Boosting your motivation skills becomes so important when you realize that life can be tough. This is especially true for any woman who is determined to live a better life of fulfillment and achievement. Probably the most important intrinsic factor responsible for rising above the many challenges you face is motivation.
Self-motivation is the chief among them.
Motivation is the one variable that allows you to push yourself when those around you give up on you or when you’re tempted to give up on yourself.
If you are currently experiencing a dry spell in the way of motivation or even if you have never thought of yourself as a driven individual, but would like to become one, this article is a must-read.
Here we will discuss 5 helpful ways that, in no particular order, are an effective way to enhance your overall motivation and drive to achieve the goals you have set for yourself!
I really need this today, so here we go!
Knowing Your Why Can Boost Motivation
While it may seem obvious, knowing your reasoning and passion behind anything you pursue is critical. When you first set out on a goal or achievement, your “why” for doing so typically starts out pretty clear. However, somewhere in the grind of working towards this goal, this foundation can quickly become obscured.
Make no mistake; any time you are tirelessly working towards something worthwhile, no matter how important, there WILL be days that you feel less motivated than others. Remaining conscientious of why you started in this first place serves as your second (or third, or fourth) wind to get back up and keep pushing.
Once you identify your “why” consider writing it out and placing it somewhere visible in your workspace. Being clear about your why and establishing a visual presence for it can boost your motivation and help you to stay on track.
Clarity of Direction Can Boost Your Motivation
Extreme motivation has a tendency to cause one to put their head down and work like a maniac. While there are times that this mindset is beneficial, some sense of clear direction must be maintained. Big goals rarely consist of point A and point B. Usually, big goals require checking in and reassessing along the way. This can be discouraging if you are unaware of the process.
It is important to have a general outline in mind of each specific step towards your destination. So yes, while keeping your nose to the grindstone is a must, looking up every now and then to adjust and begin the next phase of your blueprint is the only way to continue heading in the right direction! This process of awareness can keep you on the right track.
Celebrating Small Victories Can Boost Your Motivation
I mention the power of celebrating small victories along the way a lot and for good reason. It’s because we can be quick to celebrate others while being overly critical of ourselves. Sometimes we subconsciously feel that we don’t deserve to celebrate small victories because we haven’t hit our massive goal yet. This is a mistake that could be knawing away at your motivation.
No matter how much (or little) motivation you have towards a goal, failing to enjoy small successes in pursuit of the finish line is a sure-fire way to run out of gas before you get there.
While resting on your laurels and settling for less than what you want must be avoided, depriving yourself of fulfillment along the way is also detrimental. In pursuit of your goals, take some time to reward yourself when you accomplish one of the (often many) small steps to get there.
Adopt a You Versus You, Not You Versus Them Mindset
This is a step that almost all of us need to hear. Keep in mind that your goals are YOUR goals. Letting other people’s pursuits dictate what you strive for is a slippery slope. After all, you will never find the motivation required to achieve anything great without a personal conviction to do so. Whatever it is you want, the only comparison to be made is to the person you were the day before.
Controlled Tunnel Vision Can Boost Motivation
Consider this fact: usually that big goal or achievement you are after most likely involves only one facet of your life. Whether it is a career, athletic or personally oriented, the rest of your life is not going to stop while you go after it. It is inevitable that much of your motivation and energy are going to be focused on the biggest goal you are after.
However, I can assure you that your sense of fulfillment will be diminished when you reach the finish line and realize you have neglected every other aspect of who you are to get there.
Balance is always key to ultimately living a better life.
Don’t let the rest of your life fall to the wayside while you chase one dream!
Be smart and take the “total woman” approach to life. That is, you are not defined by just your job or business. Take lovely care of all the facets of your amazing life. Make sure health and self-care are a top priority as well as the significant relationships in your life. Taking this “total woman” approach will support you as you go for your dreams and will most definitely boost your motivation.
Be well + prosper,