Motivation is the spark that gets a person burning. You need the motivation to start and finish the missions you need to accomplish. You need it to materialize your dreams and visions. It is not only important for individuals but it is also vital for organizations and businesses.
There are days when you are strongly driven. But there are also those days when you don’t feel like doing anything. You need to be consistent with your work if you want to be successful. You must not allow your feelings to get in your way of getting things done. Even the most productive people experience those lazy moods, but they found a way to get on top of their emotions.
Zig Ziglar said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” Get your daily dose of motivation by following the tips below.
- Start your day with a “why” in mind.
The moment you open your eyes, reflect on the reason why you do the things that you do. Thinking about the people you want to help, the vision you want to achieve or the change you want to see is an inspiring way to start your day. It will condition your mind, heart, and body to face the day and get things done.
If you do not have your “big why” yet, better start making one. This has to be beyond money. The truly victorious individuals have compelling visions which are beyond themselves. Think of your life mission, a mission that will motivate you every day to get up and make it happen.
Write down your life’s vision and mission and review them every morning. Create a visual representation of your dreams and put it somewhere you can see often. You can have it as your computer’s screen saver or phone’s screensaver. When you feel your motivation getting low, look at it to remind you why you are doing everything in the first place.
- Take a bath in the morning!
Yes, you got that right. Sometimes the motivation you need is as simple as taking a shower. Setting up a morning routine which includes taking a bath programs your mind that you are preparing for something.
Creativity is also enhanced when you take a shower. Ideas tend to flow more when you take a shower because of dopamine, a feel-good neurotransmitter, rises. Plus, looking and smelling good are great motivators!
- Make time for exercise.
You cannot reason out that you have no time for physical fitness. You have to find time for it if you really want to be motivated and stay motivated. Exercise also increases dopamine. Aside from giving you a driving force, working out also multiplies your energy so you can get more done in a day.
Regularly exercising will also help you stay fit and healthy. Illness and being overweight will drag your motivation down. Choose a workout routine that you enjoy. It can be cycling, walking, dancing or running; as long as you increase your heart rate and sweat it out.
- Listen to motivational songs.
Music has the power to reach the mind and heart. Listening to songs with powerful lyrics will help you get going. It is an easy way to escape your bad mood.
Songs have the power to energize because they activate the sympathetic nervous system. It alerts the different organs to get ready to face challenges. It also has the capacity to coordinate different brain functions including perception, cognition and motor activities.
You can go ahead and dance with the music too to reap double benefits. Eye of the Tiger, Walking on Sunshine, and I Feel Good are three of the songs which can give a powerful impact on your frame of mind.
- Reward yourself.
Celebrating small and big achievements break the monotony of work. Prizes are great motivators. Recognition and rewards from employers motivate their employees and allow them to work better.
It is great to receive prizes from organizations and other people. But you don’t have to wait for someone to recognize your victories, go ahead and reward yourself! You will just get more depressed if you wait for an incentive that will never come.
Rewarding yourself can be as simple as eating an ice cream or watching a good movie. You can also go big like going on your dream holiday if you think you deserve it.
- Have a motivation accountability partner.
Partnership is not just good for business; it can also be a great way to keep your motivation. If you know someone who seems to be always inspired, ask this person to be your motivation partner.
It is best to look for someone who is in a similar field as yours. If you are a writer then find the best writer you can find. If you are an athlete, team up with a successful athlete. If you are in business, then look for a well-off business owner.
Whenever you are feeling low, reach out to that person to give you a motivation boost. It can be a simple text message or call. You can also meet up if you need to.
- Just do it.
Sometimes you do not need to wait for motivation to come. If you do this you will not get anything done. Just start moving, do what you need to do even if you don’t feel like it. Do not overthink situations; just get your hands working.
If you are working for an employer that doesn’t seem to appreciate your efforts, don’t lose your motivation because of it. Just do your work well and the benefits will soon come.
Wrapping it up
To achieve your dreams, motivation is essential. Whenever you are feeling low, apply the seven tips stated above. However, you must also be intrinsically motivated. You must not wait for someone or something to push you before you decide to do something.
Always relying on external motivators will not get you far in life. Most days, you have to get going no matter what’s going on outside your world.