The Best Advice On Motivation I’ve Ever Received:
I read an article recently talking about the best advice the author’s ever gotten on building motivation. He said something to the extent of people believe they need to be motivated prior to taking action toward a goal. Instead, he suggests, we need to take action in order to BECOME motivated. If we wait for motivation to come first, we never push past the fear, anxiety, unwillingness, etc. which gets us to where we need to be. The more we experience the end result, the more motivated we are to take the action again. Action and motivation are intertwined and feed off of each other.
Types of Motivation:
Now that we’ve established that, let’s go a little deeper. What are the types of motivation and what are specific, actionable ways to increase it? There are two types of motivation: intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation. Basically, intrinsic motivation comes from within and extrinsic motivation is dependent on external rewards. Although extrinsic motivation can be a temporary driving force, intrinsic motivation seems to be more effective in creating consistent results. Why? Because it’s a values driven motivation. It’s about being consistent with who you feel you are inside and what you believe you stand for.
Regardless of the type of motivation which feels strongest to you, it’s important to create a solid support system and be able to identify the rewards you’ll reap at the end of accomplishing a goal. In this article you will find several tools to help build your intrinsic motivation and force yourself to take charge of your life.
1. Hang up motivators
Printing out quotes, creating vision boards and even hanging up progress photos are all amazing tools to create motivation everywhere you look! Maybe it’s hanging up those shorts or dress you want to fit into or printing out pictures of happy memories to make you smile. Training your mind to see motivation everywhere you look and remind yourself what you are working towards is essential to building that driving force towards success. You can also train your mind to remember where you were and create enough pain where it provides a solid reminder of what you don’t want to go back to.
2. Good company
You want to surround yourself with positive people who inspire you and help remind you to stay motivated. Create a strong support system with family, friends, co-workers or even online bloggers who share the same struggles, dreams, or common interests as you. This is an important step when you are really trying to form a happier, positive and motivating life. You need people you can talk to, who will help keep you accountable, but most importantly, people who not only believe in you but help you believe in yourself.
3. Think Positive
Train your mind to always turn negative circumstances or thoughts into positive ones. This will help you handle rough encounters and obstacles better. If you can look for the good in any situation or learn to talk to yourself in a kinder manner, then you will find ways to keep going and will be less likely to give up. The more positive energy you put into your actions, the more positive outcomes you will get.
4. Remind yourself why you started
Have you ever heard people talk about creating meaning in struggle? It actually works! It’s a positive coping skill successful people use on a regular basis. Give your struggles a purpose. In those moments you feel like giving up, remind yourself what caused you to make this change in the first place. I think a lot of times during our journey to a better life, we often find ourselves focusing too much on the pain and not enough on the purpose. However, if you train your mind to see the end result, the struggles become worth it and you’re more likely to push through them.
5. Create a vision board
Think it. See it. Be it. A vision board is a tool used to analyze, intensify, and maintain concentration on distinct life goals. It’s a great way to decide what you really want, visualize it, and help keep you focused on it. My suggestion would be to make one from scratch with construction paper and old magazines or create one online (try dreamitalive.com), PRINT it and hang it up in your home or office where you will see it every day! It can include anything and everything from what you want to be to what you want to do in life.
6. Record your progress
Always stay focused on the accomplishments you’ve already achieved as you work toward other goals. You need to remind yourself of how far you’ve come and how strong you’ve become. You are not the person you were yesterday. This will help you push forward and believe in yourself. If you’re always concentrating on things you haven’t achieved yet, you will become discouraged. Acknowledging progress, even minor ones, is a great way to make yourself feel good about what you are doing and thrive for more.
7. S.M.A.R.T Goals
Set goals which are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time bound! Be specific about what you want in life and the things you wish to accomplish. Establish precise ways to measure your progress. When you begin to set goals that are meaningful to you, you begin to plan out the steps you need to take to make them attainable. A realistic goal is one in which you are WILLING and ABLE to work towards. Lastly, make a time frame with your goal. It becomes more urgent and holds you more accountable if there is a deadline tied to it.
- Eric Thomas: We literally have no words to describe how motivating this guy is! Don’t just stop at his website. Check out his podcasts and youtube videos too.
- Lifehack: From inspiration to motivation, they’ve got it all…ON EVERY TOPIC!