Do you need a booster shot of motivation? Here are thirteen ways that I find helpful 🙂
1) Reward yourself for reaching specific goals.
Give yourself something to look forward to! It could be something as simple as a new shirt or as elaborate as a trip to Asia. Maybe you’ll give yourself a quick TV break if you’re able to get your household chores completed by a specific time. There are no strict rules here. It’s on you to set goals and reward yourself accordingly.
2) Visualize your win.
Define your win and then see yourself being successful. Use your eyes of faith to imagine how great it feels. If you expect to feel good about completing something, you’ll be more likely to do it.
3) List the advantages.
What are the advantages of getting your task completed or reaching a particular goal?
What benefits do you receive? Try using logic to your advantage.
Remind yourself of what you’re getting out of the deal.
4) List the disadvantages.
Its the pros versus the cons. Use pain to your advantage.
What are the penalties of not getting your task done?
What are the negative consequences?
You can gain a lot of motivation by recognizing the advantages and disadvantages of taking, or not taking, an action.
5) Remind yourself of how successful you’ve been in the past.
Remember David and Goliath? Before David fought Goliath, he remembered his wins over a bear and a lion. Remembering his past wins helped him gain confidence that he can take on this giant and be successful in the fight.
If you lack motivation, because you doubt yourself, remember how well you’ve done before.
6) Just get started, and the motivation will come.
Sometimes you need to get to work, and then the motivation will show up. Get started and see what happens!
7) Watch an inspiring video.
It’s easy to fall into the Youtube rabbit holes, but watching some inspirational videos might be something to consider. Make a playlist of all the videos that inspire you!
8) Listen to an inspiring song.
Put on some music that inspires you to get things done! I love praise and worship music. Some songs get me energized so when I need a boost; I go to that playlist.
9) Read inspiring quotes or books.
I love quotes! Inspirational quotes or maybe a chapter of an inspirational book may be what you need to reignite your fire. The Book of Proverbs is always great!
10) Declutter your work area.
It can be hard to feel motivated when you’re trying to work in a cluttered area. My wife came to my office to help me declutter and rearrange the furniture to create a better atmosphere and work environment.
Spend a few minutes and tidy up. Focus! You don’t need to clean the refrigerator to get work done at your desk.
11) Focus on just a few tasks each day.
Shorten your to-do list, and you’ll feel less overwhelmed. Overwhelm tends to decrease motivation.
12. Avoid worrying about the things that don’t matter.
Keep your mind on the things that matter, and you’ll better preserve your motivated mindset. There aren’t that many things you need to do each day that are crucial.
13. Set very short-term goals.
Very short-term can mean a week or 10 minutes. Whatever works for you is acceptable. See how much you can get done in the next 15 minutes. If you do this enough times each day, you’ll be amazed at how much work you can get done.
Motivation is the juice that allows us to get things accomplished. Knowing how to generate it at will is a powerful skill. I hope these tips help 🙂