Ever happened to you that you wanted to do something so badly that you could do anything to do it? Did you feel such a strong desire to do something that no one could stop you?
If you have experienced this feeling, it means that you were really highly motivated then. You haven't thought about doing something or not. You didn't think about what might not come out. Instead, you were focused on action and took systematic steps forward.
The problem is that we rarely feel internally motivated. Usually we just don't want to do certain things and we have to force ourselves to do other things. Just think of how many great ideas you gave up because you lacked the motivation to put them into practice?
10 effective motivational techniques
1. Set goals.
This is an absolute basis. Setting goals sets your mind to achieve them. Before you start doing something, think carefully about what you want to achieve. It is much easier to be motivated when you know the effect of your actions. What goals should you set? Let them be ambitious - the greater the goal, the greater the stimulation for your mind.
Of course, they should not be completely impossible to fulfill, but allow yourself a little fantasy. You will soon notice that setting really ambitious goals significantly increases your efficiency. If your goals seem too big for you - don't change them, just divide them into smaller ones, think about the individual elements of a larger goal.
How to set goals? It's best to list them all. If you just want to learn the material for the exam, write it on a piece of paper. And if you want to give yourself a general direction of your actions, you can do the following exercise: on a sheet of A4, draw four large circles (two circles in two rows, let them occupy the entire sheet). In the last circle, write or draw with symbols everything you want to achieve in your entire life. Think about how you want your future life to look like.
In the penultimate circle, do the same, only for the whole next year. Think about what you want to achieve in the coming year. The second circle is your goals for next month and the first is your goals for tomorrow. If you reach the goals of the first circle, it will be much easier for you to achieve the goals of the second, and so on.
2. Visualize the goal achieved.
Find five minutes to visualize the effect of your work. Whatever task you have planned, think about what it will be like once you have done it. What will you look like? How will you feel Let these be positive images. See the effect of your work in the best light, feel the enormity of knowledge that you have gained. Think about what you will do now, when you have it in your head. Feel the pleasure of a job well done with your whole life. Enjoy what you visualize.
Try to make the created image rich in details. Do this exercise at least once a day for several minutes. This is one of the stronger tools to achieve real motivation.
3. List the benefits.
Take a blank sheet of paper and a pen, and start listing all the benefits that come to your mind in carrying out the task. More free time, the joy of a loved one, getting a salary, meeting friends, learning something new.
Not all of them need to be strongly argued and logical.
Write down anything that comes to your mind, even if your reasons are ridiculous or meaningless. It is important that there are as many as possible. Once you create such a list, you will approach the planned task in a completely different way - before writing the list you could barely find one reason, and now you have so many of them.
Carefully plan what you have to do. Awareness of what the effect should look like is not always enough. Planning also allows you to see the whole process, not just the effect. Each complicated task consists of the simplest elements.
Therefore, when you write down exactly the individual steps that will lead you to achieve a given goal, it will be easier for you to get on with the individual elements of the process. The whole will no longer seem so difficult, because it will consist of simple activities. This will also allow you to track your progress. Knowing where you are and how far you are to reach your goal will improve your efficiency.
5. Use the five minutes method.
When you have to do something you don't feel like doing, decide to do it for only five minutes. Tell yourself "five minutes, not a moment longer". This perspective will make it much easier for you to get to this task, and what's more - it will often turn out that once you do something for these five minutes, you won't finish after those five minutes, but you will do it much longer than you planned.
6. Link the target to the highest value.
Think about what is the most important thing in your life? Health, family, love, education, good fun? What do you prefer over all other values? Which of these areas are you really able to devote to? Once you have determined (there can be more than one) the most important value, combine it with the task you have to do.
You can do it by asking yourself "what will this give me?" What will learning from this material give you? You will pass the exam. What will passing the exam give you? You won't have the patch. What will this give you? You will have more free time. What will free time give you? You'll be able to spend time with friends or go somewhere, which means having fun. Simple right?
In the article Know your values you will find many tips that will help you discover your deepest values.
7. Be positive.
Pay attention to your thoughts. Watch them all the time, especially when you think about the task ahead. When it turns out that they are negative, replace them with positive ones. Give it all up, "I can't make it," "it's difficult," "I can't make it." When you say that to yourself, you are right. You set your mind to failure, and as a result your performance drops significantly, and you really fail.
It's like a self-fulfilling prophecy. When you think you can do it, it will be easy, that everything will be fine - you are also right. By setting your mind to success, you stimulate it to action. Your efficiency increases significantly. Make a habit of positive thinking. You have great opportunities and believe it, and you will work much better. What's more, the prospect of success will immediately stimulate your motivation.
8. See yourself motivated.
It's a technique that stimulates motivation at the emotional level. It involves visualizing yourself on the cinema screen. Think that you are sitting alone in the cinema in front of the big screen, and there you see a movie in which you do the task yourself, which you want to motivate.
Imagine yourself extremely fascinated by your activity. Feel the enthusiasm that even boils in you from the screen. See all the details - movement, eye expression, rapidity of movement. Pay attention to the colors of the film, to the sounds you hear. Look into your thoughts, seeing yourself in this movie, extremely motivated.
Once you see the exact picture of yourself in such a strong state on the cinema screen with all the details and all emotions, enter the screen and enter your body. The moment you do it, feel it all, behave as you just saw it on the screen. Intensify all these sensations.
This is a very powerful tool and will allow you to feel motivated immediately.
9. Listen to motivating music.
Have you ever had such a thing that you listened to a song and it caused a certain emotional state in you? This is a phenomenon of emotional conditioning, also known as an anchor. There are stimuli that cause certain emotional states.
How can you use it? Thanks to all the ways you just read, you can evoke a strong feeling of motivation. Once you've reached this state and intensified it enough, turn on a song - preferably cheerful and energetic. Choose the one you haven't listened to before. And while she's going to fly, you enjoy the strong state of motivation. Your brain will combine this state with an external stimulus, which is a song, and the next time you listen to it, the state of motivation will reappear.
10. Reward yourself.
An old, good method that everyone likes. Think about how you can reward yourself for achieving your goal. What will you do when you manage to do the job well? Will you eat something sweet? Will you go to the cinema? Allow yourself an hour of relaxation? The choice is yours, and you should think about it, because it changes your thinking from the hard task to the pleasure of the reward.
Try everything and see what works best for you.
Perhaps you will like any of these methods so that you will practice it before performing various tasks. If you start practicing everything you have read here right now, motivation will accompany you whenever you need it.