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5 Simple Ways To Stay Motivated

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5 Ways To Stay Motivated

Everybody can recognize motivation when somebody truly has it. All the signs are there: passion, work ethic, never truly switching off.  

But how can motivation be developed and retained?

Passion and belief in your work is only the first step. Obstacles can diminish the confidence and motivation of even the most passionate of individuals.

Motivation is a roller coaster ride to say the least. Some factors to improve motivation are external to you.

If you really want to make something work in your business and professional life, it is important that you have a good social network of support, whether his is one special person, a partner or family member, or a group of good friends that can be on hand to offer great advice.

Social support is a significant factor when you want to reach a goal.

Not everybody has the right kind of support network around them to thrive in their ideas. If need be seek additional advice from a life coach or join a group to meet like-minded professionals in order to get mental stimulation of the best kind.

Physical Environment counts too. A bright airy office or room with little distractions can aid focus. Use innovation and design your ideal workspace, even if it is just an office or even a desk at home.

Once these external factors have been implemented, it is time to look within.

We aren’t talking about intense meditation activities. Just simple ways of thinking that act as motivational kick-starters.

 

1. Turn negatives into positives

That set back? It’s just an opportunity to do things differently. Any problems that occur, you can use these not only to grow as a person, but also to grow your business idea or take it in a different direction.

If viewed negatively, all your energy will be wasted on negative thoughts. Think optimistically and take it as an opportunity to further your craft or idea so it is even better.

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” – Wayne Dyer

2. Be fearless

This means no dwelling on decisions. Jump right in there.

Set a standard decision making process for yourself; if it means you can’t fulfill your talents, it’s a no.

Anything else is an opportunity you should commit to chasing.

 

3. No more complaining

Let’s be honest. We all love a good rant, vocally or internally. This again is a time waster.

Instead use the fuel from your complaint, to brainstorm a new idea for improvement.

If you are complaining about something you can’t change; drag your thoughts elsewhere, there is always something to improve upon.

Talent management means looking for new opportunities to channel your talent and ideas into.

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4. Be grateful

A grateful person is usually a happy person. Don’t compare yourself to others. Don’t compare your ideas to someone else’s ideas.

Instead be grateful for your talents, your friends and family, your perseverance and that you have been inspired to even get this far.

This will create more motivation and additionally make you a pleasant person to be around.

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing–that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

5. Be kind to yourself

Positive motivation comes from rewarding yourself. Take an evening off, do what you enjoyed before or spend quality time with your loved ones.

Reward yourself, even for little things. It’s all indicative of just how far you have come.


Motivation comes from within, but there is not a one size fits all model so you need to broaden your horizons or ideas.

It is relative to your surroundings and goals. Obstacles are bound to happen. These are not reflective of you, nor do they define you. See each obstacle as a new opportunity and jump right in.

Use all of these ideas to manage a change in your talents as well as emotional intelligence development.

 

Have these steps helped you? What practical strategies would you add to this list?

Laura Morrissey is a writer for DiSC Assessment, a tool used to improve work productivity, teamwork, and communication. She loves to engage leaders and professionals globally through her motivational and leadership articles.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Alan Potts

    Apr 5, 2018 at 7:46 am

    Nice ways. Loved it. Thanks!!

  2. Kristian B

    Mar 15, 2018 at 2:01 am

    Love it, great tips!

  3. Siddartha

    May 27, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    well, i think if everybody will follow these five simple ways. He can keep himself happy forever.

  4. Isaiah Jackson

    May 20, 2015 at 2:10 am

    #3) No More Complaining

    Its sad really, I’ve been telling people this for
    the longest time for the exact same reason
    you listed (waste of time & energy)

    People will always find a reason to complain
    though.

    #5) Be Kind To Yourself

    Something that I myself need to actually
    begin to put into practice. I’ve been told
    that I’m too hard on myself.

    Great post Laura

    Isaiah Jackson.

  5. Laurie Stone

    May 19, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Being kind to ourselves is so important. When I try and urge myself to go faster, perform better, do more, it usually backfires. In the end, taking it easy and being kind to myself gets me farther.

  6. Ethan

    May 13, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Learning to control emotions is important here. It may be hard, but it can be done. The power to “separate” our mind from how we feel, especially if things get a bit nasty.

    Your idea of talent management–I like it. Talent management shows you a different perspective, both on business and personal levels. Starting with oneself is always best.

    Thanks for sharing this. Sometimes I still get it wrong; I look for motivation outside, when it can be much simpler than that.

  7. Suriel Ports

    May 12, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Loved it!

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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.

“If something is important enough, even if the odds are stacked against you, you should still do it.” – Elon Musk

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

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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.

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