5 Awesome ways to be motivated and stay motivated
Are you again sitting in front of your computer not knowing why you haven’t started on your project yet?
Asking yourself, “Why am I not doing anything?”
This may be your regular day when it comes to being productive.
Struggling to finish a project you haven’t event started.
It is very hard to initiate especially when a lot of distractions surrounds you.
We have a choice to do the things we need to do or not.
We have a choice to either use our time wisely or waste it totally.
Time is a valuable asset. An irreplaceable resource.
We have to push ourselves to do the things we need to do, because if we don’t we will forever be mediocre.
To become the person you want to be, you need to exert extra effort. Be motivated to do the things necessary to advance in your craft. Unless you start doing, you will just be stagnant and achieve nothing.
Finding motivation is simple but rewarding.
Here are 5 different way to be motivated and stay motivated.
- Set up goals
“If you have goals and procrastination you have nothing. If you have goals and you take action, you will have anything you want.”― Thomas J. Vilord
Goal setting is one of the most famous practices that can keep you motivated. Seeing your goals everyday, short-term or long-term, can keep you motivated in achieving it.
Once you have set your goals, write it down and place it somewhere you can see it regularly like the home screen of your smartphone, or make it your desktop background. This will serve as a constant reminder of the things you will need to do to achieve your goals. Aside from your long-term goals, set up daily goals so you can track your progress. This can boost your enthusiasm to reach your goal and be motivated.
- Know your reason
Starting something without a reason is unusual but it happens.
I know people who went to college not liking the program they took and ending up failing their courses.
Without the reason, we usually don’t value the path we are taking. We end up becoming depressed because we don’t know the point of taking up a program we don’t enjoy and people around you are expecting you to finish the program with flying colors. It is like saying that a twelve-year-old can finish a reading a novel when he has a gaming computer in his room.
To be motivated, you have to know your “why”. Why did you pursue the path you are taking right now? Is it because you enjoy it, because it’s your dream, or because other people expects something from you? Whatever they may be it is your driving force. It wakes you up every morning saying “I have to do this because ________”. Find your why and be motivated to pursue your goals.
- Find an accountability partner
It is easier to quit when you are only accountable to yourself. When you feel tired, burned-out or, just plain bored, you can easily throw in the towel and walk away.
An accountability partner will help you be motivated at the same time you can motivate him or her. You can encourage each other. Remind each other of your personal goals. You can ask each other for help when you have problems and it will ease up the burden you are carrying.
”Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” ― Henry Ford
- Find motivation daily.
Zig Ziglar once said, “ people often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.”
Motivation is like a bonfire, it won’t last long unless you put more wood in it. Motivation is not a one-and-done deal that when you have it once you have it forever. It has to be refueled every day.
- Step up
When I wanted to learn juggling a soccer ball, I searched the Internet for lessons on how to juggle a soccer ball. I found a video and the coach said that the best way to become better is to beat your daily record. He said that if your juggling record today is 10, try to do 11 tomorrow. By challenging myself to beat the record I did yesterday, I became better at juggling the soccer ball.
This can also be applied in our daily lives. I whatever you do whether reading a book or practicing an instrument try to spend more time and effort than yesterday. This will give you an idea on how good you are and you can track progress for a long-term goal. By stepping up, you not only motivate yourself to do better but also the people around you who sees your effort and your daily improvement.
Achieving your goals is a long walk with different twists and turns. The road ahead may be unknown but just remember you are not alone in your journey. There are people who are willing to help you reach your goals. Above all else, the greatest motivation of all is knowing that God has already written your story. You just have to take the step and watch it unfold.
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