Here are a few self motivation tips to get you off the sofa to get it done! If it’s going to happen, YOU need to make it happen.
Maybe you’ve been putting off a lifelong dream. Perhaps it’s something mundane like sitting down to pay bills or making a phone call. Maybe you want to do it but don’t know where or how to start. Perhaps you know what needs to be done, but you’re dreading it, maybe even a little fearful. Whatever the reason, whatever is holding you back, the best time to get started is right now.
Start with the “end” in mind. George Harrison sang “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.”
But you do know where you’re going. You wrote out your goals in specific detail. You have a logical, step-by-step process to accomplish them. You review your goals on a daily basis, being careful not to get “sidetracked” by everyday life. And when you close your eyes you can “visualize” your goal as if it already was reality. You do know “where you’re going,” don’t you? Write it down!
Do it Now!
Procrastination is the difference between success and failure in every area of life. Sure, you could sort the laundry, check your email, read the scores, play solitaire, mop the kitchen or brush the dog’s teeth, but you’d just be putting off what you know needs to be done; you’re procrastinating. Get in the habit of telling yourself “do it now,” and then do it…now!
Take a small bite! Do you know the best way to eat an elephant? One bite at a time. The task ahead may seem overwhelming, perhaps impossible, but it’s very possible if you simply chip away at it, one small piece at a time. Make that first phone call, send that introduction email, read that white paper or simply type the title at the top of the blank screen. Take one, small, easy step to get yourself going.
Pat yourself on the back! You’ve taken that hard first step; now give yourself a “high five!” The toughest step in any project is the first one and you should be congratulated! You’re now way ahead of much of the pack. Think about how good it feels to get it behind you, to be on your way. That’s the feeling you’re after; that confident, “sense of accomplishment” feeling. But don’t kick back just yet. The best time to take the next, easy logical step is right now!
Turn on the tunes! Your favorite music not only can get you on the dance floor, it can get you going and keep you going on your project. There are genuine, measurable physiological changes that occur in the brain when exposed to certain types of music that can have a positive effect on your energy level and your mood. Pick out your favorite upbeat, feel good songs, turn them on and turn it up!
One of the best self motivation tips is also the simplest. After a 20 minute introduction for Sir Winston Churchill at a commencement ceremony, the day after a horrific bomb attack by the Germans in 1941, Churchill rose and told the young graduates;