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When you are in one of those days when everything seems to be going downhill, starting with your energy – stop! Take a break, rethink your goals, relax, and say to yourself “I will keep doing my best, and whatever happens, happens. Everything is okay, whatever is to come.” – The secret is to not dispair when things are not doing as you want. If you dispair, you lose energy and creativity. With no creativity you cannot see alternatives. “One cannot see the forest for the trees”, says the old expressions. It’s true! If you focus on the hardest part of your goals, you can’t see the outcome you desire. Then you are likely to lose motivation. No motivation, no brilliant achievement.

Achieving goals is not a matter of having discipline only – it’s necessary to have that energy, that feeling that keeps you going. Without motivation in life, we can’t do so well.

Here are 10 tips to help you boost your motivation.

  1. Positive thinking – This may sound too ordinary, right? After all, so many people now are talking about positive thinking, meditation, zen practices… But it’s not like that – people are talking about the fad; I am talking about the real thing – the mental behavior change that works! Be aware of what you are thinking and speaking. Guide your emotions, observe your thoughts. Pay attention to your self-talk – we all talk a lot to ourselves, and many times they are negative talks, filled with fear, doubts, worries, stress, anger, disappointment… Start listening to your thoughts and eliminate the ones that don’t cause good feelings. To eliminate them it’s very easy: just replace them with positive and nice thoughts. One very efficient nice thought you can have is the picture, or the visualization, of your goal. See it happening, or already happened. You will probably smile at yourself and get more confidence. Combine this tip with the others described below, and you will have great motivation and enthusiasm to go through your day!

  2. Reward yourself – Any time you have a task finished, reward yourself. Toast to it, tell a friend that one more phase toward your goal has been finished! It feels good to look back and realize that you have successfully climbed one more step. And improved with that! Don’t feel bad about making a big deal about it – it IS a big deal!! You deserve the celebration and this will make you feel good about your next tasks – which will lead to the full accomplishment of your goal. You don’t need to keep bragging about yourself and your deeds (this is annoying anyway), just recognize your growth, your success, and be happy about that! This is motivation!

  3. Get professional help – If you need to improve your finances, you look for good advice from your bank manager, or even better, you look for a financial advisor. You two will discuss about some strategies, and ways to improve your accounts. If you want to learn more about the mechanics of your car, you will either read several good books on that or consult with a reliable mechanic. Preferably you’ll do both! If you want to improve your English skills, you look for a language coach, a personal trainer to help you with day to day English as it is spoken, and help you clear out your language difficulties. All this is important to keep you motivated, because these steps give you support and guidance for what you are doing. Besides, you will be in touch with someone else who is thinking alike, who is understanding your needs, and giving you inspiration, new ideas, and information. Having a professional supporting you as you climb your ladder to success might be an expensive way to get motivation, but it works! And it’s worth doing it because you get more then motivation, you get knowledge and insights that you perhaps wouldn’t otherwise. Sometimes you can still find professional help for free, or very affordable (LEP is an example of free and affordable coaching for English students) – it’s worth seeking out.

  4. Be consistent – Start slow. Keep cool! Anxiety is not good for a healthy development of your plans. It’s better to go regularly to the gym, thirty minutes per day, than skipping too many days in a row and then trying to work out for an hour and a half all at once. That doesn’t bring you the results you want. Same thing about studying English – it’s more productive to keep in touch with the language, the books, the articles, the coach… every day a little bit, than skipping too many days and then trying to get all at once. You get tired, frustrated and lose your motivation. So, keep up with consistency and you are much more likely to stick with your project. You will see better and faster results. So, if you missed one day (fitness, studies, working on your painting, whatever) just be ok about that, but be aware that in the next day you must be there, applying yourself again. Try to not miss two days in a row when you have a commitment that requires consistency. And you will feel more engaged.

  5. Create comparison parameters – Evaluate and compare your own development. Say you just started studying English again – evaluate your level of knowledge now, and mark it down in a notebook. Not like “good” or “bad” or “low” or “high”. That’s too subjective. Just be honest and objective with yourself and say, “up to today I know only a handful of verbs in English (list them), and I have a short vocabulary, and know nothing about phrasal verbs. But I can understand a text with the help of the dictionary.” – In three months you go to your notebook and read it again. You will see that you will have had improvements! Mark them down, too, and set a new parameter for the next three months. This is useful to keep yourself on track, because you know in three months you’ll have to go back to your notebook and present some more improvement! Evaluation of your own progress and comparison to yourself are together a great tool to keep you going!

  6. Make it pleasurable – Certain things are really annoying to do, but they are part of the process in order for you to achieve that goal. Like working out at the gym, or going to work every sunny day, or even doing your homework! But you want the results, don’t you? So, make the task a fun thing to experience. Find reasons – or create ones – that make you enjoy the moment. Socializing is a great tool – we are all sociable animals (with few exceptions) and when we find like minds we get more motivated to go on with our business. Join like mind groups – either online or offline, to discuss ideas and keep enthusiastic about what you are doing.

  7. Break it into pieces! If one big project seems scary at times, break it into tasks. Not “to do lists” but tasks. Identify each part of the process to achieve your goal and write them down. Put them in logical order of development and follow one by one. That will make the process much easier, and you will keep motivated. Example, if you are going to bake a cake, the logical order would be: 1) Read the recipe and check if you have all the ingredients that the recipe is calling for; 2) If you don’t have, go buy them; or switch to another recipe; 3) Separate the ingredients; 4) Follow the steps on the recipe; 5) Bake the cake; 6) Eat the cake => goal accomplished! It’s helpful to give yourself an alternative, in case the first idea doesn’t work (like buying the ingredients OR switching to another recipe). And it’s important that the order of the tasks be logical – you wouldn’t want to follow these directions: 1) Follow the recipe: mix the eggs and sugar; 2) Go buy the missing ingredients. 3) Eat the cake; 4) Bake the cake. Once you break the goal in doable and intelligent parts and follow one by one, you get there!!

  8. Commit to it – Start your project (studying for an English proficiency test, or studying to go on an international trip, or to becoming a better English teacher) – and be decisive about it. Tell family and friends about your plans, and tell yourself how great this project is. Real commitment to what you are doing will bring you more confidence and enthusiasm to continue with your plans.

  9. Make sense of your goal – Make it clear to yourself: why are you are working on that specific goal? If “you” are not convinced about the answer, and about the benefits and reasons to get what you are trying to get, you won’t have enough motivation to pursue it. Be clear about the “whys” and be strong starting and to stopping. Yes, sometimes the goal involves stopping something, rather than only starting something. Same way, be clear about the reasons why you want this or that. When it all makes sense to you, you will be much more engaged to apply yourself toward the goal.

  10. Just do it! – As Nike’s slogan says! Don’t be cooking your idea forever, do it! Start now! Not Monday, or next month, or next year. Just now! Once you get started you feel really good about yourself, and you’ll get more and more energy for your project. If you sit down there just searching the Internet, day after day, crying how difficult and costly is to improve your English… but doing nothing about that… you are stagnating! Stagnation is the first trigger to lack of motivation. The more active you are, the more you feel like being. The less you do, the less you feel like doing. And the less you do, the more unmotivated you become. Less creative, and less successful.

 

Now… to twist your senses, start reading again, from bottom up! This is a bonus tip for motivation: do things differently! Discover new ways!!

 

Hope you like the article and feel motivated as much as I am !!! 

So, please tell me:  Have you read any articles about been motivated ? Please make your comments !

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