Neuroplasticity is the very concept of mindset changes. You understand the science behind the techniques, now it is time to help your brain form new pathways for better thinking processes
Willpower is an imperative ingredient when it comes to changing to be better motivated and confident. In fact, we could probably list a lot of words that would be useful, but what you need are techniques.
You want to start slow with motivation, anxiety, and confidence. If you rush into things too quickly, you will continue to fall back into old patterns. One of the interesting factors about our mindset and using neuroplasticity principles is you can wake up one day with new routines, and never miss the old ones.
It does not happen overnight, rather it happens gradually until you look at yourself in the mirror and realize you have made positive changes in your life. It may not help to read such a statement, but the truth is often less complicated than we make it.
1). Start with a small goal.
2). The goal can be anything from ten minutes of cleaning or eating better.
3). Outline the reason or reasons why you wish to make the mindset change.
Motivation comes from wishing to solve a goal. To become more motivated, you need to meet these goals, and you should choose something that you like to do. Obviously, life is not fair, it brings on things we don’t want to face or tasks w don’t like doing, such as laundry and cleaning.
But, it is also the small goals that can push us to become more motivated in the things we truly want.
For example, you might set a goal of reading one book a month. You love reading, but you never seem to have time for it. By setting a goal, you are more apt to try to make that goal than not.
As a motivation quote says, “Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.”
4). Publish your goal. Social media makes it easier for you to hold to your goals. Even for people who are not as social, publishing goals online makes sure that someone out there might hold you responsible. Will they? Maybe not. But, a slight fear or issue of embarrassment makes you think they would.
You don’t have to use social media to publish your goals. Some goals you have might be too embarrassing to share with the world, such as weight loss. There are support groups, family, and friends who can help with the more personal goals. You can also work up to those goals.
For the beginning of the mindset changes that will bring you more motivation, the focus is going to be on a task you can easily finish and feel good about.
Cleaning is an easy goal to talk about for motivation, mostly because no one likes to clean or those that do discover they don’t have enough time to keep up with cleaning as they would like.
Let’s say you set the goal as cleaning.
You intend on cleaning one room in your home in the next 30 minutes.
Why—you have chosen a room that is bothering you, such as distracting you from the work you need to do—the office.
You want someone to hold you accountable as a motivational factor. You tell your spouse, significant other, or anyone else what you are going to do.
5). Offer yourself an incentive.
An incentive or reward is going to help you follow through, even more than telling someone what your goal is. The reward should be something suitable for the task at hand.
Cleaning is a necessity that we typically want more motivation to commit, therefore, the reward should be something that will help you retrain your brain and change your mindset about cleaning.
A reward does not have to be food, drink, or a treat. Rather, the incentive to complete the task should be something related to the room. It should go back to the why.
As you talk yourself into cleaning the room, like the office, tell yourself the why—you will be able to concentrate, you will get more done, you can find something you really need for another task. We could keep going, but you get the point. The why and the reward are similar.
Since you are still starting out and you may have motivational concerns about truly changing your mind’s neural pathways, you can make the first reward a little better. Perhaps, this first time, you eat a piece of chocolate.
Here’s the way to make the “great” reward something you have to work hard for:
- Make the reward something you do not have in the house, but desire.
If you have chocolate in the house, then make it a dessert you rarely have or anything else you consider rewarding. In this first task, you are showing your brain why you should complete the task.
Now, we all know the reason rewarding yourself each time can lead to trouble. Your brain starts to say, “Oh, skip the task and reward yourself now.” You are not able to reward your brain the next time with something better than asking “why.”
Your intention with the first goal you complete is to ensure the neural pathway is going to form for more motivation. The next time you complete a goal, words need to have more power.
You want to reach the point where you are happy to tell yourself what a great job you have completed and how proud you are. Unfortunately, it does take time to make just “words” your motivator.
It is also necessary to point out that sometimes you need more support for tasks.
The reason you should always tell someone your goal, even a silly, small goal is to ensure a person is going to hold you accountable. The drawback with depending on someone else is they can enable you. You want to choose a person who is highly motivated and will understand why you feel the need to gain more motivation.
6). The last step for changing your mindset is to repeat the goal attainment frequently.
Each task you need to complete for the day should be rewarded with positive thoughts.
It may be silly to say something like, “Great, you got out of bed today. Task one complete.” However, your brain likes hearing this. You can always change the phrase to encompass other morning tasks, such as “oh, I woke up before the alarm.” Whatever is new and different, but makes you feel good about your day is something you need to spend a few seconds reflecting on because repetition is key.
Remember those ten principles of neuroplasticity and how repetition and using the same words can benefit you? Here is where they come into play. Each time a goal is met, you use words to reward yourself for the accomplishment, and you continue with this pattern. Soon, you are not going to need to actively think about the goals, the why or the reward, you will just get the task completed.
Our lives are also not simple. We have others who depend on us or we depend on others. With work, life, and relationships all coalescing taking the time for things that are not a priority is where we tend to lose motivation and yet they are the areas that make it harder for us to complete the priority tasks due to the clutter caused in the brain.
Everything is a cycle, so if you can train your brain to accept the mundane along with dreams you have, you are going to become more successful.