The American author and speaker, Zig Ziglar, once said, “People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing, that's why we recommend it daily.” It is a telling reminder of the vital component that motivation is to our lives.
When it comes to getting things accomplished, motivation can be hard to come by. Yet, motivation is exactly what is needed. A small amount of motivation is required to do small, simple things, like brushing your teeth. Bigger tasks require more motivation to complete. And aren’t the bigger tasks of taking care of your family, your health, and achieving well at your job essential to have a good quality of life?
But how do you manufacture motivation when you are feeling down or lacking in energy?
Here are seven (7) tips to learn to motivate yourself and accomplish more.
1. USE PAIN.
If you fail to complete a particular task, what damage will be done? It might just be the inconvenience of having even more to do the following day. Or it could be the prospect of someone dropping by and seeing how filthy your home is.
Come up with several good reasons why failing to take action would be painful to you.
2. USE PLEASURE.
Saving $25 this week might not be too exciting, but the vacation you’ll be taking next year is pretty great. Remind yourself of all the benefits you’ll receive. Make a long list that will help to keep the fire burning inside to successfully deal with those unpleasant or boring tasks.
Visualize the future you expect to enjoy from getting your tasks completed. Rehearse your successes in your mind. Create an image that motivates you to take the next step enthusiastically.
3. SET SHORT-TERM GOALS.
It’s hard to stay motivated for more than 8-10 weeks. So, if you have a goal that will require longer to accomplish, such as a year, realize that your inspiration will wane before you become successful.
Break goals that take an extended amount of time into smaller goals that can be accomplished within two months. Then later, you can always add more short-term tasks that lead to the eventual goal.
4. MAKE THE TASK MORE ENJOYABLE.
Enjoying yourself while you do mundane tasks can bring back some fun to even the simplest of chores. For example, Raking the leaves might sound like a boring way to spend the afternoon. So what if you listened to your favorite album at the same time? You could invite a few friends over for a barbeque and ask them to chip in and assist.
Ask yourself, “How can I make this task as enjoyable as possible?” and then listen to the answers you receive.
5. GIVE YOURSELF A REWARD.
You wouldn’t go to work each day if you didn’t get paid. The reward you receive is enough to keep you going back each day despite any issues and challenges you may face. You can apply the same idea to get other things done. Think of a few things you truly enjoy and use them as a tool to motivate yourself.
Getting your motivation high enough with feeling pleased and achieved with the stages of your work may be a type of reward for some people. Those who struggle with motivation are often too hard on themselves. Be happy with your life journey and enjoy the progress to each of its stages.
6. TAKE A DEEP BREATH.
The same mind that becomes passionate once you are motivated can become a drain for you if too many ideas and tasks to do, begin to overwhelm you. Try to accomplish your life goals step-by-step. Be clear and consistent on what you wish for each part of your life. Then plan and look for a direct path to succeed.
Keep your brain focused on your current task. Trying to multi-task will become a distraction. Use meditation as an effective tool to learn to focus more effectively.
7. INCLUDE ANOTHER PERSON.
Building a habit of going to the gym each day can be difficult. But if you know your workout partner is waiting for you, it’s less likely you’d leave them hanging. The presence of others can increase your level of commitment. Friends, co-workers, and associates may also become accountability partners for you.
Without motivation, willpower is the only solution. Willpower is much more difficult to sustain than motivation. Learning to control your motivation is part of learning self-control and self-discipline.
There’s little that can’t be accomplished once you learn how to manage your energy levels and schedule of work output. Ensure you give yourself enough of a cogent reason for the tasks you want to achieve. Once you know your why, even the most challenging and painful tasks become manageable.