Good endeavors to improve your life rarely last until next Monday. How to stay motivated to achieve your goals.
You decide to join sports (create an interesting and profitable project / learn a foreign language / improve your qualifications), for some time you are enthusiastically engaged in…
And then laziness, fatigue and friends come with a case of beer. All plans are postponed “for tomorrow”, then again for tomorrow, then they are quietly forgotten. Until the next flash of motivation. Or for good.
How To Stay Motivated And Enhance Motivation?
For me, this question is relevant, I am just in the middle of the first week of my new life. The comments on the previous post convinced me that it is not enough to simply free up enough time to succeed in achieving your goals.
Therefore, I analyzed all my positive and negative experiences and formulated several principles that help to maintain myself in the right condition. So.
Proper Planning And Goal Setting
Dart targetSo much has been written and said on this topic that any recommendations look appallingly banal. I will mention only two points: the most important and the one that is often completely ignored .
The most important advice is to clearly define your goals. Those that are really close to you; the ones you really want to work for. If the goal is inspired by fashion, an example of a neighbor or something else like that, then this is a 99% bad goal.
Another dangerous trap is not using the plan for allocating time, but for something else. For example, in order to somehow force yourself to do something. Or, on the contrary, so that the goal is somehow and at least once achieved. I explain.
Often people write unrealistic amounts of work into their plans, relying on willpower. Say, once recorded, then I’ll do it! And I will achieve everything quickly! Another option is too little commitment, a very annoying plan. Here the calculation is reversed: one way or another I’ll do it!
The plan is just a tool for the rational allocation of resources. Trying to use it to increase motivation or calm a little self-confidence is wrong. It’s like playing ping-pong with a tablet.
The First Days Are Not For Stakhanov’s Exploits, But For Developing Habits
At first, emotions are in full swing, I want to work on my goals day and night. This enthusiasm is the most valuable capital, they need to be properly disposed of.
It would be wrong to just work hard, trying to overfulfill the plan. First, if the plan is good, it is not required. Secondly, you run the risk of simply physically and emotionally overworking yourself. Thirdly, after a couple of weeks, you will not be able to constantly work at the same level – and you will gnaw at yourself for not meeting the raised bar. All this negatively affects motivation.
The correct approach is to use the early days to create an environment in which you will be comfortable working. Develop habits that will help not to lose the desire for your goals. Here is the main recipe – to change not only yourself and your attitude, but also the situation around.
What does it mean? What exactly needs to be taken care of at first (and then maintain the established rules)?
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We Monitor The Physical Condition
What kind of motivation can we talk about if a person is feeling unwell? We introduce at least elements of healthy lifestyle:
- Daily routine (we go to bed and get up at the same time, and not too late).
- Limiting alcohol.
Breaking the regime is not an easy task, perhaps with the transition to a healthier option, on the contrary, you will feel somewhat worse. That is why you need to tune in a new way in the first vigorous days.
How To Stay Motivated & Making Work Habits
Firstly, this is also a regime, a habit at a certain time to do a certain thing. This schedule needs to be made taking into account personal characteristics – when it works better, when it is worse, when it wants to unwind. Within the day, as well as within the year, there are individual rhythms. Life in harmony with them is much easier and more joyful.
For example, I am as assembled and efficient as possible in the morning, at 9-10 hours; after lunch (at 13-15 hours) drowsiness and laziness piles on me. That is why I made it a rule to learn English grammar right after breakfast. After lunch, I watch instructional videos where the peppy voice of the lecturer does not allow you to fall asleep, and the material chewed into molecules is easily absorbed.
In addition to the regime, it is worth taking care of:
- Regular breaks.
- Rational duration of classes.
- The habit of concentrating on a specific matter.
I recommend google on this topic a couple of old Soviet articles on the topic of “scientific organization of labor.”
- We Regularly Analyze Our Affairs And Seek Support
- An extremely important point and another good habit.
Find the opportunity to confidentially discuss with someone your business in terms of achieving goals. This does not mean that you should have a personal fan who will cheer you up in the spirit of “come on, come on!”
This means that by regularly talking about the progress of the plan and the accompanying emotions to the other person, you better understand yourself. Your motives and aspirations. This helps to identify implicit, just beginning trends (for example, weakening zeal) and understand their causes.
And a look from the outside will help make it even better. Also in the discussion process, you will inevitably touch upon the ultimate goals of your work. They are the main motivators.
It is very possible that such an analysis will reveal incorrectly set goals or allow you to find shorter paths to them.
Breaks, Variety In Life And Quality Rest
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This could be the end, but I will note an important detail. It is highly desirable at the weekend to completely forget about your goals and have fun without any special restrictions (unless you get too out of the day). At least it works great for me. After doing a couple of days of easy, pleasant things, I start to get bored and inevitably remember the goals and tasks that make up the meaning of life.
The weekend is sacred!
Preparing In Advance For The Fact That Not Everything Will Be Smooth
If you break the usual rhythm of life and take on new things, obstacles and unplanned things will inevitably arise. You are invading uncharted territory, otherwise it does not happen. I remember how I decided to temper myself at school – and caught a cold on the second day.
Such disruptions of plans should be treated calmly, preparing in advance to return to the work begun when it becomes possible.
External And Internal Motivation (Results)
It is easy to see that the principles described above relate to motivation indirectly. I believe that the right way is to create conditions and habits with the help of which you can rationally and fruitfully achieve the goals that are dear to you, which themselves want to become reality.
Traditional motivational activities – pumping up emotions with the help of vivid pictures, videos and trainings – is not a good solution. As well as fashionable declarations (a public announcement “I will do this and that for the New Year, or I goof and pay my friend XXX $)”.
The fact is that this is an external motivation, a “magic pendel”. So, the very essence of achieving goals is being replaced. Simplifying a little:
- Intrinsic motivation: I achieve this because I myself have decided so and really want it.
- External motivation: I achieve this because someone else’s uncle told me so.
Peppers on a cutting boardOf course, external incentives can also be used. But how much and which ones – you need to decide for yourself, “to your taste.” Since I brought down a culinary theme, I will give a comparison. External motivators are hot pepper.
And internal, natural – this is the soup to which it is added. Correct proportion of both = PROFIT.