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  • Simran Kohli

Motivation: How to motivate Yourself

“Believe in yourself and everything is possible.”

What is Motivation?

Motivation is derived from the word “motive,” which is defined as a need that requires satisfaction. These needs could be wants or desires that are acquired through influence of culture, society, lifestyle, etc. They are generally innate. It is one’s inclination to behave in a certain way, or what causes a person to want to repeat a behaviour. It has been considered as one of the most important reasons that inspires a person to move forward in life. It results from the interaction of both conscious and subconscious factors. Sometimes it is really easy to get motivated and you find yourself wrapped up in a whirlwind of excitement. Other times, it is nearly impossible to figure out how to motivate yourself and you’re trapped in a death spirit of procrastination. It is often the result of action, not the cause of it. Getting started, even in very small ways, is a form of active inspiration that naturally produces momentum.

Some of my personal favourite quotes that motivate me are:

  • “Stay away from the negative people, They have a problem for every solution” - Albert Einstein

  • “We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” – Arianna Huffington

  • “The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s what you’re made of. Not the circumstances.” – Unknown

  • “I was thinking one day and I realized that if I just had somebody behind me all the way to motivate me I could make a big difference. Nobody came along like that so I just became that person for myself.”- Unknown

How to Motivate Yourself:

1. Create a Positive Environment around you

Music can be as powerful a motivator as motivational quotes. Each morning when you wake up, play a few pump-up songs before you start your day to get you going. You can listen to playlists with motivational songs on Spotify to help you get going. By getting your mind in the right mindset, you can inch closer to inspiring yourself.

2. Celebrate every small win

Big goals don’t get achieved right away. Instead, you need to create mini goals to help excite you along the way. This way you can be more goal-orientated and build a habit of being more effective. Celebrating your small wins will help you stay motivated through your journey. Plus, celebrating is always super fun. Maybe you break your goal down to 5 small-sized goals with tasks that get you on track to achieve them. For each of the 5 goals you can add a small celebration

3. Surround Yourself With enthusiastic People

This goes back to the positive environment point: You need to be around others who are just as ambitious as you. American entrepreneur John Rohn once said, “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with it.” And whether or not that’s true is debatable, the reality is being around the right kind of people can only help you grow. If you’re surrounded by those who love your ambition, you’ll be more ambitious and achieve more. If you’re surrounded by loved ones who tell you your goals are stupid and tell you to change them, you need to avoid them. Be around those who help you feel comfortable being the ambitious, go-getter you are, so you can become the successful person you’re meant to be.

4. Apply a fixed routine to get motivated

It's really important to get motivated from the people in your life. Spend less time with negative people who always look at the dark side of things, and spend more of the time you have now freed up with enthusiastic or motivated people and let their energy flow over to you.

Here are some examples of how you can apply ritual and routine to get motivated:

  • Exercising more consistently can be considered as one of the best sources to stay focused on your goals. Using the same warm-up routines in the gym can help a person to stay on target. Exercising turns the negative mind into a positive one.

  • Become more creative regarding everything. Everyone should be creative in their lives. Creating a ritual before starting anything can make us feel more enthusiastic.

  • Start each day stress-free. In today’s world, everyone has stress in their lives. Someone is stressed because they can’t focus on their study, someone because they can’t achieve their targets and so on. But if a person creates a five-minute morning meditation routine, their life can sort out to some extent.

  • Sleep soundly. Everyone is busy and they don’t have proper time to sleep. If someone is not sleeping properly, the next day can be a disaster. Follow a “power down” routine before bed so that you can have a sound sleep.

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