How to Motivate Yourself to Do The Things You Want To Do

Motivation is the driving force that compels an action to achieve a desired goal. It is a psychological function that elicits behavior in all aspects of one’s life.  A compelling desire to achieve success in business, social life, or personal endeavours, comes about by the thought processes constantly flowing through one’s mind. People described as being “driven” have the ability to motivate themselves to achieve goals or to acquire the things they have “dreamed” of.

It is when obstacles or challenges arise that threatens the attainment of one’s goals. And that is when the thought processes kick in.  The saying “whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you are right” is absolutely true.  A positive mindset will acknowledge the obstacle, but instead of giving in, will find a way around the obstacle and move forward to the attainment of the goal.

So a positive mindset does not mean that obstacles are not recognized, but when an obstacle – real or imagined – does arise, the thought process is around the obstacle and not dwelling on it.

Motivation Starts in The Subconscious Mind

Motivation not only starts in the morning when you first get up, but it is the subconscious mind that is at work when you are sleeping that propels you to action when you do become fully conscious. There is empirical evidence that the subconscious has a direct link to the conscious mind, so your “self-talk” or internal dialogue with yourself is an important part in the actions you take.  Positive affirmations, where you recite a list of things you would like to be or do every day, when you are starting your day and when you retire at night are a powerful way to condition your mind.

So making the habit of being positive is not simply made by watching the odd motivational video or reading an occasional quote.  These are definitely helpful and can give your “positive tank” a boost.  But in order to make it a habit, you need to practice, practice, and practice.  By reading positive, uplifting books, listening to inspiring audio and watching mood enhancing videos on a regular basis, you can train your mind to think in ways that will cause you to take positive action.

Emotions and Motivation

But let’s get real.  Humans are emotional creatures.  We respond to situations and events with emotion.  And it is that emotion that helps us to become motivated.  So having a positive mindset does not mean that we don’t get angry, it does not mean that we don’t cry when we are sad, it does not mean we don’t hate a situation we find ourselves in.  It is not about suppressing your emotions and feelings.  It is important that we don’t crush our true feelings. But this is where you can make a choice on your response to negative situations and events.  In simple terms, a reaction is an emotional response to an incident, situation or act. A reaction is carried out with little or no conscious thought.  It is quick and based on past experiences and feelings. Your response however, is a conscious decision on how you are going to respond to a situation. It is more of a conscious thought process that allows to analyze the situation and then choose your action or decision.  So when you are practiced in thinking positively, you have a better chance of choosing your response, rather than reacting.

How To Motivate Yourself

1.    Move.  Go for a walk.  Walking is a great way to get the endorphins flowing which make you feel good. Don’t do strenuous exercise to the point of exhaustion unless you really enjoy it. Even a short walk can get you going and make you feel better

2.    Do something. Just one small thing completed will lead to the next action, and will increase the motivation level.

3.    Take One Step At a Time.  Taking on too much at one time can be overwhelming and sap energy.

4.    Visualise. Take time in the morning and in the evening to visualize what you want.  Build a dream chart of all the things you want in your life.

5.    Verbalise. Recite your positive affirmations, first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
6.    Read. Read positive, uplifting stories and books.

7.    Listen. Listen to audios on motivation.

8.    Decide. Make a conscious decision right now to work on your motivation

9.    Make it a Habit. Form the habit motivating yourself.

10.    Reward.  Reward yourself when you have completed the task or action you wanted. A small rewards on a consistent basis helps to train the mind. Caution: Choose the reward that will propel you to your goals. (If you want to lose weight for example, rewarding yourself with a box of creamy chocolates will defeat the purpose.)

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