Motivation is that powerful force that lights a fire under you, pushing you to take action and pursue your dreams. It’s that wonderful get-up-and-go feeling that fills you with energy, focus, and determination.
Now, imagine having a toolkit, a personal set of self-motivation techniques, at your disposal. Techniques that can rev up that engine inside of you whenever you need it. Techniques that can help you feel fired up and ready to take on the world.
Are you ready?
Well, let’s dive in because these techniques could be the game-changers you’ve been looking for!
How to Motivate Yourself to Take Action: 12 Ways to Motivate Yourself
1. Know What You Want
It’s challenging to find motivation when your path is unclear, isn’t it? Imagine walking through a thick fog, unsure where you’re going or why you’re even on this journey.
It’s the same with life goals.
Now, let’s talk about the flip side.
Have you ever noticed how you effortlessly find the energy and enthusiasm to do something you truly love? That’s the power of having a goal that resonates with your heart.
When your aim is something you deeply care about, motivation is no longer an uphill battle.
It comes naturally, driving you forward and filling you with a sense of purpose, making even the most daunting tasks seem achievable.
Action tip: Take a few moments to reflect on what truly matters to you.
What one goal excites you every time you think about it?
That’s what you need to focus on. Write it down in your journal. You’ll be surprised how quickly your motivation levels rise when pursuing something that sets your soul on fire. Authenticity in your aims is the engine of genuine motivation.
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2. Have a Clear “Why”
Imagine this: you’re on a long, demanding hike. Your legs are aching, you’re short of breath, and the summit is nowhere in sight.
But you know why you’re doing this: to experience the exhilarating feeling of reaching the top, to enjoy that stunning vista, and to prove to yourself that you can overcome challenging obstacles.
This “why” is the fuel that keeps you going, pushing you to take that next step and the next until you reach your goal.
The same principle applies to your life goals.
Simon Sinek, a renowned motivational speaker and author, explains that understanding your “why” is at the heart of self-motivation, energized, and aligned with your life’s purpose.
It’s more than just a reason to get things done; your “why” is the underlying passion that drives you, the core belief that propels you forward, even when the going gets tough.
To discover your “why,” start by asking yourself some introspective questions:
- What are the values that are most important to you in life? How do your current goals reflect these values?
- If money, time, or other resources were not an obstacle, what would you choose to do? How do your current goals align with this vision?
- What experiences or people have had the most profound impact on your life? How do these experiences or individuals connect to your present objectives?
- Imagine achieving your current goal – how does it make you feel? What impact does it have on your life and the lives of others around you?
- Looking back from the future, what do you want to have achieved? How does your current goal contribute to that bigger picture?
Write your thoughts down, no matter how big or small they seem.
Review them, and look for patterns or recurring themes. This process might take some time, but remember, self-discovery isn’t a race; it’s a journey.
And trust me, the journey to discovering your “why” is as transformative as the result.
Once you identify your “why,” you’ll notice a powerful surge in your motivation. It’s like a compass, guiding you toward your goals with unerring precision.
Give it a try, and unlock the power of your purpose.
3. Break Your Dreams into Smaller Goals
So, you’ve got this big dream, right?
It’s exciting, inspiring and fills you with so much passion you simply can’t wait to get started.
But then, you come to a screeching halt. The dream is so big and overwhelming that you don’t know where to begin. Don’t worry. It’s a familiar feeling.
Let’s look at an example.
Say your dream is to write a best-selling novel. It’s a huge task, isn’t it? You could easily feel overwhelmed just thinking about the sheer number of words you need to write.
But what if you broke it down? Start with a simple goal, like writing a page or chapter daily.
That’s manageable, right? And guess what? After a month, you’ll have a substantial portion of your book done.
Breaking down a monstrous dream into bite-sized goals makes it feel less daunting. It makes your dream achievable and less likely to scare you into inaction.
And the best part? Every small success and little box you tick off brings you closer to your dream. You’ve got this. Just take that first step.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, remember?
Now, go ahead and break down that big dream into a series of small and achievable goals.
You’re one step closer to making that dream a reality.
4. Keep in Mind You’re in Charge
There’s an empowering truth that you need to embrace: you’re the main character in the story of your life. Nobody else can take the reins or walk in your shoes.
This might seem intimidating at first, but when you look closely, it can actually empower you.
If you have a dream, only you can bring it to life. No one is going to hand it to you on a silver platter.
It’s up to you to make the move.
This realization can be a great driving force when it comes to motivation. It’s like flipping a switch in your mind, shifting from passive to active mode. You become more aware that if you don’t put in the work, your dreams will remain just that: dreams.
Recognizing that you hold the power to shape your own destiny can give you a newfound sense of confidence. It pushes you to take charge, to move out of your comfort zone, and to face challenges head-on.
Remember, it’s all about taking action toward your dreams.
Your dreams won’t magically manifest without some hard work on your part. If you want to succeed, you need to start taking those small steps we talked about earlier, right now.
Each action, no matter how small, brings you one step closer to your ultimate goal. So, go on, take control, and make the first move. You’ve got this!
5. Think about the Price of Inaction
Imagine standing at the crossroads of your life with two possible paths. One is the path of action, filled with challenges and rewards; the other is the path of inaction, smooth but stagnant.
By choosing the latter, you’re not just choosing to avoid facing challenges today, but you’re also choosing to forego the rewards tomorrow.
Failing to take action today will cost future opportunities. Those opportunities could be the difference between an ordinary life and an extraordinary one.
This isn’t about guilt-tripping yourself for every missed step. Instead, it’s about understanding that you’re possibly missing out on a better future each day you don’t make some progress toward your goal.
For example, let’s say you want to start your own coffee shop or learn a new programming language to land a more lucrative job.
Every day you delay is another day you’re not building your dream shop or not learning that new language. Essentially, it’s another day you’re not moving closer to your goal and not creating the life you aspire to have.
However, remember, this isn’t about beating yourself up or letting guilt consume you. It’s about taking a moment to contemplate the cost of inaction and using that to motivate yourself to work toward your biggest dreams.
So, here’s an actionable strategy to get your engines going: Spend 30 minutes visualizing your future self if you do the things you need to do today.
How will your future self live? How will she feel about herself?
Set up a daily reminder to nudge you towards action, whether it’s working on your business plan or learning a new language.
6. Set a Target Date for Your Goals
Let’s talk about setting deadlines.
You see, a goal without a plan is just a dream. It’s like a ship sailing without a destination; it may be moving, but it’s not getting anywhere.
Deadlines give you a time frame to work within and a sense of urgency to keep you on your toes. They help you stay focused and committed, pushing you to make consistent progress.
Now, have you heard of SMART goals? SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. It’s a method used to set goals that are clear, realistic, and, most importantly, achievable within a specific time frame.
You see, setting a target date is the ‘T’ in SMART. It’s not enough to say, “I want to write a book”. Instead, try something like, “I want to write a 50,000-word novel by December 31st”. See the difference? The second goal is specific, measurable, and has a deadline.
So here’s a little tip for you – when you set your next goal, make it a SMART one. Ensure it’s specific, measurable, doable, relevant, and time-bound.
Now go, set that target date, and turn that dream into a goal!
7. Make it a Habit
When faced with a task, many of us wait for that magic moment when we’re flooded with motivation to get started. We seem to believe that motivation is the key that kick-starts our engines.
But let’s flip this script.
It’s not usually waiting for motivation that gets us going; it’s getting going that brings on the motivation.
When you just start, even if it’s a small step, you’ll notice a surge of motivation that wasn’t there before. It’s like lighting a match – the first spark ignites the energy needed to keep the flame burning.
So, what can you do when you’re not feeling motivated?
First, stop waiting for motivation and focus on discipline instead.
Decide on doing at least a small part of the task. It might be writing just one sentence, reading just one page, or running just one minute.
Once you start, you’ll often find that you want to continue. Make it a routine, a part of your day, like brushing your teeth. Over time, you’ll build a habit that you’ll stick to, even when you’re feeling uninspired.
Remember what Picasso said, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”
So, stop waiting for inspiration or motivation to strike. Start working, and let them find you.
Create a routine and stick to it. Make it a habit, and motivation will follow.
8. Find Your Self-Motivation Style
Just like we all have our unique tastes in fashion or music, we each have our own style for getting motivated and feeling energized.
Some of us might feel on top of the world after watching a fiery motivational talk, while others might find their energy in the quiet moments of reflection or even in the middle of a heart-pounding workout.
Different things fire up different people, and that’s just how we humans are wired.
The key here is to experiment until you find what works for you. Try different tips and notice how they make you feel.
Do you feel a surge of energy after a good jog around the block?
Or maybe you feel most motivated after jotting down your thoughts in a journal or a deep, thoughtful conversation with a friend. Remember, there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to motivation.
The secret is to keep an open mind and never stop exploring.
Test out different techniques that can help you keep the momentum going, mix and match them, and find what suits your style best.
Once you discover what motivates and energizes you, make it part of your daily routine.
That’s your actionable tip: find your style, embrace it, and let it guide you toward achieving your dreams.
9. Learn the Tricks that Lift Your Mood
You know, there are days when we just need that little extra push to shift our mood and get us going. It’s like jumping into a cool pool on a hot day; it instantly revitalizes us, making us feel more alive and ready to take on the world.
But here’s the thing: each of us is unique, so what works like magic for one person might not do the trick for another.
For instance, some of us might feel a rush of adrenaline after turning up the volume on our favorite jam and having a mini-dance party, while others might get into work mode after sipping on a warm cup of coffee.
Yes, our ‘triggers’ for that desired state of flow can be as diverse as we are. But the beauty of it all is that once you identify these mood enhancers, they can be your secret weapon to conquer those less-than-exciting tasks.
So, are you ready to discover what makes you tick?
Here are some ideas to get your spirits high and push you into action:
- Listening to your favorite upbeat tunes
- Sipping on your favorite brew
- Taking a brisk walk in nature
- Meditating for a few minutes
- Practicing different types of journaling
- Practicing a round of high-energy exercises
- Reading a few pages of an inspiring book
- Watching a TED Talk
- Doing a quick tidy-up of your workspace
- Practicing gratitude journaling
- Having a good laugh by watching a funny clip
Remember, the goal is to identify those activities that can lift your mood instantly or your “motivators.” Once you’ve figured that out, don’t hesitate to sprinkle them throughout your day. Your mood will thank you, and so will your productivity!
10. Find an Accountability Partner
Let’s talk about accountability partners.
This is someone who knows your goals, understands the challenges you might face, and helps keep you on track.
Think of them as your own personal cheerleader. They’ll celebrate with you when you achieve your goals and give you a nudge when you’re stuck.
This isn’t just about having someone to report to; it’s about sharing your journey with someone who genuinely wants to see you succeed.
Having someone to hold you accountable can turbo-boost your motivation.
We all have days when we’re a little less motivated, and that’s okay. But an accountability partner can help reignite that spark. They’ll remind you why you started and how far you’ve come.
And sometimes, that’s all you need to get back on track.
So, how do you find an accountability partner?
Start by thinking about the people in your life who inspire you. Maybe it’s a friend, a colleague, or family member. Reach out to them, share your goals, and ask if they’d like to be your accountability partner.
Remember, it has to be someone as committed to your success as you are.
And here’s a tip: why not offer to be their accountability partner too? After all, we’re all in this together.
11. Keep Track of Your Progress
One crucial step to staying motivated is understanding where you’ve been and how far you’ve come. It’s like a traveler marking their journey on a map. Each step, no matter how small, is a victory.
When you keep track of your progress, it’s easier to see these victories. You might be surprised at how far you’ve come. Sometimes, we mistakenly believe we’re standing still because we lose sight of all the small advancements.
So, how do you keep track? One simple way is to keep a journal. Every evening, write down what you achieved that day. It doesn’t have to be anything big.
Maybe you completed a difficult task, or perhaps you just took one step toward a goal that matters to you.
Every bit counts. You could also use a progress chart or an app specifically designed for tracking goals. Experiment with different methods and find the one that works best for you.
You’ve got the power to make remarkable strides, one step at a time. Don’t let any progress, no matter how small, go unnoticed. Recognize your achievements, celebrate them, and let them fuel your journey forward.
It’s important to remember that you’re closer today than you were yesterday. Now it’s time to keep going and never forget that you’re capable of amazing things.
12. Don’t Rely on Motivation Alone
Here’s something important to remember: we all have days when the motivation tank is running on empty. Losing motivation is just a part of life, and it’s okay. You don’t always have to be fired up, and ready to take on the world.
Remember, motivation is like the weather; it comes and goes. Even with the best habits in place and a clear understanding of your ‘why’, there will be days when you don’t feel like doing anything. Yes, that’s right. And guess what? That’s perfectly normal.
The real game changer is learning to act even when the motivation is missing. Because progress is not about always feeling pumped. It’s about moving forward, even when it’s the last thing you feel like doing. Embrace this reality, and you’ll open up a world of potential.
So, here’s your power move: On the days you feel unmotivated, take action anyway.
Even a tiny step is better than none.
You’re stronger than you think, and you have what it takes to keep going.
Don’t let a lack of motivation stand in your way.
You’ve got this. Your journey is unique, and every step you take, no matter how small, brings you one step closer to your goals.
After going through these techniques, you may still wonder a couple of things about motivation in general.
The answers to these questions can help you define what you need and find a self-motivation technique that adapts better to your personality.
What Is Motivation?
Motivation is the inner driving force that compels you to take action. It’s the spark that ignites when your brain and body align, urging you to achieve your goals.
When you feel inspired and motivated, there’s a rush of dopamine in your brain – the feel-good hormone – that charges you up and gets you excited about working toward your goals.
How Do I Force Myself to Complete a Task?
I’ll be honest: forcing yourself to complete a task isn’t usually the best approach. It can lead to stress and burnout. Instead, try breaking your tasks into smaller and manageable steps.
This makes the task at hand less daunting and increases your chances of getting things done without feeling overwhelmed.
Plus, each time you complete a step, you feel a sense of accomplishment that can help keep you motivated.
Why Do I Struggle to Motivate Myself?
Sometimes you may find it hard to motivate yourself. It could be because of a slump or perhaps because the tasks at hand seem too intimidating.
It’s not always easy, and that’s perfectly okay. What’s important is not to lose sight of your goals and continually experiment with several different ways to ignite that motivation.
If you’ve tried and still struggle, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. Remember, it’s okay to ask for the help you need! 🫂
How Do You Motivate Yourself to Do Things You Don’t Want to Do?
Well, self-motivation techniques can be a huge help here. Start by reminding yourself of your broader goals and how this task contributes to them. Break down the task into smaller steps to make it less intimidating.
If you’re still struggling, try changing your environment or seek a jolt of inspiration from motivational quotes or a friend. It’s not always easy, and that’s perfectly okay.
It’s about taking action, no matter how small, towards your dreams and goals.
You’re stronger than you think, and you can achieve your goals one step at a time.
So go on, give it a shot!
The Bottom Line
You’re an unstoppable force, and each day you’re growing, learning, and moving closer to your dreams.
The path may sometimes be tough and the climb steep, but remember, the view from the top is worth every struggle.
Every stumble, every setback, they’re all part of your journey, your story.
They’re not roadblocks but stepping stones leading you towards your greatest potential ❤️