How do you motivate yourself and how do you stay motivated too?
“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.” – Mark Twain.
The term “motivation” is constantly changing especially when we have certain aspirations and goals. What it might motivate us in the past or even today, may not be what motivates us in the future. To talk about motivation without a deeper understanding is simple and easy. Everybody can talk about the need for staying motivated. But, what does motivation mean? Motivation means finding an activity and direction that keeps you engaged and makes you put an effort in it. People who are motivated desire to make a difference rather than sit and wait for things to happen by themselves.
We gathered some tips and suggestions to help you get motivated and stay like that.
1. Get started and let the motivation catch you up.
If you want to work in a consistent way and motivate yourself, you don’t have to wait for the motivation to get started first. Get going anyway, and while you work, the motivation will catch up with you and everything will get easier and easier, day by day.
2. Start with something small.
When a task or a project feels like it’s too big or too hard, don’t let it lead you into procrastination. Take that project and break it down into very small steps and just take them one of a time moving forward. Because the most important thing is to just get going and work your way out up.
3. Do not compare yourself with others. Compare yourself to yourself.
Comparing yourself with other people it’s a thing that can really kill your motivation. At any point in life, you will always have people who are ahead of you. So the best thing you can do is to focus on you, on your results and how can you improve them.
It is important to review your results to see where have you gone wrong in the past so you can avoid doing similar mistakes. But it’s also important because it’s a great motivator to see how much you have improved and how far you have come.
4. Be constructive about your failures and don’t fear them. Think positive and motivate yourself!
You can always learn from your failures and your mistakes, so don’t panic and don’t let yourself down when it happens. Instead, learn from it, see where you went wrong and try again till you succeed. Learn to think more positively most of the time and to let go of your negative thoughts before they have a chance to hold you back.
5. Exercise, eat healthily and go out in nature.
A healthy body keeps a healthily mind. Make time for some exercises and walks in nature and eat healthily. All of these important steps will help you to get your energy and motivation.
6. Use your creativity and think outside the box.
Be creative and don’t imagine your future from the box of what you have now. Your possibilities are much larger. Create your future from now and from nothing, rather than staying grounded in the past. To experience bigger changes with fewer limitations than you would have if you contain yourself in the box, start thinking outside of it and let your imagination and creativity to take you further. This could also help you discover a new passion, and it is easier to become motivated about an activity when you are passionate about it.
Learning how to motivate yourself can help you go further than you have previously thought possible and is a powerful knowledge. It can be easy to tell yourself to stay motivated and do things, but understanding where your motivation comes from is how you can use it to your advantage.