Even the most motivated people sometimes lose their motivation to do something in life. This is normal, after all, we are humans who get so much affected by negative emotions, bad circumstances or some other negative feelings. But even in these situations, we need to try to find a motivation to continue doing things that we started and move forward.
Many people have their own techniques, rules, secrets, methods… or whatever you may call it. We call them secrets that help people stay motivated.
How to find your motivation? How to keep yourself motivated long enough? or at least until you finish your project?
A lot of us ask these questions, and honestly, everybody goes through some time when they lack the power to carry on. The best motivation is the “self-motivation”. In this article, we will be talking about how to self-motivate yourself the best, and how to maintain your self-motivation for a longer time.
These 10 secrets will help you stay motivated for a long time, or at least until you finish your project.
1. Split your main goal/project into smaller goals/tasks.
This rule works for some projects, or just for some goals which you want to achieve. When you think about one big project/goal, you need to have some plan for realizing it. A more detailed plan is always better. Don’t forget to consider some extra time and resources for unpredictable and unexpectable situations that might come up.
Your plan should have a deadline. You should be strict on planning “when to finish your project” or “achieve your goal”. Try to set deadlines for each task of your plan. It should be realistic based on your time and resources. It is hard to become successful in one day, but you can start working on it and have a vision on how you want to achieve it, and what you need for it. When your detailed plan is ready, you know which step you should take and how much time you can spend on it. It will keep you motivated to be in time and not to waste any extra time which can be used productively.
Sometimes in our daily life, we might have so many plans to do, which we don’t even get the motivation to start doing them because we know it will take forever, so we just postpone them for some other time. But if we achieve one task per day from our list, then our to-do list will start getting shorter and shorter until we do it all.
Try it some time, it is very simple, just write your to-do list for a whole week and try to make a daily plan for the tasks of the day, and you will see that you will achieve your goal after one week.
2. Add some fun to your daily tasks.
Not important if your main goal is to start a new business or to lose some weight, just add some fun to it. If you will have more pleasure doing it, you will want to continue. You want to lose weight and you don’t like to go to the gym but you like to dance? Then go take some dancing classes instead. Change your activity to something that you like and enjoy doing. This gives you motivation, and you will want to continue doing it. Life is so wonderful, you can enjoy doing what you like, and receive the same results.
3. Get inspiration from success stories of successful people.
Stories of successful people will give you the motivation to succeed in life. Follow some of their habits and rules to achieve your goal faster or to get better results. Every day, read inspiring stories, books or articles. This will motivate you to achieve the same success as other successful people.
4. Take short breaks.
Short breaks can increase your productivity. I suggest you follow this easy pattern 45-15-45. That’s 45 minutes of hard work, followed by a 15 minutes break, and then 45 minutes of very active work. Alternate your time between work and rest patterns, it will make you feel better and you will have better results. A bit of rest during the working process is always very important and very essential.
5. Think about the results that you will get at the end.
A lot of goals are very hard to achieve and they take a lot of effort. Most of the time, you need to spend a lot of time before you start seeing some results of your work. Therefore, instead of thinking about how much effort it takes to realize your plan, you should think about the reason why you started it, what motivated you in the beginning, which results you will achieve at the end and how these results will positively affect your life.
6. Reward yourself for achieving every small task of your goal.
Let’s be realistic, it may take years to build a successful business, or to get a perfect body shape, or to buy a new house… To be able to maintain the motivation and the energy to continue, you need to reward yourself every once in a while, when you achieve a certain task of your plan. For example, you’re on a strict diet and you lost 3 kilograms – Congratulations, you can treat yourself with a nice massage. You saved 10% of a new house value – Congratulations, you can reward yourself and go buy yourself some new clothes.
7. Remember your moments of success and triumph.
Your previous successful achievements will always remind you of who you are and why you should realize more success. Always remember when you were successful the most when you achieved great results. Remember these moments and you will always be proud of yourself and have more and more self-confidence. These great moments in life should be your main motivation to continue and perform in the best way to always achieve better outcomes.
8. Compete with yourself.
If you compare yourself with others, you can get discouraged. When you continuously compare your results to somebody else’s results, it can break your enthusiasm. Your best competitor is YOU. Compete with who you were yesterday and try to become better today. Every day, try to achieve a bit more than the day before. This is how you can keep improving.
9. Keep your goal in front of you all the time.
Write down your goal and make sure to keep it somewhere where you can see it. Choose some words that remind you of your goal, such as “Exercising for 30 minutes daily to get a perfect shape”, or choose some picture instead, such as a photo of somebody that has the perfect body which you dream to have. Keep it on your phone or computer screen, in your bedroom, on your fridge, or anywhere where you can repeatedly see it throughout the day so it would remind you every time about your goal. A continuous reminder of your goal will keep you motivated to achieve it faster.
10. Create your affirmation.
It shouldn’t be too long, but it should inspire and motivate you. It can be anything you like, you believe in, which gives you energy when you say it to yourself. For example, it can be as simple as “I will be successful and I will achieve it”, or “I can do it and I will do it”. I am sure you can have a lot of ideas for your affirmation which will work the best for you.
Being motivated is very important. You can achieve almost everything when you feel motivated. It is your life and you put the rules on how you live it. You and only you can feel which things motivate you the most. Try different practices and choose the best for you.
Please share with me what keeps you motivated.
Share this article with your friends, help them to stay motivated too, perhaps some of them really need it now.
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GREAT ARTICLE! Dazzling in Stylle
Thank you Tanya!
This is just what I needed to read today, thanks for sharing 🙂
Thank you for your comment Mal!
Thank you Mal!
Great tips and tricks for staying motivated! I have ADHD so it’s really hard for me to stay focused when I have large tasks as my brain just goes elsewhere when I don’t want it to. I like the one about breaking down the tasks into smaller tasks, and taking breaks, I feel like these would work for me.
Thank you for your comment Jenn!
Thank you Jenn!
Great post and we all need motivation however positive we are! Enjoyed reading it :0)
Thank you Haynet! I am glad, that you like it.
Hello there. Thank you for posting this article. I just resigned from my job because of the unexpected event that had happen between me and my immediate head. It took me at least 3 months with ongoing struggle and finally let of the pain. Upon reading this article I am enlightened.
Continue inspiring people with your great article.
Hello Florian! I am so happy that you like it! I wish you to find your next dream job very soon!
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These are all great and things that I do as well! What works best for me is starting with the hardest task which helps me get motivated even more when I’ve finished it.
Thank you for sharing your experience 🙂
Great post! This month is the first month I wrote down concrete goals for my blog and it’s honestly a little bit intimidating. I like the advice on keeping motivated, because I’m afraid I’ll loose steam if I’m not seeing instant success. Thanks for sharing!
You are welcome! Thank you for your comment. I know, it is very important to write down the goals and follow them after. It helps a lot.
great tips overall but for me personally #5 is the best! If you visualize it I think it can really get you going 🙂
Thank you for your comment! I love to visualize too.
Some really useful tips here thank you.
You are welcome! I am happy that you like it!
Love these tips so much. I feel motivated all over again.
Thank you, Bola! I am very glad that you like it!
Great post and tips! I will have to make sure to remember these when needed!
Thank you for your comment! I am glad that you like it!
Wow .. Very well written ! Thanks for the such inspiration !Have a good day
Thank you for your comment! I am glad to read such comments 🙂
Number 8 is what I struggle with most. Gotta learn to compete with myself to be the best version of myself instead of trying to compete with others. Thank you for an awesome post. I will come back to this when I need a little extra motivation 🙂
You are welcome! I am sure you will achieve all your dreams you have. This article is really very powerful when to follow these steps. Wish you to have a strong motivation until you achieve your goal!
Wow – I love this. thank you for this motivational monday!
You are welcome, Kasey!
Great article! This list is much needed to a lot of people.
Thank you for your comment, Irena! Totally agree with you. Please share it with your friends! Thank you!
LOVE these tips! Seems so simple yet easy to forget!
Oh yes. It is good to re-read it time per time 🙂
These tips are so helpful, and so perfectly timed for me. I’ve been a bit unmotivated the last few weeks, and this post has given me some really useful ideas to stay motivated longer.
I especially like the idea of splitting my projects into smaller tasks. I’m so guilty of making big plans and projects and getting down when I don’t achieve them because I got overwhelmed or something. So breaking them down into smaller bite-sized tasks sounds very doable.
Thank you so much for sharing!
You are welcome Steph! I know, I feel guilty too, therefore it works perfectly for me. Hope it will work well for you too. Thank you for your comment!
Very good advice! I like to think of myself as a motivated person, but everyone can use a refresh on occasion!
Thank you for your comment!
Thanks for these tips. I have to constantly struggle with my motivation level so I’m going to try some of your advice.
You are welcome. I know, this is a very actual topic for a lot of people, therefore, I thought it might be helpful to share my tips and suggestions.
This post is very helpful. I have a start up company and sometimes it gets hard to stay motivated. I will be implementing some of these into my daily routine. Thank you for this wonderful post. I am actually motivated to start doing these tips asap.
You are welcome! I believe these tips will help you stay motivated.Good luck with your start-up company!
Love this tips, always a great reminder.
Thank you for your comment!
Wonderful post! I am a big believer in affirmations, and I love the idea of injecting a little fun into goals and tasks. Thanks for the inspiration!
You are welcome! I am glad that you like it. I am sure these are great tips, I am using it by myself and they really work. Thank you for your comment!
Definitely going to try a few of these tips!
am sure you will find them very helpful and powerful!