It is believed that those that are truly successful and able to conquer mountains and achieve their goals are people that are flawless and that don’t ever have a day unfulfilled with motivation.
Even the great Kobe Bryant has his moments:
“I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I’m like, ‘My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don’t have it. I just want to chill.’ We all have self-doubt. You don’t deny it, but you also don’t capitulate to it. You embrace it.” – Kobe Bryant
The truth is that a lot of the so-called successful people around us have their own meltdowns. What makes them successful is the way they react to those moments. How do they react? It’s a bit of organization and a whole lot of self-discipline.
We strive to get better every day. If what you accomplished yesterday was average then today you have to ensure that your accomplishments are above average. In order to do what sounds so cliché, we focus on one thing: staying motivated all day, every day. How do we do it?
1. It all Starts Before Bed-Time
Before you go to sleep, there is now a new routine. Maps help people reach their destination. Your destination is a better day than the day before. You want to go from today, to a stronger tomorrow. Before you go to sleep write down a realistic list of tasks for the next day, and next to each one the reason for the task.
At the end, write down the sum of all parts. If you do it all, what’ll be the outcome? More money? Company growth? Stronger business relationships? Strengthening basics? This is your map – first of all know where you are going, the steps and actions, and then you get to the destination – the sum of all parts of your actions.
2. Only One Alarm Clock (with No Snooze)
There is no longer a need for the snooze button. There is no longer a need to set hundreds of alarm clocks. Set one alarm clock and place it more than one arm’s length from you (preferably in a spot that forces you out of bed). Location is just one aspect. The second half of this is setting up a tune to the alarm that you love – it has to be something that inspires you to be the best you can be.
Why do you have to get up on time? If you sleep another ten minutes you risk missing out on having the most important meal of the day and having to rush to work, which is an unfortunate starter for negative attitudes.
3. Leave the House with a Positive Attitude
Your home is your sanctuary. If you can’t be happy and positive at home, you should look into finding a new one. If need be, take a few minutes to listen to some music or wash your face again and again, but whatever you do don’t leave the house with a negative attitude. Why?
If you have left your comfort zone with a sour face, what are the odds that your mindset gets even more negative before or when you walk into the office? The odds are very high – too high.
4. Learn To Take Breaks
Heard of a power nap? Well, we don’t think naps will keep you motivated. We do know, it has been scientifically proven, that taking breaks will enable you to be more productive.
Productivity, if anything, keeps you motivated, and if you have had a sudden decrease in motivation then the increased productivity and sun-shine from a break can definitely make sure you are one happy camper.
5. Reflect on your Work
Sometimes we run through life so fast that we don’t get the chance to stop and take in the present or the near past. If you are going to have a chance at staying motivated then you have got to take the time to reflect on what you have or have not accomplished.
Are you off track? This is the opportunity to learn from what has been and seek out those that can help. Not hitting your goals time after time is a motivation killer. Being in self-denial, or ashamed to ask for help will only help you stay average, and that is not what you want.
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” – Thich Naht Hanh
6. Have Constant Reminders
Out of site out of mind. Heard the expression? Unfortunately, there is too much truth to the statement for you not to take it seriously. As funny as it may sound to others, keeping tidbits of what motivates you around you the entire day is the smartest thing you can do. What is your laptop’s or smartphone’s background? That list that you made the night before – did you bring it with you or leave at home? Out of site out of mind.
If you’ve got desk space, then next to the family portrait add your favorite quote, and keep that one video that motivates you on your toolbar for the quick fix.
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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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