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How To Go From Unmotivated To Unstoppable In 3 Powerful Steps

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How To Go From Unmotivated To Unstoppable In 3 Powerful Steps

You’ve just read the latest Forbes Billionaires List and you’re super inspired by the rags-to-riches stories. You’re motivated to give things a good shake and start earning some serious cash. They did it, so why can’t you, right?

BAM! You’re off with a flying start, getting organized and planning all the things you need to achieve your goal. But as the hours and days go by, that motivational momentum you had seems to be slowing right down. In fact, by the end of the week it’s come to a grinding halt. Sound familiar?

I got a little something for you: you need motivational momentum to succeed in this world, and to have that, you need motivational stamina.

 

How to get motivational stamina

Think about elite cyclists preparing for Tour de France. They don’t just rock up and compete. They spend months doing the same thing over and over and over until they feel they have mastered it.

What these athletes endure to sit at the top of the Lycra tree isn’t easy – it’s often mindless, thankless and repetitive work with no immediate reward. So how do these athletes stay focused and driven?

Fact is, they have a reason that sits behind their motivation. A personal, internal motivator that is so strong that it keeps them moving forward when things are super tough and most people would give up.

 

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The 1 question you must ask yourself

So what’s the key to getting motivational stamina? You need to figure out what your internal motivators are. You must ask yourself: “What are the reasons why I want to be successful?” Because your reason for wanting to become a success is going to be your strongest motivator.

Let me explain. The psychology world will tell you that motivation comes from two things: external (doing something for a physical reward) and internal (wanting to do something for a sense of achievement) motivators. 

The most common external motivator is moneyAnd, on the flip side, a common internal motivator is job satisfactionBut if you’re like most people, you probably have a mix of both external and internal motivators. Let’s say your reason for wanting to succeed is to support your family and give them the very best life possible – that’s a typical mix of external and internal motivators (money + feel-good stuff = powerful motivation).

“What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” – Oscar Wilde

In his book, The Winning Effect, neuropsychologist Ian Robertson says, “Even in industries where financial bonuses dominate, such as investment banking or other financial services, the money rewards are seldom entirely extrinsic. There are also crucial tokens of status and success”. Yep, it’s true. Most of us want to earn the big bucks but what a lot of us haven’t realised is that it goes a little deeper than that. We also want to achieve something – whether it’s power, status or satisfaction. This explains why many billionaires, rich beyond reason, still work feverishly to accumulate even more billions: it is no longer the extrinsic reward value of the money that motivates them – it is the need to achieve (and usually it is also a need for power),” Robertson explains. So now it’s time for you to really think about the reasons why you want to be successful. Think about the internal stuff, not just the money rewards.

 

3 Powerful things you can do right now

 

1. Write down the reasons why you want to become successful

Name it your Motivational Master Plan. And be honest with yourself. Because if you want to continue feeling motivated, you need to have a reason that resinates with your soul – it has to be something that makes you sit up and sets your heart aflutter every time you think about it. So if you write down reasons that sound good but don’t mean much to you, you’re going to fall back into the unmotivated lull all over again.

2. Print your Master Plan out and put it somewhere you’ll see it daily

Put it on your fridge, bedside table or desk. Treat it like a vision board and add images to it that help paint the picture you can see in your mind. Or create an online version so you have a visual reference to use as you progress towards your goal.

3. Remind yourself why

If you hit a snag or you start to feel uninspired as you work toward your goal, go back to your Master Plan. Remind yourself why you’re doing this – and let it inspire you.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbour, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

It’s important to give yourself a break if you start to feel unmotivated – it’s a normal human response! But with a little practice and planning you can motivate yourself when times get tough.

So start by figuring out your external and internal motivators, and use them to pull you through those slumps and plateaus you will inevitably experience on your way to your goal.

 

Now it’s over to you – what are the reasons why you want to succeed? Are they purely for the money? Or do you have internal motivators too?

Emma Carmichael is the creator of www.themarvellousmind.com – a go-to guide to the most powerful gift you possess: your mind. From neuroscience and biochemistry to psychology and hypnosis, Emma explores the potential and power of the mind to help her readers improve their health, wealth and happiness. For a free eBook on How to Develop Confidence, click here.

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23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Toby Nwazor

    Sep 8, 2015 at 4:23 am

    Wonderful article Emma, and really motivating too.

    I felt the fire from the article from the introduction. Thanks for writing this. I have a lot of goals and now I am thinking of the why behind those goals.

    One of my major motivators is actually to make a difference in people’s lives. I wish I can explain it more. But when I receive a call or an email from someone telling me that a part of their lives changed because of something I wrote or said, it fires me up to keep doing what I do no matter the obstacles I face.

    So Emma, is that external or internal?

    • Emma

      Sep 8, 2015 at 8:41 am

      Toby, thank you so much for your thoughtful feedback. I am in the same boat: I’m also driven by wanting to make a difference in people’s lives. I would say it’s an internal motivator – it doesn’t provide a tangible reward but does provide satisfaction, which comes from within. I appreciate you commenting so much. Emma

  2. Jackie de Burca

    Aug 30, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I really enjoyed this article Emma, thanks. You’ve put the points together so clearly and succinctly. Having just come back from a trip, it is a super time to read this. Thanks again 🙂

    • Emma

      Sep 2, 2015 at 4:35 am

      I’m so glad, Jackie! Thank YOU for reading and commenting. Emma x

  3. Swapnil

    Aug 27, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Truly inspiring article Emma! Very much inline with the new ways of getting motivated and will definitely help staying motivated. Appreciate your work, keep it up! 🙂

    Thank you!
    Swapnil

    • Emma

      Aug 28, 2015 at 10:37 am

      Hey Swapnil, thanks so much for the fab feedback. It’s so great to know that my work is appreciated. In turn, I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment! Emma x

  4. E. Thomas

    Aug 24, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Great Article. My comments:
    You need discipline, which is lacking in society today. (Parents, listen up!)

    Also, I am a firm believer of the statement, “You are where you are today by the decisions that you have made in the past.”

    • Emma

      Aug 25, 2015 at 6:08 am

      Hey E. Thomas! Thanks for commenting. And yep, totally agree with your comments (discipline and decisions you make) – we all should be more mindful of both!

  5. Matthew

    Aug 24, 2015 at 4:12 am

    Those that have a sense of purpose AND remind themselves of it whenever their resolve wavers are formidable forces to be reckoned with … great post!

    • Emma Carmichael

      Aug 24, 2015 at 4:30 am

      Thanks so much, Matthew! I really appreciate your feedback.

  6. Hugh H

    Aug 23, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    The opening image caught me first! Then your ideas got me again. Thanks for the article, it really got me thinking. I’m driven my money, I always want more, but I also want to move up further in my current job so I suppose status is another motivator? Hugh 🙂

  7. Sara Waddell

    Aug 23, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    I think we’d all be lying if we denied we weren’t motivated to make money. I think almost everyone wants more money. I know I do!! But Im also motivated by wanting to impress my work colleagues, my boss and even my parents to a degree, to make them proud. And I’m motivated to get job satisfaction. You hear people say “work should be something you love” and i”m not quite there yet. Cheers for the great write up. Very thought provoking.

    • Emma Carmichael

      Aug 24, 2015 at 1:21 am

      Hi Sara, thanks for the wonderful feedback. Job satisfaction does seem to be a popular motivator. And money, too, of course!

  8. Juan

    Aug 23, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    Great thoughts here. I’ve never really thought about it like that, it’s a good way to look at motivation. I’ve just joined your mailing list!! Cheers! Juan

  9. John Bishop

    Aug 23, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    Just been over and got my free e-book- thanks Emma! There’s lots more good stuff there on the website that i’m looking forward to reading. I suggest others head over and have a look too

  10. Marquita Herald

    Aug 23, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Guess what? Tried to subscribe to your list and here’s the message i got – “Oops! It looks like there was an error: No email provider has been set for this campaign.” Kinda embarrassing isn’t it?

    • Emma

      Aug 24, 2015 at 12:54 am

      Embarrassing indeed! Thank you very much for the feedback, Marquita. I’ve had other people sign up since this article went live so it was just the one subscription box that wasn’t working. Hopefully it’s all fixed! I hope you enjoyed my article and thanks so much again. Emma

  11. Jade

    Aug 23, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    I really liked how this story dug a little deeper and talked about the reasons behind why we want things. A good read!

  12. Pippa

    Aug 23, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Great article, its given me the “boost” that i needed!

  13. Jason

    Aug 23, 2015 at 10:37 am

    I couldn’t agree more with this article. There’s always a reason behind why we want to succeed but I think a lot of us don’t realise that or think about it.

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Working alone at home might sound like a nightmare to some, but as a fully signed up introvert, working alone at home is an absolute dream. No energy-draining small talk, no noisy distractions, just peace and quiet to complete deep and focused work. Well not quite. Working alone at home has more challenges than you might expect. Boredom, lack of focus and lack of motivation to name a few.

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Here are some of the tools I’ve used to stay motivated and on-task.

These first few tips focus on using different tweaks in your personal work schedule to provide some variety and maintain your focus.

1. Include short breaks

My eye doctor once told me that for every 20 minutes of staring at a computer screen, you should look away and focus on something across the room for 20 seconds. This gives your eyes a chance to reset. Do something similar with the rest of your body; don’t just look across the room, walk, jog, or run across the room. Give your body a break, and try to reset your thoughts. If you don’t have the discipline to take regular breaks, use an app to remind you.

2. Block out an afternoon for social activities and networking

Set aside one afternoon a week for your social life. Friday afternoon works best for me. If you feel guilty about not working, think of it as a chance to network. Either way, be sure to spend this section of time with other people. Socialise and network.

3. View your personal schedule as your work schedule

A 9-to-5 job requires getting up every morning, preparing for the day, leaving the house, and commuting to your workplace. In other words, it requires going to work. You want to recreate the same rhythm at home. You may not actually need to leave your house in order to work, but try to stick with the schedule. Filling the old job timeslot with your new work helps to keep you motivated – you can’t clock out early!

These next few tips are little things you can do to trick yourself into staying focused!

1. Music

This tip may sound cliché, but try listening to an upbeat song loudly whenever you feel unmotivated. It’s a simple trick, but a surprisingly effective one!

2. Have somewhere else to work for a change of scenery

When procrastination sets in, sometimes a quick change of scenery is all you need. If you work at home, going to your favourite café can be a huge help. Other freelancers I know have even gone so far as to hire office space outside the home, and rotate between the two to help stay on-task.

3. Love what you do

This is arguably the most critical point on the whole list. If you don’t love what you do, it will be hard to keep yourself motivated – particularly long-term. Sure, you may be able to push on through sheer force of will for a while, but sooner or later you’ll lose motivation entirely. Do something you genuinely enjoy, and you’ll find it much easier to stick with it for the long haul.

These last few tips are Industry-related!

1. Make sure you have fun projects

Not all of your work projects will be fun, but fight to make at least a couple of them fun. These might even be personal side projects, not particularly related to your main job. Or they might be in the same general field, but not your specific focus.

2. Attend industry events a couple of times a year

Nearly every imaginable industry has an organising body of some kind. Find the local branch, and use it to keep tabs on industry-related events. Attend some seminars, network, and maybe even glean some new tips and tricks from industry insiders.

3. Schedule at least one call a week to learn something within your industry

View this as an opportunity for personal development. At least once a week, try to learn something new about your industry. For me, this might mean calling a new tool provider to demonstrate their gadgets. Whatever your industry, try to expand your horizons a little bit every week. You’ll learn new methods and make new connections at the same time.

These tips worked for me, hopefully, some of them will help you out as well. Above all, strive to enjoy what you do, stick to a “work schedule,” and look for opportunities for constant self-improvement. With those ideas in mind, you’ll find staying motivated much easier to do alone or in a group!

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Yoga is an appointment with your own self. It is time to meet your true self and receive a return ticket to your true nature that is bliss and happiness. You will naturally feel happy while doing yoga. Many people don’t realize they are in a distressed state until it’s too late. The same thing happened with me when I failed to understand my life’s circumstances. I was struggling with a lack of motivation, depression, insomnia, and maintaining my personal relationships, which eventually started affecting my physical health.

Last year, I struggled with depression and general anxiety disorder. I was constantly chasing after money, a lucrative career, happiness, and success. I was afraid that if I told my colleagues about my mental health issues, they would criticize me and eventually it would hamper my progression and I would not be taken seriously.

Last winter, my responsibilities in life increased in a short period of time, which created a lot of anxiety. It began to disturb my mood at home as I was unable to relax and felt low. I hated my own egotistical self because I was an extremely competitive individual as well. I always felt that I did not have the career of my dreams and I was not where I aimed to be. It felt like I was failing because I was not able to attain any of the goals I set in my own life.

I decided to share my emotions and feelings with someone who could potentially make things easier for me. I ended up explaining my struggles and mental illness to my manager. His reaction was amazing because he thanked me for being honest, and he introduced me to yoga. I am happy that I made this decision because it felt better after sweating it out in the Yoga workshop.

Yoga helped me in focusing on what I truly had, instead of on what I didn’t have. I learned how to embrace my competitive side and to use it in a way that pushed me to become a happier person. Yoga taught me that instead of wasting most of my life chasing after success and competing with others, I had to let life run its natural course. Happiness and success will then come to us naturally.

Below I have listed some reasons as to why yoga works effectively to motivate yourself to achieve success:

1. It Solves Your Problem

When it comes to challenges and tackling problems, yoga works amazingly. When you get on a yoga mat and begin to practice, you are made to deal with everything that comes to you and asked to face it gracefully. In turn, this increases your focus and patience levels, so that you will be able to face the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical challenges at every turn.

2. It Lowers Your Anxiety and Stress

Yoga doesn’t mean that you will heal instantly, but constant practice can help you destress. The simple breathing and moving exercises can help a lot in releasing your tension and anxiety. 

Yoga helps in stretching your muscles by relaxing them as most of the stress and tension is stored there. The breathing exercises energize your body by increasing the blood flow, which eventually refreshes your body and mind. The daily practice of yoga makes you aware of the surroundings by making you control your emotions and stress.

“Learn to relax. Your body is precious, as it houses your mind and spirit. Inner peace begins with a relaxed body.” – Norman Vincent Peale

3. Increase Your Focus

Yoga helps improve your focus through the breathing exercises you do during the yoga postures. It relaxes the body and mind so you can think clearly, and in time build up the ability to concentrate. 

Yoga is focused on concentration, breathing,  and the alignments. Additionally, yoga’s claimed to bring mental and physical relaxation by energizing the parasympathetic nervous system, and this is the reason why yogis sleep well at night. No wonder they have such a healthy and a stress-free lifestyle.

4. It Helps in Redefining Success

Real success comes when you use yourself to your full capability. It does not matter what you become, the only thing that matters is that you are living your life to your full potential. 

If you want to be successful, then you must see everything just the way it is, without any distortion. Yoga helps you with just that. Through practicing yoga daily, you will start to see the results and live more joyfully.

5. It Boosts Your Health

Mental health affects your work and your physical health. Your physical health can drastically  affect your work as it will make you work less and take more time off, which will lead to lined-up pending assignments. 

Yoga helps your body with almost every physical problem. Yoga increases your blood flow, oxygen, and improves your circulatory system. All the postures of the Bikram yoga help to improve the flow of fresh and oxygenated blood to every part of the body and mind.

“Move your joints every day. You have to find your own tricks. Bury your mind deep in your heart, and watch the body move by itself.” – Sri Dharma Mittra

6. Gives Mindfulness and Makes You Present

Mindfulness teaches us to become more present at any given moment. It makes us more aware and conscious of our inner thoughts, feelings, emotions, and hence makes us strong enough to control our actions towards situations. 

Practicing breathing in yoga teaches you to experience and live each moment to the fullest. Over time, yoga will help you live in a deep sense of fulfillment and inner peace, which will ultimately help you in making the right decision for yourself and your team.

7. Stay Aware and Positive

A yogi tends to have a balanced outlook on life. Yoga sessions of meditations, breathing exercises, and mindfulness will aim at making you conscious and aware of yourself. Additionally,  it will open up new possibilities of understanding your true self. 

Yoga also aims at making you a positive person, and the effects of yoga are not limited to relaxation after a workout but are exceptionally long-lasting. Yoga makes you attain the attitude of gratitude that helps you identify the brighter side of life.

To achieve success through yoga, you must adapt it into your day to day life because having good health is a basic necessity to live a happy and healthy life and no one but you can keep yourself healthy.

Have you tried yoga? If so, share with us how it’s positively impacted your life below!

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