In the first 2 parts of the motivation series, we discussed a theory of motivation called the Hierarchy of Needs by Abraham Maslow. The theory focuses on how our motivations are based on needs from basic survival to the need to be accepted by others and more. We also looked at 2 types of motivation: intrinsic and extrinsic motivators (internal/external) and how we can discover what drives us.
Now that we have a basic understanding of motivation, we will look into how we can boost our motivation when we feel our motivation taking a dip. In part 3 of the motivation series, we will discuss 8 ways we can boost our motivation.
- Watch, read and listen to inspirational stories that pertain to the area of improvement you want to make. Do you want to become a better runner? Read inspirational stories about people such as Dean Karnazes. Do you want to become more business savvy? Read books that resonate with you such as Think and Grow Rich. Do you yearn to become a better musician? Get motivated by listening to the musical greats of the past and the present. Having consistent inspiration will help us out of our dips and will give us that extra boost of motivation.
- Clarify your goals. If we do not have a clear goal of what we’re trying to achieve, we tend to lose our motivation to keep going. Example: Do you want to become a positive thinker? Carry around a small notepad and note each time you catch yourself thinking negatively and turn it into a positive thought. Do you want to get through a book, but have trouble focusing? Before you start reading, make yourself a clear goal of how many pages you will read, or how long you’ll read for. By making our goals real, we are able to ‘see’ progress which will help us boost our motivation.
- Make a daily progress list. By making a daily progress list and checking off your progress every night, you’ll be able to look back and see that you are making progress on your goals/tasks. If you see that you’ve stagnated in your progression, take time to analyze what keeps you from progressing in the way you want.
- Talk to friends who have the same goals as you. It is often said that you should be careful whom you tell your goals and aspirations to. This is the reason why you want to talk to friends who have the same goals. Since they have the same goals as you, they’re more likely to understand and help you get through the ruts that you may encounter as you work toward your goals. Get together with your friends and ask them where they’re at, and motivate each other.
- Give yourself a reward each time you complete a task. You’re working hard; give yourself a reward when you meet your targets. A reward may be giving yourself time for your hobbies, having a snack or taking a break to surf the Internet. By rewarding yourself with each progressive step toward your goal you’ll help gain more motivation.
- Understand what your motivations are. In part 2 of the motivation series, we looked at how we can discover our own motivations. Is your primary motivation intrinsic? Extrinsic? Find out what your motivations are, write them down and keep them close by so that you’re able to repeat them in your mind when you feel that your motivation is on the decline.
- Have confidence in your ability to accomplish your goals. This is especially true if you’re attempting to accomplish something that is more difficult than things you have been previously used to. A strong internal belief in your capabilities and competency (within reason) will boost your motivation.
- Challenge yourself. Most people work harder when they have difficult goals to accomplish rather than easy ones. Hard goals present a challenge that appeals to most people, but we need to keep our goals within reach that you can believe. If you pose a goal that’s way beyond what you believe you can truly accomplish, you may end up demotivating yourself.