OK, from the title of the post, you may get a feeling that I am going to boast about my own principles or values. Nope! Well may be yes. The fact is, I am not writing this post to get my values out there and become an icon (that is a disclaimer).
Last week I asked people on LinkedIn about what keeps them motivated when they are totally down. And there had been awesome responses to it. So this is my turn.
As you know, one of the goals of this blog is to help you find your answers on self improvement needs. And one of the most important self improvement need is “motivation”. To keep it “up” always is really a big challenge.
I know it is really hard and most of the times almost impossible to hold on to your motivation. This may happen if you are doing certain routine tasks leading to boredom, if you are having depression or a downtime in your personal or business life, if you are not getting the expected results in expected time and so on.
The causes for lack of motivation cannot be avoided because they are literally everywhere and simply part of our lifestyle. But we can surely do something about keeping ourselves from getting demotivated.
And so I thought that I will share with you the simple stuff I do to keep myself motivated. You are most welcome to use these tips.
I craft my surroundings
This is one of the biggest helpers for me. My workplace or home – whatever it can be, I just craft it so that it keeps me bright all day. I make it a point to clear away the clutter, since that can make me demotivated for sure.
When I see a lot of paper notes, edible stuff, tissues, scattered pens etc. that seriously drives me crazy. Even worse, when I work on such a surrounding I can easily get “down” on little things.
I learned it the hard way. So I am more careful with my surroundings and I actually craft it the way I want. It depends on you actually. Just customize your surrounding in such a way that you can work easily, with a free mind and with a feeling that you don’t have too much to take care around you.
I set goals and work towards them
Yes, I start my day knowing what to do. This might sound like a trivial thing for many, but believe me, most people fail to accomplish tasks effectively on any given day just because they don’t know what to work on.
I usually start my day with a to-do list prepared on the previous night. I don’t spend half an hour to draft a professional to-do list. I just spend up to 5 mins to list the tasks I need to attend and of course, I make my list effective.
When you start your day and believe that you can complete tasks as they come in, you will never be able to achieve anything and even worse, this will be a great de-motivation. Don’t waste your time and energy on hopping between tasks without goals.
I shut my eyes and ears for negative talking
I bet you get a lot of negative stuff as input. You have people who talk nothing but demotivating stuff to others. Sometimes it feels as if they are all around us.
Listening to or participating in such kind of tasks will get you nowhere, and even worse, will simply bury your spirit in a deep pit. Simply ignore such talks and do not take part in such conversations hoping to brighten someone else’s day. Yours will be in jeopardy.
I don’t lose hope
I know this one’s hard. I simply believe in Jesus (I am spiritual, by the way) and have faith in him. Even in the worst situations I don’t think that this is the end.
I always know that there will be a better future and that I will get over with it. So, I am not asking all of you to believe in Jesus (if you do, that is not a bad thing ); just have some faith on something that is more of value, strength and hope to you. Don’t lose hope!
I know the importance of motivation
OK here comes the tricky bit. If you know the importance of money, you won’t lose it carelessly. If you know the importance of a particular friend you won’t do things that will hurt him. Similarly, if you know the importance of motivation you won’t easily lose it.
Just realize how important is it for you to be motivated. Ask yourself how important is it for you to be motivated for your business and/or personal life.
I bet everyone needs motivation. Without that everyone will lose a significant “something”. Just hold on to this thought and never let go.
It is your turn to tell me how you keep yourself motivated.