HOW TO STAY MOTIVATED
To become successful in the gym, at work or as an entrepreneur, staying motivated is important. But this isn’t always an easy task, luckily there are many ways to improve motivation and build good habits.
One of the most important things to do if you’re not motivated is to change the way you see the task. We often think of reward or punishment as motivators but often that doesn’t help, it’s better to make the task itself rewarding. This can be done many ways.
Choose to do the work.
People who quit smoking have a better success rate if they do it for themselves rather than quitting because someone else told them to. So make the decision to do things because you want to, not because you have to. If you do something just to get a reward, you can easily start thinking of work as this negative thing you have to push trough in order to get what you want. This even applies to things you actually enjoy doing. So it’s better to make the task your mission instead of the reward, this way the work becomes something you WANT to do. Another way to do this is to try learning something new, maybe do it a new way or try to do it better. This way your goal is to improve yourself instead of just doing the job, which also gets it done in an effective way.
This is probably my favorite piece of advice, and there’s a reason for it. Setting goals creates a clear vision on what you want to accomplish. It makes it easy to track progress and to stay motivated. A great way to procrastinate less is to divide big goals into smaller achievable goals.
Set S.M.A.R.T goals, Small, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound. I’ll go more in-depth on this in an article on procrastination, but the smaller goals are easier to achieve and it makes it easy to track progress.
If you’re going to do something that takes a lot of time it’s okay to schedule a break. When you do this it’s easier to stay focused before the break and it’s easier to continue working after. And since it helps reduce distractions and keeps you motivated, you don’t have to feel bad for taking a break.
Everything around you influences your motivation, from the people you hang with to the videos you watch on YouTube. If you surround yourself with high achievers you’ll be more motivated yourself, unfortunately this goes both ways so if you are surrounded with negative people they’ll have a negative effect on you.
If I’d share a kitchen with a friend who doesn’t care about fitness, I’d probably eat differently than if that friend was someone who counted macros. This might even occur subconsciously.
Watching high achievers on YouTube, reading book or talking to them on the phone can also work wonders for your motivation. So if you know someone who sets big goals talking to them might boost your motivation.
Willpower can be trained and should be prioritized.
An average person makes about 35 000 decisions per day.
Studies have shown that making hard decisions become even harder later in the day, so due to decision fatigue you should start with the most important decisions. The good thing is: willpower can be trained. As you make more decisions and push yourself it becomes easier to do just that. Setting goals is a good way to fight decision fatigue, another good way to improve is to plan your days.
As you keep doing new things and form good habits all of this becomes easier. If you skip the gym one day you shouldn’t let that bring you down, habits take a long time to form and failing one day does not affect the time it takes. So just stay consistent and measure improvement and I guarantee you’ll see results no matter what you want to achieve.
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