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Self Motivation: What Is It & How You Can Self Motivate

Motivation is what drives people to do things. It is the drive to achieve goals, put effort into things, and feel fulfillment in our lives. It is one of many important personal skills that can improve your personal life and help with self-efficacy.

Self-motivation is when that drive is inside of you, comes from within, and can drive you without the help of outside forces.

Self-motivation can be driven by an intrinsic motivation style or an extrinsic motivation style. Both are good, and both can be achieved by learning the skill of self-motivation.

What Does It Mean To Be Self Motivated?

Self-motivation comes from within yourself. It defines how you get things done without the influence of other people or situations around you. You are doing it because you want to or feel the need to do so.

 

You can do it without someone nagging you or making you feel bad for not doing it.

What are some examples of self-motivation?

  • Going to the gym by yourself because you want to improve your health
  • Starting your own business outside of your work so you can gain financial freedom
  • Looking for better friends when you know your old friend group is not good for you
  • Learning any skill to improve your life (cooking, sewing, computer skills, etc.)

A common factor in self-motivation is that you push through your fears and are willing to try something new.

Self Motivation Techniques

There are a lot of ways to increase self-motivation all on your own. There are self-motivation techniques that anyone can try and learn at any time. Don’t let things like your education or your age stop you.

Take Responsibility

Self-motivation is difficult to achieve because it has to come from inside yourself. When you don’ take care of underlying issues (like shame, feeling unworthy, etc.) within yourself, it is easy to blame others when you don’t progress.

It’s fine to have a great support system and external rewards to look forward to, but in the end, it is all up to you to put in the work. You are the only one who can make yourself do something wholeheartedly.

Find Your Why

It can be hard to be self-motivated when your goal is for someone else. You need a purpose that is more than material wants or getting higher in your career.

Before you learn how to motivate yourself, you need to find your reason. Why do you want to start a business? Connect your goals to your purpose, and you will never lose your self-motivation.

The decision you make at any moment can change the course of your life forever. If you are focused on your purpose but still can’t stay motivated, you may need to decide to take a new direction. If your why doesn’t motivate you, you need a new one. Don’t be afraid to set new goals. As long as you are moving forward, you are doing good.

Get Rid Of Multitasking

It might seem like a good idea to try and get everything done simultaneously to help keep yourself self-motivated. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Multitasking lowers focus and can spread your energy too thin, making it harder to get things done.

It helps to learn some better time management skills. Having good time management will help stop procrastination. Concentrate on one task, preferably the most important one, and work on that until it is done to what you need, then work on the next task.

Create An Action Plan

An action plan is a plan you make when you are ready to take action. It is deeper and more detailed than just a plan. With goal setting, you want a lot more than a simple list to get something done. Make sure you write down;

  • What want you want to accomplish
  • You’re purpose for making the plan
  • Steps to help reach your goal

You will have an easier time staying motivated once you have something written down and can look back on when your motivation starts to fall.

Know When You Deserve A Break

To improve self-motivation, you have to let your mind and body relax after a hard day’s work. After so much time working towards your goal, you have to take some time and look back at why you want this goal. Realign your mind and body.

Listen To Music

Let music boost your mood and bring your energy up. Make a playlist that makes you happy and feel like you are on top of the world. Get some headphones and let the music take you away.

Get Outside

When learning how to create your own self-motivation, it can be easy to forget to get out every once in a while. Even the happiest home-bodies can still get burned out being inside a cramped space all the time.

Get outside and enjoy the small things. It’s okay if you don’t move around too much as well. Getting real sunlight on your skin and breathing fresh air can be enough to improve your mood and help give you a motivation boost.

Move Your Body

A great way to boost motivation is to get moving! Exercising is great for boosting your mood and getting you to think outside of the box.

It doesn’t have to be anything crazy; it can be as simple as dancing to your favorite music, walking around the block, or even simple yoga or Tai-Chi. Move your body a little bit every day to keep your self-motivation up.

Grounding And Gratitude

It can be hard to stay self-motivating when you are stuck in a negative mindset. You can feel stuck in the rat race and never get closer to your goals.

It helps to focus on the now, look at what you have, and be grateful. Learn to have a more ‘abundance’ mindset.

Don’t compare yourself to others and look at all that you have been able to accomplish at this moment. Take a moment and be thankful for life’s big and small things. It will help you see that you can get things done, and the only holding you back is yourself.

My Final Thoughts

I hope you will continue learning and growing into a better version of yourself every day.

Remember to love yourself and others around you.

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