Many of us experience motivational slumps that require effort to overcome. Sometimes it feels like a never-ending cycle in which we are motivated for a while, then fall out and have to rebuild.
Nothing beats a positive attitude when it comes to self-motivation. You cannot choose or control your circumstances, but you can choose how you respond to them.
The way I see this working is that as you develop these mental steps and use them on a regular basis, self-motivation will come naturally when you need it.
For me, the most important step is to complete the Share With Others step. When you help others who are in need, it can be addictive and self-motivating.
Here’s a new list of ways to motivate yourself:
1. Begin with the basics
Keep motivators in your work area – items that give you that initial spark to get started. These motivators will serve as Triggers, reminding you to get started.
2. Maintain Good Company
Make more regular contact with people who are upbeat and motivated. This could be as simple as IM chats with peers or a quick conversation with a friend who enjoys exchanging ideas.
People who are positive and motivated are very different from those who are negative. During difficult times, they will assist you in growing and seeing opportunities.
3. Continue to Learn
Read as much as you can and try to absorb as much as you can. The more you learn, the more confident you will be in beginning projects.
4. Look for the Good in Everything
When confronted with obstacles or difficult goals, you should develop the habit of figuring out how to overcome them.
5. Put your thoughts aside
Just do it. If you lack motivation for a particular project, try starting something else. Start with something minor, and you’ll gain momentum to move on to the more important stuff.
6. Get to Know Yourself
Keep track of when your motivation is lacking and when you feel like a rock star. There will be a pattern that, once recognized, you will be able to work around and develop.
7. Monitor Your Progress
For ongoing projects, keep a tally or a progress bar. When you see something growing, you are compelled to nurture it.
8. Assist Others
Share your thoughts and assist your friends in becoming more motivated. Seeing others succeed will motivate you to succeed as well. Write about your success and solicit reader feedback.
Are there too many steps?
If you could only take one step, what would it be? Do it!
When you begin working on anything, you nearly usually jump right in and keep going. There may be moments when you feel forced to do things you don’t want to do; this is when the other phases and suggestions from other writers will come in handy.
The most crucial part, however, and one that I believe is worth emphasizing, is to begin.