Get yourself in gear… and motivated

Get MotivatedIn my ongoing research, I revisited an article that was published in Business Insider entitled, 52 Simple Ways to Motivate Yourself.  Motivation is a theoretical construct used to explain behavior. It represents the reasons for people’s actions, desires, and needs. Motivation can also be defined as one’s direction to behavior, or what causes a person to want to repeat a behavior and vice versa. A motive is what prompts the person to act in a certain way, or at least develop an inclination for specific behavior. Motivation is a word that is part of the popular culture as few other psychological concepts are.

If you need to find a way to motivate yourself, these tips are easy to understand and implement. As is the case with any list, you may find too many suggestions and feel overwhelmed. I find that prioritizing and focusing on a smaller number of tips is easier for me to insert into my routine. So, I am listing the top (10) suggestions that resonated with me. However, you can read the original article here.

Here is my list:

  1. Get the toughest and highest priority tasks done first thing in the morning. Once you’re done with the most challenging projects, you’ll be able to tackle the others with ease.
  2. Prepare early so you’re not in a rush. When you’re late all the time or feel rushed, this may stress you out and kill your motivation.
  3. Make a to-do list. You’ll feel encouraged as you cross off items.
  4. Take a small steps because you don’t always need immediately immerse yourself in a project and work to completion immediately. Just make baby steps, and take it one day at a time.
  5. Use a reward system, so you’ll have something to look forward to.
  6. Focus. Doing too many things at once can overwhelm you, so drop the multitasking and focus on one thing at a time.
  7. Don’t compare yourself with others or you’ll get discouraged. Compete against yourself.
  8. Find out what it’ll take to get there. When you set a goal for yourself, begin by doing some research, and you’ll be done with the first step.
  9. Listen to motivation stories from audio-books, Ted Talks, documentaries, and more.
  10. Close your eyes, and visualize yourself reaching your goals.

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James E. McClain is the author of Successful Career Development: A Game Plan, the book upon which some of our training programs are based. He has over 30 years' experience as a corporate HR executive, small business owner with ongoing experience in career development and as a college instructor. His educational background includes a B.S. and Masters degrees Education and Certification in Financial Planning. Our promise is that "you can pay more for training but you can not buy better training." The mission is to deliver the most effective and cost effective training and development programs.

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