t’s so easy to lose your motivation and so hard to regain it, especially when you are trying to follow your dreams and set up your very own side gig or small business. Working hard day in and day out and not getting the results you expect can easily swipe your motivation away.
Don’t fret! In this article, we’ll give you the best, time-proven advice to boost your motivation in no time.
1). Be selective with the people you surround yourself with
Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the glitz and glamour some people bring with them, but don’t be fooled by appearances. There are fake friends you would benefit from letting go of, and others that have such a toxic personality that they inevitably bring you too. Try and think of the last time you faced a problem and remember who was there for you when you were dealing with it. Those are the true friends you want to keep around.
Remember, too, to consider carefully what partners to pair up with when trying to begin new entrepreneurship, as the person you choose can either help bring down or enhance your business chances to provide profit.
2). Keep your workspace uncluttered and well-organized
Most people don’t give keeping their workspace organized and uncluttered the importance it deserves, but give it a thought for a moment:
Do you feel it would be best to work in a clean, neat and pretty environment, or try and find your papers and notes in a cluttered, disorganized desk where you get your documents dirty from dust and anything else that may be laying around?
An uncluttered desk helps to keep your mind uncluttered as well, and makes organizing and then finding your documents an easy and fast task instead of a real struggle.
3). Don’t ignore your success
Sometimes we only pay attention to grand and flashy displays of success, but if we only get happy when enjoying our biggest accomplishments, then we’ll be blind to all the smaller milestones we achieved along the way.
This is a typical case of not seeing the forest for the trees, focusing solely on the biggest accomplishments and ignoring our every day, if smaller, successes.
Try and take a moment every week, or even more frequently, to observe your progress and acknowledge a job well done, even if it wasn’t as big or as flashy as you might have hoped it would be.
4). Remain positive
The easiest way to lose your motivation is to sink in a pessimistic attitude and see the world around you as a gloomy and adversarial place. You need to try and remain positive, as the more you believe you will be unable to succeed, the easier it will become for you to fail. It’s like convincing yourself through your own attitude that you simply cannot do it.
Try and keep an upbeat attitude about your projects, your job, and even your personal life, and you will see an improvement before too long.
5). Get out of your comfort zone
Remaining in your comfort zone may be safe and keep you from growing uncomfortable, but it will lead you nowhere, inevitably lead to frustration. This keeps your motivation from staying afloat. You should try to follow your dreams, move ahead in life and not let your worries and fears get the best of you.
6). Set achievable, clear goals
You should always make a realistic list of smaller goals to strive to fulfill. Not only will this allow you to give your objectives entity in the real world, but also let you experience smaller successes frequently, keeping your spirits up.
As you being to achieve these smaller goals, these can begin growing bigger and more ambitious, which will help you reach for your dreams and keep your motivation from sinking when you fail to reach success all at once.
7). Create a mantra
Mantras are not only for those who meditate and do yoga. It can help you focus on a positive, encouraging message you repeat to yourself daily, and this will ensure you keep moving forward, not letting negative thoughts get the best of you.
Try to begin every single day and end every night repeating your mantra out loud. You’ll see improvement in no time. The more often you repeat it, the faster you will begin believing it yourself!
8). Get a friend or loved one to help you
Having someone be there for you, listen to your concerns, anxieties, and doubts, can help you see these are not as bad as you might have believed they were at first. Though you should trust your own instinct, remember sometimes you are your own worse enemy when dealing with anxiety and lack of motivation.
Sometimes all you need is someone to listen to the facts and make sure it’s really as bad as you believed it before speaking to them. It most likely won’t be.
You can also set an accountability buddy, who knows about your tasks for the week: You’ll set a time to tell them all about a presentation or project you are working on. That will help you keep moving forward and help you abstain from procrastinating.
9). Don’t try to do it all at once
Sometimes when a task is too big, we get demotivated due to the sheer massiveness of it all. Try and divide it into smaller, more realistic blocks. This will help you move ahead in tiny but attainable achievements, and will keep you from growing frustrated about the large work you still have ahead of you. Also, schedule regular breaks so that you don’t exhaust yourself.