What motivates you?
It’s an answer you have to find out for yourself. There are so many things that can make you feel motivated, but to choose just one of them may be the hardest part.
Get negative people out of your life for starters. Criticism is always going to happen. Constructive criticism is a good thing and helps growth, but negative criticism isn’t beneficial. I found that when I was being told that my writing wasn’t all that good (on a regular basis) I started to believe it myself. Remove yourself from negative environments and surround yourself with positive people. Smile and think happy thoughts.
Ask yourself questions like-
• What goals do I want to achieve?
• Why am I doing this?
• How soon do I want to see these goals reached?
Have visual goals. Make whatever you’re working towards a visual. Maybe it’s something material like a car, or a vacation you have been looking forward to for the longest time. Take or cut out a picture of it and post it in your environment where you will see it most often. These visuals can be looked at when motivation lacks, and the feeling of continuing towards your goal seems pointless. Picture yourself obtaining that goal and tell yourself you are capable of reaching it.
Draw up a to-do-list. Research has shown that people who write down to-do-lists tend to achieve their goals. Break down the activity into small doable steps instead of having just the final goal. As you achieve each of the smaller tasks, it will help build your confidence that you are indeed on the right path. As your confidence builds, so will your motivation. You will feel encouraged to continue and reach your ultimate goal.
Read books and literature that will help to inspire you. Reading stories about other peoples success can boost motivation levels. Not only will you learn from others peoples’ experiences, but it will also be beneficial in motivating you to keep following the path to reaching your goal.
Find forums and communities within your interest and join up. Talking to other members can be one of the biggest motivational kicks. Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram have groups where you can discuss ideas, get tips from other members to help you get back on track.
Positive statements on Post-It notes around your environment, can also help boost motivation.
MAKE THINGS HAPPEN! Keep on aiming high and go for it!