Simplest Hacks to Motivate Yourself
Motivate Yourself: The very first thing you need to be aware of is that motivation doesn’t equal action. You can’t just sit around thinking that you’ll get a shot of motivation, and then you’ll go out there and do whatever it is that you want to do.
Actually, it’s the other way around its action that leads to motivation. You have to actually go out there and do the thing before you can even start to feel remotely motivated about the thing.
It’s a slightly different way of looking at it. When you go out there and do that thing, you start to see yourself doing more of that thing.
You start to visualize that achieving it isn’t as complicated as you may have Once thought, you start to see micro improvements in the micro-steps, helping you get closer to your actual goal.
All of these things then add to the motivation for you to continue doing it. So, talking about motivation and action, you basically have two options at this point in time.
You can take action.
The first option is what I just talked about. You can take action.
You can choose to act right now, right here, and start that thing that you’ve been thinking about for so long.
But now the second option is what a lot of us get stuck into and then we wonder why we have no motivation. We start procrastinating.
We start over-analyzing, overthink, and then come up with every possible excuse, and then we hold ourselves back from taking any action at all those who are most successful in life. They take action overthinking.
The reality is that we all have negative, self-defeatist thoughts. We all have that voice in our head telling us that we’re not good enough.
We’re not going to be able to do it. We don’t have the skills, the intelligence, the networks on.
The thing is, if we actually listen to that voice, then we give it power over us. We have just created our reality by not acting. We need to really take life by the reins and realize that it’s through action that we will achieve things.
It’s through action that we will find more motivation to achieve our goals.
And the second science back tip is to spend some time actually analyzing why you want to do the thing.
Whatever it is that you’ve said is your goal. I mean by this is start to think about what sort of benefit you’ll get from taking action.
The thing to note here is that we have two types of rewards. We have intrinsic rewards, and then we have extrinsic rewards, intrinsic rewards, or internal to ourselves.
We feel things, including a sense of achievement, personal satisfaction, fulfillment, a sense of pride that we were able to get started on the goal, or even I heightened sense of curiosity.
Because when we learn a little bit about something, we want to continue to learn more extrinsic rewards, which are external to ourselves there extrinsic.
This could be money being recognized by someone else, and it could actually be a fear of punishment from others or from society.
If you have many intrinsic benefits, it’s really positive for you because it means that you’ve got the internal drive and the internal motivation actually to achieve the goal.
When you’re intrinsically motivated, you might engage in an activity because you find it exciting and inherently satisfying, as well as the outcome.
But if you have all intrinsic and don’t have any extrinsic benefits or don’t have many of them, what could happen is that you have all the internal drive to do it, but you have nothing external holding you accountable to deliver within a specific timeframe,
On the other hand, if you’re motivators are entirely extrinsic motivators. This is a red flag for you to really dig deep and ask yourself whether this goal you’re trying to achieve is something you want or whether you’re only doing it because maybe other people tell you should do it.
Some people think that external achievements will bring a considerable amount of happiness through social validation through status or a feeling of significance.
But if these things are all linked to extrinsic outcomes, then it’s almost guaranteed that it won’t bring you happiness in the long run.
Importantly, take some time to think about why you want to do what you want to do and try to develop some intrinsic reasons you need to achieve it.
Write Out Your Goals
And the third tip is to write out your goals, but write them based on the benefit you’ll get. As a result, these benefits your why your reason for wanting to achieve the goal.
And that’s the powerful motivator reminder that you need, for example, get a $5000 pay rise isn’t revealing an intrinsic or an extrinsic benefit.
I’d ask you this. Why is getting a $5000 pay rise vital to you?
You might say that my value and worth at work are acknowledged, and I’m recognized as a valuable contributor to the team and company.
You can immediately see how getting a pay rise versus being recognized for my value makes you feel something different by knowing your why you’re tapping into your brain’s emotion center.
Emotions of what drives Motivation and Motivation drives behavior and then the other way around.
Action drives motivation. Please do this for all of your goals, and then you add the actionable, measurable micro-goals that help you achieve them.
For example, start to document stakeholder feedback, make a list of the quantifiable benefits that I’ve delivered to my company over the last 12 months, then schedule a meeting with my manager.
Once you’ve written them out, you want to put them somewhere visible somewhere where you will see them every single day to remind yourself of your goals and keep your laser-focused continually.
This visual cue is significant, and another useful hack worth noting is that instead of saying to yourself, I should change your language to say I choose subtle language changes that have a profound influence on how you feel and how you show up the language of I should like.
I should arrange a meeting with my manager to discuss my salary or go to the gym today to be very demotivating.
Instead of saying, I choose to arrange a meeting for next week or even I get to go to the gym today.
It’s the simple power of new or linguistics, but it has a significant impact on how you feel and then what you end up doing to have it.
Three simple hacks to help you motivate yourself when you really can’t be bothered. And it comes down to action, knowing your why, knowing your motivators, and the power of language.