Motivation does not come easy! For the average person, it comes and goes at random and seemingly without explanation. Therefore, being able to motivate yourself at will is kind of like a superpower.
The thing about motivation is that it is like any other mindset skill. It requires consistent practice and discipline to foster growth. A more motivated life is within your reach and will allow you to maximize progress towards your ambitions. Here are 5 practices you can apply to motivate yourself!
1) Motivated Friend Group
It is really difficult to push against the mindset of your friend group. Imagine trying to wake up every day at 5 A.M. to run and exercise, only to get laughed at later by a group of friends who do not exercise at all. It will require a metric ton of discipline to keep going. The first day you don’t feel like getting up, your friends’ voices will be in your ear encouraging you to sleep in.
The opposite is true as well. If you have motivated friends, it becomes easier to motivate yourself too. You may all be striving for different goals or using your motivation in different ways, but there will be a mutual respect, understanding, and accountability.
Find friends who are fired up for life. Look for people who pursue their passions relentlessly. Those are the voices you need in the back of your mind on difficult days.
2) Draw Inspiration From…
What makes you feel motivated in a moment? Do you have a music playlist that fires you up? Are there go-to quotes that you keep in a journal to gain inspiration? What movies, books, or artwork make you feel indestructible as you move towards your goals?
Here’s the thing about drawing inspiration from a variety of sources. We do not typically do it on a regular basis. A quote pops up on our social media feed and we nod our head in agreement, feeling suddenly motivated… But then we forget about it.
Find the triggers that make you feel motivated. Then, spend time every single day looking at or listening to those motivation triggers. Make it a regular practice and ensure that it is intentional. No more hoping for random inspiration. Make it a daily routine and you will quickly see the benefits.
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3) Challenge Yourself
It is easy to motivate yourself for easy tasks. When something feels like a climb up a mountain, that’s a little different. You might feel like you need to psyche yourself up or get in the right frame of mind just to get started.
While most are waiting for the right moment, those who have mastered motivation have already started. What’s the difference? Challenging themselves is a regular practice.
Get used to being competitive with yourself. Push yourself and create challenges on a daily basis. As you stretch your limits, you will find it easier to stay motivated for any challenge, rather than having to get motivated for anything.
4) Motivate Others
Teaching is the best form of learning. Seriously, they’ve done studies on it:
You want to be more motivated, right? Here is a simple practice. Motivate others! Dedicate your time and energy to helping others stay motivated. Encourage them constantly. This practice will keep you sharp and create a positive impact on yourself, while impacting others.
5) Keep Healthy Habits
It is nearly impossible to stay motivated when you do not have the energy to do so. Let’s take our first example in this post of waking up at 5 A.M. to run and exercise. If you do not eat healthily and you skip out on sleep, that 5 A.M. run will feel like banging your head against a wall.
You will not feel motivated if you do not feel energized. Your lifestyle must align with that of a motivated individual for any of these tips to play a role in your life. Eat, sleep, and live with habits that fuel your success.
I hope this post gave you some motivation! Apply these tips and continue to work towards the life you want to live.
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