Can you use some motivation strategies? One of the hardest parts of accomplishing your goals in life whether they be losing more weight, saving money, or lowering your cholesterol has to be finding the motivation to start it up and to keep it going every day. Once you have the momentum going everything else can just fall in place, but getting that momentum going can be a challenge.
To an extent it really depends on how badly you want to achieve your goal. You can listen to as many motivational strategies as you want, but if you don’t want to achieve your dreams bad enough it is still going to be hard to get out of bed and run a mile every morning, start writing your own book, or accomplish whatever it is you set out to accomplish.
You need to desire it because you love doing it and you know the benefits that it can give you. If you have that desire here are some motivational strategies to help pull yourself along when you feel like dragging your feet and guide you on the path to success.
1. Stay Active
I wrote about this in my article about overcoming procrastination. When you stay active and build up some momentum it is easier to keep that momentum going then if you try to suddenly switch your body from the “couch potato stage” to the “let’s get motivated stage”.
Our bodies adapt to what we do and how we live our lives. If we don’t put any effort into life our body wants to keep not putting any effort into life. If we are active and put in a lot of effort into our life then our body wants to keep pushing the limits and keep and doing and achieving more.
2. Hang Around With Motivated People
You may have heard the statement, “your income is the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with”. This brings up a powerful point which can be applied to nearly every aspect of life.
In addition to your income I like to say that your motivation is the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Call it peer pressure if you like, but motivated people help other motivated people stay motivated. Couch potatoes only hold you back and keep you lazy.
If you want to get in shape than finding other people who are motivated and especially other people who are motivated about getting in shape is one of the best motivational strategies you can do. As a team you can help each other stick with your goal and get better results than if you had simply gone it alone.
3. Have a Goal
Sometimes it can be hard to do things that seem boring or complicated. It is so easy to just put them off until tomorrow instead of dealing with them now (even if we secretly know that tomorrow never comes). One way to deal with this is to start creating your life plan and have a goal.
‘Strong, deeply rooted desire is the starting point of all achievement.” Napoleon Hill
When you have a goal that you really want to achieve it is easier to motivate yourself to get cracking. Even if you are not motivated by the process you can be motivated by the final results.
4. Let Others Know Your Goal
We all want to appear smart, talented, and gifted in front of other people. Nobody wants to have others see them as a failure. Letting other people know what your goal is, is really a way that you can use this basic human principal to your advantage.
When you create your goal the next thing you can do is to let others know about it. Tell everyone that is close to you what you plan on doing and how you plan on doing it. Ideally you want to tell someone who will understand and support your goal. But if you can’t find someone who will support your goal then tell somebody who won’t so at least you can prove them wrong.
By letting others know your intentions you know that other people are watching you and are holding you accountable for your goals. This way you are more likely to stay motivated to prove to others that you are not a failure and that you are a man of your word.
5. Get a Role Model
Find someone to look up to who has already achieved what it is you aspire to achieve. When you have a role model you have a standard to compare yourself with. It helps you grow and it gives you hope because you know what the light at the end of the tunnel looks like. You can see with firsthand experience that your future is bright as long as you do the same things that your role model did.
This helps you get the first initial boost of motivation because it gets you excited about your future. As you learn more about your role model it also helps you to keep moving because you will find that they have also faced many of the same challenges you are facing and have come out ahead. If they can achieve their goals in life, so can you.
6. Realize That We All Have Bumps In The Road
Everybody hits bumps in the road. The greater your goals are the bigger those bumps will be. But these bumps do not have to defeat you.
To be successful you have to realize that bumps in the road are just that. They will not stop you from your goal as long as you are motivated enough to keep pushing forward and doing what you can to achieve your goal.
“Fall down 7 times, Stand up 8.” Chinese Proverb
Although it may be hard it is better to just look at mistakes and failures as learning experiences instead of as a representation of your past. Know that everyone hit’s bumps in the road; it is how you handle those bumps which sets you apart from the rest and put you on the road to success or failure.
7. Read Motivational Quotes
Another thing you can do is to read motivational quotes about life. There are billions of people who have gone through this thing called life before you, many of which have left us with some great wisdom about how to achieve success and find yourself.
Reading motivational quotes can inspire you and get you ready to take action. I would even go so far as recommending you get yourself a favorite quote which you can look at every time you need to feel motivated to get up and take action.
My personal favorite motivational quote is “The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it.” (John C Maxwell) Whenever I am down and do not feel motivated to get going I can look at this quote and tell myself that I do not need to wait for motivation.
Motivation will come sooner or later and if I just start taking action and staying active it will be easier to keep it going and the motivation will come. (If you remember staying active is the first of these motivational strategies I mentioned and for good reason, it works).
8. Take Bite Sized Pieces
If you try to do too much too fast then you will burn yourself out or you will make so much work for yourself that it will be hard to even get started. It is much better to simply take bite sized pieces and go after your goals little by little then it is to try and do everything at once.
If your goal is to run 5 miles a day don’t start out trying to run 5 miles a day unless you have already had a lot of running experience. Instead try running 1 mile a day, once you get used to that go for 2 miles a day, then 3, then 4, and finally 5.
Taking bite sized pieces can help you see success after success and get a sense of accomplishment. This sense of accomplishment can propel you to achieving more of your goals because you have seen yourself accomplish past goals and you know you are capable of great things.
9. Do The Hardest Thing First
Sometimes we procrastinate simply because we do not want to do the hardest thing on our list. When we have something that we just don’t want to do all of these motivational strategies can go out the window. Even if you are still able to motivate yourself that energy will be put into pointless things that give you a false sense of accomplishment, but really doesn’t helped you to reach your goal.
When you have something you don’t want to do, it is exactly what you need to do first. Instead of postponing it all day think of how much more you will accomplish if you get rid of it first and then go after all of the easier tasks.
10. Make It Fun
No matter what you have to do you should be able to make it fun. After all if we enjoy what we are doing it is a whole lot easier to keep doing it.
These are some of the best motivational strategies that I have come up with. What about you? How do you motivate yourself?