Have you ever been completely astounded by someone’s motivation? Whether it’s a good friend, colleague, role model, or a renowned business leader, certain individuals possess a drive and determination that the rest of us can’t help but envy.
The good news is that by following these five habits, anyone and everyone can become more motivated.
1. Ask yourself “why?”
It’s incredibly easy to fall into the habit of doing things mindlessly, or out of a sense of duty with a forgotten origin. So the next time you lament having to exercise in the morning or dread a weekly meeting, think back to why you first wanted to do those things. Don’t exercise because your doctor recommended it, exercise because you want to feel better on a daily basis or because you want to see your kids grow up. Find a compelling why, rooted in your own desires and person, and follow it.
2. Acknowledge your feelings
When disappointing or upsetting things happen, a lot of people instinctively attempt to repress or ignore the feelings of sadness, doubt, and anger that come with them. However, refusing to acknowledge your emotions only keeps you from moving on, leaving you to drown in frustration, disappointment, or rage.
Instead, try to actually feel your emotions and then work through them. If you’re frustrated because John from work stole your idea again, it’s alright to let that anger out in a healthy way. Talk to someone you can trust, work through it, and bounce back.
3. Take care of yourself
You cannot take care of business if you do not take care of yourself.
Nowadays it has become more and more common for people to work themselves to the bone on a daily basis. However, instead of being a sign of motivation and productivity, those workaholic tendencies actually signal a quickly approaching burnout that could put your whole life on hold. Make sure that you’re eating well, sleeping enough, and build a good support system. When you’re well taken care of, you’ll have more energy and motivation than ever.
4. Embrace change
Variety is the spice of life. Regularly trying new things and welcoming change into your schedule keeps you from mindless action and losing motivation. Changing things up gives you opportunities to break-up your daily monotony, try out new skills, and have new experiences that can produce new ideas and passions.
5. Practice gratitude
Identify at least one thing every day that you’re grateful for. Remembering how lucky you are to be where you are and reflecting upon all you’ve accomplished on a daily basis is a great way to put all the little worries of life in context. Taking time to reflect and give thanks puts you in the position to continue the pursuit of opportunities that you’ll one day be grateful for.