What are self motivation skills?

Self motivation skills are

Here are some easy self motivation skills that I use to build my confidence when I'm motivating myself toward a particular goal:

  1. I Write out what I want to accomplish. Seeing helps with believing.

  2. I ask myself two questions: What small step can I take in the direction that I want to go? What would the best outcome look like?

After I answer those two questions, I set aside some quiet time to imagine what it would feel like to reach my goal.

     3. I create a plan and take baby steps. There is no reason to add more stress on yourself by pushing, forcing, or trying to make something better. Accept where you are as a temporary state.

     4. I chop my goals into tiny pieces and begin with the easiest step possible as to not be overwhelmed.

Accomplish small tasks. Try doing something that will make you feel like you accomplished something. Then move on to something else. If you are trying to motivate yourself to workout.

For example if your goal is to lose 10 pounds, start with a walk instead of a high intensity work out (unless you're into that).

If, your health allows, take the stairs the next time you go to a multilevel building. Or park a little further away from the door when you go to the mall or grocery store.

Don’t discount small accomplishments.

If you are motivating yourself to save more money, start with a coin jar. Drop the pennies, nickles, dimes, etc. into it whenever you get a chance.

Once the jar is full take it to a local bank coin machine and then deposit the money.

The point of these motivational self help strategies is to start small and build up your motivation to take bigger steps.

Your effort will snowball.

"Your self motivation skills will enhance and grow..."

Your continued forging ahead one small step at a time, will eventually get you to where you want to be, with less stress.

"Your self motivation skills will enhance and grow increasing your motivation. Before you know it, your efforts will snowball. Take the pressure off. Start small and work your way up."

7 self motivation skills that will keep you on track and moving forward

When it comes to getting things accomplished, motivation can be hard to come by. Yet, motivation is exactly what is needed. A small amount of motivation is required to do small, simple things, like brushing your teeth. Bigger tasks require more motivation to complete.

But how do you manufacture motivation when you have none?

Learn to motivate yourself and you’ll accomplish more:

Use pain. If you fail to complete a particular task, what damage will be done? It might just be the inconvenience of having even more to do the following day. Or it could be the prospect of someone dropping by and seeing how filthy your home is.

Come up with several good reasons why failing to take action would be painful to you.

Use pleasure. Saving $25 this week might not be too exciting, but the vacation you’ll be taking next year is pretty great. Remind yourself of all the benefits you’ll receive. Make a long list that will help to keep the fire burning inside to successfully deal with those unpleasant or boring tasks.

Visualize the future you expect to enjoy from getting your tasks completed. Rehearse your successes in your mind. Create an image that motivates you take the next step enthusiastically.

Set short-term goals. It’s hard to stay motivated for more than 8-10 weeks. So, if you have a goal that will require a year to accomplish, you’ll run out of gas before you’re successful.

Break goals that take an extended amount of time into smaller goals that can be accomplished within two months.

Make the task more enjoyable. Raking the leaves might sound like a dreadful way to spend the afternoon, but what if you listened to your favorite album on your iPod while you raked? You could invite a few friends over for a barbeque and ask them to bring a rake.

Ask yourself, “How can I make this task as enjoyable as possible?” and then listen to the answers you receive.

Give yourself a reward. You wouldn’t go to work each day if you didn’t get paid. The reward you receive is enough to keep you going back each day. Apply the same idea to keep your motivation high enough to get things done. Think of a few things you truly enjoy and use them as motivation.

Just feeling proud and pleased with your progress can be a form of reward. Those that struggle with motivation are often hard on themselves. Be happy with your progress and you can expect to enjoy more progress in the future.

Take a deep breath. Few things will drain your motivation faster than an over-stimulated mind. Stay clear on what you’re trying to accomplish and focus on the most direct path to get there. Deal with one task before moving on to another.

Keep your brain focused on your current task. Meditation is an effective tool for learning to focus more effectively.

Include another person. Going to the gym each day can be challenging. But if you know your workout partner is waiting for you, it’s more difficult to stay home. The presence of others can increase your level of commitment. Reach out to a friend.

Without motivation, willpower is the only solution. Willpower is much more difficult to sustain than motivation. Learning to control your motivation is part of learning to control yourself.

There’s little that can’t be accomplished once you learn how manipulate your level of motivation. Even the most challenging tasks become manageable.

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