Is it easier for you to motivate others than it is yourself? Some self motivation techniques might “light a fire” where it’s needed the most; in you! Try these “sure fire” motivators:
First - Set goals! More than anything, having well-defined, big yet reachable goals is the most powerful self motivation technique you can use.
A famous study of one Ivy League school’s graduates tracked the former students after leaving college. Three percent of the grads had written goals for their lives. And after a number of years, that three percent’s net worth exceeded the other ninety-seven percent’s. Goals work. Short term, mid-term, long term. Personal, financial, fitness, whatever. Set high goals and write them down!
Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction. - Germany Kent
Second - Forget the past! We are all product of our environments, made up of our past experiences. That does not mean we are “trapped” in our pasts. Many of us come from tragic circumstances. Some of us have made terrible, tragic mistakes.
Maybe you’ve failed at virtually everything you’ve ever tried. But if you continue to “stew in your own juices,” you’ll never accomplish what you’re capable of. You might not be able to forget your past, but you can learn from it and move beyond it. The future is ahead of you, not behind you!
Third – Remember the past! Right now you’re thinking “What the…?” Here’s what I mean; some time in your past, maybe it was last month or twenty years ago, you were a “superstar.” You hit the winning home run, you beat up the bully, you won the girl, you brought in the huge contract or you gave that stirring speech.
I guarantee that if you think back, you’ll recall a time when you were “on top of the world” after accomplishing something. Do you remember how that felt? How proud you were? How happy it made you? How others congratulated you? How you smiled when cashing that big commission check? Think back and relive those feelings, even if the feeling lasts only for a few moments. Think back and try it. It felt great to be you…and it still does!
Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't. - Jerry Rice
Fourth – Do it now! The best way to get something done is to begin. Little things, big things, everything…whatever it is, DO IT NOW! Now! Today! At once! This minute!
If it’s a task you dread doing, DO IT NOW and be done with it.
If it’s a phone call you don’t want to make, a client you don’t want to call on, an apology you’ve been putting off, DO IT NOW!
If it’s a project that seems to big to tackle, take the first step, DO IT NOW!
Don’t suffer from “paralysis through analysis.” Do you know how to eat an elephant? One bite at a time. TAKE THE FIRST BITE NOW. Yes, you might mess up, yes, it might be scary and yes, you may even fail. Don't worry! JUST DO IT NOW!
Finally – Life is awesome. Enjoy it my friend.
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