When you go to the same job every day, or do the same tasks, or try to accomplish a goal and don’t see any progress, it can be a challenge to stay motivated.
If you haven’t met me yet, I’m Darryl Hicks. As the CEO of two Tungsten companies, staying motivated can be hard, even for me. But I have a list to keep in mind, and I’ve actually trained myself to the point that I don’t have to think about it anymore; I just do it.
- Keep your mind active. Keep it healthy and exercised, better enabling you to think positively, filtering out negative thoughts and impulses.
- Keep your body healthy. You can’t be motivated if you lack the energy to take action. Eat right, exercise often (which also reduces stress) and you’ll be in the perfect condition to tackle some goals.
- Avoid negativity. People who complain all the time, or make you feel unhappy, can actually make you less motivated. They drain your time and energy, so steer clear of them when possible. If you can’t, try to ignore them.
- Surround yourself with like-minded people. If a group is motivated to do one task, they can pump each other up to get it done. Become part of one of these group; you don’t have to do it all alone.
- Be flexible. Your plan cannot include every little detail, as any unplanned event will make it feel like a failure. Leave yourself some wiggle room, and avoid the feeling like you did something wrong.
- Keep your goal in mind. Doing or saying things that don’t contribute to your goal means you are wasting time and energy. Even leisure activities can be done while moving forward.
- Don’t make excuses. You can actually train yourself to blame outside forces. Breaking the habit is important, because you must accept responsibility for your own mistakes, if you are to learn from them.
- Challenge yourself. A little task will yield little results. Think big, stretch your limitations, and force yourself to get better and better.
- But stay realistic. Don’t be a perfectionist, as nothing can be perfect. You want to avoid the feeling of failure. Of course, failure is still unavoidable, which is why, when it does happen, you have to:
- Celebrate your failures. You learn more from them than from your victories. Write them down so you don’t forget them, and so you can process them and learn more easily.
- Don’t let success get to your head. Consistent success leads to complacency, which leads to a harder failure, because you feel like you no longer have to try so hard to succeed. Stay consistent with your success for as long as you can.
- Deal in absolutes. Avoid words like “maybe” or “I’ll try” when it comes to your goal-setting. That sets up excuses for failure. Give yourself no excuse, and use words like “I will” or “I must.”
- Recognize the only true failure: Inaction. Other failures can be learned from, but if you don’t try, you will never succeed. Even if you’re afraid to try, go out and do it anyway; you’ll thank yourself later.
If you have any questions or concerns about this list, send me a message or email me through Darryl Hicks Tungsten, and I’ll be happy to help.