Hi welcome to May’s blog. Following on from last months motivation in yourself and the people around you. How did you get on? Did you make changes? Did you motivate yourself or others?
Reflect on How Far You’ve Come
How often do you pause, reflect, and appreciate how far you’ve come?
If you’re like many people, you probably don’t give yourself enough credit for all the growth you’ve gone through.
Take a few minutes to close your eyes and remember your successes, however small – relive and feel into them.
Do this often to help you stay motivated.
Remind Yourself of Your “Why”
Motivation comes from working on things we care about. Take a moment to write down three reasons you want to find motivation to get things done. Do you want to improve your fitness, get an education, save money, or start a business?
Keep coming up with answers until you find ones that will help you stay motivated.
Eliminate Distractions Mercilessly
Distractions are the enemy of focus. If you want to get motivated, you must eliminate distractions. Difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.”
The saying goes, “You can have anything you want. However, you can’t have everything you want.”
So, turn your phone off and leave it in a different room. Close the door. Turn the music off. Delete distracting apps.
Remind yourself that you are not punishing yourself – you’re just focusing on your goals. Then, remember what you truly want in the long-term.
Commit 100% to the Deal You’re Making
Remember, nothing comes for free. When you want something, you have to give something in return – whether it’s time, effort, hard work, or emotional discomfort.
That’s the deal.
Take a moment to recognize and appreciate the deal you’re making. Then commit to it 100%. “Nothing will work unless you do.”
Declutter and Tidy
It’s extremely difficult to motivate yourself if you can’t see your bedroom floor and your desk looks like something has exploded on it. Have you ever heard the expression, “tidy space, tidy mind”?
What’s your environment like? Is it tidy, neat, and clean? Or is it messy and cluttered? Work from the outside in and create an environment that helps you to stay motivated.
Change Your Inputs
You know the saying, “you are what you eat.” And we consume a lot every day – food, music, podcasts, TV, social media. So, if you’re finding it challenging to motivate yourself, mix things up a bit. Listen to motivational podcasts, check out a must-read book, or watch some inspiring videos.
This can help you to freshen up, get energized, and find motivation to get things done.
Look to People in Your Life for Motivation
Some people energize us, others we find draining. So, when possible, seek out enthusiastic, motivated people to spend time with. Let yourself get wrapped up in their positive energy, and you may start developing self-motivation, too.
Ask for Help From Friends and Family
If you’re really struggling to motivate yourself, consider asking a close friend or family member for help. You could ask them to hold you accountable and check up on your progress.
By expressing your goals out loud to someone else, it can help to make them feel more real. Plus, if you know someone will check in on your progress, you may be more likely to follow through.
Follow Inspiring People Who Motivate You
There are so many inspiring people out there who can help you to motivate yourself. Is there an entrepreneur, teacher, musician, or politician you find inspiring?
You can also learn how people you admire stay motivated, and then apply the lessons to your own life. As the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates once said, “Smart people learn from everything and everyone, average people from their experiences, stupid people already have all the answers.”
Listen to an Upbeat Song
If you need to motivate yourself quickly, try this super-simple tip: listen to a song you love that’s upbeat, inspiring, and full of energy. For bonus points, dance like a crazy person at the same time. Then, as soon as the song finishes, don’t pause – dive straight into action. It may become one of your favourite ways to stay motivated.
Remember Your Power and Potential
Look, you are powerful, and you have enormous potential. You may not feel like it sometimes, and you may even feel like I’m silly for saying it to you, but it’s true.
“The most common reason people give up their power is because they think they don’t have any.”
So, please, take a moment to dig deep and try to connect with your inner power and potential – imagine what you could achieve.
Become still. Then listen to that quiet voice in your head saying,
“You’ve Got This.”
How to find motivation?
The hardest part of finding motivation is often starting your search. You don’t need a perfect plan to get started. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by a task or full of negative emotions, find something small—no matter how small—to get started. This could be as simple as something you’re already doing—like reading an article on motivation.
Where to find motivation
You may find it difficult to get motivated to complete a big task or achieve a goal that may take years to realize. One way to find motivation is to break things down into smaller tasks. That way, you can make real progress in a day (or maybe just an hour or a few minutes).
You may also want to do a “retrospective” on achievements in months or years past—you may be surprised at how far you’ve already come.
What to do when you have no motivation
You don’t have to find motivation on your own. If you’re feeling stuck or preoccupied with negative energy, ask friends or family to provide more perspective or help you talk through your goals.
Don’t have anyone to talk to right now? There are hundreds of inspirational personalities online who share their wisdom in every format—short and long, text and video. Find a few people in your area (e.g., business, relationships) who fill your inbox or social media feed with positivity.
How to Motivate Yourself: A Summary
Getting motivated can be tough – and it can be even more challenging to stay motivated. In summary, here are 20 ways to motivate yourself:
- Just start and wait for the motivation to catch up with you.
- Break tasks down into smaller, more manageable steps.
- Create a positive mindset by asking yourself, “what’s good about this situation?”
- Create positive feelings by writing down three things you’re grateful for.
- Be kind to yourself when you make a mistake, then come back to the task at hand.
- Know that mistakes are a necessary part of progress – accept and learn from them.
- Cut overwhelming to-do lists down and focus on just one thing at a time.
- Let go of goals that overwhelm you and set attainable goals that energize you.
- Imagine your future if you don’t motivate yourself.
- Reflect on your past successes and use the positive feelings to stay motivated.
- Remind yourself of the reason why you want to find motivation to get things done.
- Remember the trade-off you need to make to get what you want, then commit 100%.
- Eliminate the things that distract you and then focus on one thing to achieve your goals.
- Tidy space, tidy mind – declutter and organize your space to help motivate yourself.
- Stay motivated by experiencing different food, music, books, or podcasts.
- Look to people in your life who inspire and motivate you.
- Ask close friends and family to help hold you accountable.
- Follow people who inspire you online.
- Listen – and dance! – to an upbeat song. Then dive into action when it finishes.
- Connect with your true potential – you’re more powerful than you think.
Until next month
Stay motivated, Stay Positive and Stay healthy
Have a good month
Jon Adkin BAHyp Clinical Hypnotherapist and IEMT Practitioner.
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