For most people being successful is their ultimate goal in life, whether in wealth, in happiness or in family goals. Although there are numerous ways to achieve that, challenges (being a part of life) are always bound to occur, which may cause doubt or even stray us from our paths to success. However, being both psychology and physically prepared plays a major role in ensuring that we focus on the tasks at hand. Self-motivation, in particular, plays a very important psychological role in guaranteeing success. So, what exactly is its importance, and how do you get it to work for you?
Undoubtedly, you may have once or twice had a feeling of being discouraged to start a project or even see one to completion. During this phase, you felt like you had hit a brick wall and there was just no way on moving on. This is a classic case of lack of self-motivation. Self-motivation can be defined as the unseen force that pushes us on during hard times when all hope seems to be lost. It is categorized into two types: Intrinsic and Extrinsic. Intrinsic motivation focuses mainly on you getting satisfaction from performing a task whereas the extrinsic type is more reward oriented.
This force continually drives us to achieve our goals and become more productive in our everyday lives. Therefore, the main question is, how do you get to use this force to your advantage?
The first thing you need to do is find out what motivates you. For instance, if you are a student you may want to get better grades, or attain promotion at work if you are employed. Getting to know what motivates you is important in helping you create goals and focus on them. In relation to that, it is also crucial to create goals that are S.M.A.R.T, i.e. Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timed. Setting goals gives you perspective and helps you see that the struggle is totally worth it.
The next thing needed is creating the right environment. This means keeping the company of positive and motivated people, remaining positive yourself and placing objects that give you motivation close to you. Negative people not only bring down your spirit, they also can prevent you from attaining your goals in the long run. Additionally, getting to share your ideas with positive like-minded people helps broaden your horizons and provides you support when you most need it.
After you've created the ideal environment to live and work in, it's now time to pursue your goals. The trick lies in starting small and building gradually until you get to where you want to be. You have to realize that you'll face setbacks. So don't be afraid of making mistakes, learn from them and better yourself. When working on your goals, learn to keep track of your progress so that you get to see the positive aspects of your newly adopted behavior.
You should also learn to give yourself breaks and regular rewards. You're not a robot; therefore taking breaks should be a top priority for you. Furthermore, recent studies by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (N.H.L.B.I) showed that people who get a good-night's sleep and proper rest are more productive both at work and at school. In addition to getting better rest, learn to efficiently reward yourself. In short, learn to treat yourself when you've reached a milestone. This is sure to motivate you to seek further success.
After you've started achieving your goals, you are almost there. The next thing you need to do is to learn and dare to dream bigger. We all tend to get bored after doing the same thing over and over again; so adding more goals to your list surely spices it up. Additionally, aiming on different goals increases your knowledge on the different aspects of life and also makes you very versatile. However, this does not mean that you should completely derail from what you initially set to do. You should keep your priorities clear and focus on the end game.
Conclusively, when working on your motivation, also help others build theirs. Seeing other people grow and succeed from your help is as much satisfying as it is motivating. Additionally, if you feel that you're just not up to the task, don't be afraid to ask for help. It's healthy, so take control of your life right now. Motivate yourself and enjoy all that life has to offer.