How To Get Motivated
The essence of success in life is to get enough motivation
to do something. We don't get rewarded for good intentions,
knowledge or just for great ideas. If that were the case then
the most successful people would be philosophers and professors.
While we all need good intentions, knowledge and ideas they
just ain't enough unless you are motivated enough to do something
about them. There is power in action otherwise it is just
a dream. So if you want to get more motivation in your life
here are some tips to help you get started.
1. Get a big enough Why. We all do things for a reason,
whether it is through inaction or action they are all a choice.
Unless we have a big enough reason "Why" we need to take action
then there is just too much momentum to keep on doing what
you always have been doing. A great way to get a big enough
"why" to take action is doing a writing exercise where you
spend some time to write out all the benefits you are going
to get if you take action. Picture what your life would be
like if you were to take action today. Then write out what
your life would be like if you didn't take action, what would
you miss out on and what would you lose. By giving yourself
enough reasons to take action you will also give yourself
the conviction to get motivated.
2. Get started today. A common problem why people have
difficulty to get motivated is that they always postpone what
they need to do today till tomorrow. Have you ever heard someone
who is all excited about changing their diet and introducing
an exercise regime so that they can lose weight. Only to hear
at the end of the conversation that they will start it first
thing Monday morning. The best time to start something is
yesterday. The second best time is today. Stop putting off
what you need to do until sometime in the future because the
future never comes, you only have control over your present.
3. Be accountable. A great way to get motivated to
take action is to tell someone what you want to do or change
in your life. Tell them the details and when you will actually
do it by. That way you now have someone who knows about your
plans and deadlines. We all don't want to disappoint people
in our lives so this is a great way to get motivated to get
4. Set a deadline. Deadlines are a great way to get
you motivated especially when it starts to loom closer and
closer. We have all gone through those times during school
when you had to do an assignment only to put it off until
the deadline drew closer. Eventually we ended up cramming
to finish it till the wee hours of the morning prior to it
being due. Deadlines can get you motivated when nothing else
seems to work. Of course this is not the ideal way to get
yourself motivated but if it gets you doing or taking action
it is better than nothing.
5. Create urgency. The reason most people aren't motivated
to make changes in their life is because there just isn't
enough urgency in their life. They have a false sense of belief
that tomorrow will always be waiting to get started. It wasn't
until the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center in
New York did many people wake up and realize that there just
isn't any guarantee that tomorrow is going to come for them.
Many people got enough of a shot to take action and reviewed
their lives. Many ended up motivated enough to drastically
change many areas of their lives and put a sense of balance
into their world.
At the end of the day you can't rely on someone else to get
you motivated. They might produce short term results but in
the long term the only person that can give you the motivation
you need is yourself.
Terence Young - For more personal growth articles
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