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How To Be Self Motivated

Updated on November 18, 2013

What is Self Motivation?

Staying motivated is one of the biggest obstacles for people trying to achieve their dreams. We've all been there. You know what needs to be done and how to do it but can't quite get that 'to-do' list ticked off.

Particularly if you work for yourself, it is easy to get distracted and find yourself being more busy than productive. You get to the end of the week, wonder where the time has gone and why you haven't accomplished as much as you were hoping to.

Thankfully there are many self motivation techniques that are easy to do and will help you get more done.

Be Confident In What You're Doing

When you are finding it hard to get motivated to do something, often it is because there is a fear of failing. Why would you be enthusiastic about doing something that might not work, right?

If you are challenged to step outside your comfort zone your natural instincts of fight or flight kick in. Being confident in what you're doing will encourage you to choose to fight rather than to flee.

The question I hear most when people are doubting themselves is "What if it goes wrong?". I prefer to ask "What if it goes right?". The rewards are nearly always far greater than the potential loss and what's more motivating than the feeling of success?

Know What To Do: Knowledge Is Power

Sometimes when you know what you want to do and you have a specific goal it can still feel quite daunting to take the next step.

This is where research and learning come in. Having the correct knowledge, makes the task ahead feel more simple and builds confidence. You can know what is the next logical step, who can help you, predict any possible obstacles and their solutions.

Be prepared to continue learning and building your skills. Spend time reading, researching and asking questions of yourself and of those who have already had success in a similar goal.


Think Big and Set Goals

All of the most successful people in the world have one thing in common...they set goals. But there isn't much use in setting small goals, because they don't impress. When it comes to setting goals you have to think big. This will get you noticed and excited about the potential.

Forget about limitations and obstacles. For the sake of motivation we are in a world where anything is possible.

To make sure you avoid feeling overwhelmed, set yourself a big goal and then break it down into manageable tasks. This way you can track your progress and your goal becomes much more realistic. With each task you accomplish, you will feel more motivation for the next.

What is a goal? It is a specific challenge you want to achieve. And you really do need to be specific. You need to decide exactly how long it will take and in what way you can measure your progress.

Also get it clear as to why you want to achieve this too. For example which statement sounds more likely to succeed?

"I want money."


"I want to create £100,000 selling art online, in the next twelve months. This will enable me to pay all my bills, travel and give more time and money to my local animal charity."

Remind Yourself With Motivational Quotes

It is easy to forget your goals and why you should feel motivated when daily life takes over. Use motivational quotes to remind yourself not to lose sight of your dreams.

Search online and write out your favourite quotes onto separate pieces of paper, as well as the key points of your goal and pin them up around your home, car and work area. Also use them as your desktop/tablet wallpaper or turn them into works of art by painting or stitching them. As long as they are clear and in places you see regularly.

Some of my favourite quotes are:

"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." Brian Littrell

"Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later." ~Og Mandino

"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." ~Albert Einstein

Bigger Than You: Be Accountable To Others

There's nothing more motivating than making a difference to someone elses life. Make being accountable to others a part of your goal and you will be more likely to stick to it.

It is very difficult to back away from a challenge when it's made public, especially when it involves others. Once you have chosen how your goal can contribute to a good cause, whether financially or with time, skills or another form of support, tell everyone about your intentions. This will motivate you as not following through on a goal is easier when it only effects yourself. Proving to everyone you can complete a challenge is a wonderful feeling and has a knock on effect, inspiring others.

Find Support With Like Minded People

Another effective way of keeping motivated is to find others with a similar goal and help each other.

Knowing you are not alone and having others to voice your concerns with is very powerful. Often others would have faced and found solutions to pitfalls you may come across. Asking advice and sharing your experiences with those who can identify with them, saves you time, effort and worry. If they have not come across your particular challenge they can help brainstorm possible solutions based on their experiences.

Online you will find there are groups and forums for practically any subject you can imagine. It is also a huge boost to your confidence, when you are able to help others with their goals too.


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      Derrick Bennett 4 years ago

      Great advice! I totally agree with everyone of these tips and most importantly reward yourself for your hard work.

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      Great hub, really useful and interesting. Voted UP...