Four Tips To Being Motivated
Welcome to motivation season.
What is motivation season? It is that time of year we find a reason to do the things we know we need to do. Winter is a hard time for me and many like me to get motivated. Holiday parties, Christmas shopping, cooking, and the everyday chores all require energy and effort. Now add in simple things like getting motivated to get out of bed on those cold winter mornings! Yikes!
Finding the motivation to accomplish all we want to do is no small task. I’ve collected four tips to help myself and others to be motivated. We’ll get through these doldrums together.
Connect with Others
Yeah, it is a simple tip. Connect with others in the same state of unmotivation. Yes, it’s a word… I just used it, I don’t use words that don’t exist, I assure you. Are you trying to be motivated to bake cookies, get together with friends to bake. Need motivation to clean up your home before family arrives for the holiday? See what other friends are in the same dire straits and work together to clean up. Going it alone is rarely a good idea. A few people together means someone will be there to encourage the others when necessary.
Fight, struggle, do whatever it takes to be consistent. Honestly, when motivation isn’t there, sometimes habit will carry the day. Even if it is half-hearted, half-assed, and half-done, try to do what needs to be done consistently.
Set Realistic Expectations
Nothing kills motivation faster than realizing you aren’t going to reach the goal you set out. Break down the tasks ahead of you into bite-sized achievable chunks. Having realistic expectations is critical. Drawing lines through tasks releases a small amount of motivation juice1 that will keep us going to the next task.
Do It For Yourself
At the end of the day, whatever you are doing, you need to do it for yourself. The clean house, the healthy body, the getting up each day and going to work needs to be done because it truly is something you want. Anything you do to appease someone else might create great short term motivation but it won’t help in the long term.
Don’t give up. You are worth it. Did that sound fake? Yeah, it sounded fake to me, too. The truth of it is you and I chose to do something for a reason. Why would we do that if we didn’t want it. If we want it, then why not do everything we are able to do to get it?
What keeps you motivated?
1 – I am not a biologist and there may not actually be something in the human body called motivation juice.
About SeanSean D. Francis is a technologist, writer, and geek. He podcasts, makes video, and dabbles in all the geeky genres including horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. View all posts by Sean → This entry was posted in Thoughts. Bookmark the permalink.
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