Motivate Yourself - 5 Tips to Help You
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
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
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 get
- Post motivating pictures or slogans on your fridge
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 sure to also read
inspiring and motivational quotes.
- Remind yourself why you want this and focus on the
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 goal.
- 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
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
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.
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