Finding it hard to maintain your motivation and stick to your commitment? Lack of drive to get the things you need to get done, done? You’re in the right place. I’m about to share with you the 7 powerful methods for how anyone can stay motivated and get things done. Just read on.
When it comes to motivation, most people feel powerless. They feel like they can’t do much to regain their drive and get their energy back. And they will just succumb to their emotions and fight their own willpower to get things done.
At one point, you want to push yourself to do the work, but at another point, you lack the motivation and your mind is telling you to just walk away and do the task later.
Does this sound familiar?
No matter who you are, be it a doctor, an engineer, or a student, we all face the same situation every day. There are times when we have no motivation at all and we just want to do nothing.
And there are also times when we feel totally pumped up and we feel that we can accomplish anything we put our mind to.
This is why people often say that motivation comes and goes. And if you want to be more productive, get more things done, and achieve greater success in life, you need to learn how to manage your state – your motivation.
It is what you do when you don’t feel like doing the work that truly separates you from the rest.
Successful people are successful because they choose to do the work even when they don’t feel like doing it. On the contrary, unsuccessful people choose to procrastinate and put things off when they lack motivation.
So, are you ready to learn what can you do to stay motivated all the time?
The #1 Reason Most People Fail – Lack Of Motivation
All of us have dreams and goals that we wanted to accomplish in our life. But the irony is that most people are going to fail.
The reason is simple. Most of us know roughly what we want out of our life.
For instance, we want to get back in shape, we want to look good, and we don’t want to fat.
And we know what we need to do to get rid of the additional fat too – exercise and diet. But, are we doing it?
No, most people fail to stick to their diet or exercise plan. Why? Lack of motivation.
They can’t sustain their motivation for long enough. They only choose to eat healthy food and exercise when they feel motivated.
And when they are not? They don’t follow the plan. They fail.
Does this happen to you too?
I bet you have goals too, right? Like losing weight, getting back in shape, saving more, spend less, learn how to code, build a successful side business, etc.
Have you achieved any of them?
If you do, ask yourself why and how you accomplished the target. And I bet it has a lot to do with motivation.
You somehow find the motivation and willpower to stick to your plan, take the action, and achieving your goals.
This is why motivation is important. If you can master your motivation, you can become unstoppable and get everything done, including achieving all your goals and make your dreams come true.
I like this quote from Zig Ziglar:
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
Yes, motivation is not going to last and you will have to do something each day to make sure that you are able to stay motivated and keep the energy high.
It is not easy to be successful. There are a lot of distractions that will get you out of your route and make you want to procrastinate.
And this is what this article is for. This article is meant to get you motivated and stay motivated all the time.
Here are the 7 ways how you can stay motivated at all times. I personally used these methods and they work like magic. This is why I’m sharing them with you. Good things are meant to be shared, right?
1. Revisit Your Purpose
It is said that your purpose behind your goals and your dreams are the fuel that keeps you burning. And this is absolutely true.
Why do you think that successful people are able to go on in spite of all the challenges and hard times that come at them? It is because they have a strong reason to continue on and not to give up.
If your purpose to achieve your goals or your dreams is not strong enough, you will give up when you face difficulties. If you are not committed, you will be distracted and forget about what you want to achieve.
This is why motivation dies and does not last long. Most people don’t have a strong reason for the things that they want.
They say that they want to be a millionaire, but they are alright to live with their current income level. They say that they want to build an online business and earn passive income, but they choose to watch a movie or spend time playing games most of the time.
You see, most people are doing alright even if they did not achieve their goals or live their dreams. This is why they lack the motivation to pursue what they want.
You need a strong and emotional reason if you want to be able to stay motivated and accomplish your goals.
If your target is to own and drive a new car this year, why do you want it? Why do you want to drive the car? What is your purpose for getting the new car? What do you want out of the car?
Keep asking yourself why and take note of your answers. If your answers are weak, they will not motivate you.
Your reasons for what you want, your goals or your targets, must be strong and emotional. When your reason is half-baked, you will not be as committed. And so with your level of motivation.
Remember, the stronger and the more emotional the answer, the better. So, you have to find out what motivates you. Check out this article below to understand the factors that drive most people:
First, write down why you want to do what you do. Regardless of whether it is your study, your work, or your business, write down all the reasons why you want to excel in them.
Take a piece of paper, and starting writing. Make your reasons strong and emotional. The more emotional your purpose for your goals, the stronger your commitment and motivation.
Next, revisit your purpose each morning before you start your day. Most people lose their motivation because they forget about their purpose and lost in the hustle-bustle of their daily lives.
You want to consciously remind yourself of your purpose. Why do you want to achieve your goals? Why do you want to live your dream life? Review them daily.
2. Imagine Success
Do you know that our minds cannot differentiate if a thought in our head is real or imagined?
Meaning that whatever thought you project in your head, your mind will make it real. That is if you make the thought as real and as vivid as possible.
Let’s try out this exercise:
Close your eyes now and imagine that you are at home. Walk to your kitchen, open the door to the fridge and you see a big yellow lemon there. Reach out for the lemon. Take it out with your hand and feels the texture. Now, put the lemon on top of your kitchen table, and then cut it with a knife. Imagine vividly that the juice oozing from the lemon. Pick the cut lemon up, squeeze some juices into your mouth. How do you feel?
If you do this activity seriously and you imagine doing it as vividly as possible, you will feel that your mouth has more saliva. Why is that so?
It is just a thought projection in your head and it is not real, but you get more saliva in your mouth.
Your mind makes it real. Your mind cannot differentiate between the real thing and the thoughts. This is why when you watch a horror movie, you feel scared. Your mind makes the horror real.
Hence, whatever you think in your head, your body will feel it. Your mind will make it real to your body.
And this is why visualization is a powerful tool.
Do you know that professional athletes train with visualization as well?
“You have to see it within yourself before you can make it.”
This is why people said that you have to “Fake it until you make it”. Your mind makes the thing real.
So how can this help in getting you motivated? Simple, just imagine the success you want in your head. Create the pictures in your head as vividly as possible, and your mind will send the message to your body and change your mood. It will pump you up.
If your goal is to own a BMW 5 Series, imagine yourself have achieved it. See yourself grabbing the key from your table, walking down to your garage and open the car door. Imagine that you open the door and get into the driver seat. Put both your hands on the steering wheel and feel it. Smell the smell of the car and push the button to start the engine. Feel the engine revving.
Well, if you visualize everything in specific detail, you will feel as real as possible. And guess what, your mind will make it real and you feel driven almost instantly.
The same goes for any other goal that you want. If you want to have a vacation on a Caribbean Cruise, imagine yourself doing so. If your target is to build a successful business, imagine it vivid in your head how your business looks like.
When you see it with your mind’s eyes, you will also feel it with your body. And this is what will make you motivated.
Let me tell you a secret. Visualization is what separates the successful from the unsuccessful. Successful people think about what they want to achieve most of the time while unsuccessful people think about failures and problems most of the time.
Successful people are motivated because they “see” success in their minds. On the other hand, unsuccessful people “see” the failures and problems and they keep telling themselves why it is not possible.
You become what you think about most of the time. And what you think about can greatly affect your motivation.
So, if you want to stay motivated, constantly programming good thoughts into your head. See yourself as a success. Use visualization and see yourself achieved all your goals.
Make it a habit to constantly thinking about your goals and your dreams. You want to program “success thoughts” into your head.
Every day, spend a few minutes to see yourself having achieved all your goals and are already living your dream life. Whenever you feel like having no motivation, see yourself achieved your most exciting goals. Let the success thoughts drive you and keep you motivated all the time.
3. Practice Daily Goal Setting
Another way you can get yourself motivated is through goal setting. When we write down our goals, we are reminding ourselves of the things that we want. And because of this, we’re reconnected with our purpose, our aims, and the rewards that we desire. This is why the process of setting goals can be motivating.
If setting goals can motivate you, why don’t you do it every single day?
In fact, most people fail to achieve their goals because they don’t practice daily goal setting. They set the goals that they want for once, and then that’s it. And most of the time, they forget about their goals and they do nothing about them.
Whatever that is out of your sight will be out of your mind. And if it is out of your mind, you will never do anything to achieve it. You can’t fix what you don’t know is broken.
This is why daily goal setting is important. At least, review your goals every day.
So, practice daily goal setting. It is good because it reminds you of what you want to accomplish and at the same time, your goals will motivate you.
They are the things that you want. They will “pull” you towards them. It is pleasurable to think about them and to achieve them.
Every morning after I wake up, I will grab my goals book and I will write down my goals. I have been doing this for months. I feel more awake and motivated every time after I do this.
This activity is free anyway, so why don’t you just do it?
You can do it any way you want. You can write down your top 10 goals, or you can write down your most important goal for 10 times. It is all up to you. Or you can check out Goal Setting Formula and learn how to do it.
The most important key is that this process pumps you up and set you on the right path to kick-start your day. Not only that, doing so consistently will help program your goals into your subconscious mind.
Therefore, write down your goals every day. Practice daily goal setting and make it your habit to do so each day.
Don’t just set goals for once and then forget about them. Do it on a daily basis. It is like consistently reminding yourself of what you want.
Review your goals, write them down, and measure your progress. I strongly suggest you make goal-setting your daily habit. You want to use your goals to pulls you and motivate you into execution.
Hence, do it every day. This is why I suggest you enroll in Goal Setting Formula masterclass.
4. Creating The Accountability And Building The Commitment
Have you ever tried to delay a certain task until when the deadline is near, you eventually work on it?
Well, I believe everyone does. This is often referring to as the last-minute rush. When there is plenty of time, you will not feel the pressure. Until when the time is limited, you will work on the task.
It is not so much about motivation; it is more about the commitment and the accountability. Think about it, most smokers who try to quit smoking fail, until one day they found a compelling reason not to smoke ever again. And this compelling reason is the key to their commitment to stop smoking.
Thus, you can leverage on creating commitments so that you will work on your goals and take action.
Creating the Commitment
Create a public commitment so that you will feel the pressure to act. Imagine you share your goals with your friends and family; do you think you will feel more committed to achieving them now?
Of course, you are putting yourself on the line. When you share your goals and dreams with other people, you are creating a form of commitment because it’s human nature to try to keep the promise.
You will work harder and do more to accomplish what you set out to. Just like the saying:
“If you want to take the island, you must be willing to burn your boats to create absolute commitment.”
You must be willing to go all in to go all out. It is either you go big or you go home.
When the commitment is there, you will do whatever it takes to achieve what you want.
So create some form of commitment right now. You can share what you want to do or accomplish with people who will support you. You can make a shout out on Facebook or any groups that are suitable. Get the words out so that you will feel the pressure to act.
Find an Accountability Partner
Besides making a public commitment, the next thing you can do is to find an accountability partner.
Get someone to measure your progress and keep an eye on your result.
For example, you can ask your superior or manager to be your accountability partner. Ask him or her to measure your results and review your progress each day.
When you know someone is watching what you do, most likely, you will do it.
If you are in sales, get an accountability partner to keep an eye on your prospecting activity. Ask him to check how many calls you make each day. Review your work with him so that you will make progress every day.
This is why getting a coach or a mentor is important because they can become your accountability partner and make sure that you are making progress from time to time.
All the professional athletes have mentors and coaches, don’t you think you should do the same if you want to produce outstanding results in life too?
First, create the commitment. Make it such that you cannot fail. For instance, share your goals with someone who you know will support you. When you make a public commitment, the motivation will come.
Next, get an accountability partner. It can be anyone, as long as he or she is helpful and who wants you to succeed. Send a progress report to your accountability partner each week. Update your progress to him or her.
5. Practice Affirmations
Every morning, I will write down my affirmations (together with my goals) for at least 10 times.
I learned about affirmations many years ago, but I have never really applied it until recently I read a book from Scott Adams, the famous cartoonist.
Scott Adams said that every morning, he will write down his affirmations, “I, Scott Adams, will become a famous cartoonist” for 15 times. And he did this every single day.
Guess what, he got the result he wants. He achieved his goals and becomes a famous cartoonist. And so I model his technique to write down my affirmations each morning too.
I found that I feel more motivated every time I do this. It makes me feel good because my affirmations remind me of what I wanted to achieve. And whenever I think about it, I feel excited.
You should do this too. You can choose to write down or you can choose to just repeat it out loud for at least 10 times.
Of course, whether you write it down or you are doing it verbally, try to feel the energy. Clench your fist and feel the power from the words. Imagine you have achieved the goals and see yourself as already successful.
The key is to make it as real as possible. If you are just writing down your affirmations for the sake of doing it, you will never experience the energy boost up.
And since you are going to do this anyway, so just do it seriously and do it with your best. Fake it until you make it.
Create a few positive mantras that drive you. Whenever you are feeling down or have no motivation, repeat your mantra, whether out loud of inside your head.
And be serious when you do this. Don’t just say the words, feel the energy flowing in you. And don’t just repeat the affirmations for one or two times, instead, keep repeating them until you feel motivated. That’s how you can make affirmations work.
Here are 2 useful articles for help you:
6. Change Your Physiology
Feeling bored, tired and lack of motivation? No problem, do this and you will feel energetic and motivated instantly:
“Stand up and jump as high as possible for 5 times. And every time after the jumping, shout “YES” out loud and pump your fist.”
Trust me, do this right now and you will feel totally different. Why? Because you have changed your motion and your physiology.
When you change your motion, you will change your emotions. Motion creates emotion. If you want to feel awake and energetic, move faster, breathe faster and talk faster.
If you want to feel bored, try to get into your usual boring position and you will instantly feel the boredom.
Our physiology will affect our emotions. Thus, keep an eye on how we walk, talk, breathe and our body posture.
This is why you can tell if someone is worried, stress, or happy directly from their face. You can read their emotions and their states from the way their physical body act.
The same goes for you. If you want to feel happy and excited, first, act with your physical body. Make a smile and you will feel better. Of course, do it sincerely and seriously.
So whenever you are feeling tired and lack motivation, just do the jumping trick.
You will feel the energy coming to you instantly. You will feel fully awake. Else just try to listen to some uplifting songs, sing along and move your body. When you do that, you are changing your physiology, and thus, you will change your mood.
When you listen to slow and sad songs, you will start to act that way and feel sad as well.
Hence, keep an eye on your physiology. If you want to get motivated, talk, walk, breathe and act like someone who is motivated.
7. Use the 2-Minute Rule
One of the main reasons people lack motivation is because the tasks they are dealing with are just too overwhelming.
- Do you think it is easier to write a paragraph or to write 2,000 words?
- Do you think it is easier to do 10 push-ups or to hit the gym and exercise hard for 60 minutes?
- Do you think it is easier to read just one page or to read an entire chapter of a book?
The answer is clear, when the task we want to do is huge and overwhelming, we find ourselves lack the motivation to do it. The resistance is high.
On the other hand, when something is easy to do, we tend to do it without question it too much. This is why most people choose to watch Netflix or play games rather than updating their blogs. After all, watching Netflix and playing games is fun and comfortable, but updating blogs is not.
And so, I would like to introduce you to the 2-Minute Rule. I learned this powerful method from James Clear.
The key is to start small. You want to limit yourself and commit to only doing the task for just 2-minutes.
For example, if you want to exercise, just commit to exercising for 2 minutes. Yes, just 2 minutes.
It may sound ridiculous, but the key is to lower the resistance so that you don’t feel the difficulty in executing the task.
For instance, if you want to write an article, you don’t have to aim at writing a 2,000 words article and spend 4 hours doing so, you just need to commit to writing for 2 minutes.
And when you start writing, you will build up the momentum to keep going.
This is how you overcome procrastination and get things done.
Use the 2-Minute Rule. You want to make things easy for you. When something is easy to achieve, it will take less motivation and willpower.
And if you want to learn more about overcoming procrastination and getting things done, you should check out Procrastination Fix.
From Motivation To Habits
The 7 methods above are good enough to get you motivated, but in order for you to stay motivated consistently, each day, you must transform them into your habits.
Jim Rohn has a meaningful saying:
“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
If you want to stay motivated all the time, you must transform the action and the progress into your habits. When the action becomes your habit, you will feel less resistance and you will do it automatically.
It is just like brushing your teeth, you will just do it every morning automatically without thinking much. You will never say to yourself, “Should I brush my teeth? Or should I do it later?”
It has become a deeply rooted habit that you will do it without any question.
And this is what you want to accomplish with motivation as well. Turn the motivation into your habits and you will never have downtime anymore.
So here are 3 simple techniques you can leverage to turn your motivation into habits.
1. Sticking To The Routine
Yes, once you have set your schedule, you have to just do it.
For example, if you spend 10 minutes to visualize the success you want each morning, do it every day and don’t miss any day.
Stick to your schedule. When it comes to building habits, sticking to your plan and doing it is more important than anything else.
Try to do it at the same place and time each day. If you write down your goals once you arrive in the office, do that every day. Do it in the same place and same time, if possible.
So that it will become a habit, and you will feel motivated every time after doing that.
The more you stick to your schedule, the faster it will become your habit.
2. Leverage on The Calendar Method
I absolutely love this method and I’m using this method to build my writing habit right now.
The method is easy. All you need to do is to decide on what action you want to take and then mark it on a calendar every time you have done it.
For example, every day after you have written down your goals, put a big “X” mark on your calendar. Your job is to keep the “X” link continues and do not break the chain.
As the days go by, you will have longer and longer “X” on your calendar. As for me, every day after I have written 1,000 words content, I will cross the calendar.
Whenever you see your progress on the calendar, you will feel satisfied and accomplish. You will get motivated and wanted to do more.
This method is simple and easy to apply. Just get yourself a calendar and decide on which activity you want to turn into your habit, and then stick to the schedule of doing it.
3. Habit Stacking
Habit stacking is another effective method to develop any habit you want. And this is technique is very useful especially when it comes to applying the 7 ways how to get motivated above.
Simply state the habit you want before/after your old habit.
For example, if you want to develop the habit of writing your goals every morning, you can have a statement such as, “I will write down my goals every morning after I drink water from the kitchen.” Or “Before I take bath in the morning, I will write down my goals.”
The key is to leverage your old habit pattern while inserting a new habit (writing down your goals daily) into the process.
Thus, if you say that you are going to write down your goals before your bath every day, make sure you do it. Put up a reminder in your bathroom so that whenever you get into your bathroom, you recall that you need to write down your goals.
Here are some other great examples of habit stacking you can consider:
- Before I take bath in the morning, I will do 20 pushups.
- After I reach the office each morning, I will write down my top 10 goals.
- Before I sleep each day, I will spend 10 minutes to visualize the success I want.
These are some easy and simple ways how you can transform your motivation into your habits.
When you have developed the right habits to stay motivated, you will never have to worry about procrastination or having no energy to get things done.
Successful people develop productive habits that will get them going each day. You should do the same.
First, get yourself motivated. Next, turn the actions into habits. And then just rinse and repeat.
This is how you can stay motivated all the time.
When you visualize the success you want, you feel motivated. Great, do it every day and make it your habit.
The same goes for daily goal setting and all the other methods mentioned above.
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