Motivation is the force that makes us act and allows us to move forward even in the most complicated situations. Training, taking care of our habits, studying for a career, and trying to be our best version are parts of it.
However, sometimes, we feel like we need extra motivation, so we must motivate ourselves. That means, giving you the reasons, the drive, the enthusiasm, and the interest necessary to keep going. This is commonly known as self-motivation.
Therefore, self-motivation is key to influence our mood, and achieve our goals. So, today I will give you some tips to motivate yourself and reach any goal you set your mind to.
The power of self-motivation
Self-motivation is one of the main elements that emotionally intelligent people have. It has been described as the ability to perform actions independently without being driven by other factors.
So, after achieving self-knowledge and self-control, we must find sources of inspiration that provide us with energy for action from within ourselves.
Tips to stay motivated
Here are some strategies you can implement right away to keep yourself motivated no matter what comes your way.
Break down your goals
Many people become unmotivated when their goals are too high. Thus, it is essential to break them down into short, medium, and long-term goals. To stay motivated, you must plan correctly. By planning small achievable goals you will fuel your motivation in no time!
Get out of your comfort zone
The comfort zone can be a very comfortable place. However, this state does not allow for personal growth and is highly demotivating. Although it may seem like it’s okay, you have to find new challenges if you want to stay motivated. So jump into new situations and be brave. An exciting future awaits you! And remember: fortune favors the bold.
Discover what makes you happy
There is nothing more demotivating than doing something you hate. For instance, if you want to start exercising, but you hate the spinning class, try to find something you love. It will be much easier and fun to stick to that! When you know what you want, don’t lose sight of your goals. Remind yourself daily what makes you happy.
Adopt a positive mindset
If you want to be motivated day in and day out, you have to adopt a positive mindset. Focus on the present and meet easier goals you set for yourself daily to achieve your long-term goals. For instance, if your goal is to lose 20 kilos, but that sounds like a big chunk. Try to set smaller medium-term goals like losing 1 kilo every two weeks. And include short-term goals that are related to your biggest, like exercising from Monday to Friday, or drinking 2 liters of water per day. These short achievable goals will you accountable and positive.
Being grateful is a powerful tool to work on our positive mindset. Today we focus too much on the negative aspects of our life, completely ignoring that most of it are positive. If you are reading this article, chances are you have plenty of things to be grateful for: you have a roof over your head, good food, internet access, and people who love you. Start counting your blessings.
Take baby steps
Wanting to achieve big goals in a short period can be tempting, but it is unrealistic, and it can be frustrating and demotivating. So, stay true to yourself and give yourself time. Plan ahead, but have a realistic timeframe in mind.
Make a deal with yourself
A good strategy is to make an agreement with yourself to achieve your objectives. You can even sign your own contract. In difficult moments, you can take a copy and remind yourself of that promise you made to yourself.
Don’t compare yourself to others
Never compare your chapter 1 with someone else’s chapter 22. The important thing here is that you know what makes you happy, that’s the key to being always motivated. Besides, if you waste time comparing yourself with others, this will negatively affect your self-confidence and self-esteem.
Instead, focus on yourself, and if you must compare, compare yourself with yourself from yesterday, last week, last month, last year, two years ago. Are you a better person today? Are you stronger? Are you healthier? Do you have better relationships? Are you wiser? Are you more compassionate?
Remind yourself of what you have accomplished so far
Remind yourself of what you have achieved so far. Write down the goals you have achieved and the ones you are achieving. Take time to reflect upon your wins and give yourself a pat on the back. Celebrate your success!
I hope this article has helped you in any form. I know these tips have helped me achieve all I have set my mind to. No one is born being a goal crusher, but we learn, we grow, and we are allowed to fail too. What matters, and this is where motivation comes into play, is that you know how to get up and continue walking.
Love yourself, be patient and treat yourself like you would with others. You’d never be so hard on your best friend, would you? So ask yourself why you would be so hard on yourself then?