Taking Control of Your Motivation

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Taking Control of Your Motivation

Being human means that, at times, you may not be as motivated to do everything to the best of your capabilities. This is normal, and not being motivated to do everything on your task list doesn’t mean you are lazy. There are however small changes that you can make to boost and have consistency with your motivation.

Setting Goals. Goals can be a great tool to motivate yourself and stay on track. Once you have found a goal, write it down and make it as specific as you can. Try to set goals that involve measurable units, such as numbers and keep the goal time framed. Rather than saying “I want to improve my running”, you should set a goal of “I want to be able to run 5 miles by September 15th”. Setting specific goals will help you stay on track and not procrastinate or let yourself slack off. Setting a specific goal that you can measure will also give you a feeling of control and help you see a light at the end of the tunnel with the task. With goals it is also important to keep in mind that your goal needs to be realistic. Don’t set a goal with a time frame that isn’t truly achievable or realistic. That doesn’t mean that you can’t challenge yourself, you can and you should. But if you start seeing that you set the bar way too high, you can always adjust your goals.

Find Your Reason. It is human nature to not want to be uncomfortable, and generally accomplishing something will at times make you feel uncomfortable. Because of this, it is easy to want to give up when things get a little hard. That is why this step is so important. After you have defined your goal, it is important to decide why you want to accomplish this goal and why it matters to you. Then when times get hard and you feel like giving up, remind yourself of why you started to keep yourself going.

Find a Friend. Whatever your goal may be, finding a community or a friend that is in it with you can help you tremendously. Joining self help groups, study groups, or even a gym can help you move forward and feel a sense of commitment that you wouldn’t have if you were pursuing your goal completely alone. Sharing your goals with others and updating them on your progress can help you feel more of a responsibility to follow through with your goals. Likewise if others know that you are trying to accomplish something, they are more likely to give you encouragement, which can push you even more than doing it on your own.

Treat Yourself. It’s important to recognize yourself and give yourself the credit for what you have accomplished. Even if you haven’t fully met your goal yet, if you have made significant advances, you should feel a sense of accomplishment, and find a way to reward yourself for what you have done. The reward doesn’t need to be something huge, but it is important to acknowledge your small victories as well as accomplishing your entire goal to stay motivated.

 

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