Can I Motivate Myself?
Each of us has a strategy to motivate ourselves, whether it is conscious or subconscious.
Sometimes that strategy doesn’t help us in the long run.
Most people’s strategy to motivate themselves includes “Willing” it to happen.
They said “I just need to do it!” and then find themselves unable to control their motivation.
Most people believe that if they consciously choose it, they will be motivated.
But because most motivations come from a subconscious part of us, we fail.
How to Self Motivate Yourself: 8 Ways to Go For It
Motivating yourself is possible!
There are more ways to engage our motivations, and trying these out can bring out the inspiration within.
Here are 8 ways to self-motivate yourself so that you can live with more power, energy and vitality.
1. Sharpen your focus
If I tell you to clean a window, you will be motivated because you know what you have to do – clean the window.
There is only one thing in mind and all the energy in your power is focused on that one thing.
But if I tell you to do the same thing 10 stories high with an old ladder, 1 out of 20 people will try it out because the focus is not on the cleaning but on Falling.
Lessen your thousand to-do lists and focus on only one at a time.
See what area of your life is most important and choose that.
You will have a more clear path that will de-clutter and motivate you to follow through.
2. Have a purpose
Your purpose is your drive.
If you don’t have it, you walk aimlessly and not know what to do.
Purpose inspires energy.
Get a picture of who you want to be and what you want the world to be.
Know “Why” you are doing from your deepest aspirations.
My purpose is what drives me, it is the vision I hope to achieve that motivates me to do something until the day I die.
3. Plan your Goal
“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going” – Earl Nightingale
Plan out whatever you want to do.
The process of putting it down will get your juices flowing.
You want a goal that is S.M.A.R.T.
Specific: who, what, where, when, and why?
Ex: “I want to climb a mountain in Minnesota in October 2016 because I want to feel on top of the world.
Measurable: how do I know I have achieved it?
Ex: “When I reach the 2000 ft. elevation”
Attainable: Can I see myself doing this?
Ex: “I can see it in my mind, I am on top of the world!”
Realistic: do you have the ability or the potential to do this? Where am I now vs. my goal?
Ex: “I don’t know a thing about mountain climbing, but I will learn how.”
Timely: when will I finish it by? No someday but in a specific timeframe.
Ex: “By October 2016”
4. Start doing it
“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them” – Aristotle
We learn by doing.
Once we start doing, the momentum increases and we will be motivated.
If you are worried or lethargic, just start.
Or get someone else to force you to do it.
You will be glad that you did.
5. Prove the naysayers
“Living well is the best revenge” – George Herbet
They say you can’t do this and you can’t do that.
Well, prove them wrong.
Show them that it’s possible.
Make yourself a living proof of the possibility in the universe.
Have you heard of the Wright brothers?
Every scientist said that the Wright brothers were foolish because it is impossible to fly.
But they proved everyone wrong and created the first plane.
People don’t believe you can do something because of their own limiting beliefs.
In their experience, they have failed to do something and project their beliefs on you.
Take all the words from the naysayers and save them in your memory or in your computer (if written).
Keep them for the day that you will have exceeded their limiting beliefs.
6. Do it for yourself
Sometimes we get demotivated because we are worried about what other people may think.
And we get pressured by all the invisible expectations people may have.
It is not enough to say “Don’t worry about others” because somewhere deep in our minds we do care.
Instead, shift the attention to your wants and needs. Shift your thinking from thinking about ‘others’ to ‘what do I want?’
Once we get control of ourselves, people will follow.
When we are walking with determination, people will walk with you.
Do it because you love it and allow your love to overcome people’s expectations.
Take them out of the picture and do it as if nobody is watching.
7. Be Afraid
If I were to point a gun at your head and tell you to do it, how likely would you do it?
Most likely, you will do it like your life depended on it.
Fear is a good motivator.
The man who never ran started running because he was chased by his neighbor’s dog.
Although that adrenaline from fear is a good start, don’t rely on it.
Instead, look at what will happen if you did not do what you wanted to do.
List the things that you will be losing if you don’t get to work.
What is something that you cannot live without with?
What if that thing is taken away from you because you fail to do what you wanted?
Can you live with that?
No, you can’t.
Only you can do something about it, right now.
8. Look for Motivation
When I feel like I’m short on my goals, I start reading blogs, books and follow my influences.
Then I would find a golden nugget and get motivated again.
Reconnecting with your passions or those associated with your passions can ignite motivation in you.
So to get motivated, start surrounding yourself with what you want to be.
Have a friend to talk about it, read blogs and books and share it on social media.