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Motivation is a powerful force, one that helps us make new commitments and carry them through. Like any emotion, though, motivation comes and goes. You’ll have days when you wake up ready to leap into action – and days when you just want to hit snooze and curl up under the duvet.
Here are seven ways to boost your motivation – try at least one today.
#1: Do Things That You Enjoy
This might be a bit easier said than done … but in general, try to focus your life around activities that you genuinely enjoy. It’s far, far easier to be motivated when you love what you’re doing than when you feel so-so about it.
You might want to think about:
- Your work. Perhaps switching to your dream career isn’t an option right now – but can you take on more of the tasks that you like, and delegate some of the ones you don’t like?
- Your goals. If you’re trying to establish a good exercise routine, for instance, look for forms of activity that you genuinely enjoy … not ones that feel like a chore.
- Your commitments. Look for ways to reduce or cut out any which you don’t enjoy. Don’t be afraid to say “no” – even to something that you’ve said “yes” to in the past.
#2: Focus on Your Goal or the Outcome
Most big projects require a lot of work over an extended period of time. However excited you are about your end goal, there’ll almost certainly be times when the work at hand isn’t especially appealing.
Instead of thinking about the boring or difficult task you need to get through today, focus on your goal, or the outcome. For instance:
- Making a healthy choice for lunch will help you to reach your goal of losing weight.
- Dealing with a dull but necessary task will make life easier in the future.
- Getting something checked off your to-do list will make you feel good.
#3: Go For Some Easy Wins
If you’re really struggling to get going at the start of the day (or at the start of a session working towards a particular goal), look for some easy wins. These are tasks that you can complete in just a few minutes, leaving you with a sense of accomplishment.
That could be:
- Writing an email or making a phone call that you’ve been putting off.
- Tidying your closet, or sorting out one small area of your house.
- Filing those papers that have been mounting up for weeks.
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