When we are motivated, we manage to handle insecurity, doubts and fear related to a task we need to perform because we are obsessed with growing and complete the task anyhow. But when we lack motivation, we stay back and watch days, months and years passing by wanting to be someone we can never be, by simply wishing to be.
Would you like to be the same person you are today even after years? The answer is most likely a big NO. But change needs action. Then why do you choose procrastination over making progress?
Despite watching hundreds of motivational videos on youtube, reading tons of motivational quotes on the net and listening to your favourite motivational speakers, motivation is something that just doesn’t stick. Does it? I feel you and that’s why here in this article, I will be providing you with 7 effective strategies to make sure that the extra motivation you are looking for to reach your goals doesn’t slip by.
Find the Why
Oftentimes we find ourselves distracted and slacking and blame this on feeling demotivated. If running out of motivation is the excuse you use frequently to avoid taking action, I have a question for you. What exactly do you need motivation for? Now, if your answer sounds vague, no wonder you would feel the need for motivation. When your goals are simply thrust upon you and you are not consciously choosing them, how can you expect to jump out of bed with enthusiasm and get those things done? The question then is, not how to find motivation but rather what to find motivation for. Attach anything you need to do with a bigger purpose. Think of how it can benefit you and others in the long run. By adding your meaning to the task, the desire to do it increases. The why always makes the how easy and getting motivation then becomes undemanding.
Set Clear and Specific Goals
Create a specific vision of what you want, observe how you feel when you think about moving toward it. If you feel energised when thinking of the outcome, the resistance to take the right actions will also disappear.
Success does not happen by chance. It comes to those who consistently take the right actions even when they don’t feel like it. When you know what you want in your life, the how becomes clear automatically. And so do the steps that you need to take to get where you want to go.
Visualize Your Wins
One of the most powerful ways that you can use to your benefit is visualisation. It is a technique you can use to stay motivated constantly. Every high performing individual knows its power as most of these people utilize the simple technique of visualization and achieve their aim by visualising it first. Picturing success and imagining high performance increases the likelihood of making those visualisations come true. How to practice visualisation? You need to have a clear vision of what you want and then create an image of yours getting what you want. Simply put, you need to imagine success before you succeed. The belief that you can achieve something is enough in itself to motivate until you align your action to your goals. Almost all the people from athletes to entrepreneurs are achieving their goals first in their mind and then in reality. If you don’t want to run out of motivation, you too must practice using this technique, most people seem to be unaware of or simply ignoring the success of many using this formula.
Mentors Are a Must
Finding a mentor is a must to help you stay on track and remind you of where you want to see yourself in the future. A mentor is someone you respect, admire and learn from. They help you stay motivated in many ways. First by being in the position you want to be in, which makes your goal seem achievable and realistic. Second, by challenging yourself to improve every day and become your better version. Not wanting to disappoint them or letting them down is another strong reason to find a mentor really soon if you don’t have one now. And thirdly by instilling a desire to make them proud. This desire keeps you motivated towards getting the results.
Track your progress
Are you tracking your progress? If not, then what exactly do you expect other than feeling the need for motivation every now and then?
Most often we get inclined to procrastinate after doing a thing for a few days or months because we don’t see any remarkable results. For example, when you join a gym to get into perfect shape, the motivation to wake up in the morning and go to the gym is high in the initial days. But then it slowly starts waning until you stop going to the gym altogether. This happens because you expect instantaneous results which are not possible in most cases. However, when you track and compare your progress, you feel a sense of satisfaction which works as the fuel to continue doing what you need to do to further the progress. Once you start doing this, staying motivated would seem effortless as you become your own competition and you would be seeing the growth yourself. To continue doing what’s necessary and beneficial in the long run, there must be some kind of progress we need to feel we are making to keep us motivated, and tracking your results does exactly that. So start observing how far you are moving every day because what you track improves! Focus on the outcomes, find out the progress indicators and start taking action today.
Surround Yourself with Motivated People
“As much as people refuse to believe it, the company you keep does have an impact and influence on your choices.”
The right kind of people help you grow. Make sure the people you spend time with are winners as their success acts as the motivation for you to emulate them. Their determination to succeed will force you to succeed in your own life. Ambitious people working towards fulfilling their dreams lift you higher and push you to be better.
Make Motivation a Habit
People who are always in action mode do not wait for motivation to start doing what’s necessary. In fact, they make motivation a habit so it becomes automatic. Can you have the same thing happen to you and increase your productivity 10 times higher? The answer is affirmative but it requires you to do a few things like identifying your fears and issues. Identify your fears and issues and try working on them. Once you realise why you feel the way you feel about doing a particular task, you can then find solutions and tweak your emotions about it. The next important thing is working on your mindset. What you end up doing is more often than not is a consequence of the kind of mindset you have. If your brain believes you to be unstoppable, nobody and nothing in the world could stop you from feeling motivated but if your inner voice says the task at hand is difficult or too hard, you would end up taking no action at all. Hence, develop a positive mindset that supports your goals.
Lastly, celebrate your wins. The motivation you get to continue by taking a moment to see how far you have come once in a while is underrated. The small wins are the ones leading to the greatest victories. So, never hesitate to pat your back every time you achieve a target because your approval works as the biggest drive to work for what you want to manifest.