Monday, January 30, 2012

22 tips to keep yourself motivated

Motivation is the force or influence that causes someone to do something, it's the desire, willingness and enthusiasm. There are two types of motivation external and internal. The external motivation can be anything that enthuses and encourages you to work, exercise, study or take any action. The external motivation can be a bonus that makes you work harder or a partner who enthuses you to exercise regularly or any kind of motives that make you keep doing something. But in this case when the motive is no longer there your motivation fades and you don't feel enthusiastic about what you were doing any more. The internal motivation or self motivation is to feel energized to do something internally without any external motive. It is the best source of energy to keep you enthusiastic about your dreams and makes you move forward. We feel self motivated when we have goals and dreams and here are some tips to keep yourself  motivated.

1-  Dream of your ideal life 
  Before setting goals take some time to imagine how do you imagine your ideal life? Think of all aspect of your life how does it look like? Write down a full detailed picture of the life of your dreams. How is your personal life, your career, your family, fun and recreation, spiritual life, health and wellness, hobbies?  Dream and dream big dreams.

2-  Set goals 
     When you can visualize your ideal life clearly you will be able to set goals. Write down very clear specific goals, when your goal is so clear to you, you will be able to define what steps you need to take to reach it. Revise your written goals daily to keep yourself focused.

3- A daily habit to build
Set aside 30 min every day , early in the morning or before going to bed, to revise your written goals, define your daily tasks (for the day or the following day), how productive you were? What can you do to increase your productivity and keep focused on your goals?

4-  Take action
     Thinking and setting your goals, planning how and when you will reach them are all important but the thing that really creates momentum and motivates you to keep going is to take action. Without taking actions you will not reach your goal so start as soon as possible  even with small steps, it will raise your motivation and energy. 

5-  Find a partner or a support group
   A partner who has the same goal can be a great source of motivation for you as you can be for him/her. Your support for each other will have a great impact on your results and you can uplift each other. In case you can't find a partner who is working toward the same goal build yourself a support group and I prefer that you always have a support group. It's a group of like minded, positive, and supportive people who care about your happiness and success and willing to be there for you when you need their support. They can be family members, friends, colleagues or even connections on the net. The essential is they provide you with the support you need.

6-  Notice your thoughts and inner self talk 
    Take care of your inner self talk and your thoughts, fight all forms of negative thoughts or self talk. Make yourself a list of affirmations to repeat everyday to keep you motivated and positive. Write your thoughts, feelings and inner self talk in different situations and notice the patterns in them. Replace the negative inner self talk with more positive statements.

7-  Don't let criticism frustrate you
   Listen to criticism and examine it. Do you find anything valuable in it? Do you learn something out of it? If yes that's great, if not just let it go, don't allow negative people make you loose your motivation or your desire to achieve your goal. 

8-  Impossible to fail 
      What goals will you set if you believe that it's impossible to fail? What dreams will you have if you are sure you are capable of achieving them? Sure you will dream big dreams,right? Why not dreaming big dreams? The only thing that hold us back from achieving big dreams is the fear and the unclear vision that fear causes, but if we can eliminate our fear of failure our motivation will soar and our ability to achieve our goals will be totally different.

9-  Write in a journal 
      Build the habit of writing daily in a journal. Write your thoughts, your feelings, your reactions. Write  what motivates you and what demotivates you?  Writing in a journal helps to gain awareness about yourself, your feelings, your thoughts, your perspective and your perception of yourself. It makes you know do you love, respect, value and appreciate yourself or not? So you will know what do you need to do to make yourself feel better about yourself and hence feel more confident and more motivated to achieve your goals. Unconfident people are less likely to achieve goals.

10- Search for success stories
       Searching for people who could achieve the same goals makes you feel that your goals are reachable and as other could achieve them you will do as well. You can learn from them, what obstacles  did they face and how they could overcome them?

11- Be patient
       One of the reasons that make people quit their goals is that they aren't patient enough. Achieving goals takes time, we don't make any change over night. As a seed needs time to grow and it takes time until you see the sprout coming out of the soil, the result of your effort needs time to show. 

You can read the rest of this article on the post of next week.  

Your comments, thoughts and questions are welcomed.


  1. oh yeeeeeah!!! and I'm already fired up & even before reading the rest of the tips :)

    Keep'em coming coach :) :)


  2. I have asked 2 of my clients this last week to use your #6 - Notice - Even if we don't do anything with what we notice at first, noticing what we think and feel is the first step! Until we notice it, we can't even know it's there.

    1. Absolutely I agree with you. I really believe that it's so powerful, we never notice how we think or talk to ourselves and how this talk can impact our motivation, confidence and our life in general.

  3. This is just what I needed today, thanks. I couldn't decide which of the tips is more important and I realized that you need a bit of everything to make it happen. I am taking notes so I don't forget to consider them all in the future.
    Right now my motivation levels are very high but, I found in the past, that they can drop very easily if you are not careful, I've learned my lesson and this list will remind me of the reasons why I am where I am. I can't wait to read the rest of the list!

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read the post and leave a comment. :) Keeping what we want to learn before our eyes all the time is very helpful to remember.
      self motivation is our most important source of energy and it worth the time and effort to learn what works for us to remain motivated.

  4. Great ideas! Notice your thoughts and inner self talk is so important. People have a tendency to self sabotage with that internal voice. Until we are aware of what it's saying, we can't do anything about it! I look forward to the 2nd installment.


    1. It was really helpful to me to learn about how our inner self talk can affect our life and this awareness made a huge change in my life. So grateful I learned about it:). Thanks :)