To be able to motive yourself, or self-motivation, occurs when a
person has the desire and willingness to do something and is
internally motivated to do it.
Sometimes it's very difficult to get ourselves moving and achieve
what we want to achieve. The natural inclination is to procrastinate.
Life just seems to get in the way. There is a job to go to, a house to
clean, groceries to do, television to watch - whoops!
I guess we get pretty good at finding excuses to not get started on
an exercise routine, reading a new book or cleaning out that closet.
The fact is that we are creatures of routine and habit. However,
once we allow ourselves to get into the habit of doing something
(especially something we normally resist doing), it's no longer a struggle and we may even end up enjoying it.
When we were young most of us probably didn't like bathing or
brushing our teeth but as it became habit, we no longer thought about
it, we just did it.
So what can we do to motivate
ourselves to accomplish, or even start working on, our goals?
For starters we can do some critical
thinking and ask ourselves what will happen if we don't develop
a particular habit or routine. What would some of the consequences be of
neglecting to do so? An important question - right? Many of
us don't think far enough ahead when we need get in
Here are some tips to get ourselves going:
Decide what you want.
It's hard to motivate yourself when you don't have a goal
or objective. Set a goal
and decide how you are going to go about
it. Then break it down into smaller sections so it's easier to
tackle and less overwhelming. Do you want to run a marathon,
lose 10 pounds, or make enough money for college tuition? Knowing
what you want to accomplish is the first step in motivating yourself
to get started.
Keep track of your progress.
Keep a log or journal where you chart your progress. It can
motivate you by gauging how far you have come and how much you have
accomplished. Looking at it alone can inspire you to keep pushing
ahead, not to mention remind you what actions you need to take to
Post motivating pictures or slogans on your fridge or elsewhere.
It is always uplifting to see pictures of people who have
accomplished what you're striving for. It makes it attainable and
realistic. Likewise, little slogans like "go for it" or
"just do it" can give you the little boost you need. Be
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Remind yourself why you want this and focus on the end
If you remind yourself that you want to be healthier, go for
that promotion or just better yourself, it will re-establish what you
are doing and why. It's not unusual to hit a slump.
Sometimes we forget what we set out to do and a little reminder is
all we need to get revitalized. Visualize the end result and 'feel'
how gratified and triumphant you will be when you've achieved your
Make it a habit.
Once you have accomplished your goal or objective make it a habit! If it was to exercise or eat properly, keep it up. If it was
to work for a promotion or any other one-time event, maintain the
habit of self-improvement. Once it becomes a habit,
it will be second
nature to you and you won't have to think about it anymore. That
means you won't be procrastinating, avoiding, or trying to build up
motivation to do it yet again.
There is an interesting point to be aware of if you are too intense or work on a task in the same way for too long. By doing so, you can actually
jeopardize your motivation. Who would have thought! Therefore, make it
a point to walk away and take breaks
every now and then. Change the conditions and timetable you're
working under. Doing so will give you renewed energy and a fresh
perspective for a project.
Not surprisingly, we all have trouble motivating ourselves from
time to time. However, if we remember why we want to accomplish
something, and how great it will feel when we do, quite often it will
serve as the only motivation we need to get on with it.