10 Ways to Motivate Yourself
Pursuing your dreams means staying motivated on a day by day basis. Remember, you do not have to accomplish everything in a day, but by doing a little at a time you will find yourself that much closer to your dreams. However, it can be difficult to stay motivated which is why so many do not reach their full potential.
“Make your life a masterpiece; imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do.” – Brian Tracy
Here are ten simple ways you can stay motivated so that you can fulfill your dreams. By staying motivated, you can accomplish so much in your life.
Write Down Your Goals
You need to do more than just talk or think about your dreams, you need to write them down so that they become real. When you write down your goals, dreams, and ambitions, you are transferring them from your mind into the real world where they can become a reality. You will not only need to write down your goals, but also how you intend to get there on a month-by-month, week-by-week, and even day-by-day basis. Think of your daily goals as being the rungs in a ladder that you climb in order to reach the top. By doing a little each day, you will find that in a very short time you are in a different place.
You Only Have So Much Time
The old saying, “Live every day as if it were your last because one day you shall be right” is one to take to heart. You should keep in mind that there is only a finite amount of time to accomplish your goals, so you might as well start today. The thought that your legacy can only be defined in your lifetime acts as a powerful motivator. Keep that in your mind as you set about to complete your goals. You will find that working an extra five to ten minutes is easy if that is what it takes to help complete your ambitions.
It may seem counterintuitive at first, but you will need to get plenty of rest in order to have the energy to stay motivate. All too often, people tire themselves out too quickly and become discouraged from reaching their goals. By getting in enough rest, you can store up the energy to stay motivated. Remember, you are not trying to conquer the world in a day, so take the time to get plenty of rest so you can stay on course.
Create Good Habits
You may often think of avoiding bad habits, but you really want to create good ones. Staying motivated means repeating behaviors that work towards your goal. Naturally, the habits you create should be healthy ones that provides benefits. For example, if writing a novel is your goal, you will need to create habits that have you writing every single day. Even if you only get a paragraph or two written, it is a great habit to have.
Keep Your Goal To Yourself
Contrary to some advice you may have heard, it pays to keep quiet about your goals. Remember, you haven’t actually done anything yet, so you really have nothing to talk about. Let others notice when you’ve dropped the excess weight, written a novel, or have completed your goals and not before. By keeping your goals to yourself, you maintain the motivation to go out and get it done.
Keeping your motivation starts with having the energy to complete your daily goals. By eating right and exercising, you improve your body’s ability to stay energized. This means that you can get a little more out of what you do by being healthy. While it may take 15 to 30 minutes from your day to exercise, it can add so much more in terms of your health and completing your goals.
Take a few minutes a day to meditate helps you reset and reach out further when it comes to staying motivated. The meditation can be in the form of prayer, yoga, breathing exercises, or simply closing your eyes and focusing on your long term goals. It’s whatever works for you.
In today’s world, it can become very easy to get distracted. This is particularly true when sitting down at your computer. It doesn’t take long to waste the time you were going to spend working towards your goals by posting on social media sites or playing games. Instead, make time for having fun in your life, but work towards your goals first. You’ll often find that playing can be a great reward for getting closer to your goal rather than trying to intermix the two.
Keep a Journal
You don’t have to write a full-blown novel, but keeping a journal every day can help provide motivation when you need it. Before you go to bed, review the events of the day related to your goals and write them down. For most people, it is a couple of paragraphs about what happened and what you achieved. Every morning, take a minute or two to review what you have written in your journal the night before. That way, you can keep the accomplishments you made fresh in your mind. From there, you can start off on achieving your new goals for the day.
Celebrate Little Victories
Again, this may seem counterintuitive at first since celebrations are usually reserved for when you reach your large goals. However, there is something to be said about celebrating the little victories as well. A win is a win, so take the appropriate amount of time to appreciate what you have done. For example, celebrate a little for every 2,000 words you write for your “Great American Novel” and throw a party when you’ve completed it. That way, you’ll stay motivated throughout the process.
Staying motivated is not easy at first. However, you’ll find that doing a little each day and making that a habit will stick with you for the rest of your life. So, embrace your dreams and take the time to make them come true by staying motivated.
“In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.” – Nikos Kazantzakis