1. Focus on commitment, not motivation.
How committed to your goal are you? How important is it for you, and what are you willing to sacrifice to achieve it? If you find yourself fully committed, there will be motivation.
2. Seek knowledge, not results.
Focusing on the excitement of discovery, improvement, exploration, and experimentation will always fuel your motivation. If you focus solely on results, your motivation will be like the weather, the minute you hit a storm it will die. Focusing on the journey is the key, not the destination. Continue to think about what you are learning along the way and what you can improve.
3. Make the journey fun.
It’s a great game! The minute you make it serious, there’s a big chance it’s going to start carrying a heavy emotional weight and you’re going to lose perspective and get stuck again.
4. Get rid of stagnating thoughts.
Thoughts influence feelings and feelings to determine how you view your work. You have a lot of thoughts in your head, and you always have a choice of which ones to focus on: those that will make you emotionally stuck (fears, doubts) or those that will move you forward (excitement, experimenting, trying new things, stepping out of your comfort zone).
5. Use your imagination.
After getting rid of negative thoughts, the next step is to use your imagination. You are full of positive energy when things go well, and you need to be even more energetic when you are experiencing difficulties. Rename your situation. If you keep repeating I hate my work, what feelings will those words evoke? It’s an imagination matter! At the most boring job, you can always find something to learn from even the worst boss in the world. I have a great exercise for you: think and say only positive things for three days. See what’s going on.
6. Stop being nice to yourself.
Motivation means action and results are achieved through action. Your actions sometimes fail to deliver the results you want. So you’d rather be nice to yourself and not be in a difficult situation. You are waiting for the perfect timing, a chance, while you are driving into stagnation and sometimes even depression. Get out there, challenge yourself, even if you’re afraid, do something you want to do.
• Here’s how to stop being nice to yourself.
7. Get rid of distractions.
There will always be meaningless things and distractions in your way, especially those simple, usual things you prefer to do instead of focusing on new challenging and meaningful projects. Learn to focus on the most important thing. Write a list of time-wasters and be responsible for not doing them.
8. Don’t rely on others.
You should never expect others, not even your partner, friend or boss, to do it for you. All of them are busy with their own needs. No one is going to make you happy or attain your goals. Everything’s on you.
Know the three steps you have taken. You don’t have to have more. Complete your weekly calendar, and note when and how you are going to do what. It’s important to plan when – what – how. Review how you learned every day and review what you could do to improve.
10. Protect yourself from burnout.
When you’re very motivated, it’s easy to burn out. Watch to recognize any signs of fatigue and take time to rest. When you schedule relaxation and fun time in your weekly calendar, your body and mind will rest. Do a variety of tasks, keep switching between creative and logical things, physical and still things, working alone and with a team. Places to switch. Meditate, or just breathe deeply, close your eyes, or focus for five minutes on one thing.
Not because you’re lazy or you don’t have a goal, you lack motivation. Sometimes even the biggest stars, the richest entrepreneurs or the most accomplished athletes get lost. The curiosity about how much better or faster they can get is what makes them motivated. So be curious first and foremost, and that will lead you to your goals and success.