ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Self-Motivation Tips

Updated on July 24, 2021
Hope Wilbanks profile image

Hope is a freelance content writer, specializing in mental health and wellness, personal growth and development, and content marketing.

Have you ever set a goal to accomplish something, then eventually forget about your goal, or tell yourself it was useless and quit trying to achieve it? If so, you lacked the self-motivation you needed to reach your goal.

Self-motivation is the driving force that will push you daily towards your goal. It is motivation that comes from deep within yourself, rather than from others.

While it’s great to have motivation coming from outside sources, that kind of motivation will only drive you so far. It is only when you can call up your inner motivation that you will find direction and purpose for yourself. These are the gasoline that fuels your desire to keep pushing and reaching for your goal.

Self-Motivation Boosters

Here are some things you can do that to help boost your self-motivation:

Exercise often. Exercising holds many wonderful benefits, for both your physical body and your mind. When you exercise often, you feel better physically. When your body feels great, you will feel great and be more motivated to do what needs to be done.

Plan ahead. Quite possibly the worst mistake many people make is not planning ahead. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “Fail to plan, plan to fail.” It’s so very true. If you don’t plan ahead, you are setting yourself up for a fall.

Get excited. Why did you want to achieve your goal in the first place? How will your life be changed? These are just a couple of questions you should ask yourself. Remind yourself of why your goal is so exciting. And if it isn’t exciting—if it only causes more stress in your life—then maybe it never was a good goal to begin with.

Reward yourself. If you’re training a dog to learn a new trick, how would you reward her for doing it correctly? You’d give her a treat. You should do the same thing with yourself. There’s nothing better for motivating yourself than to reward yourself with something nice when you reach a major milestone.

Talk about your goal. Get others excited, too. Have you ever been around someone who had just embarked on a new life journey, or was doing something they totally believed in? They most likely talked endlessly about it. They got you pumped up about it. By the time your conversation was over, you were probably so excited that you were ready to join forces with them to help make their goal happen. That’s what happens when you are self-motivated. Your excitement spills over onto everyone else.

Engage in group participation. Sometimes your self-motivation needs a kick-start. Sometimes you won’t be able to find that inner motivation you need to get moving. When this happens, plant yourself right in the middle of a networking group. Get involved in your community, or otherwise. Not only will you learn something from others, but their excitement and motivation can provide a great charge for lighting your own self-motivation.

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.

© 2008 Hope Wilbanks


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)