4 Motivational Techniques to Help You Pursue Your Dreams
Hard work is the bridge between where you are and where you want to be. Regardless of your current situation you can work towards a better future. But the problem is that you don't always feel like putting in the effort. There are days when you feel like giving up. There are days when you question whether your dream is worth the effort. There are days when you simply don't feel like working. These moments define your life. A successful person is one who can motivate himself even at his lowest point. So here are some techniques you can use to help you pursue your dreams.
Find a hype song
Music is one of the best ways to change your mood. It has no language barriers and speaks directly to the soul. We have different songs based on our moods. We listen to certain songs when we are happy, sad or excited.
Why don't we reverse engineer this process? Let us have songs that will make us feel happy and excited. You might have noticed that gyms play loud music with fast paced songs. This is what creates that energetic atmosphere. All athletes have a certain set of songs they listen to before playing. It enhances their performance by putting them in the right state of mind. You should also find a hype song. One that forces you to jump out of bed and start grinding. Every time you feel low, listen to this and draw energy from it.
Schedule your work
Planning and scheduling is one of the best ways to beat procrastination. If you know the exact things you will be doing, you will be mentally and physically prepared. Otherwise, you might not feel like doing it. This leads to postponement or cancellation of the activity.
If your goal is to exercise everyday, your mind will keep postponing the activity. Eventually, you'll push it to the next day. But if your goal is to workout at 7 am, your mind automatically gets you in the groove. It gives you a deadline. You are a lot more likely to do it immediately even if you don't feel like it .
At the beginning of every week, spend some time to plan your week out. Block time for doing things that are important to you. If you can't find time, make time. If you just go around attending to every task, you will never find time for yourself. When you make a list of all the tasks to be completed, you'll be able to complete them much faster. Now you're not just reacting to external circumstances. You are going about life with a strong purpose.
Every day in the morning. just chalk out a schedule for the day. Look into your weekly plan. See if there are any previously assigned tasks and incorporate them. Everyday new things keep coming up. You might not have included these in your weekly plan. But you can incorporate this in your daily schedule.
This might sound very simple. Your physical actions have a huge impact on your mental state. When you move your body more, your mind naturally becomes more active. So if you're feeling lazy, just get up and start jumping. Do some push ups and squats. Go for a quick run. Basically do anything that will get your blood flowing. When you become physically active, you take deeper breaths. This pumps more oxygen into your blood and wakes your brain up.
Get moving can also be looked at as a metaphor. The trick is to just get started. To break out of your sluggish state, you need an initial boost. So push yourself hard in the first 10 minutes. Once you get started, you will start to build momentum. This makes the rest of the task a smooth sail. Slowly you start achieving small milestones. This will give you confidence and propel you forward.
Make a public commitment
We, as humans, hate looking bad in front of our others. We are scared of being ridiculed. We are worried that people will make fun of us. So we should use this as motivation. Set a goal for yourself. Make a public commitment that you're going to achieve all of this. People might doubt you, but don't worry about that. When you make a social commitment you're not just accountable to yourself. You're accountable to so many others as well. You have the responsibility of proving your well wishers right and the doubters wrong.
When you announce your target, people constantly remind you of it. You might have forgotten the task but now it is a part of your identity. People start enquiring your progress during conversations. This helps you stay on track and motivates you to work harder.
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