Remember the time you got all pumped up about something – a new idea or opportunity and pushed yourself hard. But after few days, you got bored. The idea doesnt seem exciting anymore, the process isn’t fun and you wondered if this is really worthy of your time. And then you see someone who achieves their goal and you wonder how they did it.
I was recently asked this question – How are people able to motivate themselves to achieve what they want? And why am I not able to do it?
I’d like to quote Mark Victor Hansen.
“We live in the age of too much information and not enough transformation. When people get stuck, it’s rarely because they don’t know enough. It’s because they lack the ability to act on what they already know.”
What is this ability that helps us get things done?
What can give us that extra push to follow through on things that we plan for ourselves?
The answer and the underlying factor that helps us succeed in whatever we do … is motivation. And motivation like our thoughts, emotions and situations, is temporary.
We need that daily dose to keep our enthusiasm and energy high. But how can we do this?
What can we do to keep our motivation alive every single day?
If you know me personally, you know that I’m an enthusiastic person. In fact it is the most frequently received compliment. But I know the fact that I’m not enthusiastic most of the times, I have my low moments as well. However I’ve adapted couple of things in my life that continuously help spring me back
Nothing in my life is perfectly aligned to what my plan is. There are days I procrastinate, days I am bored and lazy days when I feel very low and lonely… but no matter what my situation is, I realised that by being thankful for things I already have in my life, I find my motivation.
So an ideal trick for a daily motivation is to ‘start your day with abundance’.
I am enough I have enough and with what I have I will charge forward
When I’m low in energy – physically, mentally or emotionally, I find I’m low in my motivation. Swami Vivekananda said that a strong mind needs a strong body. And nothing is impossible if you have a strong mind right? Making systematic efforts to take care of these energies can keep your motivation up all the time.
So a trick to keep up your energies is to ‘start your day with exercise’.
Move your body in whatever way possible.
Gym, Yoga, take a walk, play a sport.. and if you like music, just dance. Dance as if nobody is watching. Who cares anyway.
Visualisation is a powerful tool that can serve as a daily motivation. And I have several visual aids around me. My vision board, my monthly plan and motivational quotes – all are up there which I see every day to help me get my groove back.
So an ideal trick for a daily motivation is to ‘start your day by looking at what you desire’.
Put your goal sheet out there.. see what you want to be. Print your favourite quote and keep it where you can see everyday
There are many other ways to motivate yourself but those three things are my absolute favourite. Because they always worked for me. Also note that these are something that you can start with right away and they are completely in your control. No dependency.
“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.” George Herbert
What is your favourite way of motivating yourself? Would love to hear from you. Do leave the comment below or reach out in any of the social media platforms I’m in.
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