Motivation is a muscle that we need to build

Motivation does not happen to us. It is a muscle that we need to build. After an inspirational talk, we might feel motivated for a while but will fall back to our old routines.

What is lacking is a behaviour to put our knowledge in motion. In the beginning, we will hardly notice any progress. With practice and repetition, our brains will create patterns of learning. Eventually, the tasks that required a lot of effort will become effortless.

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Simple Yet Useful Tips To Push Your Motivation Flywheel

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Knowing what keeps you back is as valuable as determining how to get started.

  • What are the bottlenecks to get you started?
  • What can cause you to stop once you start?
  • How do you know what to do once you get started?
  • What if you're not capable of achieving your goals?
  • How would you know if you're making progress?

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  • Even if you don't feel like it, take control by starting today.
  • Shift your mental energy from thinking to doing.
  • Believe there's no better day to start than today.
  • Set a micro goal for today without worrying about tomorrow.
  • Commit to taking one small step.
  • Tell yourself that when you gain momentum, the task will become easier.

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Whether you desire to invest in daily reading, work out in the gym, eat healthily or anything else, the second step is to give momentum to the motivation flywheel by scheduling it.

Do not prioritize what is on your schedule. Instead, ensure that you schedule your priorities.

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Set simple routines to help you get started without much effort. For example, for a writing goal, set up your table with a bottle of water and read what you wrote the previous day.

The cue will set you in motion and help build the momentum to continue.

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Input without output can demotivate us, making us question our choices and re-evaluate our strategies.

Reach out to friends, family, colleagues and share where you are, what you desire, and seek advice on how to move forward. Join groups and networks with similar interests and learn from people who have done this before.

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We can learn from our own experience and find ways to improve. Repeat the following questions to yourself over time.

  • What did I achieve today, and how can I better it?
  • What should I continue doing, what should I stop, and what new activities should I add?
  • What are my fears?
  • What are my strengths?
  • Do my strategy and tactics work or do I need to re-evaluate my choices?
  • Are my choices aligned with my principles and values?
  • What do my close friends and family feel about it?

With time, you will notice a transformation in how you approach new goals.

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