Staying motivated all the time is probably not possible, but still, you can do something about it. You may be motivated like 80% of the time when you apply this strategy. So the goal is to keep yourself motivated in the times when you lose hope and you don’t wanna do anything. let’s dive into the steps that you should follow to keep yourself motivated.
1)Have a vision in life
most people forget the importance of having a vision in their life, they are living a clueless life where they don’t have a direction where they are going. That’s where vision comes into play, if you don’t have a vision in life, you will go in every direction but you won’t have a very clear understanding as to why you are going this way. and that’s the reason for low motivation, There is nothing so compelling, there is nothing that’s telling you to push yourself. you have got no reasons to break your limits. So if you want to stay motivated all the time you need to have a vision in life, here is how you can create a vision if you don’t have any.
Think about what’s important to you.
Can you do it for free?
What you will feel when you accomplished it.
Answering these 3 questions will give you an idea as to what should be your vision in life, take your time, and know the vision of your life.
2) Set Goals
The second most important thing that you should be doing is to create goals. Goals are very important, Here is why. Let’s say you created a vision in life, You know exactly what’s your vision and what you should be doing, But if you don’t have goals, you will end up just roaming around. It’s because goals are the steps that will tell you where should you be going, What’s the first thing to accomplish, what are the things that you should avoid. Let’s say your vision is to become the best soccer player in the world, so when you wake up in the morning and you are supercharged, you wanna do everything to accomplish this dream. but what? what you are gonna do? how you are going to be the best soccer play in the world? Unless you have clear specified steps you are not going to be a soccer player at all. So that’s why goals are important, and here is how you can create your own goals,
What’s most important?
How much time should it take?
What will I get when I am done?
When you take these 3 questions into consideration, you will be able to create goals for yourself that matters and that will lead to your destiny.
3) Build on success
Success creates success. When you’ve just won, it is easy to feel motivated about almost anything. Emotions tend not to be situation-specific, so a small win, whether it is a compliment from a colleague or finishing two-thirds of your tasks before noon can turn you into a juggernaut. There are many ways you can place small successes earlier on to spur motivation later. Structuring your to-do lists, placing straightforward tasks such as exercising early in the day or giving yourself an affirmation can do the trick.
4) Get positive
When do we procrastinate the most?When we’re in a bad mood. Via Temptation: Finding Self-Control in an Age of Excess: Meanwhile, research shows happiness increases productivity and makes you more successful. What does the military teach recruits in order to mentally toughen them up? No, it’s not hand-to-hand combat. It’s optimism. So how do you get optimistic if you’re not feeling it? Monitor the progress you’re making and celebrate it. Harvard’s Teresa Amabile‘s research found that nothing is more motivating than progress. Via The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work:
Find Effective Rewards
Some tasks or even stretches of a career are entirely onerous—in which case it can be helpful to create external motivators for yourself over the short-to-medium term, especially if they complement incentives offered by your organization. You might promise yourself a vacation for finishing a project or buy yourself a gift for losing weight. But be careful to avoid perverse incentives. One mistake is to reward yourself for the number of completed tasks or for speed when you actually care about the quality of performance. An accountant who treats herself for finishing her auditing projects quickly might leave herself open to mistakes, while a salesperson focused on maximizing sales rather than repeat business should probably expect some unhappy customers. Another common trap is to choose incentives that undermine the goal you’ve reached. If a dieter’s prize for losing weight is to eat pizza and cake, he’s likely to undo some of his hard work and reestablish bad habits. If the reward for excelling at work one week is to allow yourself to slack off the next, you could diminish the positive impression you’ve made. Research on what psychologists call balancing shows that goal achievement sometimes licenses people to give in to temptation—which sets them back. In addition, some external incentives are more effective than others. For instance, in experiments researchers have discovered that most people work harder (investing more effort, time, and money) to qualify for an uncertain reward (such as a 50% chance of getting either $150 or $50) than they do for a certain reward (a 100% chance of getting $100), perhaps because the former is more challenging and exciting. Uncertain rewards are harder to set up at work, but not impossible. You might “gamify” a task by keeping two envelopes at your desk—one containing a treat of greater value—and picking only one, at random, after the job is done.
You will find yourself demotivated in some cases, So whenever you face it, Remind yourself of these strategies and apply them, I am sure you will become motivated in just no time. Stay happy, stay motivated