Good Morning Everyone,
Self-motivation is a key skill in life that can improve several aspects of our professional and personal-life. Now, everyone is different and I am not going to tell you this blog will help you change your outlook on life or improve your money flow. What I can tell you, is this was the way I was able to go from couch-dwelling video-gamer (nothing against them) to a fully involved, self-motivated father who works out regularly. Think this sounds like I changed overnight, I did not.
Improving your self motivation takes time, and effort. It also takes a lot of stumbles and even backtracking. Without further explanation, let me dive right in. Changing your motivation level has several important things that lend to your ability to get up and do it. First and most importantly is, work on your procrastination. Make a dedication to stop telling yourself “I’ll do it later”. This is a huge killer of motivation because you always think something is not important enough to do right this second.
The way to do this is by taking on those tasks you keep putting off now, instead of later. For example, if you are thinking how you should maybe wipe that dirty television of yours down because it looks so nasty, just get up and do it really quick. Do this type of thing in small steps over a long period of time. By doing this you are kind of tricking yourself into reducing your procrastination and increasingly doing what you need done.
The next important factor to your self-motivation training is to make small changes. Do not try to just change everything all at once. This will just put you back into your same old routine of putting things off and sleeping until 3pm when you have already missed out on that big interview. Instead, focus on small changes in your routine, if you get up at 3pm and you wish you were able to get up at 5am like the rest of the world. Try setting your alarm for 15 minutes earlier. Don’t use an alarm? Try setting one.
Making small changes will make it easier to turn things into a habit which will aid you in your quest for responsibility. The reason I think doing this works is you’re tricking your brain into accepting the new routine instead of hating all the changes. No one likes to change everything all at once and will reject the idea and find excuses if they are able. This brings me to my next point, refrain from finding an excuse not to do something.
The more you justify all the reasons you have not to do something, the more likely it is you will not do it. For example, we all want to lose that little extra belly fat. If you tell yourself that you don’t have that much belly fat, pretty soon you are going to be 5’9″ and 210 and struggling to put on your socks in the morning. I myself was a big example in this area. Instead of giving yourself reasons you are “Ok” not to do something, try thinking of the reasons you should do it.
This last one I think is the biggest way I was able to improve my motivation and in the long-run, turned out to be very important. Find what motivates you. The more you find to motivate you, the more effective the motivation will be. I myself had to find some pretty big things to motivate myself. In my case, after I became a father I wanted to show my daughter what she can do in life. To add to that, I did not want to be fat, uneducated, sleeping until 3pm, playing video games all day while my wife took care of everything around the house and decided to leave me.
Finding your motivation will probably be wildly different from the things that motivated me. You could be stuck in a dead-end job not sure where your life is going and just wanting things to improve. Motivation can literally be anything, just find something that inspires you to improve and keep adding to that. The more you add to that inspiration to change the more likely it is you will succeed in your endeavors.
If you liked this post please like, share, follow, and comment your thoughts on this topic. I would love to hear from all of you to see your thoughts and maybe find out your motivation. Good luck in the things you want in life and I will post another helpful bit of information next week. Have a great week everyone!