Self-motivation is a technique that comes from within. It is an important part of a person’s life. Everyone requires it at some point in their lives. We can use many methods in our daily lives in order to become more motivated and hence achieve our goals in life.
Wherever you go, whatever you do, self-motivation plays an imperative part. If you want to excel in your life, you need to be motivated towards everything you do. It is the force that drives you to do things. But setting goals is much easier than to actually getting them done. You set your goals, make plans accordingly but then you end up procrastinating. And this cycle seems to never end. Why does this happen? Why are we so excellent at thinking things through but equally terrible when it comes to actually carrying them out?
Between making plans and actually attaining them, there’s one essential step that we all keep missing. And that is self-motivation. And for that we need to understand what motivates us to do things. First of all, you need to realize the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.
Different people are motivated by different things. For some people, love or passion is what drives them to do different things. It’s what they find the most satisfaction in. While for others money acts as the main motivator. The former is known as an intrinsic motivator while the latter is extrinsic.
Here are some ways you can unearth self-motivation in yourself.
Have a clear cause
One of, if not the most important part of self-motivation is having a cause that affects you, or you care about on a deeper level. A clear and meaningful cause can have many benefits. It can inspire you, from the inside. This inspiration can help you face various difficulties in life. This inspiration helps you face your fears, problems and help you accomplish acts that you once believed were impossible for you to perform. Many other things can inspire you temporarily but, having a cause that means a lot to you can give you inspiration that will last forever, not exhausting you but instead helping you accomplish more. It won’t only help you to do more but also increase the quality of your work. If at some point your mind tells you that you are running low on ideas, or your will to move forward or motivation has weakened you can just think about the purpose behind it and use it to push forward, to improve yourself and help you get closer to your goal.
Having a dream
Having a dream is also an extremely important part of self-motivation. While having a meaningful and strong cause can be very helpful, it is still very vague and in itself not enough to help you improve. What you need alongside it is a big dream. Not only you need to want to achieve that dream, but you need to visualize it, think about the world when you accomplish that dream, think about its impact on you and others, envision how it will change you and your future. Make your dream big, but at the same time, realistic, do not aim for something that would be impossible, yet aim for something that is within the parameters of reality, yet also close to your aim. Envisaging your dream will not only motivate you, but it will also help you move closer to your goals in life.
Manage your time
Push as far as you can go, put all your energy into it. Try to get things done even before they are required. In this way you will motivate yourself while also increasing your limits, hence increasing your productivity in the future too.
“When you invest your time, you make a goal and a decision of something that you want to accomplish. Whether to get good grades in school, be a good athlete, be a good person, go down and do some community service and help somebody who’s in need, whatever it is you choose to do, you’re investing your time in that.”
Organize yourself, try to put all your stuff on a calendar. Don’t procrastinate, just do it, make a tighter deadline for yourself.
Stick to yourself
Only run your own race. Do not compare yourself, or your circumstances with others. Entertaining such unproductive thoughts will only de-motivate you. This will make you lose all your energy and hence decrease your productivity. Don’t let that happen to you. All you should do is focus on your own self and where you want to be. Everyone else and their problems must be irrelevant to you. Comparing yourself to different people in completely different situations is immensely unfair to you and you would only be putting a more mental strain on yourself. All you have to do is try to advance yourself and become the best version that you can possibly be.