There's so much information available to us and yet when it comes to motivation there isn't just one way to motivate yourself.
Every individual uses different coping mechanisms and motivation techniques to stay focused on the bigger picture. Every person deals with stress, disorder, loss, failure and the like, in different ways.
What motivates someone may not necessarily motivate someone else.So, the important question you need to ask yourself is – ‘what makes me tick?’ And therein lies your motivating factor!
Picture yourself in different situations and scenarios, and think about how you'd like to react and resolve the situation that best suits you.
Let’s say, for example, you’ve been let go from your job. How would you tackle the stress and uncertainty? You can either take positive action almost immediately or wallow for a while and then take action.
Either way, you will have to find the motivation to move on and look for a something better, in this case, a new job.
Let’s look at some motivational techniques that could help you overcome obstacles and reach your goals.
1. Find your ‘thing’
For some it’s music, for some its meditation, for others it maybe going for a run. Find that one activity that you enjoy doing when things are good and you can still do when you're feeling low. Some popular hobbies that people indulge in are playing a musical instrument, writing, gardening, playing an outdoor sport, etc.
2. Find your motivator
Research shows that if you have someone who you're accountable to, you could increase your chances of staying motivated and reaching your goals by 95%. So, consider having someone that you. This person maybe a spouse, a friend, a family member, or anyone else whom you trust to give you the truth as it is.
S(he) can provide you with the support you need to go on when things dull and when you need to be motivated either with words of encouragement or literally pushing you to take required action.
3. Reward yourself
A great way to stay motivated is to reward yourself at the end of a job well-done. For example, if you’ve managed to complete your to-do-list for the day, treat yourself to a little quality time doing something you love. Even if it means watching a little bit of Netflix.
Positive reinforcement goes a long way in staying motivated.
4. Track your progress
When you’re trying to accomplish something, it’s always good to see how far you’ve come. Keep a record of your progress. Observing your growth is sure to keep you motivated to make you go all out trying to reach the finish line.
For example, if you’re planning on losing weight, mark your calendar for every day you’ve worked out, or make a marking on the wall for how many kilograms you’ve lost. This will help you record your progress and give you an idea of how far off you've come from where you were.
Persistence is perhaps the biggest motivator of all. If you persevere through the hard times, you will see results.
Let’s take an example – if you’ve just started learning to play the guitar, there really is no shortcut to becoming a maestro. However, if you stick with it, especially in the initial stages, success will surely come to you.
Learn to overcome the smaller disappointments and constantly visualise the bigger picture.
6. Recognise and shun negativity
Make sure you surround yourself with positive thoughts, people and things. There will always be people who will try to bring you down.
The only voice you need to listen to is your own. If you need more convincing, check out motivational speeches on the internet, or read self-help books.
Don’t waste your time and energy on negative energy and activities.
7. Understand yourself
It might a bit difficult for you to motivate yourself if you have a hard time grasping the idea of ‘you’. Do a bit of introspection and try to understand what you expect from your life and your future.
Once you’ve compartmentalised different aspects of your life, you will feel more motivated to pursue your goals.
8. Accept failure
Once you accept the fact that failure is inevitable, you can get it out of the way and focus on what’s ahead. If you constantly dwell on failure or the fear of failing, you will be blocking your mind to any good things that might be in store for you.
Learn from your mistakes and move on to the next step.
As we mentioned in the beginning of the blog, different people deal with things in different ways. So the techniques we mentioned today might not work for everyone, all the time. Pick, choose and experiment with ones that strike a chord with you and your personality.