Be aware

To be motivated, you first need to be aware of :

Why are you doing the thing that you are doing?

What meaning it holds for you?

How much value does the end result hold for you?

If you have answers to these questions and these being positive, then it can cause you to be driven from within.

Make the goal attractive and emphasize its importance to yourself by using your imagination. Visualization is a great technique that will help you get motivated and remain motivated. Visualize your achievement everyday before you start so that your focus remains on the end results

Comfort level. Make yourself comfortable in your work environment, because discomfort signals always make you avoid the object that causes it.

Reward yourself from time to time. Every achievement needs to be rewarded and celebrated. Well, if no one else is going to do it, then do it yourself.

Take breaks when you find that you are not progressing further. It means that you have reached a point of stagnation and you really need to get creative to proceed. Creativity works best when you are free from stress and pressure. You need to be inspired to reach your goals.

Learn to relax. When things get stressful, learn to use techniques of relaxation to make yourself feel more comfortable and not overwhelmed by the situation. Learning to relax has a great bearing on your productivity and health.

Enjoy what you are doing. The best way to be motivated and stay motivated is to enjoy what you do. So make sure that have fun doing what you do..

Get support. Finding buddies at work or peers who are supportive is very important for your motivation. If you are working from home or in an environment where you are alone, it is possible for you to get lonely or bored and overwhelmed. Find a network of supportive people and that would keep your motivation up.

Staying motivated

To stay motivated till the end is more difficult than getting motivated at the start. New projects are always interesting and naturally tend to grab our attention, but as time goes by and obstacles come our way, we find it difficult to stay motivated. To stay motivated, you need to do a little more than what we had discussed earlier.

Pump yourself up. You need to emotionally charge yourself up everyday and keep telling yourself that you can do it and visualizing the trophy or your end result. Talking to yourself is an important part of staying motivated, but you need to watch what you are saying to yourself. Avoid negative thinking and negative speaking, because words have power and we need to use them wisely.

Put reminders all around you. Have pictures of that thing that you would achieve or that position you would get to or something to remind you frequently of your goals. Visual reminders are more effective than verbal and mental reminders. So they need to be combined to make them powerful. Make sure that you are with a group of encouraging and positive people. Positivism is contagious and will keep you highly motivated even if you don’t tend to be that way.

Avoid nay-sayers. Negativity is more contagious than positivism and it quickly brings down your energy levels and your motivation. You would do well to stay away from people who are negative and are whiners. They are not being worth with, especially if you are keen on your achieving your goals.

Do not doubt your potential. Self- doubts eat into your motivation and stop your march towards progress. Doubting also brings down your self-confidence and thereby, your productivity.

Learn new skills. When you keep learning new skills and new ways of doing your job, you tend to be more motivated and try out new techniques. New information and knowledge always brings freshness into your projects. When you stop learning, stagnation and lack of motivation are immediate consequences. Developing your potentials and hone your skills is important to keep your interests alive.

Keep expanding your network of resources and support. Never be comfortable with your current resources or support groups. Constantly widening them prepares you for every obstacle that comes your way.

Be prepared for mistakes. Being a perfectionist drains out your motivation so allow for mistakes and be mentally prepared for them. They are bound to happen.

Don’t put off things that you can do today for another day. When work piles up and goes beyond your control, you do tend to get de-motivated. Getting things done right away is an important way of keeping your motivation alive.Being organized and clutter-free is another way of keeping your motivation going.

Being motivated and remaining motivated

To be motivated and to stay motivated is a decision that you have to make everyday. Every morning, as you wake up, you need to rely on yourself to make things happen. Getting external support is great, but being able to get by without it if you have to, is excellent. This is the only way to achieve excellence. So go on, and get motivated and make sure that you reach your goals staying motivated.

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TajSingh 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi sofs. Thanks for the tips. I find it easy to get motivated, but staying motivated is sometimes hard.

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Good stuff to keep in mind, especially when the going gets boring. :)

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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You

You're right sofs. It's sometimes tough to remain motivated. It's especially hard, when most of those around you are being negative. This is where trusting your instincts is usually a better option.

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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Wonderful advice, I really should take it!!!

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Taj Singh thank you for the read and the comment. Yes, it is true, that sustaining your motivation is more difficult than getting motivated. I hope there was something here to help you. God Bless:)

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sofs 5 years ago Author

RTalloni, Thank you for the read and the comment . I appreciate the feedback greatly. God Bless :)

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Tim, Ha choose your company rightly... :) .. as for me I avoid those who are always negative and drain out my motivation... Thanks for the feedback .. I appreciate that . God Bless :)

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Paradise it is always a pleasure to see you.. well I guess all of us need some kind of reminders from time to time. I try to inspire myself and keep myself motivated by writing notes to myself :) Preaching to yourself works.. try it :) God Bless :)

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Ms Dee 5 years ago from Texas, USA

Very helpful and insightful tips! Too often I've seen people struggling with motivation to do work they really do not enjoy much at all.

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richtwf 5 years ago

Not always easy to maintain our motivation and to stay on track to accomplish set goals but when you have a supportive circle of individuals then it can be much easier.

Great advice and thanks for sharing!

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

It is difficult to stay motivated at times, like walking on the treadmill or riding your bike. I do them both, but some days i have to push myself really hard. Thank you. Good advice.

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Ms Dee thank you for the inspiring comment. I agree with you that, if people do not enjoy what they do, they are bound to get de-motivated. It is important to make work sound and feel like fun. Making friends at work helps a great deal. Thank you and I truly appreciate the comment.

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Ritchie, I am so glad to see you back. It is always a pleasure to hear from you. Lovely to have people like you around and that is my motivation :) I hope all is well with you my friend. :)

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Ruby, I know what you mean... I do the ellipticals when I have a great program on TV..or I have my son talking to me...he always has some interesting things to keep me entertained.. :) so I catch up with stuff and get my woik done.. that is motivation for me :) Thank you Ruby, I am always grateful to having people like you around. My motivation again :)

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Temirah 5 years ago

This is really helpful and there are a lot of good questions to ask yourself here. If you don't mind I'd like to link this to my hub on motivation as yours covers a greater breadth on the topic! Nice read - thank you!

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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


I loved this subject and the manner in which you addressed it. I believe that if feel passion about what we are doing, or the reason (like our family if we are in a job we might not love), then motivation will follow. I am also more motivated when I have respected role models to learn from. Great job!

Voted UP & UAB-- have a good weekend, mar.

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Temirah, Thanks for the read and well go ahead and link .. just send me a note on the hub you linked to so I can read it too.. :) I appreciate the interest , thank you :)

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Mar, Thank you for your very positive comments.. :) Yes, your passion is what keeps you going.. As for me the lovely people here make me want to come back here every morning... :). Whatever Hubpages is.. it has been my motivation :) so far.. :) Thanks Mar for being a part of it :) God Bless :)

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Wonderful list of sound advice, Sofs. I have a new goal and am being pretty successful re: weight loss right now. It helps that I don't have the job stress...I just have the 'looking' for job stress! LOL But, 6 days in a row now...doing pretty good so far.

Voted up and useful.

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Hey Denise that is lovely.. why don't you share your secret of weight reduction with me ??

Denise, I keep repeating this - but it is worth it... the best is yet to come.. don't you worry. And you lady will make things happen :) My love and best wishes to you :) ((((((hugs)))))))))

Perun Dev 5 years ago

Lot of things that are here make a lot of sense and sure will keep one person motivated. This article will be very useful for all of us.

Saranya 5 years ago

Thank you for such a wonderful article. It makes me feel energized. 5 years ago

Very nice article. Covered all aspect to keep motivated

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sofs 5 years ago Author

@Perun Dev - Glad to hear that this makes sense to you. Most of this is what we know, we just need reminders to keep going on. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I appreciate that !!

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Thank you Saranya for that motivating comment. It leaves me energized too! I appreciate you taking the time to do this :) God Bless!

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sofs 5 years ago Author

Sunil, I am glad that you found this article comprehensive. Somehow sustained motivation is what we have trouble with, though most of us are motivated in fits and starts. Thank you for the read and the comment. God Bless!

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