Are you that someone who find it difficult to keep yourself motivated in life? I know, I need help at times. Sometimes you might not know what needs to be done. But more often you know exactly what you need to do and yet you find the focus slipping out of your mind. The below read will help you with keeping yourself motivated in life.
Things included in the article:
- Tips to keep you motivated in life
- Selected motivational quotes of world known personalities
- 5 motivational books you need to read
You often attend wellness sessions, motivational talks and what not, to get yourselves pumped up for success, isn’t it? These sessions give you such a positive energy that your confidence is boosted to a different level altogether. You feel so energized that you come out with an urge to keep yourselves in the action path. But in a few days, if you will realize that the energy level you had during the sessions has invariably reduced.
Why does this happen? Why the same level of enthusiasm that was felt during the motivational sessions cannot be maintained for the rest of your life? What comes in the way of keeping yourself in that heightened motivated phase?
The basic causes are:
- Doubtfulness: You become unsure if you can actually pull it off.
- Fear of change: You have become so comfortable with your present routine; you fear the changes you have to make in your life.
- Losing focus: You could get easily distracted from your track when you lose your focus.
- Procrastination: You think that you can always chase your dream later, when you are comfortable enough.
In short, we could say that our regular life routine gets in between of us and our motivation. And it carries us away in its course once again. So…. If you think about it, the problem lies within each one of us. It’s our thoughts, our attitude towards everything, that gets us elevated to a better self or brings us down. It’s time to really work on our thoughts and attitude about life, so that it brings out positive results.
Why is it important to be self motivated?
Because that’s what makes you keep moving towards your goal. That’s when you work passionately to achieve your goals. That’s when you get that courage to face your fears, chase out that doubt in your mind, leave your misgiving behind and move forward with your decisions.
What can be done to remain motivated in life always?
Now let’s get to business. We will go through some techniques of self motivation that can help you stay on your track.
12 Tips to keep yourself motivated in life
- Know yourself-
This is the first and foremost thing you need to do. Because, everything starts from you knowing yourself. Who you are; what are your goals – without you having sorted them out, you will never have a proper direction. Dig deep in your mind and understand your fears and your short comings; areas that need improvement etc. And then work on it to improve yourself. Motivators can only guide you to a certain level. They can only give an overview on how you need to approach a certain goal of yours. It’s you who need to walk the actual path. It’s you who knows you inside out; no one else – not your parents, not your siblings, not your best friend, not even your partner. They only know what you tell them about you or what you express. The best that anyone can do is; to understand your moods by reading your body language. But they don’t have access to the exact thoughts going on in your mind. The only person that can understand you a 100% is yourself .
- Be conscious about your actions:
Being conscious is about being mindful of your thoughts and actions. Whatever you do in life, you do it mindfully. You cannot go on living life like in a dream, like a leaf being drifted in the wind. Be aware that you are in charge of your life, no one else. The results of your actions are going to affect you and others who are dependent on you or associated with you. So your actions should be well thought out, conscious ones. And always analyze the outcome of your actions so that you can apply the lessons learned from it.
- Remind yourself the purpose of your goal:
Make sure you remind yourself every day, the purpose of your goal. Visualize yourself getting to where you want to reach and keep that dream constant in your mind. When you have that coming up in your mind always, you will want to work towards it relentlessly. You have heard people say – “I have this idea in the back of my mind. I will work on it when I get the time.” So until that idea is popping up in his head, every now and then, he wouldn’t bother about it much, isn’t it? But imagine if you are someone who cannot stop thinking about your ambitions for even a minute, I’m sure you will never rest until you see it fulfilled. You will make enough time, even if your schedule is jam packed, to work on your dream.
- Keep notes:
You must have attended at least one motivational session so far in your life. Or you must have read one such book or maybe seen a YouTube video. But everything that is discussed there might not stick to your mind. However some can make so much sense to you that you want to follow what was told. And you feel that – Yes, I can do it! Take note of them and keep it handy, go through them as often as possible so that they will get imprinted in your mind forever. Let them become your quick recharge quotes.
- Have a checklist:
Make a checklist of the things you need to do on a regular basis. It might sound silly to some, but believe me it makes a difference. Record your activity without fail every day. When you see the checked boxes in a week or a month, you will know your progress. And the completed tasks will give you a sense of accomplishment which will motivate you to keep at it without fail. It would be good if you could record the reasons for not meeting your task also. Then it becomes easy to analyze what was the hurdle and that will help you take appropriate corrections in your journey.
- Support Groups:
Find that group of like-minded people that can support you when you might be struggling. Sometimes we might find it difficult to get the right resources needed or maybe you feel particularly let down on a certain day. Having a group of friends to guide you makes a big difference. You will be able to get help from at least one person in that group. And it only takes that small gesture from a fellow member, to motivate you to be up and running. The belief that someone will be there to hold your hand in hard time, will fill you with confidence. Humans are social beings. We seek companionship in our life in some form or other. And these support groups can help you a lot.
- Accountability partner:
For some, getting an accountability partner would be very effective. An accountability partner is someone who would give you that comfortable nudge that help you move forward. Like your personal motivator. He is someone who can help you be committed to your journey without being judgmental about you. It’s a mutual give and take relationship, as you need to help your partner the same way when he is feeling low too. Remember when you were in school you used to get reminders of assignments from fellow students, right? And you also reminded others about some deadlines. Find someone like that, who will not only urge you but also lead you through example.
- Announce your goal:
Let it be known to others around you, about what you aspire to accomplish. It will make you feel like putting in your whole hearted effort into it. I can give you a very simple example. Let’s assume you have joined the graduation course of your choice. Let’s say you are learning accounting. So you are telling others – hey! I’m going to be an accountant soon. And this will motivate you to put your heart and mind into it, so that one day you can show them that you have achieved what you aspired for.
- Work on your self confidence:
A very harmful thing that hinders your motivation is lack of confidence. When you are doubtful about your ability to do something, you find your motivation gets a hit. You often find yourself comparing with another person and that will make you hesitate to try your hand on what you want to do. But remember that person is a completely different human being. His thoughts, his emotion, his perception – everything will be different that you. What you can contribute he might not be able to. So don’t let your lack of confidence hinder your progress towards your ambitions.
Practicing affirmations can have a positive impact on your mind. It does wonders when it comes to building your self confidence. Affirmations help you to drive those negative thoughts and doubts out of your mind and fill it with a positive energy. Once you start believing them there won’t be any obstacles that you cannot tackle.
- Commit to others:
This is somewhat related to the above point. Go ahead and make a commitment to someone other than your friends or family. Say for example, you promising to deliver a sketch on a certain date. Once you make that commitment, you will definitely want to fulfill the commitment. You wouldn’t want the other person to be disappointed in you or lose the faith he has in you, because you couldn’t keep your promise. You feel the obligation to honor your promise.
- Stop being hard on yourself:
At times it could happen that, you might find yourself too much tired. Don’t be very judgmental on yourself on such occasions. It’s ok if you slow down at times, because there might be some other day in which you deliver more than you planned. Just make sure that you maintain the average level of effort in a given period. Give yourself some slack on such difficult days and make up for it in the coming days. The important thing is you go on with your efforts.
Selected motivational quotes of world known personalities
- Stephen Hawking – “ However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.”
- Confucious – “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
- Mahatma Gandhi – “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
- Tony Robbins – “ Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
- Pablo Picasso – “ He can who thinks he can, and he can’t who thinks he can’t.”
- Paulo Coelho – “ When you want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
- Nelson Mandela – “ Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.”
- Napoleon Bonaparte – “Victory is not always winning the battle but rising every time you fall.”
- Alexander Graham Bell – “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”
- Theodore Roosevelt – “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
And the one I love the most is – “Nothing is forever in this world, not even our problems.” – Charlie Chaplin
5 motivational books to read
And here comes the list of books to read. If you are interested in reading the above books, please click on the titles of the books.
( Below given are my associate links )
- The Power Of Positive Thinking – Norman Vincent Peale
- Girl Stop Apologizing – Rachel Hollis
- Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
- Awaken the giant within – Tony Robbins
- The magic of thinking Big – David Schwartz
And so we’ve reached the end of this article.
Hope you will try these different tips for self motivation and see the effect on your life.
Once you start seeing the results, that itself will motivate you to keep up your efforts.
So go ahead, take the rein of your life and ride to your success.