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How to Get Motivated - Motivation Psychology

Updated on February 14, 2020
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Nitin is a certified life coach, executive coach, writer, husband, and father. His passion is to help people become their best version.

Motivation leads to success
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It's a well-known fact of life that motivation leads to success.

But most people find it difficult to get motivated and achieve their goals.

This happens because they're wasting their time and effort on other things.

You need to automate your behavior in order to make it easy to find motivation and start on your journey.

It is not easy to automate your behavior at the beginning.

The following 7 principles will help you to stay motivated always.

1. Schedule Your Motivation

Many people want to write articles or books but they never start writing because they are always 'thinking' about when to start writing.

The same thinking dominates the minds of people who want to start exercise, start a business, or do something great in their life.

If your business doesn’t have a sales or marketing system, then when you come to work, you think that you will find some way to do it.

Suppose you want to spend time exercising at the gym.

If you don’t have a routine, then every day you will get up and think, "I hope that I feel inspired enough to exercise today."

Similarly, if you don’t have a fixed time every week to write your article, then you will find yourself wondering and saying “I think I need to muster up enough willpower to start writing.”

Setting up a timetable for yourself may seem a simple thing to do.

But what it does is that your decision making is put on autopilot.

What that means is that you will do the things you have to do regardless of whether you have the motivation or not.

Research has proven that will power is stronger than motivation.

Stop waiting for motivation or inspiration and schedule your habits.

Become a professional and not an amateur. Amateurs wait for inspiration or motivation.

Professionals develop habits that make them do the things that need to be done.

If you waste resources trying to decide when or where to work, you’ll impede your capacity to do the work


2. You must build rituals

Twyla Tharp was one of the greatest dancers and choreographers of the modern era.

In her best-selling book, The Creative Habit, she discusses the role that rituals have played in her success:

“I begin each day of my life with a ritual; I wake up at 5:30 A.M., put on my workout clothes, my leg warmers, my sweatshirts, and my hat.

I walk outside my Manhattan home, hail a taxi, and tell the driver to take me to the Pumping Iron gym at 91st Street and First Avenue, where I work out for two hours.

The ritual is not the stretching and weight training I put my body through each morning at the gym; the ritual is the cab.

The moment I tell the driver where to go I have completed the ritual.

It’s a simple act, but doing it the same way each morning habitualized it — makes it repeatable, easy to do.

It reduces the chance that I would skip it or do it differently.

It is one more item in my arsenal of routines, and one less thing to think about.”

Top performers never depend upon inspiration or motivation.

3. Follow a consistent happy daily routine

Form habits you need to be consistent to form habits you need to be creative. start each day with a morning ritual.

Use your willpower and follow the same pattern of things for 21 days then it will become a habit in your life.

Once the habit is formed, you will not need much motivation.

It will become as natural as breathing.

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4. Utilize the power of habit

Habits are powerful because once they are formed in your life, it saves a lot of time and effort.

It removes the stress of making a decision — what should I do, when should I do, how should I do it.

Most people get stuck because they cannot decide when, where, and how to start.

But when you develop a habit, and you have the inner motivation to accomplish your goals, nothing can stop you.

You will keep going, motivation or no motivation.

5. Start with something very easy

The daily routine is so easy that you just cannot say no to it.

You don’t need any motivation to start with your daily routine.

For example, my writing routine starts by getting my cup of tea.

My walking exercise starts by getting dressed up.

These are very easy tasks and you cannot say no to them.

One thing that we all struggle with while doing any task is the starting part.

You need to realize that motivation will come after you start.

You may not feel motivated when you start, but as soon as you get the action going, motivation will come automatically.

So your daily routine our actual should be very easy.

6. Get some physical action going

Many times the lack of physical movement is the cause of lack of mental motivation.

Have you noticed your physical state when you are bored, uninspired, or in a bad mood?

Very often, when you are not motivated, there is an office lack of physical activity

On the other hand, when you are physically active, then you are mentally alert as well.

It is almost impossible not to feel energetic and alert when you are running or dancing.

Your routine should be easy but it should later direct you to more physical movement.

The physical movement is not exercise, but it would be something that would draw you closer to the gym or walk.

If you want to write an article, then your physical movement would be to take a cup of coffee and sit in front of your computer.

7. Follow the same method pattern every time

The main purpose of your daily routine is to create a happy, daily pattern of events which you perform, before doing something specific.

Your ritual tells your mind, this is what needs to be done next.

Eventually, this routine will trigger something in your brain, that will spur you to take the next action automatically.

Then, when you just start your daily routine, the motivation will come all by itself.

In other words, you won’t need motivation now to start your task.

Now it has become a habit and requires less effort.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Nitin Khaire


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