“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.” ― Roy T. Bennett
Motivation is a powerful tool and when armed with it, one can move mountains. But it is a tricky tool. Sometimes, we find ourselves easily motivated in a whirlwind of excitement.
Other times we absolutely have no clue on how to get motivated and instead keep sinking into the quicksand of procrastination.
It is normal for everyone to lose motivation and it can happen to the most motivated among us. This can happen due to burnout, depression, or exhaustion and we lose the enthusiasm we once had.
It might seem impossible to get motivated again and the sentiment occurs globally. However, there is hope for there are many ways one can find motivation even when they don’t want to do anything.
Motivation is a huge force in our lives. We need to harness it in order to excel and enjoy whatever we do in our daily life.
There are two types of people, the first has been doing the same thing for years and seems to not have any problem staying stagnant.
Meanwhile, the second type of people are focused on goals and positivity. They constantly keep pushing themselves to greater heights. This constant progress towards something improves and enhances their lives.
So what is the difference between the two types of people? The latter has motivation while the prior doesn’t. Having or lacking this force decides if we shall cross over hurdles in our lives and progress or not.
Without motivation, we’ll likely give up within a few failed attempts or even on the first tough challenge. This leaves us where we are, unhappy.
And not doing anything to progress or change the situation acts as a double whammy. So what is motivation?
Scientifically, motivation is your general willingness to do something. It is a group of psychological forces that compel you to take action. In other words, motivation is the drive to fulfill your goals and needs.
The goals in question don’t need to be elaborate like winning an Oscar or becoming a billionaire. It can be as simple as learning a new language or making that sales call despite the feeling of uncertainty.
Motivation is agreeing to pay the price to achieve what one desires. Lack of motivation is easy but there are times when you’ll feel the pain of not doing it becomes greater than the pain of doing it.
Sometimes it is just easier to change than to continue remaining the same. For example, it is better to prose and get rejected than to have never proposed and spend an entirety in regret.
Knowing that every choice has a price is not enough. We also need to be motivated for it then becomes easier to bear the inconvenience than to remain stuck in pain.
We might choose to procrastinate but eventually, we cross a mental threshold where not doing the work is more painful than doing it, especially with a deadline staring in our face.
It is worth noting that motivation is often the result of action rather than the cause of it. Surprisingly, motivation comes not before, but after starting a new behavior.
It is a misconception to believe that motivation comes as a result of watching a motivational video or reading an inspirational book.
However, it is the other way round. It is an action that builds up momentum. Motivation is similar to Newton’s First Law of motion which stated that objects in motion tend to stay in motion. In other words, it is easier to carry forward with a task only after it has begun.
Some of The Ways You Can Get Yourself Motivated
1. Just Start
Don’t wait for a reason or some omen to start something new. Just start. It is always better to start and face challenges rationally as they come than to not start, think emotionally and attach negative feelings to them.
Take Mark Twain’s advice who said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”
2. Achieve Success in Small Steps
This is not just found ground-breaking advice. This is a very potent, easy-to-use tactic that helps us remain motivated.
“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together,” pointed out the great artist Vincent Van Gogh.
3. Hold on To Positivity
It is almost impossible to get motivated if you are looking at the situation from a negative POV.
Meanwhile, a positive “Can Do” attitude will keep you energized and motivated. This is how soldiers earn the highest and most prestigious military decoration.