We all need a little motivation every now an again, over the course of our lives. Some of us are lucky to always receive the motivation they need from their loved ones who form their support system; the rest of us are not so lucky. We need to source our motivation manually.
Motivation is the basically the “pull that launches one into action”. We could need that pull for anything from starting a new weight-loss journey to resuscitating that lost passion for reading. It could serve for new projects or even to stay consistent on already embarked on. Like I already mentioned, sometimes we need to find this motivation ourselves.
Charity, they say, begins at home. It should, therefore, come as no surprise to you that the first place you should have to seek motivation should be within yourself. There are many ways to do this. Below are some of them.
1. Reminding yourself why you started in the first place. This is usually for projects or actions you have already been doing for a while, but for some reason, you feel your motivation slipping.
2. Pep talk yourself. Sometimes, we need to be our own life coach, and give ourselves that little pep talk that we need.
3. Practice some positive mantras that will help you stay motivated through out the day e.g smiling, self affirmations, etc
4. Be generous with your self-confidence boosters. Everyone has different self-confidence boosters. For some people, it’s their power underwear, for others, it is a particular suit, for others still, it is prayer.
5. Meditate before starting your day. This makes all the difference. Meditating for a while in beautiful serene silence before starting your day has proven to be one of the secrets of very successful people. External silence is key in other to attain this internal calmness. For ome people, this meditation moment is their morning prayer.
6. Prayer. This is one that most people sleep on. Prayer boosts your motivation level more than many things can. This is because prayer exercises three virtues that help keep your endorphins soaring: faith, hope and charity. With faith, you believe you can conquer; with hope, you know it can only get better; with charity, you’re happier and these are key in keeping you motivated.
7. Exercising your body. Yes! We all know how much of an energy booster exercising is. It helps elevate your mood and confidence as well. It is easier to stay motivated when your confidence is at its peek.
8. Social media. Yes! As weird as this sounds, it works. Looking at some posts of people who we admire online that seem to have attained similar goals as ours can help pull you back on your feet or push you to begin.
9. Speaking to your ride or die. We all have that one person that rides for us no matter what. That person or those people that reminds you of your abilities when you seem to have forgotten them. They are usually family, spouses or partners, or close friends, and always one’s biggest cheerleader. And most importantly, they are usually, at worst, just a phone call away. Speaking to them always has a way of pulling us back into that state of motivation we need. It is always such a beautiful experience.
10. Asking for help. A lot of people find it hard to do this. I confess that I am one of those. But to be honest, a lot of the time, what stops us from asking for help is pride. When you’re stuck on a project, or feel stuck in life in general, getting the help you need (professional or not) can help you back on the right course.
Finding motivation isn’t as easy as it sounds and is not always consistent, as there will be days when even the will to live will be difficult to muster. On days like this, the other tips will come in handy.
It must also be stated that there are some negative things and thoughts which could seem to propel us forward towards our goals or project, however, it is best to cut ties with these or to stay as far away from them as you possibly can. They include thoughts like: the possibility of a financial rot, possibility of impending failure, loss of some amenities, anger, jealousy, etc. even though these would seem to get you going in the short run, they have side effects that may be more long lasting, like: undue pressure, stress, high blood pressure, low self-esteem, bitterness, etc.
I do hope you found this article very helpful. And always remember, even the best of us need motivation every now and again, and there is no shame in asking for help when we can’t seem to pick ourselves up.