I hope your Sunday is going well. It has been a tough week for me and today I finally found some time to relax.
This was my second week of blogging and the feeling of motivation kind of faded away. So I thought: why not write about my thoughts?
In this post I put together some techniques which I use in order to stay motivated. I am sure there are a lot of other ways which I haven’t tried yet, so feel free to make any suggestions 😉
Here’s a list which could really help you if you are struggling with motivation:
1.Live as if you’ve already achieved your goal (without arrogance)
For example, if your dream is to be a politician, create an everyday routine which reflects exactly that. Think about it: How would my lifestyle be if I were a politician right now? This technique will not only help you get yourself one step closer to your goal, but it will also help you check if you really want to live such a life. After all, you may realize that this is not the lifestyle for you.
2. Be flexible with your program
I totally understand that the need to achieve something can be an addiction. I myself am that kind of person and I sometimes really struggle to be flexible and see “relaxation time” as something positive and necessary. Once I put something in my mind, I want to achieve it so badly that sometimes my own determination becomes the reason for my failure. For example, you wake up on a beautiful morning. You have planned every part of your day and you feel more motivated than ever. Then, your phone rings: “Hey, do you want to go out for a walk or a coffee?” And then your day just collapses. You want to drink that coffee so badly, but you also want to be on top of your schedule. Deciding about something so simple (whether you’re going to drink that coffee or not) can drive you crazy. There is nothing crazy about it. You can be productive and have fun at the same time. Just be flexible. You don’t have to always be on time. Relaxing and having fun are also parts of your success.
3. Do a Morning to-do list
I know that it sounds stupid, but gradually this can be the most exciting part of your day. So, in the morning, while drinking your coffee, grab your pen and some paper and write down what you have to do that day. After that, set your priorities. Certainly, there are things of higher importance. Usually, the most effective way to create a to-do list is to put the difficult tasks first. That way, you will leave the easier ones for the end of your day, when signs of exhaustion may appear.
4. Have a meaningful “why”
Sometimes, even after doing all of the above, you won’t be able to avoid feeling unmotivated. At that point, the only thing that could help you is remembering “why you do what you do.” There are two kinds of “whys.” The first one is when you get excited about something without really thinking about it (for the ones in love… it is basically like falling in love). The other “why” is when you start doing something because an event in your life guided your mind towards a goal, or because you had a thought which you developed (through reading, through discussions etc.). The difference is that the second “why” also includes excitement, but excitement which comes after logical conclusions.
Understand that in times when you feel unmotivated you’ll find yourself coming back even more determined to achieve your goals.
Be confident and do what you love