People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents. – Andrew Carnegie.
If you want to excel in life, self motivation is essential. You must know how to motivate yourself. You must be able to keep your spirit high no matter how discouraging a situation is.
That’s the only way to get the power you need to overcome difficulties. Those who are discouraged in difficult times are certain to lose even before the battle is over.
How do you motivate yourself? Here are several tips I’ve found to be effective to build self motivation:
- Have A Cause
I can’t think of a more powerful source of motivation than a cause you care about. Such cause can inspire you to give your best even in the face of difficulties. It can make you do the seemingly impossible things.
While other causes could inspire you temporarily, a cause that matters to you can inspire you indefinitely. Whenever you think that you run out of motivation, you can always come to your cause to get a fresh dose of motivation.
With my decision to write health & fitness articles, the cause behind this was to share my knowledge & experience accumulated over the years in this field.
My goal was not to touch people’s lives or have many people website visitors (even though that would be nice as some point!) It’s the cause to become a producer and add value to the world that helps me find the motivation to stay consistent with this habit.
- Have A Big Dream
Your cause is a powerful source of motivation but it’s still abstract in nature. You need to make it concrete in the form of a dream. Imagine how the world will be in the future.
Having a dream is important because it’s difficult to be motivated if you don’t have anything to shoot for. You need a goal.
Having a dream is insufficient. Your dream must be big enough to inspire you. It must be realistic but challenging. It must stretch your ability beyond your comfort zone.
With reference to my example above, my big dream is to be able to change thousand’s of people’s lives for the better with these articles.
- Be Hungry
To be truly motivated, you need to have hunger and not just desire. Having mere desire won’t take you through difficult times since you don’t want things badly enough. In many cases, hunger makes the difference between the best performers and the mediocre ones.
If you have a cause you care about and a big dream related to it, you should have the hunger inside of you.
If you think that you are losing hunger, all you need to do is to connect again to your cause and dream. Let them inspire you and bring the hunger back.
- Run Your Own Race
Comparing yourself with others is an effective way to demotivate yourself. Even if you start with enthusiasm, you will soon lose your energy when you compare yourself with others.
Don’t let that happen to you. You have your own race so how other people perform is irrelevant.
Comparing yourself with others is like comparing the performance of a swimmer with a runner using the same time standard. The only competitor you have is yourself. The only one you need to beat is you.
- Take One More Step
When you meet obstacles along the way, there could be the tendency to quit. You may think that your dream is impossible to achieve. T
here is one thing that makes the winners different to others – the courage to continue. Persistence is truly the key to success.
In difficult situations, just focus on taking one more step forward. Don’t think about how many more obstacles are waiting for you. Just focus on taking the next step.
- Let Go Of The Past
One of the best demotivators is your past. How you used to be and how other people want you to remain can stop you from being who you want to be..
You might make mistakes in the past. You might disappoint others with what you did. But it’s over. It’s already in the past and there’s nothing you can do about it.
This is a double sided coin. Just as you forgive yourself and let go of the past – you have to forgive others who have wronged you unintentionally or not, however hard it may be.
Resentment and guilt are toxins that eat away at your soul if not healed completed.
Apply these tips and motivate yourself. Don’t settle for mediocrity. Let your self-motivation take you to excellence.
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