Motivation can be a fickle thing. One minute you’re firing on all cylinders, feeling like superman, with unwavering confidence and self belief, and the next you can’t be bothered getting off the couch.
The way your motivation fluctuates can be compared to that of a roller coaster. Some days it’s right up high, and some days it’s right down low. Sometimes this can be quite disheartening but let me make this clear – this is perfectly normal and you shouldn’t feel discouraged for not always jumping out of your skin to get things done! If you are after something to give you a little kick of inspiration check out this YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/user/TheMiro0r
High levels of internal drive are a highly valuable asset to have in business, sport and in life, but, as most people I’m sure can attest, finding that drive can be difficult, and keeping it is even harder. Although it’s not unusual for our inspiration to dwindle from time to time there are things you can do to build up your motivation and then maintain it. Here are my top tips on getting and staying motivated!
1. Define your ‘Why’
Why do you do what you do? What is it that makes you want to get up in the morning and go after your goals? For some people it’s family. Their families rely on them to financially support them so it’s their responsibility to get things done in order to achieve that goal. For some people it’s a deep internal drive for being the best person they can be. To evolve daily. For some it grows from their desire to one day be free of debt and have financial freedom.
Regardless of the why behind doing what you do, it is important to clearly define that ‘why’ so that you can use it to lift yourself up when things get tough. I would recommend writing down your ‘why’ on a piece of paper, or somewhere that you can access it when you need it, such as your phone or laptop. Then whenever you’re feeling lost and can’t seem to find any motivation, pull it out, read it, and remind yourself of why it is that you do what you do. You’d be surprised at the power behind deeply understanding your internal drive and using it to fuel and light your fire when you need it most.
2. Love What You Do!
“If you love what you do, you’ll never have to work a day in your life”
“The difference between a job and a career is passion”
These two quotes are so pivotal, accurate and important that I encourage you to write them down and mould your life around them. If you love what you do the hard things aren’t so hard. When the going gets tough you just keep on going because you are so passionate and invested in what you’re doing to even consider giving up. One sure-fire way to build and consistently maintain motivation is to participate daily in things that you truly love to do. If you can mould your goals around your passion then everything else is going to fall into place.
If you aren’t sure what you’re really interested in or what you like to do, I encourage you to experiment and look deep inside yourself in order to discover what you’re passionate about. What do you like to do that comes naturally, that you don’t need to be told to do, or that you don’t need any external motivation for? Whatever this is, is likely what you’re destined for and you should do whatever it takes to do more of it!
3. Set Goals and Celebrate Your Success
Have you ever wanted something so crazy that you never thought in your wildest dreams that you could get it? Well, let me tell you that no matter what that dream is, you can achieve it by setting goals, achieving them, and then setting more. Set BIG, long-term goals and then create smaller, short terms goals that will move you toward achieving those big goals. By breaking down your big goals into smaller, more seemingly achievable goals it creates a stepping stone process that takes you one step at a time from where you are now to where you need to be.
When you achieve a goal, no matter how small, celebrate it! Whether it’s a personal pat on the back, shouting yourself out to dinner or buying yourself a new toy, do something for yourself that says “Hey, you’re on the right track, keep up the good work!”. Setting and achieving goals is the perfect platform for building confidence and maintaining your motivation along your journey. When you achieve success by reaching your goals, it makes it a lot easier to find the drive you need to keep moving forward.
4. Find a Role Model/s and Learn From Them
Sometimes it can be difficult to find all the motivation you need from within, and therefore it is important to find yourself a suitable role model/s to learn and draw inspiration from . Take Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, for example. It’s not hard to get fired up to get yourself into the gym and work hard when you see him posting on Instagram with a caption reading “Up at 4:00am for my morning cardio before hitting the set for a big day!”. Take this and the fact that he is a man of good morals, works hard, and has a good time while doing it, for me he is the perfect example of someone I chose as a role model.
Of course, your role model needs to be specific to you, so when searching for one be sure to look for someone who is real, and sets a good example relating to your chosen field or personal goals. When times are tough let your role models be the example you need to keep soldiering on.
5. Keep Yourself in Good Health
This may seem irrelevant or unimportant when it comes to building and maintaining motivation, but I assure you, it’s not. When you’re tired, sick or lacking energy is it easier or more difficult to find the desire you need to do something? Yes, that was a rhetorical question, with the assumed answer of – “Way more difficult!”. When you are in good health, consuming a nourishing diet and exercising regularly ensures that your body is functioning optimally which allows you to go throughout your day as efficiently and effectively as possible. To be successful in any field you need to be able to maintain a high level of energy daily, therefore it is imperative to focus heavily on maintaining good health and maximizing your energy levels. Feel free to jump on over to the Exercise and Nutrition section for some handy tips for achieving good health!
What do you think of the tips I have included for building and maintaining motivation? What are your secrets for getting and staying motivated and finding inspiration when things get tough? Feel free to comment below and share your thoughts, I would love to hear from you!