Motivation is an essential aspect of achieving our goals and making progress in our lives. Whether it is personal or professional, we all need motivation to keep moving forward. However, sometimes we find ourselves lacking the drive and determination to achieve our goals. Today we will discuss some effective ways to increase motivation and achieve our goals. Please note the questions and reply back with your answers as your first step towards improving your overall motivation!
1. Set specific and achievable goals
Research has shown that setting specific and challenging goals leads to higher levels of motivation and performance. A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology found that setting specific, challenging goals led to higher levels of job performance among salespeople (Locke & Latham, 2002). It can also help to write down your goals. What goals do you want to set for yourself and where can you write them down so that you see them in your daily routine?
2. Create a positive environment
Our environment can greatly affect our motivation levels. Creating a positive environment by surrounding ourselves with supportive people, positive affirmations, and inspiring visuals can help us stay motivated. Eliminating distractions, such as social media or clutter, can also help us focus and increase productivity A study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology found that positive affirmations can increase self-esteem and motivation (Wood, Perunovic, & Lee, 2009). What people do you generally surround yourself with and what is a positive affirmation you can start saying to yourself?
3. Celebrate small successes
Celebrating small successes can help us stay motivated and increase our confidence. Even the smallest achievements, such as completing a task on time or making progress towards a goal, should be acknowledged and celebrated. What is a recent small success you have had that you can celebrate?
4. Practice self-care
Taking care of ourselves is crucial for maintaining motivation and reducing stress. This includes getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and taking breaks when needed. A study published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology found that employees who engaged in regular physical activity had higher levels of job satisfaction and motivation. What are some of your current self care practices and in what areas do you want to improve self-care?
5. Stay organized
Staying organized can help increase motivation by reducing stress and increasing productivity. This includes keeping track of deadlines, creating to-do lists, and setting priorities. What tools do you currently use to stay organized? What are some areas of your life where you want to be more organized?
6. Practice positive self-talk
The way we talk to ourselves can greatly affect our motivation levels. Practicing positive self-talk, such as reminding ourselves of our strengths and abilities, can help increase motivation and build confidence. Avoiding negative self-talk, such as focusing on our weaknesses or failures, can help to maintain a positive mindset and keep us motivated. What are some negative self-talk topics you say to yourself currently and what positive things can you replace them with?
7. Embrace failure
Studies have found that reframing failure as a learning opportunity can increase motivation and resilience. A study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology found that participants who were encouraged to view failure as a learning opportunity were more motivated to improve their performance (Blackwell, Trzesniewski, & Dweck, 2007). What is a failure in your life that led to learning a valuable lesson?
8. Take action
Ultimately, the most effective way to increase motivation is to take action towards our goals. This involves breaking down our goals into smaller, manageable steps and consistently taking action towards them. By taking action and making progress, we can build momentum and stay motivated. A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that taking action towards a goal increased motivation and self-efficacy, even if the action was small or unsuccessful (Gollwitzer & Sheeran, 2006). So what is a small step towards a bigger goal you can begin with?
I look forward to hearing your answers and seeing how you might work towards improving your motivation towards your life’s goals!