Do you ever notice yourelf struggling to find the energy or motivation you need to complete tasks that you know must be done? Ever feel a sense of lethargy seems to be holding you back from starting on working towards goals that are important to you? Perhaps some of these ideas may help you find the self-motivation that you need …….

  • Self-motivation tip #1 – Drink a glass of cold water.

Dehydration can result in fatigue and mental fogginess, which sure doesn’t help your motivation. Before doing intensive mental or physical work, try drinking a glass of ice cold water and watch how it refreshes you. Also be sure to keep drinking plenty of water throughout the day. One glass of water won’t be enough for a body that is more than mildly dehydrated.

  • Self-motivation tip #2 – Try a short meditation to clear your head.

Scattered thoughts can make any task seem more confusing or burdensome. Before beginning work on your objective, take 10 minutes to sit quietly and focus on nothing but the rhythm of your breathing. Keep your mind as blank as possible and attune to the stillness within you. You may have to gently pull back your focus when it begins to wander, but avoid becoming frustrated about it. Simply keep readjusting your focus on the slow and gentle flow of air as you breathe in and out. Allow a natural feeling of calm to descend upon you, and a feeling of being centred and at peace will begin to develop.

  • Self-motivation tip #3 – Create a worry box.

Nothing is more aggravating than trying to work productively and being nagged to death by worries! Instead of letting your worries take over your mind, create a worry box to keep them in. You can use any kind of box, from an empty shoe box to a decorative wooden or glass box. Write all of your current worries on a sheet of paper (or you can use a fresh sheet for each worry). When you can’t think of any other worries, put the sheet(s) of paper into the box, close it and store it away on a high shelf nearby. If worries begin to nag at you again while you’re trying to stay focused, glance at your worry box and remind yourself that you don’t have to worry about anything right now because you’ve placed your worries in that box. Affirm that you can pick up your worries again later if you really want to.

Ask yourself this question:
“Will this matter a year from now?”

  • Tip #4 – Empty your mind with free writing.

Similar to the worry box described above, you may have nagging thoughts that aren’t exactly worries but nevertheless irritate and distract you. Start your day by “pouring” all of them onto a sheet of paper. As you write your thoughts down (don’t worry about making them neat or orderly, just scribble them out), affirm that you are setting them aside so you can better focus on the task at hand. If you notice random thoughts nagging at you again later while working on your objectives, take another sheet of paper and repeat the process. Eventually you will train your mind to focus on the task at hand and let go of unnecessary random thoughts.

Self-motivation tip #5 – Ensure adequate fuel is in your tank.

Starting the day with a healthful breakfast can go a long way in providing your body and mind with adequate energy. Try to stick with lean protein and high-fibre complex carbohydrates, vegetables and fruit, along with limited amounts of healthy fats. Likewise, keep fuelling your body throughout the day by eating small healthy snacks. This will help keep your blood sugar more level and contribute to more stable energy – which can give you the stamina to keep moving forward!

Self-motivation tip #6 – Take regular breaks.

Nothing results in burnout faster than pushing yourself too hard, too often, for too long! Sometimes we feel unmotivated simply because our bodies and minds are telling us “enough is enough!” Assess whether you need to motivate yourself, or if you simply need some downtime to recharge. If you’ve been burning the midnight oil too often lately, take some time off. Even a few hours of relaxation and fun will renew your motivation more effectively than any motivational techniques.

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