If you just google the word motivation you’ll be flooded with a gazillion links on how to stay motivated and every article you read will have more or less the same points. So what to do?
I’ll list down here ten points that have been thoroughly researched and proven to help people in achieving their goal and help them in staying motivated:
- Our Language Our world is created in our language — so change your words to change your world.Everything we interpret around us is based on our language — whether we experience the language as words, symbols, body language, and or another medium. If you build an environment of low motivation, you will feel low motivation. • Stop telling yourself you’re tired. • Stop telling yourself you’re bored. • Stop feeling sorry for yourself. We all face challenges in life. What matters is how you deal with those. That separates those who feel successful and happy from those who feel stuck. Don’t feel stuck. Change your language.
- What’s Your Why? Go back to your reason “why”. You hear a lot in business about connecting to a “vision” — the reason “why” of that company. The vision is how the company wants to be positioned. You can set the same standard for yourself as well. Discover what matters to you. I created my “why” through my core values, plus an evaluation of what pumps me up. My reasons why are freedom of time, location, work, interests, and health. Yours can be anything. They can fit under one value, like freedom, or touch various. Or, your “why” can be summarized in three words. Just find your “why”.
- Motivational Figures Review some motivational quotes.Quotes can be simple, but powerful. “It’s not just another day; it’s the one day that is given to you today.” When I want to remember why I continue to learn: “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” – Jim Rohn When I really want to just complete a project or task: Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. – Parkinson’s Law When I find myself unsatisfied with what I have: “The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” – Socrates When I don’t feel satisfied with my work: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs When I need hope: “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.” – Steve Jobs
- Stop and Watch Watch a video to hype you up. 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. Start a playlist so you can have something to remind you to get back to hustlin’.
- Get Active This can be simple, if you’d prefer. Take a walk, try the 7 minutes workout, take a cold shower, head to the gym and get back to work later on. Our mind responds to our body’s activity.
- Get Caffeinated Coffee or tea is the obvious choice — and you probably know which you like. The fact that it will get you out of your chair and moving is an added bonus. If you want to load up on dark chocolate for that little caffeine kick, go for it. Just don’t go overboard.
- Phone a Friend We all have friends and family we love to talk to (and those we hate talking to). Think of that person who inspires you when you talk to them, and give them a call. You don’t have to tell them why you’re calling. Just set a few minutes aside to give them a ring, check in with how they are doing, talk a bit about yourself, and get back to work. Know who energizes you, and reach out.
- Power Nap! Or, Just Meditate. Or Both! We work hard, and constantly. We know this already – and that’s probably why you’re out of motivation still at this point. I’ve liked to try both “power naps” and meditation. • Set an alarm for 20 minutes – and no more than that (I wouldn’t recommend less than 15 either). • Lay down, if you can, or sit comfortably in your chair. • Close your eyes and calm your breathing. • Scan your body from head-to-toe. Relax your forehead, your eyebrows, cheeks, mouth, neck, shoulders, arms, hips, legs. • Wait calmly until the alarm goes off. If you fall asleep, great. If not, just wait. You will feel refreshed when you wake. Meditation: • This doesn’t have to be intense. Find ways to include meditation in your day. Just simple relaxation where you don’t have to think about anything. • See the first step on my post, “5 More Steps to a Better Day”.
- Turn Off Distractions Turn off Facebook, Twitter, Emails, TV, and whatever other distraction you allow around you. It’s your choice. It might not be easy at times, but it can make a huge difference. Turn down the noise — turn up the creativity.
- Get Musical Try a music playlist that gets you going. Lke the Chill or Techno playlists, depending on the energy you need. You can make your own through YouTube, Spotify, or whatever music service you use.