How many times have you heard the questions: “What drives you” or “What makes you happy?” These questions may come from well-intentioned people but they create one problematic thinking – Our motivation depends on something external. As a result, instead of diligently building encouraging structures, we find ourselves in need of unwanted external stimuli. Instead of asking: “What motivates me?” We should be asking, what can I do to stay motivated? The answer to this question lies in action, not self-indulgence.
In the following lines I will share three simple strategies to increase inspiration. Knowing that a person cannot always be motivated, I will share with you a process that I know you already know to help you get things done or you may not feel uplifted. However, before I get started, two misconceptions need to be taken out of the way before.
First, we see motivation as a limited goal to be achieved. Many of us falsely believe that our life will be hopelessly lost once we reach that goal. Promoting a flexible process, not a final goal. The stimulus process is like eating, sleeping, or drinking water. We are not healthy or strong enough to reach a point where we do not need to eat, sleep, or drink water.
Second, amotivation is seen as a negative thing that needs to be avoided by all means. Trying to resist such an urge when we feel that we are not doing anything will bring us down to the bottomless pit. We need to remind ourselves that those moments of fun are part of the human experience. Even if there were no light except darkness, there would be no work time without rest.
Here are four steps you can take today to increase your motivation:
- Know yourself
The first step in helping to build inspiration is to know yourself. It is for this reason that the Apollo Temple at Delphi bears the inscription “know thou.” We are all different, the fact of the matter is that the motive varies within and between people. For example, using my own writing activities by being alone with music.
Knowing and encouraging me makes it easier for me to get my juice flowing. Read your pattern, learn the time of day, day of the week, where, and how long you are most likely to be most productive. It is not very possible to put all the different situations here, but in-depth reflection, trial-error, and regular publishing will help you understand your pattern.
“Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a million opportunities for you to do something, anything, to keep what you want never ending, do it. Draw the door open or, if necessary, put your foot in the door and keep it open. ”- Pauline Kael
The second best way I have been to help increase motivation is to take responsibility for the consequences of human actions. When you know that you will be blamed for the success or failure of a particular project, you are more likely to be motivated, to do your best, and to get things done. Working with children, I am always amazed at how much they follow the order when they are treated as trustworthy people.
For example, you will see that when you know that it is your responsibility to bring your children to school, you will do your best to reach them on time. This concept is very much in line with the work environment. Managers, employees, and the organization as a whole can benefit from employees who have been trained to take responsibility for their actions.
By creating structures where people are held accountable for the consequences of their actions, they will need less control and thus give managers more time to do what is most important.
- Spend time with energy providers
They say that feathers come together. If you have a strong desire to do things, spend more time with people who think like you. Research shows that we may inadvertently adopt the attitudes and actions of those with whom we share our beliefs. Spending time with people who are always procrastinating or complaining will result in your product.
Psychologist Emma Seppälä, PhD, noted, “is a sympathetic link.” With that in mind, your next step is to make a list of at least five friends you will spend time with.
“Look up at the stars and your feet on the earth.” – Theodore Roosevelt
- Just do it!
Going back to the second misconception, even if there are the above principles, I do not take moments of pleasure. Remember, I said these are part of a healthy human cycle. You can still make things happen or you may not like them.
The best way I can get myself to help me do things whenever I feel like doing the work is completely different than what I intended to do. Say, for example, you are trying to complete a relevant report tomorrow. Tried two hours but to no avail. The best thing you can do is get up behind the desk and try something completely different. It could be walking, running, or watching a video on social media.
Try to stay away from a lot of work for at least 30 minutes. You will be surprised to find that all you needed to get your spark was a time of absence from your main job. Remember, the best way to motivate yourself is to do it. Instead of giving up or resisting procrastination, you go from strength to strength.
Remember the old saying: “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t water it.” Yes, this is exactly like motivation, speech can get your adrenaline pumping but it will not make you take action unless you decide so. So, stop pushing the outside world to motivate you, get up now, and do what you have to do! No one will do it for you!
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