Self Motivation Tips To Keep You Moving Forward Any Time of Year

Since it is a New Year lots of people are looking for self motivation tips. It seems that getting workout motivation or dieting motivation is extremely difficult for many even though it is high on their list of priorities. You would think that it would be as easy as saying "I want X" and then you go and get it, but what looks good on paper seldom works out well in real life.

There are lots of reason why people lose workout motivation or dieting motivation as the year drags on like: not having enough time to workout, healthy food cost too much money, I have a big project going on at work, the kids have a bunch of activities, and the list goes on and on. Let's be honest with ourselves though, these are just excuses for poor self discipline and lack of focus not a need for self motivation tips. Everybody has the same 24 hours in a day and some people have the bodies they want and some people don't. Do the people that have achieved their goals have less to do than you? Some of them sure, but there are plenty of examples of people with a plate just as full who have achieved some remarkable things.

What it all self motivations tips ultimately boil down to is "How much do you want it?" If you really want to achieve something then there is really nothing that is going to stop you if you just go out and make it happen. That being said there are some ways that you can increase your odds of success. To do so we need to look at the different types of motivation. There are two main types: intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation.

Extrinsic Motivation

This is motivation that comes from someone else. A good example of extrinsic workout motivation would be Jillian Michaels yelling at the Biggest Loser contestants to work harder, don't give up, push it, and so on. Another big kind of extrinsic motivation is some major life event that demands change such as a near death experience, someone close to you dying because of poor health, a doctor telling you that things have to change or else, or it could be something as simple as a young kid mistaking your for Santa.

These are the stories you hear about in the media all the time. Blah, blah, blah happened and I knew I had to do X, Y, Z and change my life. Those kinds of motivational stories are all well and good but do you really need some kind of trauma in your life in order to make positive changes?

I would certainly hope not, so let's move on to the most important kind of motivation, Self Motivation.

Intrinsic Motivation

This is where the root of all self motivation tips comes from. Something inside you motivates you to accomplish a goal in some way. Nobody has to yell at you, no one has to force you out of bed in the morning, you just have a burning desire to accomplish something and you are going to put in the work necessary to do so.

Intrinsic motivation goes hand in hand with self-discipline. You have a desire to accomplish something and you are going to keep doing what is necessary to get there. The key to developing this type of motivation is to clearly define what it is you want to achieve and more importantly why you want to achieve it. I've talked about how to properly define goals before so I won't belabor that point here but what I will repeat is how important it is to make an emotional attachment to your goal.

A goal without any kind of driving emotion is just going to be abandoned when times get tough. Take a common goal of wanting to lose weight. Let's look at the difference in views:

Wanting to lose weight is trivial and not important.

Having to lose weight is something painful and extrinsic.

Planning to lose weight because of something important to you is where intrinsic motivation comes from.

See the difference?

So let's wrap it all up into some clear and easy to follow self motivation tips


Self Motivation Tips

  1. Understand WHY you want to achieve the goal. Is it to live longer, look better on vacation, fix a medical problem, or win a competition?
  2. Write your goal down and post it somewhere you will see and review every day. I have a goal setting worksheet you can download to make it easy.
  3. Spend some time visualizing what it would be like once you achieve your goal. Mediation, day dreaming or quite thought all work but point is to keep the vision clear in your mind. It helps to reinforce why you want it so bad.
  4. Create extrinsic motivation and accountability. Tell your friends, tell your family, post it on your Facebook page, Tweet about it, and whatever it takes to spread the word about what you are up to. If you know you will run into someone who will ask about it you are more likely to stay focused.
  5. Don't give up. This is probably the most important self motivation tip. There will be setbacks, you will have small failures along the way, you may even have to start all over but don't ever give up. Keep the goal in sight and keep working towards getting there.

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