It’s not problems that should push you in the back, it’s dreams that should push you forward. There should be no limits and no boundaries, change your course and your life will change. How do you motivate yourself to succeed? Technically, motivation doesn’t really exist. It’s a combination of a number of things, including some type of fear or intense desire. Motivation is essentially the right mindset. So in this article, we’re going to focus on three things: confidence, concentration and determination. So, let’s go!
1. Ways to Concentrate
1.1 Stop Being Afraid. We are all guilty in some way of thinking negatively instead of thinking constructively. We are busy thinking only about what we “don’t want.” That’s fine, but there’s not the push we need. That kind of thinking will keep you from doing what you truly want to do. It works in a different way. Thinking this way will just keep you lying on the couch doing nothing. Fear hurts us for two reasons: 1) it doesn’t motivate us. Negative purpose is not intended to improve your situation. Moreover, 2) it is draining and tiring. Living in fear sucks. It keeps us in a state of perpetual worry rather than action. There is no motivation where there is fatigue, exhaustion, and anxiety. These feelings are the enemies of motivation.
1.2 Set yourself a goal and develop a plan to achieve it. Now that you are thinking in a positive way, you should know what makes you think that way. Instead of thinking “I don’t want to be homeless, destitute, and living my life in a state of extreme poverty,” you should think “I want to achieve financial stability.” Excellent. Now, what is your plan for achieving that goal? Well, in this particular case, you should start by developing a plan for getting the income you need. This includes: planning a budget, perhaps enrolling in a course or institution of higher education, or expanding your business. You should develop specific steps toward your goal. Regardless of your goal, whether it is to lose weight, succeed in school, or achieve your dreams, you must figure out exactly what you want and how you plan to achieve it. If you really want it, you should have no trouble figuring it out.
1.3 Stop with just one thing. When you have a bunch of things on your to-do list, sometimes it gets difficult, and you end up with nothing better to do than to put the list aside and pick it up later. All you have to do is cut the list down to one item. That’s closer to reality now. Now you won’t be torn and can focus on the main goal. Scattered goals won’t get you any closer to accomplishing them. You won’t be able to focus if you’re not focused on a specific goal. Break it down as small parts as you can. If your goal is to get five years younger, attack it gradually. Start exercising, and let exercise become a habit. Then change your makeup style. Then update your closet. If you don’t break the goal down piece by piece, your brain will “wave a white flag” at you and you won’t know where to go or what to do.
1.4 Make it your pleasure. Go toward your goal with your back straight and your head held high. And let reluctance be a thing of the past. You can get rid of it, like a bad habit. So whether you’re saving up money for a new car or trying to lose a few pounds, you should do it with gusto. The more you enjoy it, the more you will do it. The more you do, the further you’ll get. The farther you get, the faster you will get to your goal. Where there is a desire, there will be a way. Do you hate jogging? No problem. Sign up for a kick-boxing class. You can lose weight that way, too. Not good at writing articles? Change to a topic you’ve eaten a dog on. Can’t save money to save your life? Change your environment. Your world is plastic. What you mold from it can change your motivation completely.
1.5 Read more about it. This may sound silly at first glance. How can reading about something you already think about all the time motivate you? But it works. After hearing other people’s success stories (especially when their words make it seem pretty easy) your brain starts thinking “hey! There’s no reason I can’t do this!”. Everything suddenly becomes logical. So close the page with “Classmates” and do something useful.
You may think that reading stories about people who have lost twenty-plus pounds will make you feel fat (for example), but whatever it is, you should feel inspired and be armed with relevant knowledge. You can learn from these people! And if their success doesn’t resonate with you, at least it can spark excitement in you.
1.6 Establish a system of rewards. Let’s be honest: You can’t get results fast. It will take years before your new business becomes profitable, it will take months before you lose one pound of weight, and it will actually take a lifetime to find harmony with yourself. This is inversely proportional to the desire for instant gratification. To overcome this harshness of life, establish a system of rewards. Life is certainly not going to do it for you, so you have to figure it out on your own. Reward yourself for both big and small accomplishments. At the same time, always strive with all your might to achieve more! Set checkpoints for yourself and reward yourself at each one. Lost one pound? Great! It’s worth the massage. Passed your last three exams with flying colors? Great! You can have a blast tonight! Finished writing the first half of your book? Great! Now it’s time to go shopping.
2.1 Let the glass always be half-full, not half-empty. When we think about what we want, the fact that we don’t want it is part and parcel of that thinking. This thought can easily turn into a hurricane of negativity and lead us down a path of self-pity, apathy, and eventually we realize that we are in a pit filled with our own tears and dissatisfaction. Don’t go down that road! Think about what you have and what you are grateful for. Only then can you make what you already have even better.
Make a list of 10 things you have accomplished that you are grateful for. Read it every day and add to it when something else comes to mind. Focus on your accomplishments, and it will instill in you a sense of self-confidence. If, when you look at your past accomplishments, you think “damn it, I can do it!”, achieving your goal will become even easier.
2.2 Understand why you need it. Suppose you want to be an actor. That’s great! But where would you start? You might be intimidated by the lack of direction. The dream is automatically crushed. When you know where to start, it will be much easier for you to get started on what you want to do. Dig into the sources. In the age of modern technology, the whole world fits in the palm of your hand. No excuses. Ask for advice from friends, acquaintances, or strangers on the street who look like they’ve already accomplished what you’d like to accomplish. Do your research online and find the best, most effective way to do what you need to do. Armed with knowledge you will feel more confident. This will take the anxiety and negative self-image out of your mind and instill a sense of confidence and fighting spirit.
2.3 Surround yourself with positivity. The world is full of skeptics. If you were to say, for example, “I’ll breathe all day tomorrow!” there was bound to be someone who would bet $10 that you wouldn’t do it. It’s best to avoid people like that. They are miserable and don’t deserve your attention. Okay, these people can be helpful in very, very, very small amounts. If you find yourself around this negative Vanya and you can’t avoid interacting with him, let him heat up your life. Let him burn you from the inside out until you decide to do exactly what he thinks is impossible. His challenge of your ability may lead to a build-up of the right amount of adrenaline and determination needed to get the job done. Maybe one day you can thank him! Heck, isn’t that what you both need.
2.4 Start small. With a goal of “becoming world famous,” or “losing five pounds by winter,” or even “mastering the clarinet game,” don’t expect to achieve it easily. Okay, maybe that sounds too much, but you get the point. By setting yourself an impossible goal, you’ll simply lose the hunt and put off achieving success indefinitely.
Instead of dreaming of world fame, losing a ton of weight, or mastering the clarinet, opt for a small but successful YouTube channel, losing 1 pound this month, or playing the classical part on the clarinet. All of these things will work toward basic goals, and they are doable. Doable is what you can stick to. Start small every morning. If you have a task list, it’s most helpful to start small. This will allow you to warm up before tackling the hardest tasks of the rest of the day. Getting started is really half the battle.
2.5 Use visualization. For a few minutes each day, visualize achieving your goal. Imagine that you have achieved what you wanted. Reaching or achieving, it doesn’t matter. How do you feel? For the first few minutes after the exercise, how do you feel? Use all of your senses. What do you taste, smell, see, hear, and feel internally? What is real life like? What adjectives can you use to describe this new life of yours? Work with the details to make the picture as clear as possible. Where are you? What are you doing? What are you wearing? What do you look like? Who is next to you?
3. How to Stick to the Direction
3.1 Maintain a sense of excitement. Things always lose their novelty once we get used to them. Once you get used to something, even the most magnificent thing, you stop noticing that it even exists. If you’ve been working toward your goal for some time, there’s a risk that you might get bored with it. NO! This is unacceptable. You must keep stimulating all your senses. Experiment with new means of reaching your goal. If your goal is to lose weight, start a new healthy habit. If your goal is to make a lot of money, try a new business strategy or a new budgeting system. Keep yourself in tone. Surround yourself with images. Constantly remind yourself of what might be a good way to stay in the game. Change your desktop screen saver to a series of motivational pictures. Leave notes for yourself in the most unexpected places. Remind yourself, “Oh yes, I’m doing this, and I’m going to get there.” It’s certainly something worth getting excited about.
3.2 Refine your plan. Your goals are set and you have what you’re going to achieve. But once you’ve stepped onto the path that leads to your amazing star peak, you’ve probably found that some of the things that you originally thought would help you get to that peak don’t work, or at least they take too long to justify. It’s time to analyze your results and make some adjustments. First, make a list of the things you do every day to reach your goal. Now determine which of those things are bearing the most fruit. Which ones have good intentions, but are unlikely to be realized in the long run? Once you have established what is better and what is worse, focus most of your attention on the highly productive activities, set them up to be even better. Instead of one difficult task, you now have several doable ones.
3.3 Let your environment know your intentions. It’s Monday morning and you’ve decided to give up coffee (Ha! Good). You decide to do it at 7:30 and here you are at 9:00 in the office working hard, as your employment contract suggests. No one will know about your failures but you, and you’ll forget about it at the first sip of coffee. What do you need to do? Tell all your coworkers about your intentions. By announcing to the world, “Hey, I’ll do it!” you will have to take responsibility for your words. Hopefully there will be a group of skeptical people around you that will make it even harder for you to give up. If your coworkers knew that you gave up coffee, they would start hiding coffee from you in the executive washroom. You can also use the Internet to do this. You probably interact with more people online more often than you do in real life, don’t you? Sadly, most of us do. Whatever you are trying to do, post the news on your Facebook wall, write about it on your blog, or tweet about it. Maybe with your decision, you’ll inspire someone else!
3.4 Don’t make a big deal out of it. You’ll find lots of articles about this on our website, as well as helpful information from all your friends and family. Don’t let failures stop you forever. They are inevitable and will happen from time to time. They overtake even the most successful people. In fact, probably even more often than other people. Edison didn’t fail, he just found 1,000 ways that don’t work. Remember this. Don’t follow the path of least resistance. Fail and forget yourself in self-pity is too easy a path. Get back in the saddle. Can’t? Well, when you fail, admit it. Allow yourself to be upset for 15 minutes and call it a day. Tomorrow will be a new day. Today’s failure has nothing to do with your tomorrow.
3.5 Find like-minded people. There are very few things in this world that you actually do alone. I bet you know a few people who could join you on your journey or at least support you from the outside. If you have people who understand how hard you are going through, you will feel less weight on your shoulders. It’s important to ask for help when you need it. It’s not a sign of weakness or naivety, it’s a sign of humanity. A strong support group is not only a source of information, but also common sense. These people will support you in difficult moments and supply you with information, ideas, and give you the right attitude that you couldn’t get otherwise. So look for like-minded friends, an online community, a local club or organization, and start building your motivational community.
3.6 Outline your progress. People have a natural need for specific conditions. Do you know how many people hate abstract art? It’s just hard to understand. So, when you’re on your way to the top, make things as tangible as possible. Keep track of your progress so that you can always stop and see what your results are. Now that’s motivation!
Keep a journal devoted to this task. Write down your responsibilities each day and note what was done so you can see if you’ve reached your mini-goal. Carry it with you everywhere you go! Tips for motivation Don’t use the internet in the morning. You may end up going from one website to another. This can reduce your motivation. Do the first most important thing of the day right after you wake up. If you work online, it’s important to start with the most important tasks right away, instead of engaging in website visits, reading the news, etc. Don’t do that, start immediately. Develop a regimen. Create a list of daily tasks that you should do from the moment you wake up with an exact time. Follow this plan for at least a few weeks to get into a rut and build momentum and motivation. Get rid of anything that can distract you and interfere with your motivation. Know your reasons in person. Write down why you want to achieve your goal. This will give you an extra boost of energy. Think about a time when you motivated yourself and find the benefits. Focus. Apply time management techniques. If you can organize your time and work on something that allows you to build motivation and do something that gets you closer to your goal, you will actually go far. Use the Internet to find answers to your problems. Type a basic word into a search engine and read as much as you can read. Reading articles will give you ideas and energize you to solve the problem. Consult a doctor if the lack of motivation is paired with depression, loneliness, bouts of crying or suicidal thoughts. Clinical depression is a serious condition that results from the release of chemicals in the brain that literally throws it out of balance. Clinical depression is treatable; in most cases, it will not haunt you for life. It is your life; be careful with it. Seeing a doctor can cost money, but it can also prove invaluable when it comes to talking to a professional and getting real help.