Ever wonder how the highly successful stay motivated? Let’s face it. To successfully accomplish each step towards your ultimate goal you must stay motivated each step of the way.
This means that you must consistently take positive actions towards manifesting what it is that is important to you; even when you face those necessary tasks that are required to supercharge your success even if you don’t like them.
“It’s not what you do once in a while that shapes your life, but what you do consistently.” Says success guru Tony Robbins.
How is it then that some people manage to stay motivated most of the time? Here are five ways to help you not only stay focused on what it is that you want to accomplish, but also stick it out until you savor the sweet taste of success.
Five Ways to Stay Motivated
1) Find the Ultimate Reward of Accomplishment. Anything you do, no matter how simple, has a number of rewards associated with it. Even those tasks that, at first sight do not seem to have any rewards attached to them, when taken apart and analyzed have something beneficial attached to them. You also have many tasks which don’t need any reasoning at all – you’ve been doing them for so long that they feel natural.
So what do you do if you’re ever stuck with some task you dislike and there seems to be no motivation to complete it whatsoever? You need to find the ultimate reward in doing it. At first they may not be obvious, but stick with it until you discover something that excites you. This will bring your motivation back and will help you finish the task.
Some ideas for what your ultimate reward can be:
- a material reward – quite often, you will get paid for doing something you normally don’t like doing at all
- personal gain – you will learn something new or will perhaps improve yourself in a certain way
- a feeling of accomplishment – at least you’ll be able to walk away feeling great about finding the motivation and courage to complete such a tedious task
- a step closer to your bigger goal – even the biggest accomplishments in history have started small and relied on simple and far less pleasant tasks than you might be working on. Every task you complete brings you closer to the ultimate goal, and acknowledging this always feels good.
2) Find Ways to Make it Fun. When it comes to motivation, your attitude is everything. Depending on how you choose look at the tasks before you, you create fun doing just about anything! Just look for ways of having fun, and you’ll find them!
A simple approach is to start working on any task from asking yourself a few questions:
How can I make this task fun? What can I do to make this task enjoyable for myself and possibly for others? How can I make this work the best part of my day?
The answers will pop up momentarily, as long as you learn to have the definite expectation of any task being potentially enjoyable. Most tasks have a great potential of being enjoyable, and so looking for ways to have fun while working is definitely a good habit to acquire.
3) Take A Different Approach. When something doesn’t feel right, take a moment and look at the whole task look at the task from a different angle.
You may be doing everything correctly and most efficiently, but that approach isn’t necessarily the most motivating one for you. Often you can find a number of obvious tweaks to your current approach which will both change your experience doing what you need to do, which will open up new possibilities for you the next time you need to do that task.
4) Monitor Your Progress. Everything task you do can be easily split into smaller parts and stages. For most goals, it is quite natural to split the process of accomplishing them into smaller tasks and milestones. There are a few reasons behind doing this, and one of them is tracking your progress.
To stay motivated, you need to monitor your progress each step of the way, instead of just tracking it. So what’s the difference between tracking your progress and monitoring it?
Tracking is merely taking a note of having reached a certain stage in your process. While monitoring your progress is to take time to look at the bigger picture and realize where exactly you are, as well as how much more you have left to do.
For example, if you’re going to read a book, always start by going through the contents table. Getting familiar with chapter titles and memorizing their total number will make it easier for you to recognize your progress as you read. Confirming how many pages your book has before starting it is also a good idea.
Tracking and monitoring your progress at regular intervals not only allows you to stay focused on your task, but to also know exactly where you are and how much more you need to accomplish before your are finished with that particular task. This gives you immediate feedback of your progress and more often than provides you with valuable momentum to keep going!
5) Reward Yourself. This is a no brainer, but sadly many people don’t do it. Take the time to regularly celebrate your progress no matter how small and reward yourself for it in some small way. This is one of the most powerful ways to stay motivated.
When it comes to rewards – decide ahead of time what you will reward yourself with once you complete each task – small and big. The possibilities are endless.
For small tasks I like to reward myself after each task I do – either with a small break, a cup of coffee, taking my dog for a walk, reading a chapter in a book, and most anything that I want to do.
For bigger tasks – like writing a book, or receiving a new coaching client, I like to celebrate with my husband over a bottle of champagne, or to treat our family to a nice meal.
You now have five very workable ways of keeping yourself motivated. Experiment with each method to see which one works best for you. Use them over and over, mix and match them, and watch how quickly your motivation soars. You will not only discover that you are accomplishing more, but that it is also more enjoyable!
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