Motivation. It’s 99% of the battle.
Motivation is the difference between slumping your butt on the couch and actually getting out and making them most out of life like a champion.
Trust is sometimes we are all lazy. Sometimes we need help overcoming procrastination (READ: How to overcome laziness).
It’s natural to suffer the occasional slump in life where you find it very difficult to find motivation. Thankfully, at those times you can use self motivation techniques like meditation for motivation.
If you find that you are lacking energy or lacking purpose, self motivation techniques can help you to get out of the doldrums and back on track.
So what are the best self motivation techniques? Here are the top 10.
The Best Self Motivation Techniques.
Meditation For Motivation
In my huge guide to 100+ benefits of meditation I discuss the link between meditation and motivation.
Have you ever tried using meditation for motivation?
Meditation is one of the absolute best self motivation techniques. It works for a number of reasons.
For starters, meditation will help you to eliminate any negative thoughts and negative self beliefs that are holding you back.
When you close your eyes and meditate on your breath for just twenty minutes all your thoughts subside.
Try it now.
Simply close your eyes and take a few deep breaths while focusing on your breathing. You will find that any sort of negativity or stress begins to slip away.
Here’s the deal:
Often, having self motivation is not about giving yourself encouragement so much as it’s about removing negativity. Motivation is natural (well provided you have your dopamine under control). When you’re thinking positively you are already motivated.
Man is born with motivation.
We wouldn’t have blasted off into space or built towering skyscrapers if we didn’t have motivation. Sometimes you just need to get back to your natural state. And meditation is the best way to do that.
When you meditate you give your mind an opportunity to reset to its natural state. And once you are at your natural state you will find that you already have motivation.
So, if you want to quickly build self motivation, begin by practicing meditation.
Yoga For Motivation
In “Yoga For Positive Energy” I wrote about using yoga for motivation.
Yoga is one of the best exercises you can do for both your body and mind.
Of course yoga gives you toned muscles and makes you a lot more flexible. But you can also use yoga for positivity and motivation.
There is a key link between your body language and your motivation.
For instance, if you stand tall with your chin up you will feel confident and intelligent. If you clench your fist you will feel anger and power. And this is just from very basic body language gestures.
Now imagine how much those yoga poses influence your emotions.
Your physical posture directly effects your mood. Good posture will make you feel positive and motivated. And because yoga gives you excellent posture it too can help you to feel positive and motivated.
But it doesn’t end there. As a physical exercise, yoga gets you moving and starts to release those endorphins, the feel good chemicals in your brain that fire you up to get things done.So while you are on the yoga mat sweating and moving your body into all sorts of positions (or “asanas”) you are giving yourself positive body language and you are also releasing endorphins. And both of those things will help to boost your levels of motivation.
Your subconscious mind has a huge influence on your motivation. And you can control your subconscious by using self hypnosis.
Self hypnosis is similar to using a guided meditation for motivation. With both techniques you begin by quieting your mind and then you start to feed your mind positive thoughts that influence your future actions.
You can use either self hypnosis for motivation or traditional hypnosis and hypnotherapy. All three techniques are powerful ways to influence your mind for the better.
With a self hypnosis you generally start by quieting your mind all the way down so it is almost like you are sleeping (your brain will been in alpha state). You then begin to introduce positive thoughts and positive images, usually by visualizing. The idea is that these positive thoughts will influence your subconscious, which is the most powerful part of your brain.
Once your subconscious is working in the right direction you will find that you are naturally very motivated. It will feel like someone has put a firecracker in your pants as you work your butt off.
Self hypnosis should be taken with a grain of salt. Research into the effects of self hypnosis is divided. While some believe that it is a powerful tool that can do you the world of good, others believe that it is potentially quite risky and can actually interfere with your chances of success.
So if you are interested in self hypnosis, be sure to research it thoroughly first. Unlike using meditation for motivation (which has been proven to work and to be healthy) self hypnosis is questionable. So, proceed at your own risk.
Compare Yourself To Yourself
Take a look at this list of exercises for self esteem.
Notice how number 2 on that list says “Don’t compare yourself to other people”?
When you compare yourself to others you tend to look at them in a positive light and at yourself in a negative light. That can greatly affect your self esteem and lower your motivation levels.
Comparing yourself to other people does not work.
But what about comparing yourself to yourself?
Something interesting happens when you compare yourself to yourself. You tend to look at a former you more objectively than you look at other people. And you also know that any achievements you made previously you are capable of now. So when you compare yourself to yourself you can actually create a good amount of self motivation.
Always make sure that you genuinely do look at yourself objectively when you’re comparing yourself to yourself. Don’t look at the former you in an overly positive or negative light. Be completely objective.
Also ask yourself objective questions.
For instance, you might like to consider all the positive things that you did back then that were good for you, and ask yourself whether you do those same things now. Also ask what mistakes you made in the past that you can learn from now.
But for self motivation, the best tip is to set yourself a benchmark. Were you extremely fit one year? Could you be fitter than that? Set that as your goal. It will give you motivation.
Connect with your Life Purpose
It can be hard to find motivation when you don’t see the purpose.
When you wake up wondering just what the point in it all is, you’re not likely to jump out of bed, hit the gym, and then work your butt off at the office for hours on end. You’re more likely to sit there in fits of Poe-esque melancholy woefully ruing the clicking of that clock.
If you truly want to achieve great levels of motivation you have to connect with your purpose in life.
When you truly know what your purpose is it gives you amazing motivation and you will truly work your socks off to ensure that you achieve that purpose.
Do you know what your purpose in life is? Is there a specific reason why you jump out of bed each day raring to go?
Maybe you have a variety of purposes. For instance, you might have one purpose at work, another purpose in your family life, and yet another purpose within your community? If so, great. You probably feel as though you want to make the most out of every second of your life.
If you are not sure what your purpose is, try removing superfluities one by one. What are you doing that you don’t really need to be doing? Stop it. Cut back. Chisel way until you get to your core. That’s where you will find your purpose. And once you find your purpose you will tap into a great reservoir or motivation.
Make it personal
How I learned that the best motivation for work comes from what you know and love
Of late, I’ve had something of a division in my mind.
As a self employed writer and actor, I always find myself trying to create work that is simultaneously for a large audience and a small audience.
I want to create work which can be read by whoever should pop up on this website from the search engine or from anywhere else—which quite likely includes yourself—but I also want to create work which is personal and special to those near and dear to me.
These past couple of days, however, I’ve been feeling more and more inclined to create work solely with those near and dear to me in mind.
Don’t get me wrong, I want plenty of people to enjoy my work and find it helpful. Quite frankly I’d love it if I suddenly woke up and had a million readers (feel free to make that happen, if you have the power, kind reader, and you’ll have a friend for life).
Nevertheless, it dawns on me that writing for those I know very well is the only real option I have. Here’s why:
Bad Business: Because I don’t actually know the general public very well. By trying to write for the masses I’ll be basing all my work on my own erroneous view of my market, rather than focussing on the few people I know very well who accurately do truly represent that market.
Because Mindfulness Demands it: The simple fact of the matter is that I don’t actually know the masses that well, I only know a select few people. If I even attempt to write for the masses I’ll actually only be writing for my biased and inaccurate view of the public. From a spiritual viewpoint, it’s terribly unenlightened to work for something that exists only in my mind (the idea of public).
Because it’s Motivating: There’s nothing much more motivating than working for people who truly matter to you. If you write (or do whatever your business does) with those you care about in mind, you’ll be far more likely to be passionate about your work and do a good job.
Feedback: It can be easy, especially online, to write in the hope of getting a response from out the blue as though by magic. But in all likelihood you’ll probably only get one or two quick responses to the average article and those responses could take months to get. It’s a lot better to write for people you know will read it, even if it’s just one or two people, and get solid feedback than to get a couple quick remarks from people you don’t even know.
Making a Difference: Probably the biggest point and most important motivator. You’re far more likely to make a genuine change for good in someone’s life (which is ultimately what all creative types should be aiming for) if they’re people close to you.
The Few are the Many: The point I started this entry with .The needs of the few are the needs of the many. Millions of people find themselves in the same position as one another. What’s right for one will be right for another. In writing or working for those one or two people you know really well and by doing a good job for them, you can rest assured that your work will speak for millions.
This very article is actually a really good example of that last point. Because, as I said, this time around I was being completely self indulgent in writing this and thinking of myself and what’s best for me. Yet I don’t doubt that there’s millions of people who are in a similar situation to me for whom this article is applicable.
So, that’s my story and my own answer to “what motivates you at work” and though I’ve used personal account, the truth is essentially the same for everyone.
What motivates you at work are the things you feel most emotional about, the things you know and love.
To find truly powerful motivation for work, you need to create the sense that you are working for thats which matters to you most.
It could be your family, your morals, your beliefs (religious, spiritual or otherwise). What matters when finding what motivates you at work is that you tap into your emotions. We humans are fundamentally emotional beings.
We have emotions for a reason–they create energy, they give us strength and, yes, they motivate us. As a human being, you need to tap into your human emotions in order to find the truest, most powerful motivation for work.
Motivated people are happier and more successful
Motivation makes life so much ore enjoyable.
When we have high levels of motivation we make more of life, and when we make more of life we feel good about ourselves.
How high is your motivation?
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