How to Keep Yourself Motivated
Did you make yourself New Year’s Resolutions this year? How are you getting on with those? If they’ve fallen by the wayside you’re not alone. Research shows that almost 50% of people will have broken theirs already.
Keeping a high level of motivation and getting things done isn’t always easy. So how can we keep motivated and get things done?
Devise a New Plan
It’s a lot harder to keep yourself on task if you don’t have a plan. If you are just trying to figure life out as you go along you aren’t going to take it as seriously. Part of your plan should be setting yourself mini goals and writing them down. Writing goals and plans down makes you almost 10 times more likely to stick to them.
Completing a task or achieving something feels great on its own. However, if you build yourself a reward system it intensifies the feeling and pulls you towards achieving more. A much better feeling than pushing yourself to do something. That’s the reason for your goals being “mini ones”, get yourself used to the feeling of achievement.
Go Back the Future
If the thought of going to the gym or clearing out the spare room that you’ve been meaning to do for months isn’t the most appealing thing that day, you may need to shift your perspective. Think back to how great it felt when you achieved something before, that feeling of relief at getting it done and that it wasn’t so much effort after all. Now, imagine how good you’ll feel after you’ve achieved this task and what difference it will make to you.
Add Some “Words of Power”
When we don’t do something it’s usually because we tell ourselves things like “I know I should go to the gym but I just don’t feel like it”. Destructive words that make our bodies slouch and refuse to move. Swap that phrase however for “I don’t feel like going to the gym but I’m going to do it anyway” and things feel different. Train yourself to use that phrase at the end of every sentence when you’re feeling less than motivated and see what happens.
With just a little bit of effort you could soon be an unstoppable motivation machine.
Have fun experimenting and enjoy the results.