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.
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