14 Apr 2016

#119 Self-motivation


Motivation is something that pushes one to move forward to achieve a goal. It is a driving force that keeps one going irrespective of obstacles. Motivation can be both internal and external. Self-motivation is related to how well you can encourage yourself to accomplish your task. That requires consistency of efforts. The fundamental of self-motivation is why you want to start a certain task. This lays emphasis on your abilities to perform a certain task. Sometimes, an external source also acts as a motivating agent like environment, parents, friends etc.

You might have faced many such situations where nothing is going in your favour. Everything is falling apart, not in a right place. Everything seems to be vague. There is no clear-cut path to move on. It is quite obvious to get disheartened and discouraged at this point of time. You can only think of getting out of such a situation by pushing yourself harder. Here, self-motivation acts as a catalyst.  I have enlisted few points to develop self-motivation-

1.     Set high goals
Before starting any task, setting a goal is very important. The higher you set your goals, the more you feel energised to complete it. You will try to think better options and work harder.

2.      Follow a plan
Make a plan before you start anything. Write down your plan in a diary. At the end of a day, have a look over this. It will act as a cross check of your action reminding you what have you missed.

3.     Read inspirational quotes
There are many quotes available on various websites. You can collect those. Try to read those on a daily basis. Reading quotations of famous personalities develop positivity. You can also paste those quotes on your wall so that you can read those whenever you want.

4.     Think about your past achievements
The best way to motivate yourself instantly is to think of your achievements and the memories associated with these. How did you able to achieve those? The answer is really simple. It was possible because of your hard work and devotion. It is just a reminder that you can also achieve your present goal. There is nothing like impossible. It will surely boost the level of your confidence.

5.     Read some good books
There are many books which are full of motivating stuff. Try to read it regularly. Here I would like to mention a few- Tuesday with Morrie by Mitchel Albom, Think and grow rich by Napolean Hill, Awaken the giant within you by Anthony Robbins, 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen R. Covey, You can win by Shiv Khera, How to win and influence people by Dale Carnegie, The turning point and Indomitable Spirit by APJ Abdul Kalam, Who will cry when you die by Robin Sharma

6.     Join regular classes
There may be many classes being started in your locality like Yoga, sports, Aerobics, swimming etc. These classes will make you sweat. It implies that you’ve worked against your body resistance. And you will find yourself relax and content.

7.     Question yourself
When you feel less motivated or out of energy, ask yourself why you have started the task. What has prompted you to begin? You will not be left unanswered. Surely a reason will pop up in your mind.

8.     Believe in your abilities
Try to visualise yourself achieving your goal. How will your life turn?? Life will not be the same as it is now. It will be transformed completely. You have to develop a faith that you can do it. Have a thought in your mind that you posses something different in yourself. You can only define yourself through your abilities. So, have faith in your abilities.

9.     Listen to some motivational talk or music
Music has enormous power to heal your mind. If you feel low, a soft music or instrumental will refresh you. Listening to music is very effective in curing heart aches and depression. You can listen to speech of motivational speakers like Zig Ziegler, Louise Hay, Les Brown, Tony Robbins, Nick Vujicic, Sandeep Maheshwari etc.

10.    Chant some Mantras
 You can chant some traditional and existing mantras regularly. Chanting Mantras refers to auto-suggestion. You can make your own Mantra like I can do it, I am confident, everything is possible etc. You are instructing your mind to do something repeatedly.  

It has been wisely said by Zig Zigler, “People often say that motivation does not last. Well, neither does bathing-That’s why we recommend it daily.” You need to remind yourself what to do. This is what self-motivation is all about.

So, be confident and be motivated to achieve a goal that you have set for yourself. That may not be the very first time, but hard work coupled with devotion can never let go your efforts in vain.

At the end, I would like to mention a quote that I read somewhere which very well exaggerates the essence of life.

“Life will push you, beat you down and stomp your face to the floor. Never give up because you are alive and here for a reason. Prove to everyone that you are bigger than what you think. Stand up after all the scars have tried to tear you down. Nothing will stop you. God will guide you to perfect life.”

Sweta Sarangi