Just as willpower is an essential factor in achieving success, at some point in time, discouragement and lack of motivation may hinder you from reaching your objective. And it is up to you, and you alone to devise techniques that will help you keep that drive within afire.
It is helpful to have visual goals, whether you are a visual learner or not. This technique helps you to visualize goals -especially intangible goals! It may be something material like a car, or a vacation you have been looking forward to for the longest time. If it is visual, it makes us feel like it is real and attainable.
Take or cut out a picture of it and post it at a conspicuous place where you can see it often. It may be your bathroom mirror or your desk, maybe even on your nightstand. So, when you feel discouraged, this will remind you of your goal and will help you keep your spotlight.
Make a contract with yourself. According to motivational researches, people who write down to-do-lists are far more triumphant in achieving their intended goals than those people who just keep mental lists instead. This is another reason why making it visual helps you to attain goals you set.
Putting something in writing somehow makes it more powerful psychologically speaking. Writing down “I will create a successful home business” is more powerful than keeping the thought locked up in your head. This may also be the basis why most cultures have such a high regard in honouring contracts. In the contract, you may also include a certain reward that you will give yourself once you have accomplished the task.
After all, everyone likes to be rewarded for completing a good job. Even a simple pat on the back, “good job”, or “thank you” may do the trick to give the person the additional push to carry on, but unfortunately, these may not always be readily available.
Considering that these are also essential in keeping oneself motivated, you must learn to find a way to get that encouragement on your own through your own methods. Whether it is treating yourself to a purchase or simply taking part of the day off to have a “me day”.
Unfortunately, not everyone is going to be a supporter of your goals or accomplishments. Abusive and negative people lower your self-esteem and bring you down. Try not to surround yourself with negative people like this. Surround yourself with positive people that bring you up.
These techniques will give you a brighter outlook and lets you see a clearer picture of what you really want with a fresh mind to know what steps to take to get there. Rather than wait for things to happen, try to be proactive and MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. Inactivity idles the brain and stagnates your potential to reach your goals.
If you need to recharge your motivation, pick up an inspirational book or podcast to help inspire you. These will help you improve your attitude and give you inspiration to reach your next goal. A book of success stories proves to be encouraging and gives readers new ideas to help achieve their goals. You will not only learn from others’ experiences and derive confidence boosting insights from them, but the story will be instrumental in motivating you to go for your goal and move ahead with your plans.
Having enumerated all these tips and tricks to attain self-motivation, but still you seem to lack that much-needed drive, there is one last thing that you must try.
Whatever it is that you have been meaning to do, or wanting to achieve, JUST DO IT! Keep on aiming high and go for it! Actually getting your hands dirty best solves the problem of motivation. By “forcing” yourself to just do it, your momentum will pick up gradually as you go along and before you know it, you have finished the task or have finally achieved your goal. Divide and conquer is the key.
Break down the apparently unattainable activity to small doable steps. If you want a successful home business, or to be able to work from anywhere, you must take small steps to get there. Not only does it become less overwhelming, but seeing the “in the meantime” results will further your confidence that it can indeed be done.
Lack of motivation happens to us all, but if you do not encourage yourself to accept opportunities and be challenged, no one else will. It is most important to keep your eye on the goal, find ways to keep going, and in no time, you shall reap its benefits.
And if at the beginning you were just doing it for the material reward, you will also learn to realize that the fulfillment, satisfaction and self-achievement you derive from reaching your goal is a much enjoyable high that will keep the drive within constantly burning.
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