What makes you and I act the way we do? Environment, stimulation, habits, patterns…there are many positive and challenging factors that add layer upon layer to who we are and how we behave.
So what makes us decide to change? When does it become obvious that the reasons we have for acting or behaving in a certain way no longer work FOR us and instead, start holding us back?
Motivation is created by a series of internal and external factors that stimulate desire and energy in people to make an effort to obtain a goal. Whether it’s losing weight, gaining strength and flexibility with a new exercise plan, or trying to land a new dream job, being motivated can make the difference between experiencing the joy of success or the distress of defeat.
Preparation for success most often requires hard work – mentally, emotionally and sometimes physically, though, and there’s no guaranteed that it will always be easy. It’s often said that if our achievements come too easily, we won’t appreciate them as much as if we had to struggle to make things work.
Sometimes, you might feel like the only way to reach your goal is with unlimited amounts of motivation, and by now you’re probably wondering, “Where can I find my motivation?”
There are many wise people and experts extolling the benefits of motivation in helping you to achieve what you want – but without the step-by-step resources you need to get started.
Try these techniques to get you started toward finding your own motivation – let them spur you on toward making the positive changes you desire:
- Find motivation from those around you. The world is filled with those who could have made it, yet didn’t for any number of reasons. It is also filled with many successful people who are motivating themselves each day to reach higher and achieve more.
The great news is that you can draw inspiration and motivation from both types of people. Those who haven’t achieved much can serve as reminder of where you probably don’t want to be and why you’re working so hard to reach success.
People that are enjoying great amounts of success can give you a concrete vision of where you can one day be with the right strategic plan and taking the right actions.
In addition, seeing others like you becoming successful reinforces the idea that it is indeed possible to turn your own dream into a reality.
If others can be successful, then why can’t you? Rather than coming up with reasons why you can’t reach success, focus on discovering all the reasons why you can!
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- Stay focused on the purpose. If you’re training to run a marathon, you’ll probably wind up spending significant amounts of time running every week. If you’re waking up every morning and subjecting your body to intense levels of physical exertion with no clear meaning, no SMART goal behind it, you’ll be more likely to lose interest.
A major part of being successful is reminding yourself why you’re doing all these preparations. Follow the SMART goal setting method: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-based to clearly define your “why”.
When you remember and focus on your “why,” you’ll devote more focused energy into your preparation to achieve outstanding results.
It’s important to stay centered on the reason you’re doing something, and if you’re unable to come up with a reason, perhaps you should be doing something else.
- Believe in yourself. When you’re in the trenches, working hard each day to grind your way to victory, it can be easy to question yourself and your abilities.
Stay positive and have faith in your skills and hard work. Otherwise you’ll be planting a seed of doubt in everything that you do.
Remaining positive can be a challenge, yet part of the entire idea of having faith in yourself has much to do with continuing to move forward even when you’re not clear where your steps will take you.
This means that, even if you’re not sure exactly how you’re going to achieve your ultimate goal, you can still take steps towards that goal, knowing in your heart that you’ll successfully cross any bridges once they present themselves.
Practice using just one or two these techniques each day and soon you’ll find that motivation comes more naturally to you. Lackluster effort will be a thing of the past as you boldly go forward into your shining future of success!
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