You know those times when you feel as though you need someone to push to do a particular task yeah? That is you being so unmotivated that you think you need someone else’s help. What if you could motivate yourself and not need someone to push you? What if you can actually stay motivated all the time? Well…you actually can.
Here are various simple ways you can stay self-motivated all the time.
1. Reward Yourself: Make an agreement with yourself to reward yourself after every/ a particular feat is achieved. Reward yourself with something you really want to get; whether small or large. Don’t just make an agreement with yourself; see to it that you walk in line with that agreement. For instance, tell yourself “if I land me this contract, I’ll get me a car” or “when I’m done cleaning, I’d get a cup of ice cream”. Don’t get that reward until you execute the set task. The desire for a car will propel you to landing the contract.
2. Fake It Till You Make It: If you are not feeling quite motivated to carry out a task, fake it. Act like you are motivated. Tell yourself “I am so pumped up, I can do this” and act like it. Soon you start to feel like it for real.
3. Ask Inspiring Questions: When you wake up every day, ask yourself questions that will inspire you to action. Ask yourself questions like:
What do I really want to do today?
How would it feel to ……….?
What happens if I don’t do them?
This is a great way to know what is important and what isn’t. Know what you want to get out of each day and focus on it.
4. Set Daring Goals: When setting goals, set them to be daring. Big goals tend to motivate more than smaller goals. Remember that these goals have to be SMART
S – Specific, Significant, and Stretching
M – Measurable, Meaningful and Motivational
A – Attainable, Acceptable, and Action- oriented
R – Realistic, Rewarding and Results-oriented
T – Time-bound.
This will keep you motivated and push you towards success in both your business and personal life.
5. Take Baby Steps (Do the Little Things): You don’t have to rush things. You don’t want to expend so much energy at the start that you don’t have enough to finish. Do the small things that need to do. Let it create a workflow i.e. some kind of warm up to the main task.
For instance, even when your priority is getting to the office, you know you have to take a bath, brush your teeth and have a healthy breakfast. There are those days when I feel really lazy but as soon as I take a bath, I become so pumped up for the next task.
6. Start with The Hard Task: Starting with the most difficult task of the day will ease your daily routine tasks and motivate you to do the less difficult tasks. This is a great way to boost self-confidence.
7. Strive to Be Better than Yourself; No One Else: The only person you are in competition with is yourself. Do not compare yourself with some other person. Know that people have gone ahead of you and hence may be better than you in that field, but it doesn’t make you less.
In trying to be better than the other person, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment and let down that may kill whatever momentum you have gathered. Focus on yourself and your results. The spot where you may have not done well and look for ways to do better than you have been doing. You will be surprised how motivated you get when you are focused on yourself.