Man, of all creatures, is physically the most ill equipped in this world. He cannot fly like a bird, can be killed by a tiny insect, cannot outrun a leopard, cannot swim like an alligator, cannot climb the tree like a monkey, doesn’t have the eye of an eagle, nor does he have the claws and teeth of a wild cat. Physically, man is helpless and defenseless.
But nature is reasonable and kind. Nature’s greatest gift to man is the ability to think. He can create his own environment, whereas animals adapt to their environment.
Sadly, very few people use the greatest gift the ability to think to its full potential.
The process of self-motivation is more-or-less an easy and necessary improvement, that every entrepreneur must do themselves to achieve higher success and mental peace. Well today’s post is about the great process of “self motivation”.
“The process which occurs when a person does any mental preparation for any action taken by himself, to achieve target by himself, without any direct or indirect influence of other people’s opinions or actions, is called SELF MOTIVATION.”
Many great people and many great minds have exclaimed “Self-Motivation” as a powerful tool for getting anything done. Here in this post I’m going to explain you some tips that I personally follow up stay motivated throughout my action.
Visualization is the process of creating and seeing a mental Picture of the kind of thing you want to have or do. Autosuggestion without visualization is mechanical repetition and will be ineffective. In order to see results, auto-suggestion must be accompanied by feelings and emotions (visualization).
For example, if I join a new online opportunity, I might think I can run tons of promotions and tell everyone in my networks at first. But instead of letting myself do that, I start by only running a testing promotion. When I’m doing that, I’ll be telling myself that I can do more! But I don’t let myself. After that, I’ll be looking forward to the next campaign, when I’ll let myself do a few tweaks and runs. I keep that energy reined in, harness it, so that I can ride it even further. Do you see my point?
People confuse goals with dreams and wishes. Dreams and wishes are nothing more than desires. Desires are weak. Desires become strong when they are supported by
That is what differentiates a desire from a goal. Goals are dreams
with a deadline and an action plan. Goals can be worthy or unworthy. It is passion, not wishing, that turns dreams into reality.
Steps to turn a dream into reality:
- Have a definite, clear written goal.
- Have a plan to accomplish it.
- Read the first two twice a day
- Start Your Day with a Positive
Read or listen to something positive first thing in the morning. After a good night’s sleep we are relaxed and our subconscious is receptive. It sets the tone for the day, and puts us in the right frame of mind to make every day a positive day.
In order to bring about change, we need to make a conscious effort committed to make positive thoughts and behavior part of our lives. Practice having positive thoughts and behavior daily until they become a habit. William James of Harvard University said, “If you are going to change your life, you need to start immediately and do it flamboyantly.”
Post a picture of your goal someplace visible — near your desk or on your refrigerator, for example.
Visualizing your goal, exactly how you think it will be when you’ve achieved it, whether it’s financial goals like traveling to Rome or building a dream house, or physical goals like finishing a marathon or getting a flat stomach, is a great motivator and one of the best ways of actualizing your goals. Find a magazine photo or a picture online and post it somewhere where you can see it not only daily, but hourly if possible. Put it as your desktop photo, or your home page. Use the power of your visual sense to keep you focused on your goal.
Because that focus is what will keep you motivated over the long term — once you lose focus, you lose motivation, so having something to keep bringing your focus back to your goal will help keep that motivation.
Visualize your goal clearly, on a daily basis, for at least 5-10 minutes.
Visualize your successful outcome in great detail. Close your eyes, and think about exactly how your successful outcome will look, will feel, will smell and taste and sound like.
Where are you when you become successful? How do you look? What are you wearing? Form as clear a mental picture as possible. Now here’s the next key: do it every day. For at least a few minutes each day. This is the only way to keep that motivation going over a long period of time.
Get a partner or goal.
Staying motivated on your own is tough. But if you find someone with similar goals (running, dieting, finances, etc.), see if they’d like to partner with you. Or partner with your spouse, sibling or best friend on whatever goals they’re trying to achieve. You don’t have to be going after the same goals — as long as you are both pushing and encouraging each other to succeed.
Just get started.
There are some days when you don’t feel like heading out the door for a run, or figuring out your budget, or whatever it is you’re supposed to do that day for your goal. Well, instead of thinking about how hard it is, and how long it will take, tell yourself that you just have to start. I have a rule (not an original one) that I just have to put on my running shoes and close the door behind me. After that, it all flows naturally. It’s when you’re sitting in your house, thinking about running and feeling tired, that it seems hard. Once you start, it is never as hard as you thought it would be. This tip works for me every time.
Read Motivated books to help keep you focused and motivated.
Each time I read and write, it helped keep me on track. Not only did I meet a bunch of other people who were either going through what I was going through or who had already been through it, I would report my progress (and failures) as I went along. They were there for great advice, for moral support, to help keep me going when I wanted to stop.
Give it time, be patient.
I know, this is easier said than done. But the problem with many of us is that we expect quick results.
Break it into smaller, mini goals.
Sometimes large or longer-term goals can be overwhelming. After a couple weeks, we may lose motivation, because we still have several months or a year or more left to accomplish the goal. It’s hard to maintain motivation for a single goal for such a long time. Solution: have smaller goals along the way.
Reward yourself. Often.
And not just for longer-term goals, either. Above, I talked about breaking larger goals into smaller, mini goals. Well, each of those mini goals should have a reward attached to it.
Make a list of your goals, with mini goals, and next to each, write down an appropriate reward.
Find inspiration, on a daily basis.
Inspiration is one of the best motivators, and it can be found everywhere. Every day, seek inspiration, and it will help sustain motivation over the long term. Sources of inspiration can include: websites, blogs, online success stories, forums, friends and family, magazines, books, quotes, music, photos, people you meet.
These will motivate you to at least show up, and to take action. It can be applied to any goal. This might be one of the more expensive ways of motivating yourself, but it works. And if you do some research, you might find some cheap classes in your area, or you might know a friend who will provide coaching or counseling.
Make a big public commitment.
Be fully committed. This will do the trick every time. Create a blog and announce to the world that you are going to achieve a certain goal by a certain date. Commit yourself to the hilt.
Always think positive.
Monitor your thoughts. Be aware of your self-talk. We all talk to ourselves, a lot, but we are not always aware of these thoughts. Start listening. If you hear negative thoughts, stop them, push them out, and replace them with positive thoughts. Positive thinking and, thus, attitude can be amazingly powerful.