Ways to Motivate Yourself That Actually Work

Listen and Read: Secrets Of Self Motivated People

Do you ever see somebody and think, “That person is doing it right”?

Well, chances are they have felt the same way about their own role models.

This chain of inspiration goes on and on, passing from person to person and affording everyone the opportunity to learn and grow from others.

When it comes to motivation, some people have a few tricks up their sleeves on how to stay inspired and driven in everything that they do.

Without further ado, here are some bits of wisdom from some of the most self-motivated people out there.

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Be Realistic
This may sound like a dream-crushing piece of advice, but it’s a critical step in the process of achieving your goals. Be realistic when you set goals for yourself.

Otherwise, you’ll feel like you can never achieve them, which will lead to much less motivation.

Put the “Self” back in Self-motivated
Yes, that means feeling like you’re being selfish sometimes. Don’t view it as a negative thing, though. Rather than calling it selfish, call it self-care.

If we only focus on other people’s needs and goals, we can quickly lose motivation to achieve our own, often due to exhaustion.

You deserve to follow your big dreams too. But you can only keep the motivation to reach them when you are taking good care of yourself.

Have a Contingency Plan
If you feel like you’re making great progress and then an external factor completely out of your control swoops in and changes your plans, you may lose the incentive to keep going – all at once.

Don’t let this happen! Studies show that people who plan for obstacles are more inclined to stick to their goals.

In other words, don’t let anything rain on your parade-it’s your parade, so you can manage the storms.

Remember Your “Why”
There’s a reason for your motives in the first place. They didn’t appear out of thin air. Some people go through the motions without remembering that there is a meaning and a purpose to your goals and responsibilities.

For example, if you are trying to write every day because you want to be a better communicator, keep this in mind when you’re struggling with grammar.

It’s an intrinsic motivator that will help you reach internally to pull out all the inspiration that you first started with.

Change Things Up
Even when you love what you’re doing, there will be times when your motivation drops. When that happens, it’s time to change things up a bit.

It doesn’t need to be a huge change, like quitting your job.

It can be simple changes, like rearranging your office, modifying your schedule, or engaging with new people at lunch.

The expression, “A change is as good as a rest,” is indeed true!

Why Self-Motivation is So Important for Success

Listen and Read: Why Self Motivation is So Important

Happiness? Check. Successful career? Check. Great family life? Check. Sounds like you’re doing fantastic!

You’re missing a check, though – motivation.

None of these boxes would be checked without a healthy sense of self-motivation, so whether you realize it or not, you’re probably pretty driven.

Self-motivation is so important in life – here are a few reasons why.

Self-Motivation Builds Self-Confidence
That voice in your head that used to say, “I think I can” is now saying “I know I can.”

The more goals you set and attain for yourself, the more confident you will be regarding your capabilities.

You Are Who You Surround Yourself With
People tend to pick their friends based on certain characteristics they have in common. Few people would like to spend time with self-deprecating people who complain and pity themselves all the time.

The self-confidence you generate is contagious and can lead you to rewarding, motivational friendships.

Self-Motivation Creates Personal Goals
Sure, you’ve probably reached goals set by your superior – wowed your manager at a performance review or surpassed your client’s expectations.

That’s wonderful, but what about your own goals?

Self-motivation is goal-setting (and reaching!) from start to finish. It means coming up with goals for yourself, setting clear parameters and metrics for success, and then reaching those goals.

Helps to Face and Conquer Your Fears
People are afraid of many things: failure, losing, not knowing enough, the list goes on.

When you instil an inspiration-driven mentality into your mind, you assure yourself that you can do it.

You can surmount any mountain and conquer any obstacle because you have yourself. You are the owner of your own thoughts, so you are the CEO of your own life.

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Self-Motivation Helps Getting Prioritized
When you have a lot on your plate, it’s hard to decide which responsibility to attack first.

If your motivation comes from within, you likely have your own set of priorities – what you really want to focus on because you’re inspired to do it.

You’ll go about your prioritization methods a little differently when you’re self-motivated…in the best way possible!

Self-motivation is a vehicle for success.

Without it, you’d either 1. depend on others for inspiration and incentive to perform well or .) never achieve your goals.

Is it difficult at times?

Yes.

Is it possible?

Absolutely.

When you have a setback, don’t let yourself get down about it – push through and remind yourself that you can and will do it.


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