10 Amazing Facts About Increasing Motivation
Are you having problems with getting the job done? Meeting goals? Yeah, I’ve been there plenty of times, but I recognized that I had a problem and began working on what was holding me back and how I could increase my motivation. What I discovered was that you have to play a lot of mind games with yourself. You have to almost trick your brain into getting your work done. When I learned this, the head games began. I tried every trick in the book. Some motivation tricks worked and others did not suit my personality type. These ten facts that can increase your motivation are the best ones to try out. Experiment with them and find your own path to constant motivation.
1. Set Small Goals
What do you think is easier to accomplish: a set of small goals or one large goal? If you said a set of small goals, you are on the right track. When your brain sees a large goal it can clam up. A part of you says, “that’s too much” and “I can’t do that.” The trick to getting a large goal accomplished is to break it down into a cluster of smaller goals.
A great example for this is book writing. Let’s say you have always wanted to write a book. On your list of goals, you wrote “write a book,” but when you finally find time to work on the project, you realize that writing a book is just way too much to tackle in one sitting. Instead, you need to break book writing into a set of goals: choose book subject, write title, break book down into main topics, break topics into sub-topics, and do research. When it comes to writing the book, break your goals down into a daily goal of 1,000 words. If you only do that amount, once a day, you can write a short Kindle book in a month. If you are able to push past your 1,000 word goal, your book will be done much sooner.
Setting short goals are essential for tackling large goals.
2. Write Down Your Goals
It is not enough just to know what your goals are. You need to write them down, too. One method that has worked well for me is to write out a big goal at the top of a piece of paper. Then, I break the large goal down into smaller, easily achievable goals. This creates a blueprint that allows me to reach my large goal.
I am also one of those people who get a personal thrill out of crossing something off my to-do list, so I hand write my goals. After a large goal has been broken down into easy, small goals, I am eager to start working on the short goals. The more I can get done in the amount of time I have, the more enthusiastic I become. I reach my large goal much faster knowing exactly what I need to do to reach it.
3. Read Self Improvement Books
Self improvement books are great motivators. The trick, of course, is to not read an entire book in a day and get nothing accomplished. Instead, make self improvement reading a part of your daily ritual. Set a time for reading. It can be morning, noon, or night. Give yourself anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to read or allow yourself to read one chapter a day. Read and absorb what the book has to say instead of sailing through it all at once.
I am currently rereading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. The book is a classic for one reason: It works. The advice is sound, attainable, and you can put it to use immediately.
4. Be Accountable
Stop making excuses for yourself. If I don’t reach my contract obligations by the end of the month for a website I write for, it is no one’s fault but my own. If I don’t write the minimum set of articles I have set for myself each day, I am to blame. It doesn’t matter if I have the flu, the cat needs to go to the vet, or there is a family calamity. There is a set amount of work I know I must do each day and if I don’t reach that set amount, I am the one who is responsible for the slacking.
When you start to realize that you are in control of your success and you are in control over what you choose to focus on each day, you take on your responsibilities as though your life depends on them. And it does. You can’t go through life denying your responsibilities and expect to reach any of your goals. Life is an active sport and to succeed, you need to take responsibilities and hold yourself accountable for your actions and decisions.
5. Personal Pep Talks
What the hum is wrong with me? I am such a loser, an idiot, a moron. I can’t do anything right. I am destined to fail.
We all have low moments when we doubt ourselves. Something goes wrong and we immediately attribute it to predestination - I was born to screw up.
When we have moments like these, the best way to conquer the awful self-putdowns is to give ourselves a pep talk. Remind yourself of what you have already accomplished. Look at your to-do list. Is “laundry” already crossed off the list? Hooray! You aren’t a total loser. You’ve got your laundry done. Is there one small task on your list that you can do immediately? Do it right now. Yay! You are not an idiot. How is your health today? Pretty good? Awesome! Did you hug your kids today? If not, go do it now. You are so cool!
Train yourself to talk nice to yourself. Give yourself the motivation you need when things don’t seem to be going your way.
6. One Thing At a Time
Tackle only one thing at a time. When I was trying to figure out why my productivity wasn’t up to where it should be, I quickly learned that I was trying to take on too many projects at once. I was multitasking and I was all over the place on my projects. It was only when I worked on one task, one small goal at a time, that I started to see an immediate increase in my accomplishments. One accomplishment after the other was tackled and my motivation to get more done increased.
Stop multitasking. It is a myth. Instead, do one thing at a time and get the good feeling of accomplishment after completing each task.
Reward yourself. After you have created a set of tasks or small goals to complete each day, start working on them. After you complete them, give yourself some token reward. For example, I am not allowed to watch any television until after I have completed all my tasks for the day. When I am finished with everything, I will let myself watch an episode of whatever show I am watching. It is my reward system and it works for me. Other people use food as a reward for completing something and still others will promise to buy themselves a gift after they have reached a large goal.
Punishment can be used as a motivator. I have a choice in the morning. I can either start writing or I can go out for a jog. I hate jogging, but I do it when the outside temperature is just right for me. In the cold, winter months or when it is raining, I will always choose to begin my day writing. Running in the cold weather would be a punishment for me. I hate being cold. Find your own personal punishment and tell yourself that you must either do something on the to-do list or face the punishment. It sounds almost silly to punish yourself, but it does work as a motivator.
9. Create a Mantra
For the past several years, my daily mantra has been “I love life.” Sure enough, I do love life and repeating this simple mantra every day has inspired me to try out new and different things because life is meant to be experienced.
A daily mantra is key to setting a positive outlook on the day. It can cover anything you wish to improve. Examples of mantras include:
- I am a strong person.
- I am filled with ideas and creativity.
- I see opportunities all around me.
- I attract money and success.
I like to keep my mantras short and sweet. I don’t like having a long list of sentences to memorize and I find that having two to three key daily mantras that I repeat at certain times helps with my motivation.
10. Make It Public
This method did not work for me because I only spend 0 to 5 minutes a day on social media, but other people swear by this motivation method. Make a public announcement of your goal. Post it on Facebook or whatever social media you are comfortable using. For example, if your goal is to quit smoking, make the announcement. Ask friends for motivational help to get you through the withdrawal period. When you are feeling weak, turn to Facebook and ask for help getting yourself straighten out and focused back on your goal. Get insight from others who have set and reached the same goal.
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