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How to Motivate Yourself for the New Year

How to Motivate Yourself for the New Year

It’s been a few days since I started to hear the first December bells ringing. The last month of the year has finally arrived. And one thing is for certain – many people haven’t finished their New Year’s resolutions yet.

According to many self-improvement articles, 80% of people abandon their good intentions by mid-February. And the percentage will likely grow in the following months. So, even when you start the year with peak motivation and mental fortitude, the magic finishes soon. And without a plan, you can’t do much.

So, how do you plan to motivate yourself next year?

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Are you fully charged? (1)

Are you fully charged? (1)

In “ Are you fully charged ?” Tom Rath says there are certain days in which we define our future. So, the challenge for anybody who wants to succeed is to prepare for those days, recognize them, and give their best when they happen.

You want to overcharge those days and peak in performance. And in 2024, I want to experiment with this new paradigm I have never tried.

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Are you fully charged? (2)

Are you fully charged? (2)

Usually, I suggest building habits and routines. And I think they will remain a big part of anyone’s growth. But we are not the same. And what works for me might be impossible for someone else.

Some people are consistent. Others overwork one day a week and achieve the same results. And if you don’t experience both systems, you will never know what works best for you. So, let’s dive into it and see how to overcharge and motivate yourself for those days.

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How to Overcharge Your Days

How to Overcharge Your Days

Tom Rath says you can recognize fully charged days by three things:

  • meaning
  • interactions
  • and energy.

And you want to maximize each of those parameters to peak performance and build your future. Here are 6 steps from the author (with a bit of yours truly) that might help.

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1 – Create meaning. (1)

1 – Create meaning. (1)

First, you must create meaning.

It should be simple, right? Not really.

You can’t wake up one day and decide you will find purpose in life. No, not even on the 31st of December. It can happen, but you won’t know until it becomes your purpose.

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1 – Create meaning. (2)

1 – Create meaning. (2)

Creating meaning is an evolutionary process that takes ages. And you can only proceed with daily improvements:

  • grow purpose every day
  • and enjoy the small successes of life.

Soon, you will realize that small actions create a strong drive and purpose in your daily life.

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2 – Focus on others’ happiness.

2 – Focus on others’ happiness.

I know it’s not Christmas yet. And it might be too late for you to behave so Santa would come. But for the next year, focus on others’ happiness more than yours.

In life, you can see happiness from two points of view:

  • When you focus on yours, you will see your flaws and be unsatisfied with your current position.
  • But if you focus on others’ happiness, you will care less about yours and enjoy life more. And as a side effect, those good vibes will return to you.

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3 – Mind intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.

3 – Mind intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.

Usually, you can only experience two types of motivation: intrinsic and extrinsic. But if you don’t know, you might only try to improve one and lose the benefits of the other.

  • Extrinsic motivation makes you do things because of a reward. No matter the type, you work because you want a salary.
  • Intrinsic motivation makes you do things no matter the returns.

In my experience, extrinsic motivation pushes all activities in the beginning. But intrinsic motivation will kick in as you get to the benefits and build purpose with daily successes.

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4 – Make a job out of your dreams. (1)

4 – Make a job out of your dreams. (1)

If you love what you do, you won’t work one day of your life – you must never forget it. Therefore, find at least one thing you love about what you do, and you will always find the energy to do it more and more.

Make a job out of your dreams – this is the only goal you need for next year if you don’t have one already.

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4 – Make a job out of your dreams. (2)

4 – Make a job out of your dreams. (2)

  • Spend a few daily hours doing what energizes and motivates you the most.
  • Search for growth opportunities even in the worst situations. Simple to say, try it. It will change your perspective.
  • Create meaning in your free time even if, for the moment, your job doesn’t reward you as you wish.

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5 – Pick positive interactions.

5 – Pick positive interactions.

Social interactions might achieve a negative or positive result. And the sum of interactions has a powerful influence on your motivation.

Therefore, you must:

  • Control your social circle to achieve a positive sum of interactions. Next year, remove toxic people from your life, and you will see the improvements.
  • Be positive 80% of the time. Usually, negative interactions outperform positive ones (negative bias). And since you can’t control other people, at least keep up your mood.

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6 – Energize yourself.

6 – Energize yourself.

High levels of energy often translate into high levels of motivation. But people often ignore how they could energize themselves more.

For many years, I thought buying new gadgets would help me write more. So, I bought a Mac, a Kindle Scribe, and an iPad. But those materialistic rewards only give you temporary energy. And once you justify your purchase, you will start procrastinating.

So, how can you solve this next year?

  • Spend your money on new experiences (better if with many people).
  • Also, practice sports that make you feel powerful and refill your dopamine levels.

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THE CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK

Prepare for the New Year’s resolutions by working on your motivation and overcharging your days.

Track your sum of interactions and expenses on things that energize you. Also, find your meaning and align your job with it. Or, if that’s not possible, do something in your free time that fulfills you.

Search for your most effective intrinsic and extrinsic motivators. And never forget to focus on others’ happiness.

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THE CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK

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CURATED BY

cosminangheluta

Passionate about self-improvement, personal growth, finance, and creativity. I love to inspire people to become the better version of themselves. Author @ www.cosmopolitanmindset.com

CURATOR'S NOTE

Kickstart the New Year with motivation! Follow these six steps to ignite your inner drive and set the stage for a year of achievement and personal growth.

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