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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How to Stay Motivated to Achieve Your Goals
Time is the raw material of our lives. How we choose to spend it, shapes our life accordingly. So having the motivation to spend it on achieving goals is crucial to creating a life we want.
What is Motivation?
The Oxford dictionary defines motivation as the desire or willingness to do something – our drive to take action.
Scientifically, motivation has its roots in the dopamine pathways of our brains. When we do something that feels good, that’s dopamine kicking in. Our actions are driven by the desire for that reward (the good feeling).
Author Steven Pressfield describes motivation more practically. He says we hit a point where the pain of not doing something becomes greater than the pain of doing it. He sees motivation as crossing the threshold where it’s easier to take action than it is to be idle. Like choosing to feel awkward while making sales calls over feeling disappointed about a diminishing bank account.
However you choose to think about it, we all want to harness motivation to achieve our goals.
How to Get Motivated
James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, says that most people misunderstand motivation. They think that motivation is what gets us to take action. In reality, motivation is often the result of action, not the cause of it. Once we start a task, it’s easier to continue making progress. Like Isaac Newton’s first law: objects in motion stay in motion.
This means most of the resistance when working on your goals comes right before we start. Since motivation naturally occurs after we start, we need to focus on making starting easier.
4 Ways to Make Starting Easier
1. Schedule it
One reason people can’t get started on things is that they haven’t planned when to do it.
When things aren’t scheduled it’s easier for them to fall by the wayside. You’ll end up hoping motivation falls in your lap or hoping that you’ll muster enough willpower to get it done.
An article in the Guardian said, “If you waste resources trying to decide when or where to work, you’ll impede your capacity to do the work.”
2. Measure something
It’s easy to feel uninspired when you don’t know if you’re making progress or what you’re even working towards. That’s why you need to make your success measurable in some way. Starting is easy when you know exactly how much closer your current actions will bring you to achieving your goal.
3. Extrinsic motivation
This type of motivation is from external factors. It can be either positive or negative. Positive motivation consists of incentives like money, prizes, and grades. Negative motivation consists of deterrents like being fired, having a fight, or being fined. Extrinsic motivation doesn’t work effectively long-term, but it can work well in the short term to get you started on something.
4. Make it public
Keep yourself accountable by telling friends and family your goals, or even sharing them on social media. This makes it easier to start something because you’re pressured to not let others down.
How to Stay Motivated Long Term
When we say we want to feel motivated to do something, we don’t want to be pushed or guilted into doing a task. We want to be so attracted and drawn to the idea that we can’t resist not taking action. That’s why it’s important to build a foundation that will set you up for consistency.
These are 5 techniques that will help you do just that:
1. Stay in your goldilocks zone
The goldilocks zone is when a task is the perfect level of difficulty—not too hard and not too easy. In this zone, we reach peak motivation and focus.
For example, let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against a 4-year-old. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become bored and not want to play. Now let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against Serena Williams. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become demotivated because the match is too challenging.
The Goldilocks zone is in the middle of that spectrum. You want to face someone with equal skill as you. That way you have a chance to win, but you have to focus and try for it. Adjusting your workload and goals over time to stay within your Goldilocks zone keeps you engaged and motivated long-term.
2. Pursue intrinsically motivated goals
Being intrinsically motivated to achieve a goal is when you want to achieve it for what it is. There are no external factors like a reward or the risk of being fired. The drive behind your actions is coming from within.
For most intrinsic goals we pursue them because they will enrich our lives or bring us closer to fulfillment. That makes these goals extremely sustainable long-term because they directly affect our quality of life and the things we care about.
3. Use “chunking”
Chunking is the technique of breaking down a goal into smaller short-term targets. By doing this you achieve multiple successes in your pursuit of the main goal. This triggers the brain’s reward system and drives you to keep going.
Traditionally, you may set a goal that you expect to achieve in one year. That’s a long time to commit without seeing any results along the way. By chunking your goals into monthly or quarterly targets, you get the consistent positive reinforcement you need to stay motivated long-term.
For example, instead of trying to lose 50 pounds in one year, try to lose 4 pounds every month for 12 months.
4. Be flexible
We’re all victims of circumstance. Things happen along our journey that we can either adjust to or quit because of. That’s why it’s important to have leeway and flexibility when you’re pursuing a goal. If you expect everything to go perfectly, the inevitable failure can make you disengaged and desireless. When you plan for things to go wrong, you make sure you can keep up for the long haul.
5. Pursue your goals in a sustainable fashion
Don’t lose hope when you’re not an overnight success. Overnight successes are the 1%—for the most part, they don’t exist. What we see as an “overnight success” is actually countless hours of work behind the scenes finally hitting a tipping point. Pursuing goals is a story of patience, persistence, and unseen effort.
Don’t compare yourself to others. Comparison is a recipe for a drop in self-confidence and satisfaction. It also cultivates a mindset where you think you haven’t done enough. As a result, you may raise your expectations and put more pressure on yourself.
This is pointless because things worth achieving take time. So we obviously won’t compare to the things around us when starting.
Mastering motivation is a superpower. With that ability at your fingertips, you can accomplish your goals and shape a life you want to live in.
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