The Art of Self Motivation: 7 Ways to Keep the Positive Energies Flowing
We all have days when it is an absolute struggle just to get out of bed. We wish we can simply sleep all day. We desperately need to find some form of motivation, some reason to face the day ahead. At work we sometimes find ourselves pushing aside particular tasks. Somehow we cannot get ourselves to do them and we keep finding other things to work on, waiting for that elusive mood to come to us in order to get things moving along. Even relationships sometimes suffer from periods when either or both parties may be experiencing individual problems that keep them from nurturing their connection to their partner.
Whatever our personal situations, we all have experienced periods when nothing seems to be working the way we want them to and we lose our momentum, we lose our drive to keep going. Negativity starts to creep in and if we donít do anything about it, we might end up in a personal or professional rut. The key is to find effective ways to motivate ourselves whenever we feel we are on that downward spiral.
Different things work for different people. The tips below should apply to most situations and each may work by themselves or in combination with the others:
Making a list in itself is very methodical and will somehow keep you from over-thinking or over-analyzing whatever it is that may be causing your lethargy, if at all you know. The very act of sitting down and forcing your brain to get organized may be all that you need to spur you on.
- Make a list.
If you list down the things you need to do for the day, being able to tick them off one by one as the day progresses should be enough motivation to keep you focused. If you make a list of your long-term life goals, be sure to display it prominently around the house or near your desk at work to serve as your motivation every time you feel you are losing steam again.
This may be easier said than done especially during emotionally-charged times but positivity is a state of mind that you can train yourself to be in. There are simple things that can help you achieve positivity like being in the company of the people who mean the most to you; or listening to your favorite inspirational songs; or treating yourself to a few hours in a spa; or helping out someone in need; or taking a short leisurely walk in the park; or even just putting your feet up and taking a nice 5-minute break. You may be surprised at how re-charged you will feel, ready once again to take on the dayís challenges.
- Stay in a positive frame of mind.
Surround yourself with photographs of the reason(s) why youíre walking the path youíre currently on. If your lifeís dream is to be able to earn that college degree and you have to take night classes after a long day at work, you may need to look at a photograph of yourself in graduation robes to keep yourself motivated during days when you are too tired and want to give up. Some visual stimulation will help wipe away the tiredness from your bones.
- Visual Stimulation
Every once in a while check how far along youíve come and give yourself a pat on the back. Seeing your progress is as good a motivation as actually reaching your goal. Every small milestone needs to be celebrated. Realize that they all bring you closer and closer to your ultimate goal, whatever it may be.
- Track your progress.
With proper motivation, every person has the ability to make their dreams come true. Motivation can come from external influences like oneís family and friends or even material rewards. It can also come from within, from a personís very own will to succeed. This inner strength can sometimes fade into near insignificance amidst the many struggles that a person faces each day. Firm believers in this inherent human trait have found ways to harness it thru the use of motivational jewelry that a person can wear at all times. These inspirational jewelry are often made with ancient symbols and are powerful reminders of a personís connection to his environment and his own spirituality that makes it possible to achieve his most fervent goals.
- Harness your inner strength and determination to succeed.
Never forget what might happen if you donít finish what youíve started. Fear is an effective motivational agent to keep you from giving up. Fear of failure galvanizes people to do their very best and makes them extra careful with every step.
- Make fear work for you.
Not wanting to disappoint the people with whom youíve shared your life goals is a powerful motivation for you to keep on striving for success. It is not easy to give up on your dreams after you have announced it to others, especially those whose opinion you hold in high esteem.
- Share your dreams with people you respect.
During those times when it seems hard to take the next step, remember that self-motivation is a personal decision and that none of the tips listed above will work if you donít first decide to help yourself.