Motivation Drives Us To Sucess
Motivation is what drives us to create the things happen — but staying motivated is easy. Get some advice on how best to become (and stay!) Motivated and hints for what to do if you can’t get into gear.
This can help if:
- You would like to figure out your goals and learn how to achieve them
- you’re feeling unmotivated
- You want to get things done.
Positive and negative motivation
Motivation is what gets you up in the morning drives you towards a target, and keeps you working through a task, determined to succeed when things get rough. But motivation can be both positive and negative:
Positive motivations focus on the positive things which will happen when you take action.
For example: ‘Finishing this assignment means I’m just a step away from being qualified.’
Negative motivations concentrate on the negative backlash that will occur if you do not do it. For example: ‘If I don’t complete this assignment in the next few hours, then I will fail my course.’
Negative and positive motivations both can be effective in various circumstances. It’s much simpler to do something because you actually need to, rather than because if you don’t do it, you want to prevent a specific outcome. If you do not have a positive plan of action, using negative motivation can make you feel helpless and may even lower your motivation.
How to become (and stay) motivated
Set goals. When you set a goal, you make a choice to act in a way that can allow you to achieve what you would like. Goals give you a direction to focus on — one that’s measurable and have an endpoint. This can enable you to remain motivated.
Choose goals that interest you. You’re much more likely to remain motivated if you’re working towards something which you genuinely want to do or achieve, rather than what other folks want for you.
Discover things that interest you within targets which don’t. Occasionally other people set goals or tasks for us that we do not find interesting or want to do. So, try and find something inside that task that does inspire you. For example: ‘I hate math, but it’s going to help me become a builder, which I need more than anything.’
Make Your Target public. Should you tell somebody — or write down — your goal, you’ve essentially made a promise to keep your word.
Plot your progress. When you are working towards something, it can be really motivating in the event that you are able to see evidence that you’re making progress. Draw or create a visual representation of how you are coming close to achieving the goal you have set yourself.
Divide your Objective. Start with easier tasks and work your way up to bigger challenges. Breaking up a task in your mind into chunks helps build confidence.
Use rewards. Promise yourself some type of reward every time you finish a step/task.
Don’t do it alone. Join a motivation group, or find a teacher or someone you can share the experience with. Other people’s encouragement to keep going can be a major boost to your motivation when you are doing it tough.
If you’re really finding it hard
If you’ve tried but failed to get motivated, then it might be helpful to talk it through with someone you trust. It can be hard to achieve things by yourself, so having a fantastic support network may help when you have taken on a big challenge.
You could try talking to a counselor, who can help you to work out which strategies will work best for you.
Let us know what works best for you in the comments below!