Motivation is a secret to success that is overlooked yet so important. When it is focused on and improved, people get the most out of the hidden potential they have inside. So how do you unleash this lava-like fire? Below, I’ve listed 3 quick tips for you to try.
1. Stimulate Your Subconscious With Vivid Imagery
Vivid imagery will evoke your senses. If you just say that you want to get rich, it stays in your logical brain as words.
But if you visually imagine what you want with scenery, it changes that motivation to something more impactful and evoking. This is because humans are genetically wired to remember and respond to what we see. Books are a relatively new development in the lifetime of human civilization.
Let me give you a real example to put this into practice. Let’s say my goal is to become a world traveler. I can say, “I want to travel the world” and maybe even write it down. Or I can picture the sand beneath my toes, the turquoise blue sky, the wind in my hair, the hot sun, and the tropical waves. I can picture in detail the wooden chair I sit on and the coconut palm trees beside me.
“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” – Jonathan Swift
Which one do you think will work better in motivating you? I recommend building on this further and putting images (or vision boards, as some people call them) everywhere in your life to remind you. I save pictures of my goals as phone screensavers.
2. Drill Down By Asking Yourself Why Numerous Times
You need to find your true reason for doing things. On the surface, it may seem like you already know. But in reality, there is a deeper reason. By finding this, you might uncover a stronger motive that will propel you through.
For instance, most people stop at “I want to be rich.” When I drilled down, I found that I wanted to be rich in order to visit beautiful locations and improve my dating life. Not only did this clarify my true goals, it helped cut needless wastes of time. Many wealthy people realize that they could have gotten to their true goal much faster if they didn’t spend so long accumulating needless extra money.
In my case, I found through studying travel hacker blogs that it won’t take more than $100,000 a year to travel to the most exotic, beautiful destinations. In fact, if you’re willing to compromise, you can travel to some beautiful locations in third world countries for as cheap as $25,000 a year if you cook your own foods, pick the right country, and travel slow.
I have encountered millionaires who were depressed because they chose a random number that they chased after and wasted decades of their lives to only realize that they didn’t need to make that much money to achieve their true goal of traveling.
Ask yourself why numerous times. For example, why do you want to do what you do? Because I want to get rich. Why do you want to get rich? Because it will make me happy. Why do you want to be happy? Because it will feel good. By doing this, you can cut out all needless goals.
“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” – Albert Schweitzer
3. Be as detailed as you can in describing your goal(s)
Vague goals lead to vague measurements and no direction. You cannot start moving towards your goal if you don’t have it fully described because you cannot map steps to move towards it. With a specific goal, you can start identifying methods of moving towards that goal rather than sitting stagnant.
For example, “I want a better dating life” is too vague. How about “I want a smart, young, fit, ambitious girl as a girlfriend.” This detail motivates you and sparks fire inside of you. If you recognize a girl like that, you’re more likely to have more fire inside of you.
A detailed goal also evokes the visual imagery part of your brain rather than keeping your imagination at bay. You want that detail to spark you into seeing how amazing achieving it would be. This helps you stay on course and unearths untapped motivation.
What’s the #1 takeaway from this article? I challenge you to take action on this today.
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8 Things You Can Do Right Now to Get Your Motivation Back
Welcome to our new normal. A time in our lives that a year ago we certainly didn’t see coming that most of us probably wouldn’t have chosen for ourselves; but here we are. As the days away from each other carry on and more and more bad news comes our way, it’s easy to lose your motivation and waste energy doing things that aren’t helpful like worrying and fighting with people on the internet instead.
Nearly half of Americans report the coronavirus crisis is harming their mental health, according to the Washington Post. While many of us had routines set up to deal with stress in the past, the stress we are facing during this time is unlike anything we’ve experienced before. It’s easy to find yourself in a downward spiral, and that’s the most challenging time to stop the momentum and turn things around. If that’s the case, keep it simple and start to reach for little things to help you feel better and climb your way out.
Here’s a reminder of a few simple things you can do right now to start getting positive momentum going your way:
1. Find someone who was in a similar place and made it to the other side
Whether you’ve been unmotivated to workout, eat healthy, make sales calls or simply do anything, you can find someone who has been there and made it to the other side. Look up some great TED talks, go on YouTube and look up people that motivate you, google them to find their websites. There are short speeches and much longer talks all over the internet, you just need to find someone who you relate to that speaks to you.
2. Do something that you love
When we’re unmotivated, it’s easy to get out of the habit of doing what we love. Sometimes just getting out of bed or away from the tv feels like a chore. Think back to a time in your life when you felt great – what were you doing? What do you absolutely love to do that if you had the time, you would do all day and not realize any time had passed at all?
Figure out a way to do whatever that is, or a modified version of it if it is something that you aren’t able to do at the present time. Spending time doing what you love will get your mind off of anything that is wrong and allow you to find inspiration.
3. Don’t overcomplicate it
Keep it simple. When we’re stuck in a rut, we’ll give ourselves every excuse to not do something. Say you’ve gained some weight; you might tell yourself you need to find the perfect trainer and wait until you have time to cook your meals from scratch each night before you do anything else. Stop trying to overcomplicate it and keep it simple by finding one thing you can do right now, however small that may be. You don’t have to wait until the timing is perfect and the stars align for you to start moving in the direction you want to go.
4. Get up and get moving
This is probably the last thing you want to do right now, but once you are up and moving, your blood will start flowing. The hardest part is getting started. Day one, get up and do anything to get moving. This is the hardest day if you haven’t in a while because getting up is really the hardest part. Day two, do a little more. Once you start, you’ll build momentum and get back in the habit.
5. Reset your focus
It’s so easy for worry to set in and for our minds to wander to places of what we can’t control. This is not motivating or helpful and we always have a choice to redirect our attention. There is always something we can do right where we are, so bring your focus to the solution instead of the problem and figure out the next step of what you can do.
One step at a time. Step one, take your attention away from what you can’t control and what you can’t do. Step two, ask yourself questions like “What can I do?” and see what comes to mind. Follow through with the answers you find.
6. Listen to your favorite music
Not much can lift our spirits and put us into a positive vibration more than our favorite music. Feel free to sing along. Find a song that pumps you up and make that your theme song. Put it on anytime you feel down or unmotivated.
7. Expand your knowledge
“In times of change, the learners will inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” Quote by Eric Hoffer. In times of change, there is great loss but also great opportunity. Continually learning opens you to new opportunities and leads you to paths you may not have otherwise found.
If you’re already a meditator and got away from it, take some time to come back to it. If you’ve never tried, it can be as easy as setting a timer for five minutes (or less, feel free to start with one or two minutes) and focusing on your breath. Listen to the inhalations and exhalations. Silently say to yourself “in” as you inhale and “out” as you exhale. Even taking a few minutes to do this can help you to calm down and allow your mind to refocus.
When we’re unmotivated, our momentum starts moving in the other direction. Slow down that momentum by trying one of the ideas above. Once you’ve slowed down the momentum, get it moving in the right direction and you’ll be well on your way.
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