5 Ways to Improve Self-Motivation

CC image courtesy of Chris Potter on Flikr

CC image courtesy of Chris Potter on Flikr

We all have dreams, but sometimes, when we’re feeling brave, we give those dreams a deadline, and they become our goals.

What are your goals? Are you finding it difficult to find that get-up-and-go feeling we call motivation? If you are, don’t worry. Let’s talk about what we can do to improve our levels of self-motivation and start taking steps closer to the mountaintop of our desires.

1. Accept Responsibility

That first step towards achieving our goals can sometimes seem long and daunting, if not impossible, but if we do not make it, the rest cannot follow. To help us make the crucial first step we must accept complete responsibility for our levels of motivation, whatever they may be.

Unfortunately, the world cares a lot less whether or not we accomplish our goals and nobody else is going to do the hard work for us. We may ask a loved one to help motivate us in our efforts, and they may kindly oblige, but what we must understand is; they don’t share the same emotional connection to the goal that we do. They may be motivated, in this instance, by our happiness. This may encourage them to motivate us, but they are aware, perhaps subconsciously, that it’s not their responsibility to do so and it will be reflected in their efforts. Also, if we don’t succeed, we will be more likely to blame them and use that as an excuse.

It’s time to stop looking to others for help. A support network is great and sometimes necessary, but in the end, the responsibility for change is yours!

2. Set Clear, Well-Defined Goals

I discussed this with a little more detail in my post How to Set Goals and Achieve Them.

Without clear, well-defined goals, we are lost. We must aim true if we’re to turn our goals into a reality, because without a target in our sights we won’t know when we’re hitting it and when we’re missing it altogether. By setting clear goals, and knowing that we are moving towards them, we can fuel the fires of our motivation.

It’s crucial at this point to learn what it means to set the right sort of goals, you can find out how to do this here.

3. Remind Yourself Why You Are Doing It

If you want to climb a mountain, begin at the top.

Zen saying

As we begin the hard work involved in moving towards our goals, the hard work might be all that we can see and we may forget why we began in the first place. Remind yourself what it is you want to achieve – what your end result will be? What will this success look like? How will you feel? How will it affect your life? What will it allow you to do? Then you can plan how you are going to get there.

4. Tell People

Let those around you know what it is you are working towards. This will not only spur you on towards your goal, knowing that many eyes are upon you, but it can provide a much-needed network of support from which to draw strength, knowledge and motivation.

When you tell people about your goals, something powerful happens; suddenly, you’re accountable! Better get started!

5. Visualise

You can prepare yourself for success by taking the time to visualise your goals, and by doing this your mind will be able to recognise when it is close to fulfilling them. Simply make yourself comfortable, close your eyes, and imagine yourself achieving your goals. See what you would see, and hear what you would hear. Notice how it feels to accomplish your aim. Your subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between what is real and what is imagined. Exploit this. Program your mind so that it is ready to receive its coming success.

Good luck and thanks for reading.

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