Just as willpower is an essential factor in achieving success, at
some point in time, discouragement and lack of motivation may
hinder you from reaching your objective. And it is up to you, and
you alone to devise techniques that will help you keep that drive
It is helpful to have visual goals. whatsoever that is you are working
towards, make it visual. It maybe something material like a car, or
a vacation you have been looking forward to for the longest time.
Take or cut out a picture of it and post it at a conspicuous place at
work or at home where you can see it often. So that when you feel
discouraged, this will remind you of your goal and will help you
keep your spotlight.
Make a contract with oneself. According to motivational researches
people who write down to-do-lists are far more triumphant in achieving
their intended goals than those people who just keep mental lists instead.
Putting something in writing somehow makes it more powerful psychologically
speaking. This may also be the basis why most cultures have such a high
regard in honoring contracts. In the contract, you may also include a certain
reward that you will give yourself once you have accomplished the task.
After all, everyone likes to be rewarded for completing a good job. Even a
simple pat on the back, “good job”, or “thank you” may do the trick to give
the person the additional push to carry on, but unfortunately, these may
not always be readily available. Considering that these are also essential
in keeping oneself motivated, you must learn to find a way to get that
encouragement on your own through pleasing yourself.
Abusive people lower your self-esteem and bring you down. Get these negative
people out of your life. Surround yourself with positive people. Imitate their
example. Smile amply and think happy thoughts.
These will give you a brighter outlook and lets you see a clearer picture
of what you really want and a fresh mind to know what steps to take to get
there. Rather than wait for things to happen, try to be proactive and MAKE
THINGS HAPPEN. Inactivity idles the brain and stagnates your potential to
reach your goals.
Read inspirational books and literature. These will help you improve your
attitude and heal your mind. A book of success stories also proves to be
encouraging. You will not only learn from others’ experiences and derive
confidence boosting insights from them but the story will be instrumental
in motivating you to go for your goal and move ahead with your plans. If
this still seems to falter, get training or education.
Oftentimes, not knowing how or where to start is frustrating. Knowledge is
power. Having a clear understanding of how and where to start is empowering
and it will provide the extra drive needed to hit the mark you are aiming
at and follow it through.
Having enumerated all these tips and tricks to attain self-motivation, but still
you seem to feel lacking that much needed drive, there is one last thing that you must try.
Whatever it is that you have been meaning to do, or wanting to achieve, JUST DO IT!
Keep on aiming high and go for it! Actually getting your hands dirty best solves the
problem of motivation. By “forcing” yourself to just do it, your momentum will pick
up gradually as you go along and before you know it you have finished the task or have
finally achieved your goal. Divide and conquer is the key.
Break down the apparently unattainable activity to small doable steps. Not only does
it become less overwhelming, but seeing the “in the meantime” results will further your
confidence that it can indeed be done.
Lack of motivation happens to us all, but if you do not encourage yourself to accept
opportunities and be challenged, no one else will. It is most important to keep your
eye on the goal, find ways to keep going, and in no time, you shall reap its benefits.
And if at the beginning you were just doing it for the material reward, you will also
learn to realize that the fulfillment, satisfaction and self-achievement you derive
from reaching your goal is a much enjoyable high that will keep the drive within constantly burning.