The best way to motivate yourself
The best way to motivate yourself
We need a direction in this life. Something to hold on to. Something important enough to keep trying, no matter how often we fail. And what is more motivating than becoming the person you desire to become, giving the world whatever it is that only you have to give and pursuing those things you truly believe in?
Those are the bigger questions that truly motivate us, but they are not necessarily the starting point of our process…
The best way to motivate yourself is one that takes time, awareness and intuition. It’s all about finding out what drives you and what has driven you all your life. Basically, this blog is telling you to start with the other topics before moving on to the step of managing your own time.
However, you might have already started a process (like studying or working) and looking for a way to keep up your motivation. Let’s dive into that!
Become an intrapreneur
You’re already active within a certain environment and have no desire to become an entrepreneur. Becoming an intrapreneur or at least copy some of this behaviour, may help you stay motivated.
Here’s the thing, you can choose to follow the process someone else already created. In that case, you will mostly please other people and at some point, you might start to wonder what you are doing over there.
You can also choose to create your own path. You know the boundaries and agreements of your work/studies/family/… that means you also know what space there’s left for you to create something of your own.
I believe we can gain something within every possible environment. When I worked behind the counter of a grocery store, I wasn’t challenged much and it was not my passion. However, I found a challenge of my own. I love to learn and experiment and my topic of interest is psychology. So, I started challenging people’s way of making eye contact by increasing my way of making eye contact. It gave me a lot of behaviour to study!
Here are some questions you can ask yourself:
- What type of things do you hope to learn and what opportunities can you create to increase your knowledge/skills?
- What do you miss in your current environment? Where’s space for improvement? Are you willing to make that happen and learn some leadership skills along the way?
- Every place involves other people, how are your people skills? What social growth could help you in your current environment and in those that will follow in the future?
- Your Subconscious loves clarity, recognizability and reminders. It was showed in research that motivation will increase when your plans are clear and you have ways to remind yourself of the steps you need to take.
Create insight in your long term goal and the short term steps it exists of. Brainstorming is a great way to collect all the information you have inside of you about these matters. It will start as a mess and thus the next step will be to organize the information into a clear plan.
You can work towards a structure that looks more or less like this:
My long term goal is…
The first fase of this process will be to… and exists out of these steps:…
The second fase of this process will be to… and exists out of these steps:…
From here you can choose ways to remind yourself of this goal, the fases and/or steps within it. Search for anything that works best for you to get reminded and find the right place to make them visible. Think of things such as:
Don’t underestimate your subconscious! It does more than we can become aware of.