How To Keep Yourself Motivated in Two Easy Steps

How To keep yourself motivated in 2 easy steps

"Be miserable or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice." Wayne Dyer

Need some motivation?

It can be so hard to keep things on track when work is busy, you're tired or have got a jam-packed social calendar. This article is here to make it way easier for you to stay on track with your goals. 

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I learnt about a guy called Herzberg's theory of different ways people are motivated on a training course 3 years ago and it really helped me out.  Knowing what motivates me has helped me choose a job I enjoy and achieve a lot in my spare time.

Today I'm going to take you through Herzberg's ideas and show you how to put them into action in 2 steps. So whether you're trying to learn something new, keep up a new health plan or make a big change to your life you can keep yourself motivated.

Step One: Take this quiz to see what motivates you the most: 

Step Two: Find your own motivation below + get started on your personalised motivation action plan!

[First grab your favourite notebook to jot down any ideas and answer the questions]

a) Growth & Advancement

You are motivated by developing yourself, getting out of your comfort zone and advancing your life situation.

“If it’s challenging you, testing you and pushing you… it’s helping you become more of who you’re meant to be!” Mandy Hale

Questions to answer:

  • What am I learning?
  • What huge goal can I set myself?
  • How am I challenging myself?
  • How can I push myself a little bit further out of my comfort zone?

Could you turn your task into a mini project with an out of your comfort zone outcome?
For example the goal,“Write a novel in 30 days”  will motivate you more than “Write 500 words a day”.  

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Try something new for 30 days - Matt Cutts

b) Recognition

You are motivated by having your strengths, ideas and achievements recognised by others (and yourself!)

“There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than there is for bread.” Mother Teresa

Questions to answer:

  • How do I usually recognise and reward what I've done?
  • What could I do to make sure I recognise my own achievements?
  • How do I get recognition from others?
  • What could I put in place to make sure I get recognition from other people?

Make sure you recognise your hard work and courage at the end of each day by asking yourself, “What am I proud of?”
One way of getting recognition from other is by creating or joining a mastermind group. In a mastermind group you can share your goals and your progress towards them in an encouraging and supportive atmosphere.

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The puzzle of motivation - Dan Pink

c) Responsibility

You are motivated by taking on full responsibility for a task. You can get it done how you like, but if you don't get it done it will impact someone else.

“Leadership is taking responsibility while others are making excuses." John C. Maxwell

Questions to answer:

  • Who is responsible for the success of my goal?
  • On a scale of 1-10 how much do I believe that the responsibility for my success lies solely with me?
  • What could you do to move up 1 on the scale?
  • How are you going to put this into action?

 Set yourself a big goal and work towards it. This will remind you that you can be proactive about what you're taking responsibility for. You don't have to wait for someone else to give you responsibility but can take it for yourself. 

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Inspiring a life of immersion- Jacqueline Novogratz

d) The Work Itself

You are motivated when you enjoy every second of the task you have to complete.

"When you enjoy what you do, work becomes play.” Martin Yan

Questions to answer:

  • Am I enjoying this?
  • If not, how could I do it differently?
  • Which of my strengths am I using?
  • What do I like most about this task? What do I like least?
  • How can I change the task to enjoy it more?
  • What could I ask others to help me with?

Make sure you’re not just doing something for the end goal such as starting a business because you want to work from home. This won’t work for you! You need to make sure that the steps you are taking everyday are fun and meaningful. If you're not enjoying the day's work, ask yourself "How can I change this so I'm having fun?" Then change it!

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How to find work you love - Scott Dinsmore

e) Achievement

You are motivated by that great feeling that comes from achieving what you've challenged yourself to do.

“There’s nothing better than achieving your goals, whatever they might be.” Paloma Faith

Questions to answer:

  • Have I broken the task into tiny clear steps?
  • If not, what are the smallest things I need to do to get this task done?
  • How will I know when I've achieved this task?
  • What am I going to do to celebrate getting it done?

Break down tasks into baby steps so you get that feeling of achievement frequently! If you work visually it’s fun to create something to chart your progress.
For example, if your goals was to organise a trip to Central America, you could:

  • Create a poster for your wall
  • Put on it a graph that you can colour in for every £10 you save.
  • Draw on different symbols (like outlines of a plane, scuba mask, hotel etc.) that you can colour in each time you book a part of your trip.

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Why we do what we do- Tony Robbins