In addition to the hope that motivation will bring enthusiasm and will to complete work, study, exercise, etc., we often hope that it will come by itself. One morning we get up and – oh! – we are absolutely determined and ready to run 5 km, despite the terrible weather outside. Sometimes this happens, but not so often – it is worth learning how to build and maintain the motivation ourselves, instead of hopefully waiting for it to appear. Some insights and tips that could help in this process to build and maintain motivation are given below.
First, start with the simple question: “Why it is important for me to do X?”. Especially when it comes to learning a new skill, creating a habit, or self-improvement, we have to admit that it is not an easy task. How often do we tend to do hard work just for no reason? Exactly – not very often. We rather invest our time and energy in those activities that seems important and meaningful to us.
It is in particularly important to set your own goals in order to maintain motivation! First, these goals should be realistic. Excessively complex goals (far beyond our capabilities) simply demotivate us – it comes to our mind that it is waste of time to try to do the impossible to task. Meanwhile very easy goals (requiring minimal or no effort) might be too boring. Thus, the goal should be one that pushes you a little out of the comfort zone and requires more effort, but doesn’t scare you off.
Afterwards break down the goal into smaller tasks. When and what little steps should you take to move towards the goal? These little steps are crucial to our motivation, because when we complete something, we are filled with joy and accomplishment. This feeling keeps us motivated to continue the activities that we are successful in.
Finally, don’t forget to reward yourself for your hard work! Who doesn’t like gifts and treats right? Many studies claim that – we are more motivated to complete tasks when we know that we will get a reward after completing them. So don’t forget to think about the possible treat for yourself after making a significant progress towards or reaching your goal.