When you do the same things over and over, that dopamine rush tends to get smaller and smaller. A great way to stay motivated is to keep growing by doing bigger and bigger things.
Take on bigger, more challenging projects at work. Once you’ve reached a running or fitness milestone, start working toward a bigger one.
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“Visualization is daydreaming with a purpose.”—Bo Bennett
A great way to stay motivated is to visualize accomplishing a goal—even though you haven’t completed it yet.
Visualization actually causes the brain to release dopamine. This makes us see our future rewards more clearly and go after them more fervently.
"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." —Wayne Dyer
A good strategy is to look at difficult situations and obstacles as opportunities that will help you and those around you grow. This will help us look at difficult things in a positive light and actually look forward to doing them instead of dreading them.
High levels of stress are associated with chronic inflammation, which can cause our motivation to decrease.
Low levels of stress can actually help us perform better by making us more alert.
Self motivation is the ability to drive oneself to take initiative and action to pursue goals and complete tasks. It’s an inner drive to take action — to create and to achieve. It’s what pushes you to keep going on tasks, especially those you’re pursuing because you want to, not because someone told you to.
When reaching for a big goal, self-motivation plays a key role. But making a change in your life requires persistence, and many of us find it difficult to stay motivated over time.
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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