All of us have big hopes and dreams, few goals for life and obviously some personal challenges. We all want to wake up with zeal and motivation to attack the day, but unfortunately life isn’t like that. Sometimes we wake up lacking energy or gusto and wonder how we are going to make this day productive. Well that’s the time when you need to be self-motivated and the best way to get self-motivated is to follow the 7 simple techniques listed below.
1. Improve Your Posture:
A little change in your posture can instantaneously change your viewpoint on life and give you a great motivation while feeling all charged up with energy. Simply stand tall and pull yourself upward, this will straighten your back. In the next step bring sit straight, avoid crossing your arms or legs and look people directly in the eye while talking to them (do not keep staring though). This simple change will soar up your self-motivation level.
2. Fresh Start:
You need not wait for a new year to make a new start, rather you can make a fresh start anytime by mentally preparing yourself that you will make big changes to your life from this moment on. You should simply write it down on your calendar or diary as a written declaration of your intentions. This can help to crystallize your intentions and focus your attention on the precise changes, your life goals and for the changes you want to make to achieve your life goals.
3. Bring Sweetness in Your Life:
Shubh kaam se pehle kuchh meetha ho jaye.
Research has found it that a small amount of dark chocolate has been proven to have many health benefits. It acts by releasing dopamine which is a known to stimulate motivation and act as a mild anti-depressant. You should try to have little chocolate to self-motivate yourself.
4. Contract with Yourself:
No one wants to get penalized for not abiding with the contract one has signed. So, decide on your goals, draft a contract writing down your responsibilities regarding fulfilling your objectives and give it a deadline. Denote a sum of money that you will forfeit if you fail to keep your side of the contract. You will donate this amount to charity or a temple at the specified date if you haven’t achieved your goals written in the contract. Take a print of the contract and pin it on the wall it will keep you reminding of your targets each and every day and keep you motivated to work towards your goals.
5. Go Green:
Studies have found that the color green helps increase motivation, as well as energy and creativity. So, taking a walk in the park is not just relaxing and good for your heart and lungs, it also gives you long term benefits to your mental health. Also, you can try adding some pot plants to your office or work area. Certain plants such as spider plants and cacti also have the added benefit of absorbing indoor radiation and will improve the internal air quality, which will help you sit and work in a healthy environment and breath in fresh air which will keep your brain working with new ideas and energy.
6. Keep Reading:
There is no alternative to reading as it not only brings wisdom but also brings in lot of things which really help you keep motivated. Reading the biographies of people who inspire you the most is best way to keep you motivated to work to achieve your goals.
7. Manage Your Time Efficiently:
True that we all have only 24 hours in a day, but when you manage your time efficiently you can make most of your day’s value. Try to make a list of tasks you want to get done in your day priority wise and try finishing them in the same day, if you can’t get that done in that day propel it as the first task for your next day, so that you don’t miss out working on any such priority task. Sense of achievement is the best self-motivation and this will fuel you to work on other things to achieve your goals more passionately and efficiently.
These are simple yet very effective and well researched ways to significantly improve your levels of self-motivation. Try them and see the results for yourself!
Also published on Medium.