Do you feel like sometimes what you deemed as realistic, somehow really isn’t?
Or you know it wouldn’t be easy but you didn’t think it’d be this tough either?
Everything just seems bleak. Your motivation in your business or life is running scarily low.
You question if it is really worth it?
Allow me to say that to every successful goal, one thing remains unshakably constant...
Motivation, What Is It?
Motivation is defined as an extrinsic or intrinsic factor that pushes you beyond what you thought was your limit to satisfy a need. In the field of psychology, it is universally defined by Maslow’s hierarchy of needs – a pyramid consisting of five levels.
Motivation Increases Productivity Without Feeling Drained
You don’t need a proven scientific study to convince you that motivated people get work done faster, easier, and do so in a better mood as well.
But here’s some evidence to back it up.
According to a scientific study in 1993 by Shepperd, J.A. on the relationship between productivity and motivation, it was shown that low productivity is exhibited by individuals who are lowly motivated.
In this case, individuals who think that their contributions are of little value are unmotivated and are not productive.
What do you define as a productive day?
I bet that you can recall that feeling of “I’ve earned myself a good rest.” at the end of the day of hustling.
Let’s think back in time… When you were hard at work, and you had your to-do list full to its brim.
What kept you going?
It was motivation; the drive; the will; the ardent intrinsic fuel that spurred you to keep on keeping on.
I can relate with you on feeling this sense of satisfaction rather than drained and grumpy albeit a toilsome day. Somehow, you start to fall in love with the struggle and the recollection of what you have done in the day.
The American Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi wrote an amazing book called "Flow". He mentions the challenges that we face are the very moments that we find most happiness in when we look back.
You got to love the process. Take it as there's no end to the hustle. That's why successful people always preach about mindset again and again. This is the fundamental root of having motivation in your business and in life.
And although it’s a lot of work, you’ll never fall into a place of burnout or a sensation of being drained.
Now comes the part that you have been waiting for.
How to Stay Motivated
Motivation is fueled by knowing the “whys” to your actions and what you do.
So why do you do what you do?
This question is written all over by renowned enterprises such as Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, and Success Magazine.
Maybe, even you have one article on this simple yet mind-boggling question in your journal as well.
If you find it hard to answer, you aren’t alone.
To better put across my first point, imagine this.
You’ve studied really hard and got a degree then you found a job and became independent. But you don’t really have a concrete or convincing reason behind what you’re doing and one day, you got tired of it. Routinity kicks in and everything seems mundane.
You have only two options – continue because you don’t have any other choice and feel unhappy or, give up to pursue something else despite the fear of change.
If you find this uncanny similar to your situation, read on to find out the 3 keys on how to stay motivated in business and life.
Number 1: Start With Your Reason
Start it with a purpose. One that you know serves a greater cause -- more than just temporary ambitions. Anyone can attain a certain figure in the bank, but sustaining or growing it would call for you to have it all set and straight in the mind first.
It isn't about starting off like you have the insights of a thousand years, but to constantly be in a growth mindset. Where you are seeking to be self-aware and to know your cause; your purpose in your business (or whatever endeavors you have in life).
Number 2: Let You Be Your Own Motivation
What if your external sources of motivation ceased to exist or change so drastically that they no longer are what once motivated you?
Will you still be motivated then?
Making sure the real reason behind all your actions is heavily inspired by you instead of external sources and people is imperative to being productive without feeling drained.
Ideas, inspiration, and extrinsic factors can serve you well... to a certain significance but if the external things take majority of your driving force, you have placed yourself vulnerable to the effects of change from things and people that are not within your control.
“Change is the only constant.” – Heraclitus
People, environment, and politics – basically everyone and everything changes and, the only one that you can control is you.
Number 3: Believe In Yourself
Remember that moment of fervor and zeal!
Remember how that visualisation of you meeting your goals felt?
It was so powerful and exhilarating – if you shared it with me, it’ll probably make my hair stand.
Doesn’t it matter anymore? Don’t you know it is still possible? And all those mini steps that you took towards it actually counted for something?
I love this concept, take a look.
Don’t give up. Trust the process.
I have another mind-blowing illustration to share with you. It is so simple yet its depth, unbeknownst to those who are unaware.
The power of belief is as powerful as the power of disbelief. Two wolves in your head – the bad and the good. The one you feed most to, will grow and eventually devour the other.
"See the seed of good in every adversity." - Og Mandino
What a brilliant quote from this author.
When you let yourself get engulfed in the negative, what you thought was possible at first dwindles.
Allow yourself to have the valor to be optimistic; that things will turn out for your good as you work hard with success in mind.
Whether you see this as a lie to believe or a truth to be convicted about, depends solely on your perspective.
I’ll end with a challenge.
Write down your goals and pin it up! Answer yourself everyday if you've spent that day working towards those goals.
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