Maintaining motivation isn’t always easy. Here are a few tricks that will help you keep the motivational fire burning and move you toward your goals:
- Change Your Scenery – Exposure to new stimuli is one of the best ways to move away from the monotony of every day routine and toward new accomplishments. The simple occurrence of seeing something new releases dopamine in the brain and results in a greater desire to explore and seek out newly anticipated rewards. This leaves us feeling fresh and excited about tackling our challenges and moving forward in our lives.
- Break Down Your Goals – When the metaphorical finish line is miles away, there is a far greater tendency for people to feel discouraged and unmotivated. This is because action is encouraged by reward. Therefore, no reward often equals a lack of enthusiasm. How do you fix this? You manufacture rewards by inserting mini finish lines into your process. Create small victories that you can feel good about and grow from. This approach allows your progress to feel more like hiking a series of small, manageable hills than scaling a mountain.
- Think About Why You Started – Often, in the midst of all the hustle and bustle, we become so consumed by our daily workload that we forget why we began. More than likely, if you have invested time and energy into a project or task, it’s because you believe in it and are passionate about it. Something about that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow was calling your name. Sometimes, the sole act of pausing, stepping back, and remembering your source of inspiration can provide the push needed to reengage and get the wheels turning again.
- Make Adjustments – Just because you have been operating in a habitual jail cell doesn’t mean the door is locked. Open it up, step out, and run like hell. The last thing you want is for things to become stale as you work toward your goals. Change your approach, mix things up, and experiment with the process. Not only does said innovation increase engagement and enhance the quality of your output, but it also keeps the passion aflame. Passion and motivation go hand in hand.
- Reach Out – Sometimes another perspective can add a spark to your creative process. People become stuck in their ways and, after a while, begin to see things in one dimension. A second brain involved in the equation equals new ideas, thoughts, and solutions, not to mention that it can simply be more fun to tackle a challenge with someone else.
- Remember Your Competition – While this doesn’t pertain to everyone, (people’s desire for and reaction to competition fluctuates greatly) I have found it especially beneficial. It’s the simple idea that no matter how hard you work, someone, somewhere is always working harder. The idea of someone outworking you and ultimately taking what you want may be the perfect ingredient to help you get the most out of yourself. Even if it is a fictional narrative, it provides incentive to be better and do more. While your competition has no direct control over your progress (that rests solely with you), it can be utilized as a very effective motivator.
- Have Fun – If you aren’t having a good time doing what you are doing, it’s time to start thinking about changes. Whether it’s a greater focus on the aspects of work that you enjoy, or finding completely new ways to bring life to your routine, the extra effort is always worth it. Nothing is more motivating than doing what you love.
By Eddie Pinero @Eddiepinero2