Reaching our personal and professional dreams depends entirely upon our ability to motivate ourselves. We can have all the talent and resources in the world but without self-motivation we won’t get very far.
So what can you do to ensure your motivation stays in peak form?
Try implementing these critical skills into your own life to master your motivation.
Risk management. Does the idea of taking risks inspire you to take action or weaken your resolve? Tackling the right risks has as much to do with self-confidence as it does with the actual risk itself. Take small risks to build your confidence. You’ll learn when it’s best to take action and when to take a step back.
Accepting constructive feedback. No one likes criticism; it can shake our confidence and leave our motivation waning. But when we train ourselves to listen for the constructive feedback, even if it’s not presented in a constructive way, we give ourselves an opportunity to grow and get stronger. What helpful messages can you gain from the insights of others?
Dealing with setbacks. Overcoming obstacles to keep our drive alive requires resilience. In the movie The African Queen, both Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn’s characters must navigate a treacherous river to reach their final destination and confront dangerous killers. En route they overcome enemy gunfire, dangerous rapids, hunger and illness, as well as facing their own, and each other’s shortcomings only to end up giving up on their goal, unaware it’s just around the next bend. Are setbacks making you quit before you reach your goal? Dig deep and find your strength – your success may be just around the next bend.
Setting high, but achievable goals. We either tend to set goals that are too ambitious or not ambitious enough. Think like ‘Goldilocks’ and find the goal that’s ‘just right’ – a goal that pushes you just enough to keep yourself engaged and motivated, but not too big that it feels impossible and discourages you from even trying.
By developing your self-motivation skills you’ll begin to notice increased productivity, and efficiency, and you will experience more happiness in your life.
Incorporating even one of these new skills into your daily routine means you too can keep your self-motivation high and get to work on finding more success and fulfilling your dreams!