Self-motivation is a state of mind which ensures a person is a go-getter who does not get fazed by challenges and difficulties. Self-motivation ensures better focus and goal orientation and is extremely important for individual and organizational productivity. The question is how does one get self-motivated; well here are a few simple suggestions:
Press the start button
The most important aspect of Self Motivation is to get started. A person is normally in a demotivated state when he finds himself stuck and not moving forward. Getting started on the tasks at hand is a way by which a person can get the feeling of self-motivation going within him.
Adopt Salamy Technique
This technique is breaking the big project into small tiny bits which is easy to handle and like a slice of salamiappears to be very tempting.In case a large project is proving too big a challenge to initiate, it is advisable to slice the project into smaller achievable milestones. Having done so, a person should immediately get started with the first milestone. The feeling of having moved forward will fill you with some motivation to push the project towards the next milestone.
2. Be responsible for your own deeds
A good way to remain self-motivated is to remind yourself of the reason why you are doing the task. Such a reminder keeps the cause behind the task in focus and ensures that you don’t get distracted by non-essential tasks or time wasting activities. With procrastination at bay, you feel a sense of self-motivation to complete the job at hand.
3. Learn from the successful persons
Count on people in your life to motivate you. This requires you to treat them with respect, listen to the tips they offer and find yourself getting self-motivated by the fact you have a support system around you.The great heroes, public figures who have achieved extraordinary success, fame or those who have made a difference in the lives of countless others can help get you motivated when you read about their humble beginnings and understand the struggle they had to face.
Let optimism be the spark to light the fire of self-motivation. Always try to feel optimistic, since optimism proves to be an antidote against demotivation and prevents a person from falling into a hopeless, despondent stage.
4. Create a pleasant environment
Daily Distractions including unnecessary television, newspapers, or the use of internet on non-essential things. Reducing distractions means a better focus on what is required to be done. With a clearer frame of mind, you are sure to be self-motivated.
At times when you feel low and despondent, the melody of music can bring the rhythm back into your life and make you feel motivated.
Learn from Failures
To sound cliche failures are stepping stones of success. So be constructive about your failures and allow them to act as lessons for self-motivation. To remain self-motivated an individual must not allow failure to overpower the mind and senses into a state of inaction and inertia.
Clutter is an enemy of productivity
A self-motivated person always ensures that there is a place for everything and everything is kept in its proper place. So in case, you find your workspace cluttered with unnecessary stuff, clear the clutter and keep only the required things in hand. This ensures increased productivity and efficiency. Self-motivation is generally a by-product in this happy situation.
Tiny breaks make us tension free
Taking regular breaks from activities that require long periods of attention and focus relieves the monotony and drudgery. It also ensures that an individuals efficiency does not suffer. This is essential for a person to remain motivated.Stress and ceaseless activities can completely drain out a person of his energy and self-motivation. It is therefore important that a person relieves the stress through two-minute mediation breaks for ensuring that the level of self-motivation remains high.
Never jump into a project. Do the spade work and groundwork before starting. This is often the basic research that will equip you with the right knowledge to make a sound beginning. Well begun they say is half done. You will find yourself self-motivated when this happens.
Last but not the least being one with nature taking a weekend break and heading to a place of scenic beauty: be it a beach, a hill station or a forest reserve even for a couple of days will ensure you recharge the batteries and get back the self-motivation.
5. Always be kind to yourself
Everyone experiences failure. You must not be too hard on yourself when you fail. Often, we are accommodating to the failures of others while being hard taskmasters on ourselves. For remaining self-motivated you need to remain balanced.People generally crib and complain about what they lack, but seldom pause and appreciate what they have. Being grateful ensures that you always appreciate the good things and good people around you. This always serves as positive self-motivation to someone who strives to achieve more.
6. Importance of review of strategy
Sometimes you have to review your strategy which you must do sooner than later
They say never look back, only look forward. Whenever you do feel like looking back at the life gone by; it should only be for you to see how far you have progressed and what you have achieved. This will give you a quiet sense of self-confidence and act as a source of self-motivation.
We are today in an age of cutthroat competition a rate race as it is better known. Being a fierce competitor can result in serious disappointments when you fail. Try to compete with a positive frame of mind taking disappointments in the stride. You will never feel demotivated.
If you are bored with what you are doing change the task and then come back
At times a person gets demotivated in case he finds himself stuck in doing a single task. Mixing things up involves having a balanced outlook and moving on with other pending tasks on hand, then finding the self-motivation to come back and to finish the job that one finds difficult.
Self-motivation sometimes requires total dedication and focus on the most important task on hand. When you have several things to be done with a critical task demanding your utmost attention, reduce your to-do list to just that one item. Focus all your energies to finish the most pressing task. You will then find yourself breezing through the remaining tasks in a self-motivated manner.
Make your goals practical
Self-motivation requires a person to set larger goals. Take bigger challenges and then strive to achieve them. Hence whenever you are finding yourself demotivated shift the goal post wider and push yourself towards the greater challenge place before you.
Don’t give up
Failures and the accompanying negative thinking often clog a perfectly healthy individuals mind and make him unfit for even the most basic tasks. It is therefore important to continuously remind yourself about the successes in your life in order to stay self-motivated.Whenever you succeed in a job well done, a project well executed, do not immediately jump onto start or continue the next. Rather reward yourself in some way, and celebrate the success. This will ensure that the memory of the success story serves as a continuous source of self-motivation for a long time to come.
7. Health comes first
A fit mind in a fit body as the saying goes. Regular exercise ensures a physically fit body that can withstand the pressures of demanding schedules and timelines. A job well executed within the time frame gives great self-motivation, which is why exercising and staying fit is so important. It is each person’s duty to himself and the society to maintain high productivity for keeping his place in society. The above simple suggestions can be put into practice on a regular basis for remaining self-motivated and productive.
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