Why is it that motivating others is easy, but we struggle to motivate ourselves?
It often seems that there’s always another task that needs to be done, another deadline that needs to be met.
Yet, we need to learn how to take the time to show ourselves that we’re strong and hard-working. One of the secrets of self-motivation is to get our internal gears turning the right way so that we recognize our worth and value.
Everyone has goals they’re working towards. Yet, the degree of self-motivation we allow ourselves determines how hard we’re willing to work to achieve the desired result.
So, in a nutshell, with self-motivation, anything is possible. But, on the other hand, if it’s lacking in someone’s life, then life goals become of little significance.
To always encourage yourself to do better and be better, you need to show yourself kindness and motivation. Without them, you’ll achieve very little in life. To help you get inspired, we rounded up the five secrets to self-motivation.
1. Be Confident
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – A. A. Milne
Having the confidence to stand up for your beliefs and dreams is one of the most critical aspects of self-motivation. Yet, it can get difficult mustering up confidence when your brain is wired to shy away from a challenge.
To rewire your thoughts and build up your confidence, get a pen and paper. First, write down 3–4 of your achievements just to remind yourself of how much potential you have.
Then, make a habit of writing one thing you achieved each day. Little by little, that page will turn into two, then five, then a dozen—all the while creating a momentum that feeds on your self-confidence and assurance.
2. Track Your Progress
“Talk to yourself about your successes; be sure you’re recognizing your own accomplishments, no matter how small they may be.” – Rhett Power
Now that you’ve started writing down your daily achievements, even if it’s just watering the plants, it’s important to keep track of how far you’ve come.
You can use something as simple as a to-do list where you cross each task as you get each one done. Or, if you want to be more general, just cross off the whole day.
There are also numerous apps and software tools that help you create a personalized digital task board. This makes it easier to customize goals on a smaller scale, as well as all the way to the more time-consuming monthly and yearly goals.
As a result, you hold yourself accountable. Plus, you wake up each day knowing exactly what you’re supposed to do, giving your life purpose and meaning.
3. Maintain A Positive Outlook
“There’s a direct correlation between positive energy and positive results.” – Joe Rogan
Maintaining a positive mindset can go a long way in boosting your self-motivation. It’s also a great tool to have when things don’t go as planned.
That’s when having those positive thoughts and outlook can help you see things from a different perspective.
When your brain expects positive results, your choices will be geared towards the more positive. You’ll also be less likely to blame others for the unexpected things that pop up in your life.
To do this, you need to be aware of your negative thought patterns. Then, each time you feel some negative thoughts starting to pop up, replace them with positive ones immediately.
Another way to achieve this is by repeating positive affirmations in the morning to boost your motivation and confidence as you start your day.
4. Set Realistic Goals
“It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach.” – Benjamin E. Mays
Goal setting gives your life a sense of direction, like a promise you make to yourself, then do your best to keep it.
For example, it could be something as simple as cutting back on sugar for a whole week. Or, maybe something a bit more consuming, like working out each day for a month.
Whether it’s work, family, or something personal, the best way to set goals is to break them up into measurable tasks.
This can be monthly, weekly, daily, or even by the hour—whatever works for you.
Another tip is to make the goal just challenging enough to pique your interest. Yet, it shouldn’t be too complex that you give up easily.
5. Surround Yourself with Supportive People
“Anything is possible when you have the right people there to support you.” – Misty Copeland
Having positive people who help you achieve your potential is a great way to increase your self-esteem. In return, this gives your internal motivation a nice boost.
They’re also great for holding you accountable. They keep you pushing forward even when you don’t feel like getting out of bed.
The best thing is that it works both ways, which only works to strengthen your relationship. Plus, no one wants to let down that person who’s always there for them through the good days and the bad.
Stay positive – cheers – John – your Active Ageing Mentor and Coach.
P.S. Here is a book that will go a long way to helping you build your own system for getting 1% better every day and design your environment to make success easier. Atomic Habits – it is a “must read” book that I highly recommend.