Motivation occurs under many circumstances, but when you experience natural inspiration as a result of energy from your spirit, that’s when you’ll feel exuberant and eager to willingly devote time to your interests. Self-motivation can be really helpful when you’re trying to lose weight, become more invested in a goal for your future, quit an addiction or even something as simple as getting your chores done.
When you’re driven by daily goals and routines, motivation can take on a challenging demand in your life if you’re not normally disciplined. Therefore, besides have the physical energy to accomplish goals and tasks, you’ll need a positive mental outlook and reasons for following through with your game plan.
Did you know that internal self-motivation is best developed in workplaces where external motivation is decreased or eliminated altogether? What I mean by that is it’s one thing to have to measure up and get motivated when someone else is cracking the whip and asking you to perform. But it’s another thing to be internally motivated when you are totally in charge of the outcome of a particular situation.
When I need to motivate myself to do something, it’s almost impossible when I am procrastinating or filling my time with long phone conversations or watching movies. Let’s take a look at a couple of hypothetical goals so that you can see how positive or negative self-motivation can assist you in achieving your objectives.
Suggestions for Improving Your Self-Motivation
An important aspect of self-motivation is allowing yourself to dream about your goal. Likewise, negative self-motivation is another way for reaching your goals. Motivation is simple. At the beginning of any goal, motivation tends to feel painless. In fact, you’re most likely inspired and somewhat proud of yourself that you’ve finally decided to do something positive toward reaching your goal. For example, I have always wanted to put a daily routine in place that would allow me to walk for fifteen minutes. That’s all…just fifteen minutes. It doesn’t sound that difficult, does it?
On the first day, I arose thirty minutes earlier than normal. The sun was just beginning to show on the horizon, and there I was, out the door wearing my sweats and a new pair of walking shoes. On the second day, I actually was looking forward to my new routine, but about five minutes into my walk, it started raining, so I turned around and ran home, disgusted that I was drenched, but content that my self-motivation was still intact. It was then that I decided to come up with an alternate plan in case rain threatened to sabotage my walking goals.
One key factor for increasing your self-motivation is driven by letting go of your past and any negative thoughts tied to your goal. Then, when a challenge meets you face to face, come up with an alternate plan that will keep you on course. For example, I couldn’t see myself walking fifteen minutes a day in the rain before I got ready for work, because I don’t like the idea of getting chilled and walking in wet clothes (something I had to do as a kid when walking ten blocks to school).
Certainly there are hundreds of ways to motivate yourself, and each method depends on the goal you’re going after, but now you have several ways to improve your motivation.