How Successful People Keep Themselves Motivated All The Time?
Motivation is so important to any success that you have. But staying motivated is difficult. So why not take a few cues from the best?
When successful people suffer a huge setback, do you know what they do? They bounce straight back. They don’t sit around feeling sorry for themselves and reason that they should probably just stack shelves for a living instead.
Nope, they bounce back. And they always come back stronger.
Why? Because they’re motivated to succeed.
Motivation is what gets people out of bed at 5.30am while the rest of the world is still snoozing. It’s the key ingredient that ensures we meet out dreams.
If you’re having real difficulty staying motivated at the moment, here are a few ways in which successful people keep themselves motivated all the time. Let’s learn from the best!
Understand Your “Why’s”
As Mark Twain was apt to point out, “the two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
Knowing why you’re doing something is incredibly important if you’re to stay motivated. If you don’t understand your purpose, how are you supposed to have any sort of drive?
If you have no idea why you’re doing something at the moment except because you have to in order to survive or conform to the status quo, it’s probably time that you take a step aside and figure out your true purpose in life.
Ask yourself what would motivate you more and why it would motivate you.
Reframe A Setback
Understandably, it can be difficult to find motivation when you’ve suffered a pretty significant setback. Blows can define us and prevent us from moving forward.
But have you ever reframed a setback so that you come to see it in a much more positive light?
For example, let’s say you miss out on a job you were sure was yours for the taking. You could dwell on your failings and lose heart altogether at this point.
“Gee, I guess I’m no were near as good as I thought I was.”
Or, you could put a much more positive spin on the matter by saying, “Maybe I was over-confident this time. I wonder where else I went wrong?”
Ask Yourself “What Have I Got To Lose?”
In any movie, the main character has a main goal that they want to achieve before the end credits. Their objective might be to ask a woman to marry them, or it might be to save the world from a nuclear war.
The character doesn’t have to see their goals through. But they choose to because they’ve got a lot to lose. This is what propels them forward.
Ask yourself what you would lose if you didn’t get up and work on your goals. Would you lose any hope you had of living in an expensive apartment? Would you lose the one last awesome chance you have of doing a certain something before it’s too late?
Always Think Big
“Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.”
– Oprah Winfrey
Is the sky really the limit? Not when you consider that we’ve already landed on the moon and are currently aiming for Mars.
The truth is that nobody really knows their limits. And yet we still impose limits on ourselves!
“I can’t do this, I can’t do that.”
We rarely talk ourselves up, but we love to talk ourselves down.
Sure, there will be days when you don’t feel up to doing something. But maybe that’s because your goal is so small and therefore not very exciting.
Do you think it’s easier to make $50,000 in a year or $150,000?
It’s easier to make $150,000. Why? Because it’s more exciting! Therefore, we feel more motivated to go for it.
Thinking big is thrilling.
Devise A Fresh Plan
Okay, so something didn’t work out the first time around. But that’s it? You’re just gonna quit?
Hmm. If I was you, I wouldn’t be so hasty.
First of all, your plan wasn’t completely wrong – but it had bugs.
So all you have to do is take a look at it, and take what worked into your next plan while eliminating what didn’t.
Don’t give up. Try again but with a fresh approach. There are more than one ways to skin a cat. We don’t always get things right the first time. But by exercising a bit of critical thinking, we can eventually get to the top by tweaking our methods.
Don’t be passive – always be active.
The reason successful people are successful is because they took action.
Likewise, the reason unsuccessful are unsuccessful is because they didn’t take action.
Don’t sit around thinking all day. Not only can this easily induce symptoms of depression, but it leaves you too tired to actually o something.
Staying active keeps your energy levels up, which in turn makes you more motivated to Do!
Be Accountable To Someone
It’s really hard to be accountable to ourselves.
“Uh, I’ll hit the treadmill tomorrow,” we say idly to ourselves during a yawn.
Then, we lie back down and fall asleep again.
At 3 in the afternoon.
Although you’ve told yourself you’ll exercise tomorrow, do you really think you’ll go out and do it? Possibly. But probably not.
One of the reasons for this is that you’re not accountable to someone. But when we tell someone else that we’re going to do something, we’ll go and do it.
Why? Because human beings like to be consistent.
Generally, we don’t like to say one thing and then do another. This kind of erratic behaviour is disagreeable and many of us will try to avoid it.
Be accountable to someone else. Even better, invite someone to work on the same goals as you. You might be struggling to wake up at 5.30am, but when your friend rings your doorbell to take you both to the gym, you’re more determine to wake up. You don’t want to be seen as the slacker.
In this way, you can each push one another to keep going.