Staying motivated can be tough under the best of circumstances. It is tricky because sometimes it is really easy to get motivated, and you find yourself wrapped up in a whirlwind of excitement. Other times, it is nearly impossible to figure out how to motivate yourself and you are trapped in a spiral of procrastination.
Motivation is your general willingness to do something. It is the set of psychological forces and reasons that compel you to take action. It is the urge to push forward and achieve something. In essence, at some point, the pain of not doing it becomes greater than the pain of doing it.
Motivation is often the result of action, not the cause of it. Getting started, even in very small ways, is a form of active inspiration that naturally produces momentum. You don’t need much motivation once you’ve started a behavior. Nearly all of the friction in a task is at the beginning. After you start, progress occurs more naturally. So the key to being motivated is to start.
So here are some ways to stay motivated so you can achieve your goals.
Schedule it in
If you waste resources trying to decide when or where to work, you’ll impede your capacity to do the work. A lot of people never get around to getting things done because they are always wondering when they are going to do it next. A lot of time is spent thinking about when you will do a task, whereas if you schedule it, all you have to do it just show up and doing it.
Set and Visualise Your Goals
Visualisation simply means envisioning a mental picture of a future event. As the old saying goes, we need to see it in order to achieve it. It is a proven method toward achieving our goals. Visualisation stimulates the creative subconscious which helps to generate new ideas to better achieve ambitions. So setting your goals and visualising them will help keep you motivated.
Break it Down
A major source of stress in our lives comes from the feeling that we have an impossible number of things to do. If you take on a project and try to do the whole thing all at once, you’re going to be overwhelmed. Break it down into the smallest realistic steps and only do one at a time. Each small success triggers the brain’s reward centre. These small wins make you more motivated to achieve your goals.
Know Your Why
Make a list of the reasons you want to accomplish the goal. This is a powerful way to get yourself motivated to achieve the goal. Studies show that you engage the brain more actively when you write by hand and connect the letters manually. So by doing this exercise you solidify your reasons inn your mind as well.
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