We all have a lack of self-motivation at times. We can learn a hundred ways to improve our lives, but then we hesitate to act. Something less important attracts our attention, or we just don’t feel like doing what we have to do. Even a person who is normally highly motivated can sometimes have a hard time starting an important task.
Is there a solution? There are probably dozens. Below are six of the best self-motivation techniques that work consistently when used. Try them all out, but if you find one or two that work for you here, you’re on your way.
Self-motivation techniques that work
1. Talk to get motivated. One of my favorite ways to create energy and motivation is to talk. Once I tell my wife about the article I’m going to write, I’m out of trouble and back at the keyboard. For less inspiring tasks, talk about the bigger goals it will help to achieve.
2. Stimulate your desire. Seeing their potential future motivates many to sign up for quick plans to get rich. The really good salespeople can put you in your imaginary dream home in minutes and motivate you to do whatever it takes to make it real. Learn to be your own salesperson.
3. Stimulate your pain. A neuro-linguistic programming technique is to mentally connect pain with inaction. It’s like when you finally stop hitting that snooze button on the alarm, and get up because you think you might lose your job. Imagine what bad consequences that can have if you don’t do what you need to do.
4. Look for a real interest. If you’re not interested in what you’re doing, it may mean you have to do something else. If it’s just a task that you don’t like, but that needs to be done, clearly relate it in your mind to the larger goal. I don’t like to drive, but I don’t have a motivation problem when driving to the mountains for a vacation.
5. Give you energy. You need energy for self-motivation. Coffee can help for a while, if the caffeine doesn’t cause you other problems. Practicing and getting a good night’s sleep also help. Yo also needs to watch out for sweets. The “sugar blues” kills motivation. Once you’ve found energy boosters that work for you, make a list and keep it handy for future use.
6. Take a small step. I’ve noticed that if I commit to raking up a bag of leaves, I want to finish all the work on site quickly. Every small step towards your goals is a great self-motivation technique. To make this even easier, you break up larger goals in small steps.
Motivation techniques really work, but don’t ask me how I can get motivated to use them. In any case, you were motivated enough to read that far, so you’ll be fine. Oh, and humor is number seven. A good smile can overcome that feeling of being overwhelmed that sucks self-motivation away.