How To Get A Jolt Of Motivation

Motivation is essential for being productive and achieving your professional and personal goals. Developing the ability to find motivation and encourage yourself takes time and practice.

In this article, we’ll show you how to motivate yourself and stay motivated.

Use Goals As Motivation

Speaking of monitoring your own thought processes…when was the last time you sat down and wrote out your goals in life? Probably not since your high school guidance counselor unleashed the familiar “you must go to college to be worth anything in life!” spiel during your senior year.

How do you ever expect to be motivated when you don’t even have a record of what you’re striving towards? These goals don’t have to be monetary or even quantifiable, but they need to be clearly accessible the next time you have a motivation breakdown.

If you are not a naturally motivated person, you must keep these things front and foremost in your mind at all times. Organizing your thoughts is essential to your success.

Do you want to go to the Bahamas this summer and wear a swimsuit without people thinking a whale has beached itself on the shore? Hang up a photo of the swimsuit in your kitchen. The next time you are tempted to binge eat at 2 am in the morning, the swimwear picture will provoke you to think about more than just those frozen taquitos. Now that’s tough love for your own good; you’ll hate it, but you’ll thank it.

If you can’t organize motivation reasoning in your mind, set up outside stimuli (like a picture) to do it for you.

Okay, so you have a list or pictures of what you want. Now you would think that these end goals would be enough to feel motivated, but that’s not going to be the case so you shouldn’t lie to yourself. You’re human. You’re going to have lazy days (or months).

Success Is The Best Motivator

To feel more motivated, you’re going to need to sweeten the deal with some immediate rewards. Instant gratification is your bread and butter, when it comes to forcing yourself to be productive.

Don’t be afraid to post status updates on social media sites if you run a mile. That feeling of pride when others see your accomplishments is just one of your options for rewarding yourself, the short term.

After a successful job interview, go play some video games. If you got up to go to the dentist before the crack of dawn, treat yourself to Mexican take out and get that awful taste of bubblegum fluoride out of your mouth.

Rewarding yourself is not only motivating, but healthy. Just use moderation. Your dentist appointment doesn’t mean you can eat four days’ worth of normal calorie intake in the form of fast food burritos. It’s no Mexican taco smorgasbord, but pep-talks are healthy too.

If you look in the mirror and pinch at the fat around your waist without complimenting yourself on your toned legs, you’re doing it wrong. If you receive another book rejection in the mail from a publisher and you don’t take a moment to reflect on the fact that you actually finished writing a novel in the first place, you’re also doing it wrong.

Take a minute to look at yourself and your talents and accomplishments. Do you want to feel more motivated? That’s difficult to do when you’re too busy throwing a pity party about your lack of a lover or your paltry paycheck.

Look at yourself. You’re a damn fine human specimen, and you’re only going to get better with age. Think about how great you are daily, and use that confidence as a foundation for motivation.

As a motivation quote says, “When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

Stimulate Your Motivation

So, what if you can’t concentrate on all these lovely rewards and motivational pep talks you’re giving yourself?

There are two possibilities. Either you need to backtrack and have an honest conversation about what you want and what it will take to get it, or you might have another issue to deal with first.

If you have ADHD, you can still be motivated with the hand life dealt you and contributions made by researchers.

If you are emotionally stressed out because of things in your life that are beyond your control, you can work past that too.

If you can’t complete your work because of distractions, start making your own distractions to pull you back.

For instance, if you work from home, then break up your day with things that are more “fun” than desk work. Put on a load of laundry or dishes and then head back to your desk. You’ll feel slightly less annoyed at the fact that you have to miss a beautiful day outside working if you’re getting housework and office work done.

Also, doesn’t laundry feel a bit more fun if the choice is between folding your drawers and writing out official memorandums over email?

Learn to “distract” yourself with things that will still give you that accomplished feeling.

Speaking of making things more fun, what kind of music do you like? And when was the last time you listened to it? Almost any task can be paired with music to keep you interested. Taxes? Yes, turn on that old Frank Sinatra. Cleaning the house? The Jackson 5 might convince your brain that yes, dusting can actually be fun.

Don’t be afraid to try out doing things that might seem like distractions while you work. Counterintuitive, right? Actually, these should be viewed more as stimulations from confining in that straight-line repetitiveness.

Your brain is an amazing piece of head hardware. If you think you aren’t capable of enjoying a good beat while you go about your day to day work, you’re selling yourself short.

Hate music? Fine, Mr. Grinch. You can make your ultra-quiet workday seem “fun” by doing mundane tasks in a new setting (like the library) or by taking your reading outside as an act of stimulation by changing it up somewhere new and different.

You’re most motivated when you’re excited by something new and refreshing, not in boring deadbeat mode.

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