10 Ways to Keep Yourself Motivated
Motivation is a skill that many of us lack in. With the stresses of everyday, work, school, and family, it can almost seem impossible to be motivated to do anything. Without proper motivation, one cannot achieve greatness. We are all trying to be the best we can be in this life, so here are 10 simple ways that will help you become self-motivating.
1. Write Goals In Pen – This may seem like strange advice, but statistics show that goals written in pen are more likely to be achieved than those written in pencil. It is hard to forget a goal when it cannot be erased. And by writing it down you are embedding it into your sub consciousness.
2. Reward Yourself – Tell yourself that once you have achieved the task at hand that you will do something enjoyable. It does not have to be a big deal or an extravagant reward, just something simple that you enjoy. Why not give yourself a star (like in school days) and tick off the task from your goal list.
3. Start With a Small Task First – Motivation can be hard to jumpstart, but by starting with a small task and focusing on one thing starting will be more manageable. The best way I have heard this put is with cleaning a kitchen. If the kitchen is a huge mess and seems daunting, start by cleaning the sink and moving slowly around the kitchen. By the time you reach the sink again, the kitchen will be clean.
4. Make it a Game – This idea may seem childish, but everyone loves games. Start with seeing how fast you can accomplish a goal. And again – reward yourself with a star.
5. Turn Off the TV – Most people enjoy sitting down and relaxing while watching their favorite television show. That is all well and good, but the television has a nasty habit of sucking the brain right out of our heads. Before we know it hours have past and we have accomplished nothing. If you can’t switch off the TV, get up once every 30 mins and do some squats while watching.
6. Do Not Fear Being a Failure – Sometimes we are going to fail. This is a fact of life, but instead of beating yourself up because of failure, look at it as a lesson learned in how not to do something. Failure can sometimes point you in a better direction than the original path. Learn from your mistakes and look for a different way to achieve your goals.
7. Visualisation – Some people call this day dreaming, but if you are able to visualize the goal and focus on it you will be more likely to achieve it. Start putting together a sketch book with what you want to achieve. Cut out bodies you like and look at them from time to time. Even if you don’t achieve 100% looking like them the % you achieve in wanting to become them is more than doing nothing. You will get there – but realize it won’t happen overnight.
8. Share With Likeminded People - Sharing your goals with those around you that have the same vision will help you hone in on the goal and motivate you to keep going. So talking about Number 4 – Make it a Game again: Make it a competitive fun game and exchange milestones with your “fitpartners”. Be proud that you managed to stick with for example a 7 day challenge of taking the stairs instead of the lift every day.
9. Set a Definitive Date – If you have a set date in mind you are more likely to push toward that goal. Setting a date will also help you break your goal down into steps. So if you like to get trim for a beach holiday start at least 4 weeks before work backwards and set yourself tasks for each week. Don’t forget the recovery days though. When working out it is important to not forget that your body needs some time off. So if you are aching either put in a recovery or a stretch day to let your muscles recover.
10. Make it a Must – Do not look toward a goal as if you might one day achieve it. Make it a priority. Make the goal a must instead of a might. You can do it. Work on your mind and the body will follow and don’t give in if you got a relapse. We all have times thinking that we need to focus on more important things than fitness: See it the other way round: What is more important than your wellbeing and health? Your body is your temple and your first priority is to look after it – so it could look after you as this body is the only one you have – for life.
Motivation comes from many factors, but the best type of motivation comes from ourselves because we are not always around others, we always have to contend with ourselves.