What is the secret to motivation? Or the importance of motivation?
I have been trying to figure out the perfect moment or quote that will push me to be more productive. This is why motivation is important! We need it to move forward.
Turns out we stop procrastinating ONLY when taking action becomes less painful than not taking the action or making the choice.
1.We either run out of time and the consequences are terrible.
2. Or we realize that the benefit of the action is finally so much better than the alternative of doing nothing.
Action = motivation = momentum
It is all about STARTING no matter how small… period. One example is to have a workout outfit picked out the night before and where you can see it when you open up your eyes. This will help you get started working out.
Another example is to decide to work on a project you have procrastinated on for just a half hour, this gets the ball rolling.
I always thought motivation came first but the reality is that the action creates the motivation. So as soon as the action part starts… the motivation kicks in and you will start to feel some momentum!
It must be scheduled
You know that special day that you expect to wake up and just feel “ motivated”? It will never happen on its own.
I am a perfect example of this, I tell myself ” today’s the day, I will be motivated!” Of course I get distracted and make excuses and before I know it, I’m saying ”tomorrow will be a better day to start.” The point is that…
It must be scheduled, and a ritual formed.
Yes just schedule it in your day it is as important as a meeting, don’t think about it just DO it!
Take away as much of the decision making as possible. As in #1 getting prepared the night before just eliminates the thinking part! And THAT is the part that messes us up every time.
Find mini routines that take little or no effort. The fewer decisions the better! You will feel victorious after completing, even small victories deserve a pat on the back!
Attach a reward
Make the reward something you will enjoy, after you complete whatever you may be putting off. This will make it more interesting and more likely it will be completed.
Ex; Netflix only after 30 min of exercise or listening to your fav podcasts while exercising.
Be accountable to a friend or an app or anyone that will say “Hey get off your ass” and keep your appointment! There are Snapchap streaks, where they connect daily, no one ever wants the streaks to end, and are seriously bummed if days are missed.
The same principle applies once you start a “streak.” Breaking it becomes harder and you push through especially if another person or money is involved ( an app such as Stickk uses money as an incentive!)
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ”
“When all is said and done, more is said than done.”
“And will you succeed? Yes indeed, yes indeed! Ninety-eight and three-quarters percent guaranteed!”
“All great achievements require time.”
“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”
“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.”
“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.”
“Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.”
“The quality of a man’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.”
“Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”
“Go as far as you can see and you will see further.”
Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.-
“Never allow the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game!”
― Babe Ruth
“Discipline is giving yourself a command and following it up with action”
“Soon became convinced I was right and undertook the task with all the fire and boundless confidence of youth.”
“The greatest lesson of life is that you are responsible for your life.”
“Your greatness is measured by your horizons.”
“Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once, whether you’re ready or not, to put it into action.”
“When you affirm big, believe big and pray big, putting faith into action, big things happen.”
Everyday Motivation in 5 Simple Steps
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