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How To Motivate Yourself So You Can Achieve Anything

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Motivation is the desire to do things. It is the driving force that causes the change from desire to do something to actually trying to achieve it. Without motivation, we simply wouldn’t get anything done!

So, what motivates you?

It could be something within, such as a value (like having fun), or perhaps it’s external (like money). It’s important we know what motivates us so we can align our goals with our motivation. E.g.: if having fun motivates you, use fun activities as a reward for completing a goal, or even better, incorporate fun into the way you achieve your goal. 

I encourage you to take some time to think about what motivates you.

Spend 10 minutes writing a list of things you’ve achieved and why you’ve achieved them. Then consider what would have made these achievements even more doable. You are now starting to form a better understanding of what motivates you. 

Read on to find out more.

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1

Become aware of what motivates you

The key to maintaining your motivation is understanding it. What motivates you? There are different types of motivation, outlined below:

1) Internal Motivation
Also known as intrinsic motivation, this comes from within. The desire to do something takes place because it is intrinsically rewarding. This means it accomplishes something that is important to us, e.g.: it’s fun, you enjoy it, you have an interest in it. To learn about your internal motivation, you must look at your values. What do you value? (e.g.: if you value family, then you might be internally motivated to do something for your family.) 

2) External Motivation
Also known as extrinsic motivation, this comes from an external reward. The desire to do something is driven by external gain such as money, fame and praise (e.g.: learning a new skill could mean you can move to a better job). 

3) Positive Motivation
Put simply, these are the benefits of taking action – the things you will gain, achieve, receive if you take action (e.g.: if you study for a qualification you will be able to achieve your dream job.)

4) Negative Motivation
The consequences of not taking action – this can often be the most powerful type of motivation, especially if you want to change something that’s causing discomfort (e.g.: losing weight in order to avoid becoming obese or developing type II diabetes.)

Take the time to understand what motivates you to take action and introduce additional sources of motivation if what is currently present isn’t enough to make you take action.

2

Hold your goal in positive regard

Therapists use a technique called Motivational Interviewing to elicit motivation in a client who wants to change their behavior. This is particularly useful for encouraging someone to change maladaptive behavior such as drug use. You encourage the client to talk positively about the change they want to make and the benefits of this change. You empower and encourage the client to take small steps to build their confidence until they feel able to take action towards their goal.

So, stop focusing on the negatives and look at the positives. Hold positive regard towards your goal and all the steps you need to take to achieve it. Remind yourself of the reasons you want to take action and you’ll start to feel your motivation increase.

3

Imagine you’ve already achieved it

Visualize achieving your goal and the benefits it will have. Really spend time imagining what it would be like to achieve your goal. How it would look, feel, and change things. What the benefits would be, the impact it would have on other areas of your life, and what it truly means to you to achieve this. Then imagine this was your reality – you’re going to want to take action to make it happen!

4

Take small manageable steps

Most people don’t achieve their goals because they feel overwhelmed by them. So, if you want to stay motivated you must break the goal into manageable chunks and make small steps on a regular basis towards it. That way your confidence increases which means you’re likelihood of believing you can achieve this goal increases resulting in an increase in motivation!

Implement this approach to motivation going forwards and you WILL achieve anything! If you feel your motivation subsiding take a step back and remind yourself of why you want to achieve something, what the benefits will be and what motivates you to take action. Reflect on your journey so far and then decide on your next small step that will move you closer to your goal. I know you can do this!

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About the Author


Stacey O'Callaghan

Stacey O’Callaghan

Life Coach

Hi, I’m Stacey and I’ve spent 12 years helping people take back control. Working with me goes beyond the goal we’re working on. It provides the opportunity for mindset growth and transformational change.

I use distinction accredited psychological techniques to achieve these results and empower people to own and adjust their behavior so they can achieve their own definition of thriving. With my help, you form a clear vision of what thriving means for you whether that be at work or in your personal life, and we create an action plan outlining how to achieve it.
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This article was re-posted with permission from the author, Stacey O’Callaghan, at SJS Coaching.


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