Motivation: THE KEY TO SUCCESS
How to Amp Up your Motivation
The dictionary defines motivation as “a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way”. In other words, motivation is your “why” – the clear and compelling reason for doing what needs to be done to reach the goals you have set.
This is why motivation is the key to success: it gives us the reason – the “why” – to act or behave in a certain way – day after day, despite the effort, despite the discomfort and even when wanting to quit – until you have achieved your goal. It is the driving force that keeps you pushing on – even when you just don’t know how to start or when it would be easier just to quit.
“Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.” ~ Norman R. Augustine
“Action generates motivation; not the other way around.” ~ Unknown
Here are some excellent ways to amp up your motivation to get things done and take a step closer to your goals, as we move into the second half of the year.
1. Get clear on your goals
Are your goals truly motivating? Your motivation is far stronger when your goals are what YOU really want or want to achieve, because it will make your life – and the lives of those you love – better. For example, your goal might be to obtain a certain qualification. However, people rarely study to obtain a qualification just for the sake of it. The real motivation may be to improve your loved ones’ lives by earning more money. Or it might be to get a promotion and take another step up the corporate ladder. It is important to be clear on your “why” – your reason – because that is what brings true motivation. Keep your goals as concrete and visible as possible – literally surround yourself with pictures and reminders of your “why”.
2. Break it down into small steps
Big goals and inspiring dreams generate great motivation, but can seldom be achieved overnight. To keep your motivation high over the time it will take to reach your goal, break it down into milestones, and break those milestones down into even smaller, easier steps that can be completed in a short time. Achieving each small step takes you a little closer to your goal, creating momentum, providing a sense of achievement and generating motivation to take the next small step.
3. Routinely practice your motivation muscles
One way to create the time and space for taking those smaller steps that will eventually lead to the achievement of your goals is to build them into your daily routine. Routines differ vastly from one person to another, so find what works for you. For example, you might study best early in the morning, or in a quiet place during lunchtime, or with friends at an evening study group. However you structure your daily routine, make sure there is also time for fun and activities or treats to celebrate each step completed.
4. Motivate yourself with positive input
Choose a statement or quote that resonates with you and reinforces a positive mindset. Repeat this statement often to keep your motivation up and your spirits high. On those low-motivation days, chatting with a supportive friend, reading an inspiring story, watching an uplifting video or listening to an upbeat song can do wonders for boosting motivation, as will joining a group of people with similar goals or finding a mentor who has already achieved what you are working towards.
Implementing these four strategies will empower you to amp up your motivation for the second half of 2019, boosting your progress towards the goals and dreams you have set for this year