Are You in Need of Motivation?
Most of us have love-hate relationships with motivation. We need to get motivated all the time but we always find it hard to get out of our comfort zones and get ourselves working. We like to feel motivated but we hate the process of prodding ourselves into doing what we are supposed to be doing or finishing what we have already started.
Motivation can be tough to pinpoint. What few people realize though is that while it may be hard to pin down at times, there are plenty of things one can do to muster enough motivation to get yourself going.
What is your definition of motivation? Is it the ability to keep it pushing? Is it this elusive quality that only successful people maintain? Or is it simply blind ambition?
Motivation is more of an arsenal than anything. At worst, people try to become ignorant to hardships and only focus on the positives in life. Now, at best, you can become wise enough to acknowledge the struggles and face devastating decisions head on.
In order to find motivation you have to become aware of the balance between success and failure:
- Failure is, an opportunity to grow and learn although you shouldn’t aspire to honor it. Failure is not, the end of the world, we’re all human – meaning we’re adaptable and we will bounce back.
- Success is, a milestone and a mental trophy although you shouldn’t aspire to honor it. Success is not, the end result or even close to it.
With that said, I have put together some great tips you can start applying today for motivational purposes.
Quit the debate: The battle always starts in the head. It begins five to ten minutes before you start doing what has to be done – whether it’s a task, a business plan or a goal.
In the normal course of hesitating to do your task, one part of your head tries to talk you into doing it. This is immediately followed by a voice that tries to talk you out of it. This process goes on until you decide to follow either of the two voices – abandon the task and live with the uneasy, guilty feeling or finish it and feel satisfied. The right choice is obvious but the immediate convenience of the “easy way out” makes it very enticing.
Try not to prolong the debate. The longer it goes on the more difficult it will be for you to begin and finish your task, the less motivated you will feel. This mental chatter is an absolute motivation killer.
Skip the five-minute habit: The five minutes leading to doing the task is said to be the least comfortable of all. This is when hesitation kicks in. If you really want to be motivated, forget about this part and get on with doing the job.
Find your inspiration: Inspiration almost always comes out of nowhere. It is funny how one can feel inspired by simply listening to the rhythm of the falling rain or by simply watching little children play. It is amazing how a witty line from a poem can enlighten your mind and your mood.
It is never fully clear why these things happen, but it is evident that they happen all the time. When lacking the inspiration to get off your butt and do your work, try to look at the most unassuming places and see if something inside you will react. Don’t push it, though. Inspiration is a sudden occurrence, it can never be manufactured. It comes when the time is ripe.
You Have to Crave it: Be passionate about what you are doing, even if it’s the most boring, tedious job in the world.
Take a break: Exhaustion can kill your mood, not to mention lower your motivation level. There is enough time in the world to do and finish everything you have to do so don’t race against time. Always take the time to reward yourself with some sunshine and warm bath. Or with some relaxing minutes under the trees or in your bed. However you do it, just try to have the faith that once you get back to the drawing board, your mind is already geared to be productive. Don’t be afraid to take some time off and reward yourself with rest.
Always enjoy the process: What are life and work if they are not enjoyed? Try to always find the purpose and happiness in everything you do, no matter how uninterested you are.
Effective Lessons on Motivation
Sometimes the drive, energy, enthusiasm, interest and passion just drain out. The problem is that most of the time we are not calling the shots. We have to move with the rhythm of our environment which always asks us to stay ready and up and moving. So what do you do in times when you just don’t feel like doing anything? Or when too much needs to be done and all you ever want is to quit? Try the following.
Imagine the Consequences: Worst comes to worst, you will lose the opportunities you are trying to pursue or lose your sense of enjoyment in life. When lacking in motivation, think of the worst case scenario that may happen because of it. Then, maybe, just maybe, you’ll be in the mood to get off your butt.
Just do it: Quit the mental chatter. Quit the debate in your head. Quit the whiff-whaff of dialogues that push and pull you from doing whatever it is that you need to do. Realize that hesitation doesn’t do you any good, it wastes your time at best. So why do it?
Now do it for compelling reasons: This is actually pretty much like the tip above, but it’s worth repeating. Do it for a compelling cause. Do it because you are burning with passion for it. Do it because it really excites you. If it doesn’t, then make it interesting. Motivation jumps out the nearest window if you don’t have an iota of interest in what you are doing.
Stick with the Plan: Given that you have already started going for your goal, the next problem you’ll be encountering is sticking with it. It is never easy to stick with the plan because the temptation to give up or give in to the lures of rest, relaxation or slacking is too strong. No matter what happens though, just stick with it. Never, for one second, turn your back on your goals. Keep your eyes on them.
Don’t get overly excited: This is an absolute motivation killer. Many people commit the mistake of jumping right into the task. This is good save for the fact that excitement drains away with motivation. Manage your motivational level by trying to build up anticipation. Set a date, moderate your expectations, construct realizable goals, and sustain your energy. It is easier to get and stay motivated this way.