Building Motivation With the Snowball Effect

“What can you do when you’re lodged in a negative stream of events, and the mountain of problems saps all of your motivation to fix things?”

I got this question from a friend of mine who’s had a series of bad luck, compounded by his own negative emotional reaction to the situation.

If you’re feeling like you need to get out of a tight spot, but you lack the fighting spirit to “take arms against a sea of troubles” ??

Let me explain THE SNOWBALL EFFECT :

The first thing to understand about trends in life, negative or positive, is that they usually work like snowballs. A first negative or positive event, like a few isolated snowflakes, drifts down the side of the mountain with almost no effect. But – let another few and another few snowflakes get stuck together – and you get a snowball rolling down a hillside.

Let this ball collect snow and, bam!, you end up with an avalanche.

No one can stand alone and try to stop an avalanche with brute force. Once a strong string of negative events has taken over, you can try to hold back the tide with outstretched arms, but it won’t work.

So what to do?

Well, positive things work with the snowball effect too. Action breeds action.

What you need to do is to take positive action. Start with little things. Do the dishes. Tidy. Buy a rose for your wife/husband. Pick any small thing that will have an immediate positive effect on your life or your environment. The deed should be executable in less than 30 minutes and MUST have positive results immediately.

Once you’ve done this, pick the next thing. Perhaps something a bit bigger. Don’t tackle anything intimidating or enormous. Just get a good, positive trend rolling.

This is how to build motivation: by establishing a causal link between the effort you make and a quick, predictable and desirable outcome.

By getting a ball of positivity rolling, you’ll feel more empowered to, one by one, take on the more challenging issues in your life.

THE SERIES OF STEPS EFFECT

“Even the highest mountain is climbed in a series of steps.”

When trying to climb mount Everest, the best way to get discouraged is to stare at the top.

Big problems sometimes kill motivation just because of their size. If you look at a big issue in your life – like a mountain of debt – the magnitude of the problem can sap your will to take on the challenge.

So, the key to keeping your motivation in tact is to break the challenge into smaller steps. These milestones allow you not only to see progress, but also to see exactly what you have to do at each stage. While you might not see your way clear to making it up the whole mountain in one go, getting to the next plateau might seem manageable.

Your goal, then, is to break your problems down into manageable steps. Once you’ve got smaller things you can easily succeed at, you’ll not only see progress, but you’ll feel less demotivated by the sheer size of a problem.

Remember : the best way not to climb the mountain is to spend time staring at the top, so don’t do it! Don’t be a tourist admiring your own problems. Act. Action begets action.

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Weight Loss – Finding Your Trigger To Boost Your Motivation to Lose Weight

If you are like many people, you may find you struggle to maintain optimal motivation levels from time to time. You go about your program and sometimes, you are sufficiently motivated and ready to work as hard as possible. Other times, the opposite occurs. You cannot get yourself to do what you know you need to. What gives? When this takes place, it is essential to identify your triggers.

Let us look further at this concept so you can find out how to use it and have sky-high motivation at all times.

What Are Triggers? Triggers are essentially anything that is going to make you strive to work as hard as possible to see a result.

For instance, it is the reason why you are looking to lose weight. Why you are hitting the gym each day. Why you are saying no to pizza when it is offered.

Your triggers dictate your ability to stick with your program and generally speaking, the stronger the trigger, the easier time you will have to maintain your motivation to continue.

Finding these strong triggers is essential for your success.

Finding Your Triggers. How do you go about finding your triggers? First, you must dig deep…

  1. Now, at the surface level, you may think the primary reason you want to lose weight is to look better. Moreover, that is great, but it is at a surface level. Go further.
  2. Why do you want to look better? What will looking better get you? Whom do you want to look better for? What happens if you don’t look better?

Try answering these questions along with any others you may come up with that will help you better understand your triggers.

You may find you want to look better to regain the self-confidence you lost as a teen when you started putting on the weight and by doing so, you may feel like you will approach life and your job differently, and if you do, it may mean career advancement.

Now you have a definite trigger. When you think of that piece of cake, think of this instead. If you want to be successful and reach your goal, your trigger will help you to say no to the slice of cake.

Using This Wisely. How can you use this wisely? What you need to know here is this exercise is not designed to make you feel bad about yourself. Instead, it is intended to help uncover the reason why you are working so hard towards your goal.

If you have not taken the time to uncover your trigger or triggers, that is your first mistake and what will cost you down the line. Your motivation will fail, and you will be back to square one.

Take some time and find your trigger. It is one of the best steps you can take to help achieve maximum success.

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Importance of Motivation

The importance of motivation is important for most people in everyday situations. Universities and organizations and schools always make sure that their students and employees are always motivated to carry out their work to the best of their ability. However, due to factors beyond their control more and more people are finding it hard to motivate themselves due to lots of factors. This article will explore the importance of motivation and how it as affected thousands and thousands of individuals.

One of the main importances of motivation is to increase morale of an individual. For example, if a sports team is constantly losing their matches then this will have a negative effect on the morale of the whole team as no one likes to lose. Furthermore, this loss can affect the behavior of the individual. Therefore, on this basis the manager who coaches the team is responsible for motivating his players to help them stay focused on future matches. The manager is responsible for helping to motivate the players and help develop their confidence. On this basis, motivation is important because it can help a person forget about the past and move on.

Another importance of motivation is when a person might be going through personal domestic problems and therefore, it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure the person is motivated to carry out their job without taking their problems to the workplace. Moreover, the employer will have to need to ensure that they motivate the individual in many ways to make sure the person is not emotionally affected by their problems. Sometimes some people can find it hard to adjust to their job when they have domestic personal problems and therefore, on that basis it is important that an individual is motivated and focused to carry out their tasks.

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Putting Off Exercise? Two Ways to Regain Motivation and Stop Procrastinating Workouts

Today is the day!

You told yourself you’d hit to the gym after work. But work was more hectic than you thought. Now you’re drained. You drive home, clean up a bit, but then you make the mistake of sitting down. You can feel your energy fading – along with your motivation.

You know you should get that workout in.

But the idea of dragging yourself to the gym is quickly turning into a pipe dream. You feel like you just can’t get yourself to get up. So then you decide you’ll workout tomorrow instead. But this too is questionable.

This cycle can go on for days… weeks… even months. And it’s frustrating because part of us wants to work out, and knows we’ll feel so much better once we do – but another part of ourselves would rather just crash on the couch.

So why do we procrastinate workouts?

Let’s look at three culprits:

1. I’m Too Busy

2. I Don’t Feel Like It

3. I Can’t Wake Up In Time

1) I’m Too Busy

Have you found there are “more important” things to do than getting to the gym?

Maybe there’s paperwork to catch up.

Maybe there are clothes to fold.

Maybe you have to make dinner.

The tricky part is all of those might be valid. All of those might be important. But those reasons can quickly turn into excuses. Especially if those same reasons stop you day after day.

2) I Don’t Feel Like It.

Some days we just aren’t in the mood.

We’re tired.

We’re stressed out.

We’re not feeling motivated.

Because we’re not in the right mood, we wait until a “better day” or when we’re in a “better mood”.

Behind this reason is often the belief that, “I need to be motivated before I act” – which is FAR from the truth. I’ve met many fit people and some days they are gung-ho and super-motivated but sometimes they aren’t – but they work out anyway. Lack of motivation doesn’t stop them.

3) I Can’t Wake Up In Time

Mornings can be rough.

The alarm disrupts our perfect slumber. So we hit snooze once… twice… a dozen times until finally we frantically have to get ready for the day.

Maybe the bed is too cozy

Maybe it’s too cold outside

Maybe you’re too tired.

It can be tough waking up, especially if you’re a night owl. Or if you’re in the habit of snoozing your alarm clock. Sure – exercising in the morning has benefits. But if the mornings don’t work, find a time that does. For some people, lunch hours or evening works much better for them.

So it could be any one of these or combination of these. Whatever the reason, let’s look at two ways to prevent this cycle of procrastinating workouts.

Imagine The Finish Line

As you imagine your next workout, what comes to mind?

Do you imagine how pleasant and enjoyable it’s going to be?

Do you think about how happy you’re going be while doing it?

How much fun you’re going to have?

Probably not. When most people imagine working out, they picture all sorts of unpleasant things. Their focus zooms in on the painful exercises… how hard it will be… how tired they’ll be… how sore they’ll be… everyone watching them…

It’s easy to see how they talk themselves out of it.

Focusing on these things will make anyone unmotivated. But just like a photographer, you can adjust and shift your focus to other qualities of a landscape. More beautiful aspects. More inspiring aspects.

In fact, let’s take a lesson from the Navy SEALS on this.

Years ago, the Navy SEALS were in a dilemma, 76% of their top candidates were dropping out.The Navy knew these recruits were more than capable, yet few were making the cut. So they called psychologist, Eric Potterat to figure out how to boost the recruits’ mental toughness. Potterat created four habits (called The Big Four) that worked so well, it increased graduation rate by 50%!

One habit was known as “Imagining How Good It Will Feel”.

When recruits needed a boost to keep them going through a brutal workout, he taught them to imagine successfully completing a workout. This allowed them to tap into powerful emotions like feeling successful and accomplishing something. And this allowed them to power through it.

Here’s how you can use this:

Visualize A Successful Workout

Imagine yourself successfully completing the workout.

Think about how good that will feel at the end.

Feel that success and that accomplishment.

Even if it’s just one workout, it’s still an accomplishment.

Even if you can’t perform as well as you used to, it’s still an accomplishment.

Visualize it as best as you can.

Bring in as many senses as you can.

And you don’t have to focus on the completing the entire workout. You can use this for certain parts of your workout; using something Potterat calls “segmenting.”

In an interview with Business Insider, Potterat states:

“If you’re thrust into a seemingly overwhelming, stressful situation, the best thing you can do is just kind of manage one step at a time and focus on what’s controllable.”

Pick out certain exercises and how they will feel once you’ve accomplished them.

For me, I don’t enjoy doing pull ups. If I imagine doing pull ups, it’s not very motivating. But if I imagine what it’s like after completing pull ups, it’s very motivating. Use it for certain exercises.

When you break it down like this, it’s somewhat like crossing off items on a checklist. You can give yourself a surge of accomplishment by finishing each of those small steps.

Here are some additional aspects you can focus on:

When you’re done how much more alert and energized will you feel?

How much more peace of mind will you have after the work out?

How much better will the rest of your day feel?

Do you think that feeling of accomplishment will carry with you the rest of the day?

5-Minute Commitment

Working as a fitness professional, I learned that the most successful clients had certain things in common.

One of which was the quantity of workouts they did on their own (called “off-day workouts”). In many cases, these would make or break people. You see, when people need to show up for a session with a trainer, they have accountability. So it’s not too difficult to show up.

But it’s a different story when they have to show up on their own.

So I gave them a challenge.

Even if you’re tired.

Even if you don’t feel like it.

Even if you’re not motivated.

Even if you’re not in the mood.

5-Minute Commitment

  1. Workout for 5-minutes
  2. If after five minutes you still aren’t feeling it, then go home.

Well, guess what?

In most cases, they’ll finish the entire workout. Instead of waiting for motivation to strike them like lightning, they acted their way into motivation. It’s similar to the quote by William Butler Yeats, “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”

Commit yourself to just five minutes.

Worst-case scenario, you still accomplish a small workout.

Best-case scenario, you finish the entire thing.

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Self-Motivation As a Tonic for Success

There is a saying that it is easy to take a horse to the river. But what is not easy is to force it to drink water there. This saying is also true when it comes to achievement of success. It is one thing to try to motivate somebody to achieve success in life. But your effort at inspiring the person may not achieve results until the person him- or herself is self-motivated. This is because one’s effort will be fruitless if in one’s absence, the person does not have the determination to be successful.

There are two parts to self-motivation or internal motivation, that is, mental and physical. In the mental stage, you conceive in your mind where you want to go; while in the physical state, you take action to get to where you aspire to be.

Pathway

Self-motivation, which consists of thought and action, is a key to success. This is because the willingness to act on your ideas is at least as important as the ideas themselves. Anybody that wants to be successful in life needs to be a self-starter; give his or her success aspiration all he or she has; and dare him- or herself to act now.

The world is full of opportunities beckoning at you every second, minute and day. But the key to making the most of those opportunities is action. This implies that one needs to dream his or her dreams, but motivate him- or herself to put plans into motion.

Fixed-personality myth

The choice one makes for his or her thinking either motivates him or her or not. Although clear visualisation of a goal is a good first step, a joyfully-motivated life demands more. To live the life one wants to live, action is required. In the words of William Shakespeare, “Action is eloquence.”

Steve Chandler, a sales trainer as well as a keynote and convention speaker submits that it is a myth to say each of us has a fixed personality. Chandler stresses that this is self-limiting and denies us our power of continuous creation. In our ongoing creation of whom we are, nothing has a greater impact on that process than the choice we make between optimism and pessimism. There are no optimism or pessimism personalities; there are only single, individual choices for optimistic or pessimistic thoughts.

First step

To be able to motivate oneself to success through self-motivation, one must be able to identify core desires. Everybody has what it takes to achieve greatest desires, but to find the motivation and direction one’s life needs, one must identify his or her core desires. That is, things one is very passionate about. Whether you want to earn more money, establish cordial relationships or boost your self-confidence, you must first identify your core desires, that is, things that drive you from within.

Ideas

Apart from identifying your core desires, you also need to have ideas to be able to succeed. If you have ideas, you have the main asset you need, and the sky is beginning of your success that can be achieved through self-motivation.

Dr. Walter Doyle Staples, one of America’s most celebrated authorities on human-potential issues says all accomplishments, whether big or small, begin with an idea. Although ideas in general are not in short supply, creative and innovative ideas are, and so are people who can turn them into reality. You should prepare for success and your chance will definitely come.

Goal-setting

Having got the necessary ideas, another thing to do to be able to accomplish success through self-motivation is to set goals and plan. Before any adventure, take time to plan. Design your own plan of attack. Always observe a successful person, no sooner does he or she achieve his or her goal than he or she will set newer and higher goals in order to further extend his or her success and happiness.

This does not mean that successful people have no disappointments. But they are successful because they know how to overcome challenges. When formulating your personal goals, you should endeavour to keep this simple PROBE rule in mind. That is, make the goals “Practical”; “Reasonable”; “Obtainable”; “Big” and “Exciting”.

Vision

In addition to your goal-setting, you need to have a vision. Without a vision, one does not know where he or she is going and certainly cannot develop a strategy to get there. The vision one establishes, creates the future he or she will have. Establishing your vision requires that you integrate the person you are and the opportunity you have chosen to pursue to a cohesive whole.

Energy and good health habits

Being energetic and cultivation of good health habits are another area worthy of consideration when talking about achievements through self-motivation.

George Shinn, a renowned motivational writer and speaker says, “You need energy for successful motivation. Energy is like the propellant that goes into a satellite to provide thrust (action), like the gasoline that powers our cars. But the amount of energy an individual has to expend is…measured by the condition of the human body and mind.” Health is a person’s physical and mental state.

Addition

You need to devote your very substantial energies as fully as possible to the venture you are engaging yourself in, throw yourself into the work and spend long hours at it to be able to succeed. Additionally, you need to make your appearance an asset; develop a magnetic personality; build successful relationships; overcome worry, doubt, and fear; master your tensions and learn to relax; overcome failure; learn from your mistakes; and solve your problems.

Visualisation

Paradoxically, the readiness to visualise one’s last hours is a self-motivation tonic when we are talking about achievement of success. As Chandler puts it, “Pretending you aren’t going to die is detrimental to your enjoyment of life… Confronting our own death doesn’t have to wait until we run out of life. In fact, being able to vividly image our last hours on our deathbed creates a paradoxical sensation: the feeling of being born all over again – the first step to fearless self-motivation.”

Words of advice

What is the essence of coming to this world without making indelible impression or become a great achiever through self-motivation? You need to deploy all efforts to be able to succeed and your best bet is to (re)activate your internal-motivation mechanisms.

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5 Simple Steps to Endless Motivation and Power

When you think of motivation, what thoughts cross your mind? Maybe a marathon athlete determined to make it to the finish line. What about a college kid barreling through their final exams before graduation? The exact definition of motivation may vary from person to person. No matter what your personal interpretation of motivation is, its piece in the puzzle of success is vital.

Motivation is the strengthening force behind life change. It is the magic that happens when you know exactly what you want and possess the burning desire to do what is necessary to get it- the substance that keeps your dreams on track. With motivation, you possess the potential to continuously touch you dreams. Without motivation, where would our power be to outlast the tough times?

There is nothing like the intrinsic energy that constantly propels you forward in pursuit of your dreams. The ability to set goals, work hard and go after your passions is an enjoyment that can never be taken from you. If achieved, once achieved, your desire to consistently complete goals can become addicting. You may ask yourself “How can I continually reproduce my motivation to pursue my passion and achieve my dreams?” Here are 5 simple steps to endless motivation and power:

1. Be Visual with Your Vision

Create a vision board and fill it with images of your desired goals and dreams. The luxury car you want to drive (or have driven for you), the mansion you want to live and the amount of money you want to have in the bank will understandably be on your lists. However, don’t just stop at surface level; dig deeper. Really spend some time to meditate and think deeply. Think not only on the things that you want to have but the person that you want to become. Include the character traits that you want to model and the reputation that you want to have. Don’t forget the goals that you want to accomplish. Be sure to write them down. Include pictures of family and friends, potential travel destinations, and anything that creates an emotional response and makes your heart beat. When reviewing potential pieces of your vision board, think “What inspires me passionately?”

Time is one of the most valuable, non-refundable resources we have. You can either fully use, or forever lose it.

2. Have Time Value

If you are not already, start appreciating the value of time. Time is one of the most valuable, non-refundable resources we have. You can either fully use, or forever lose it. If your ultimate aim is to create change, you are going to have to invest a great deal of time to make it happen. You can start by reducing the time you spend on things that are superfluous to your goals. Be mindful of your time spent on activities such as watching television, spending weekends at the mall, excessive partying, traveling and even spending copious amounts of time visiting family and friends – For these things may bring you short-term joy in the present, but won’t help you get what you want or where you want to be. Remember that time is a non-refundable resource, and you should not so easily allow excessive activities to swindle you of something so precious. You may be wondering, “How can I use all of this time more effectively?” The answer is, by reinvesting it in yourself and your goals. Don’t forget to remember this: No one knows the exact amount of time they have here on earth. However much it is, the number is fixed. What counts, is not how much time that you have, but how you choose to use it. The contrast is will you will you let time pass you by, or will you make the most of the valuable resources that you have?

3. Get Emotional

Not happy with the position you are currently in? Wanting to change your situation or surroundings? Get emotional about where you are. How anxious are you about your position in life right now? Do your actions and emotions model challenge and change, or conformity and comfortability? Check your attitude towards change. Is it biased and intolerant to change, or does it model motivational mannerisms? So ask yourself “Why do I want to change?” Is it because you’re TIRED of feeling UNFULFILLED? Do you feel BORED and UNACCOMPLISHED with your life? Are you SICK and TIRED of repeating the same cycle day in and day out? Do you feel INSPIRED to get more out of life? Are you UNCOMFORTABLE enough to change? If not, got uncomfortable, get emotional and get moving!

4. Have Self-Compassion

Sometimes, we can be our own biggest critic. Give yourself a break for goodness sake. You’re wondering why you are not normal or if you are normal. The answer is, “yes!” Normal people make mistakes. Normal people fall short… Normal people get back up, dust themselves off and keep going after a mistake or misstep. A wise man once told me “It’s not how many times you fall that counts, but how many times you get back up afterward and keep going.” So let me ask you, what makes you think that your road to success is paved with perfection? The road that you drive in real life isn’t perfectly paved, and sometimes, you may hit a bump in it. Will you let that bump define your character, or keep your eyes on the prize as you strive for your future? Having compassion for yourself will let go of the past experiences, learn lessons from them and make room for you to grab a hold of your future.

5. Face Your Fear(s)

Face your fears, plain and simple you. Fear is the subjection that is determined to stop you where you stand and deprive you of your dreams. It’s the ever-being obstacle with the potential to veer its head at any time, no matter how many times we have dealt with it in the past. Are you going to allow this pernicious imposter to crush your dreams, steal your joy and defer you from your destiny? Imagine this lingering thought haunting your final days: “I didn’t accomplish my goals and dreams because I was too frightened to live”. Will the thought even matter, or by then will it be far too late to conquer fear. Affirm that you will not permit fear to spoil your spirit and initiate taking action to confront your fears- now!

5 Common Fears:

· Fear of Failure

· Fear of the First Step

· Fear of Actual Success

· Fear of Incompetence

· Fear of the Unknown

With the feelings you get when you accomplish your goals, there is no wonder why you would want to repeat the process again. Just like the marathon runner who wins the race, you want to touch success time after time. As your burning desire increases, implementing these simple steps will increase the size of your puzzle piece of motivation. You will retain the strength to face your fears, forgive yourself for your failures and live a life where you consistently achieve your goals. With new endless motivation and power, what fresh goals and dreams will you set and accomplish?

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Self Motivation

There are two basic types of motivation: intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation. Extrinsic motivation is generated due to external factors, whereas intrinsic motivation is generated due to internal sensation and is a longer lasting one.

Self motivation, also called intrinsic motivation, refers to an internal drive that originates from within a person which helps a person to overcome obstacles and pursue worthy goals. Besides internal factors, there are certain external factors that drive you to start something new or to make a move in a positive direction.

Desire, values, and beliefs are the three motivating factors that constitute self motivation.

Self motivation is necessary as you cannot always rely on others to get motivated. It is surely needed to gather courage and strength to achieve your goals. Furthermore, it is essential to take up a new activity or to plan and find new directions in life.

Self motivation has the power to enable you to achieve anything you want to experience in life. The power exists within every person, but you should be able to get self -motivated to achieve your desires or goals. Try to identify your desire, values, and beliefs and also your strength and weakness in order to establish realistic goals.

To improve self motivation, one of the easiest ways is to educate yourself through training programs. Self hypnosis is also found effective in improving self motivation. Majority of the training programs specifically teaches the skills required to consistently become a self motivated person. Nowadays, there are several learning institutes that provide pragmatic steps to improve self motivation. Also, there are opportunities to learn how to increase your self-motivation through the Internet.

Self motivation plays a vital role in the early student life. Students should be self motivated by means of various motivation techniques in order to enable them to overcome life’s challenges.

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Achievement Motivation

Over the years, behavioral scientists have noticed that some people have an intense desire to achieve something, while others may not seem that concerned about their achievements. This phenomenon has attracted a lot of discussions and debates. Scientists have observed that people with a high level of achievement motivation exhibit certain characteristics. Achievement motivation is the tendency to endeavor for success and to choose goal oriented success or failure activities.

Achievement motivation forms to be the basic for a good life. People who are oriented towards achievement, in general, enjoy life and feel in control. Being motivated keeps people dynamic and gives them self-respect. They set moderately difficult but easily achievable targets, which help them, achieve their objectives. They do not set up extremely difficult or extremely easy targets. By doing this they ensure that they only undertake tasks that can be achieved by them. Achievement motivated people prefer to work on a problem rather than leaving the outcome to chance. It is also seen that achievement motivated people seem to be more concerned with their personal achievement rather than the rewards of success.

It is generally seen that achievement motivated people evidenced a significantly higher rate of advancement in their company compared to others. Programs and courses designed, involves seven “training inputs.” The first step refers to the process through which achievement motivation thinking is taught to the person. The second step helps participants understand their own individuality and goals. The third assist participants in practicing achievement-related actions in cases, role-plays, and real life. A fourth refers to practicing of achievement-related actions in business and other games. A fifth input encourages participants to relate the achievement behavior model to their own behavior, self-image, and goals. The sixth program facilitates participants to develop a personal plan of action. Finally, the course provides participants with feedback on their progress towards achieving objectives and targets.

Achievement motivation as a branch of study has greatly established its prominence. A number of companies are now training their employees in the same.

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Motivation Strategies That Work

Whether in a business place, school classroom or in the home, motivation strategies that work the best are those that work the longest. Many seminars and classes are held for the purpose of motivating, but only work temporarily. There are ways to achieve long term motivation that will serve to continually reach mutual goals.

It can be said that there are several motivation strategies that are used to achieve goals. These are:

1) Team Work. Peer pressure is often seen as a negative force, but when applied in a team work situation, it can work in an opposite manner. Teams are often formed to accomplish a goal with the idea that peer pressure within the group will result in every member putting their best foot forward; each operating at their optimal levels.

2) Personal Involvement. Enabling an individual or group to set and announce their own goals often has positive results. Verbalizing the intentions is an important aspect of this method, as a commitment to the goal will be realized. Making the goals publicly known creates additional drive, most likely because it is seen as a promise.

3) Job Augmentation. Styling a job so that it has more interest and appeal is one of the motivation strategies not often implemented in the US but common overseas. Performing the same job over and over again results in a monotony that can hardly be counted as motivating. Form a group of individuals who all play a part in the completion of a job cycle, say assembly, where each person rotates jobs in a “cross training” exercise, and motivation increases because interest has now been piqued.

4) Incentives. The idea that providing rewards for a job well done is sound, but can become difficult if the employer’s idea of a reward differs from that of the employee’s. As each person has their own needs that drive motivation, it could be hard to hit upon the right incentives.

5) Exchanges. Exchanges provide one of those motivation strategies that can become convoluted. It is quite similar to offering incentives, only on a more temporary basis. For example, completing a specific job within a time frame could reward the employee with an extra day off. This is often used in the workplace, but there are frequent disagreements as to what a fair exchange actually is.

6) Competition. Sales oriented business use this often. “Be the first to sell 15 cars per week and win a trip to the Caribbean!” Healthy competition is embraced, but not if goals are set too high.

7) Fear. Sadly, motivation strategies employed by a company often include fear of loss of benefits, money and even jobs.

Implementing motivation strategies such as these can help to improve goal achievement. Which type works best is dependent on the type of company, but each has great merit when applied pro

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Proven Strategies That Decrease Distraction and Increase Self-Motivation

WHY IS KEEPING YOURSELF MOTIVATED SUCH HARD WORK?

We live in a busy world with so many distractions, making it easier for us to get sidelined and lose track of what is important to us. We lose sight of what we want and what we should be doing. If there are a lot of distractions that keep you from doing what you need to be doing, then you need to make some changes.

WHAT DOES SELF-MOTIVATION MEAN?

Remez Sasson, founder and owner of Success Consciousness: Mental Tools for a Great Life, says the following about motivation:

“Motivation is the inner power that pushes you toward taking action toward achievement. Motivation is powered by desire and ambition; if these two principles are absent then motivation is absent too. You may want something or feel that you want to achieve a certain goal; however if the desire and ambition are not strong enough, you lack the push, the initiative, and the willingness to take the necessary action, your chances of success are limited because your motivation is weak. When there is motivation, there is initiative, direction, courage, energy, and the persistence to follow your goals.”

KEEPING YOURSELF MOTIVATED:

Being motivated means that you are aligned with your goals and values so that you are clear on what is important to you and why it is important to you. This helps in maintaining discipline and focus. In order to do this successfully, take the time to determine those values and prioritize the ones that are most important to you.

Keeping yourself motivated means that you have a clear vision of how you and your life will be different once you achieve your goals. More importantly, you use the visualization to generate the powerful feelings associated with successfully achieving the goal. Developing this important skill will allow you to see yourself implementing those important action steps that you need to take in order to achieve your goal.

Rehearsing, preparation, breaking things down into smaller more manageable steps; becoming more organized, determining what is urgent and non-urgent, and what will become urgent if not addressed, will go a long way towards reducing distraction and embracing the hard work that is needed to get you where you want to go. Using the power of visualization with any one of these steps will keep you focused and enhance your self- motivation.

Keeping yourself motivated requires a high level of self-discipline, self-honesty and self-monitoring to deal with the distractions that can get in your way. In monitoring your thoughts, actions and behaviors you accept the fact that you alone are accountable and responsible for the outcome of your success.

Motivated people are able to do what needs to be done, without influence from other situations or people. They do not give up when challenged, as they are able to rely on their own strength, reason and resilience. Although you can certainly benefit from encouragement and support, at the end of the day your achievement of success will come down to your inner abilities. To be self-motivated means that there is no outside force or person pushing you to become what you want to. The locus of control is within you and not based on others.

MAKE THE EFFORT TO GET MOTIVATED:

Take the effort to make sure that you are completely absorbed and laser-focused in what you are doing by following these important principles:

  • Take care of your distractions – pay attention to what trips you up and gets in the way of you achieving success
  • Take the time to find ways to quiet the mind; slowing down and listening to the voice within goes a long way to helping you to know what is important
  • Mirror and copy role models. The fact is that success leaves clues and guidelines for you to follow. Implement and do what successful people do.

JUST A FEW SELF-MOTIVATION TIPS:

Here are a few tips to aid you in staying motivated:

1. Fill your mind with positive information, visual aids, pictures, words of encouragement and quotes; read, listen and view information that feeds your mind and helps you to stay focused on what you want to achieve.

2. Surround yourself with positive people and protect your vibrational energy. Stay away from energy vampires – those negative people who pull you down, drain your energy and deflate your spirit.

3. Pay attention to your self-talk. Ensure that your inner dialogue is positive, supportive, encouraging and stays connected to your wise mind

4. Cultivate laughter and play in your life. What you do with your down-time (scheduling down-time) is just as important as what you do when you are working towards your goals.

5. Hire a Coach or connect to a Mentor – someone who has achieved what you aspire to who can show you the steps to get what you want and where you want to go, as well as hold you accountable.

The whole concept of self-motivation and success lies within you. There is no external force and power that can MAKE you stay motivated. Motivation comes from within you and no one else. We all lose our ability to concentrate and focus from time to time; address those motivational slumps and eliminate the things that distract and take away your focus by making your self-motivation a priority. When your self-motivation is a priority you enhance your overall state of mental health and general sense of wellbeing. You become more self-sufficient and self-reliant, both of which go a long way to boost your confidence and enhance your self-esteem.

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