If you want to live a life you love, you must stay motivated to do positive and productive habits! So how the heck do you keep motivation alive? Read on…
Do you feel demotivated a lot lately?
Are you lacking the drive to accomplish a goal or the energy to move through a challenging situation?
Low motivation is an issue that every person goes through.
However, the ability to stay enthusiastic about accomplishing a goal is what successfully empowers people to create a life they love!
In my research, I learned a lot about motivation. In particular I discovered interesting research all about why some people stay motivated – and others lose their willpower and commitment to achieve the life they want..
If you are looking for ways to stay focused on your dream, here are some psychological tricks I use with my personal coaching clients – that can help you.
One of the best ways to stay motivated is not to break the chain.
What’s the chain, you ask?
When you set a goal, you have to put in consistent effort to achieve it. A good way to ensure consistency is to get a calendar and a marker and cross the days when you do the work needed to achieve your aim.
For instance, if you are looking to lose weight…
You would put an X on the days when you work out or eat healthily. Over time, the Xs will look like a chain. This is the chain you should try not to break.
This method of staying motivated is attributed to the comedian Jerry Seinfield. It is an extremely helpful motivation tool because it inspires you to reach your goal in three ways.
First, the visual appeal of seeing a chain of X’s will drive you to keep up the good work which ultimately brings you closer to your goals. Secondly, seeing a break in your chain will provide negative motivation to try harder. Finally, the sense of accomplishment and pride you will feel every time you put the X will be nothing short of fulfilling.
It is often said that if you need to conquer a mountain, don’t focus on conquering the mountain; rather, focus on conquering the pebbles, and you will find that you have conquered the mountain.
The motivation lesson here is to break down your goals into small chunks and focus on dealing with the small parts first.
If you have a big test coming up, for example, don’t stress over all the material you have to go over. Instead, focus on reading a chapter per week or having 30-minute study sessions daily. This will make the test less overwhelming. And you are less likely to give up on preparing for it.
When you set your mind to accomplish a goal, you may encounter plenty of distractions along the way.
If you want to know how to stay motivated, you need to strategize on how to deal with distractions as soon as they come up.
An excellent tool that will help you overcome your distractions is a Distractions List. Whenever you find you mind wandering to different things while you are working, like getting that hospital bed for rent or buying groceries, jot down the distraction and continue with the task.
Jotting down things means you acknowledge them and that you will deal with them. It frees up your mind to focus on the task at hand, thus making you more productive.
Demotivation is a challenge that affects even the best of us. If you want to know how to stay motivated, you need to regularly do things which keep enthusiasm high. Start by creating a chain and be intentional about not breaking it. Also, be sure to try the chunking method and using a Distraction’s List, and your motivation levels will soar.