Motivation: How to Get and Stay Motivated
Feeling unmotivated lately? Well, I’ve got a couple of tips that will help you reignite your enthusiasm to get things done.
Motivation, for many, can be lacking especially when it comes to those daunting tasks that though important are a nuisance to handle. motivation may even be lacking when it comes to the things you want to do as well. Like that hobby you’ve been wanting to turn into a business or that DIY home project, you’ve been meaning to do. When we take a look at some of the elite earners and producers out there, I’m talking the Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk’s, and Larry Page’s, it would appear that motivation is in no way lacking. So how do we take advantage of this seemingly abstract concept? How do we increase our motivation so we can be more productive?
Let’s break it down…
When it comes to accomplishing a goal we must begin with uncovering ambivalence. This is just a fancy way of saying we must understand the discrepancy between where we are now and where we want to be. Think about what you will be able to do that you previously were not able to do once you accomplish your goal. Think about what things you would miss out on if you don’t make this change. Also, think about the people in your life and how they will be affected if you make this change and how they will be affected if you don’t. Considering these different aspects is extremely important to uncovering your deeper purpose for accomplishing your goal.
Understanding motivation comes down to understanding the 3 elements of motivation; autonomy, purpose, and mastery.
Uncovering your deeper purpose will help to combat the barriers that try to prevent you from obtaining your goal. It will provide you with an intrinsic interest in obtaining your goal. A groundbreaking study performed in 1969 by Edward Deci revealed “When an external reward is used for some activities. subjects lose intrinsic interest in the activity”. This study proves that intrinsic interest is an integral part of maintaining motivation.
Autonomy is the state in which one is not controlled by others. Think about what events or circumstances in your life most influence or restrict your autonomy. What places restrict your autonomy? Who do you feel might be restricting your autonomy? When people are given the autonomy to choose what they want to do, their motivation increases.
Purpose is having a fixed intention to achieve something, such as an aim or goal. What events or circumstances in your life most influence or restrict your purpose. What places restrict your purpose? Who do you feel might be hindering your purpose? When people have a deeper sense of purpose for the things they do, they are much more motivated to do them.
Mastery is having full command or understanding of a subject. Think about what events or circumstances in your life most influence or restrict your mastery. What places restrict your mastery? Who do you feel might be hindering your mastery? When people can achieve mastery over what they are doing their motivation increases.
You Can Increase Your Motivation By:
Identifying 3 steps you can take to increase the amount of control you have over what you do.
Identifying 3 steps you can take to increase the amount of control you have over when you do things.
Identifying 3 steps you can take to increase the amount of control you have over with whom you do things.
Getting Things Done
Here are a few tips to continually build motivation and get things done.
- Break down larger goals into smaller measurable ones
- create routines
- write down your goals, make them clear and concise.
- Get an accountability partner