Being able to motivate ourselves is vital if we are serious about achieving our goals and dreams. Motivation is literally the desire to do things. It’s the difference between waking up before dawn to to go for an early morning jog in order to reach your goal weight and lazing around the house all day.
All motivation is self-motivation. Nobody else can motivate you but you alone. A goal can be as simple as losing weight to building a business. Without motivation, you’ll be hard-pressed to reach even the simplest goal and you will end up just building castles in the air.
Famous motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar once said: “People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.”
Here are 10 tips to motivate you when you find yourself in the slump.
Leave your comfort zone
While your comfort zone gives you security and peace of mind, it is also the barrier to achieving your potential. Stepping out of your comfort zone pushes you to use your thinking skills and creativity to make the best out of your situation.
Make your goals clear
Put your goals down on paper, be it in writing or pictures. Then, write down the plan of getting there. Having a clear knowledge of your destination and how to get there gives you confidence and drive to keep going.
Keep motivators nearby
For example, have some inspiring quotes at places which often catch your eye, or pin a photo of yourself at your fattest next to a photo of when you were sexy and slim on the refrigerator door.
Take a break
Sometimes working too hard towards your goal might make you feel burned out. Mental and physical fatigue can lead to loss of motivation. So, take time off and do other things for a while before returning to your project.
Keep good company
Surround yourself with positive and motivated people. It’s hard to have a positive outlook when the people around you are always negative and complaining. Positive people also see the very best in you. They make you feel confident, empowered and cheerful.
The more you learn, the more confident you become. Exposure to new ideas and different perspectives can also stimulate your brain and prevent loss of motivation due to boredom.
Track your progress
Seeing your project grow is motivating in itself. Tracking and measuring your progress will help you to focus on the important things you need to do to move forward and the little accomplishments you have made instead of the failures. Tracking also helps break big tasks into small steps and lets you know which activities give you the best results.
Watch, listen to or read inspiring stories
Getting to know how others achieve success will make you realise that you can accomplish great things as well and motivate you to create your own success.
Choose a gift for yourself that aligns with your goal. For example, buy yourself a great, body-fitting dress once you reach your weight loss goal. The knowledge that there is a reward waiting for you at the end of the road will encourage you to press on especially when the going gets tough.