There are a lot of different ways you can stay motivated in life and work. There are tasks which you may not like at all, yet you find motivation to complete them because you recognize how each particular task serves a greater goal. Sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated, even when you really care about the work you’re doing. It is hardly a secret that the key to successfully accomplishing one goal after another is staying motivated. Here is our list of 10 helpful tips to stay motivated.

 

1. Make A Plan

There is a very popular saying “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” When you take time to plan, you allow yourself to think through the entire process from beginning to end. This can spark ideas, improve productivity and ensure a great outcome. Once you have a written agenda, you are immediately going to be motivated to accomplish it. Without one, you have nothing to run with and end up feeling stuck. Write out your to do list the night before. Identify the three most important things that you must accomplish the next day and start with those first.

2. Visualize What You Want To See

When you see and feel images that portray an outcome you desire, the cognitive dissonance in your brain increases; which is a good thing. The increased discomfort you get from wanting that certain outcome sends a message to your brain not to give up on this goal. The brain wants to create balance so it will change directions to figure out ways to make your success happen. As we routinely and intentionally visualize a desired outcome, and step into the belief that it is possible, our brains increase the motivation to make it happen. We become more and more determined to do whatever it takes to achieve our goals.

 

3. Surround Yourself With Supportive People

Successful people surround themselves with positive people who are both positive by nature, and positive in their own lives. Positive people are optimistic and optimism is the first step in building up self-confidence in life. Positive people can help you feel good about yourself. They are there when you begin to doubt yourself. They are not threatened by you or your success. Surround yourself with positive people and you will notice that you are more motivated and positive when you are around them.

 

4. Stay Positive

We have all received the well-meaning advice to stay positive. Well, the truth is that sometimes it’s hard to find the motivation to focus on the positive. In fact, sometimes it seems like being positive is nothing more than wishful thinking. Remind yourself that keeping a positive attitude is good for your health. Maintaining a positive mindset will be a daily challenge that requires both focus and attention. But you must be intentional about staying positive if you’re going to overcome the brain’s tendency to focus on threats.

 

5. Reflect On Your Progress

We don’t always take the time to recognize our lives and what is important. Each day is a good opportunity to recognize and reflect on your progress. Taking time to track small achievements you have accomplished will enhance your motivation. This is because any accomplishment you make, no matter how small, activates the reward circuitry of our brains. When this pathway is opened some key chemicals are released that give us a feeling of achievement and pride. Reflecting on your achievements is a great way to stay motivated each day.

 

6. Be Gentle To Yourself

Life can be hard. There’s no need to make it worse by being hard on yourself. Don’t waste precious time beating yourself up for mistakes you may have made. No one is perfect. Instead of focusing on the mistake, try to see if there is a quick solution to it. Perhaps there is a lesson that you can learn from the experience.Take in that lesson and move on. Accept yourself as you are, complete with all your flaws, and just do the best you can. Be gentle with yourself today and every day and give yourself lots of credit for what you’ve already accomplished and lots of hope for everything that’s to come.

 

7.  Don’t Compare Yourself With Others

You should never compare yourself with other people. You may think people are better than you, or you better than them, but thinking this way is a waste of time. Instead, use your strengths to accomplish whatever it is that you want to accomplish. If you have a weakness that you want to improve, then it would be more productive to seek help from someone who is better at it. We often compare ourselves to others and gauge where we are based on what we observe them to be doing. If this was simply an observation, it would be one thing; but in comparing ourselves to others, we often end up judging ourselves which can take away from one’s motivation.

8. Reward Yourself

Rewarding yourself after you accomplish something can help you stay motivated. It’s important to reward yourself, and your team, as soon as you complete a key task or objective. Why? When you do this, your brain elicits positive emotions, leading to the realization that your efforts result in a positive reward. Continuously doing this will cause your brain to start associating pleasure with accomplishing tasks. This will create a healthy and productive habit and you will find yourself taking your tasks head on.

 

 

9. Set Realistic Goals

Setting goals and working hard is the only way to accomplish goals and turn dreams into reality. Learning to set challenging, but realistic goals is a vital skill that everyone should learn and apply. Writing down goals helps to stay on track and make them more real. If you just simply think about a goal, it’s not physically real and it’s too easy for you to change your mind at the drop of a dime. The very act of writing helps commit to the goals and also shows something that can be visually seen and reflected on. Ponder a realistic goal, write it down, and stay motivated in life.

 

10. Take One Day At A Time

When you take one day at a time, you only have to worry about the present day. When you string together multiple days, forever ends up taking care of itself. One day at a time means staying within yourself. Sometimes when you have your daily routine in order you can be blindsided by unexpected distractions or events; be sure not to let your guard down.

That’s it

 

We hope some of these can be useful to you today. Undoubtedly, applying any of these tips will help you stay motivated in your life.

If you have your own tips to stay motivated, please share with us in comments

 

Cheers !

 

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