How To Stay Motivated All Day, Every Day
It is believed that those that are truly successful and able to conquer mountains and achieve their goals are people that are flawless and that don't ever have a day unfulfilled with motivation.
Even the great Kobe Bryant has his moments:
"I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. I have nights when I show up at the arena and I'm like, 'My back hurts, my feet hurt, my knees hurt. I don't have it. I just want to chill.' We all have self-doubt. You don't deny it, but you also don't capitulate to it. You embrace it." – Kobe Bryant
The truth is that a lot of the so-called successful people around us have their own meltdowns. What makes them successful is the way they react to those moments. How do they react? It's a bit of organization and a whole lot of self-discipline.
We strive to get better every day. If what you accomplished yesterday was average then today you have to ensure that your accomplishments are above average. In order to do what sounds so cliché, we focus on one thing: staying motivated all day, every day. How do we do it?
1. It all Starts Before Bed-Time
Before you go to sleep, there is now a new routine. Maps help people reach their destination. Your destination is a better day than the day before. You want to go from today, to a stronger tomorrow. Before you go to sleep write down a realistic list of tasks for the next day, and next to each one the reason for the task.
At the end, write down the sum of all parts. If you do it all, what'll be the outcome? More money? Company growth? Stronger business relationships? Strengthening basics? This is your map – first of all know where you are going, the steps and actions, and then you get to the destination – the sum of all parts of your actions.
2. Only One Alarm Clock (with No Snooze)
There is no longer a need for the snooze button. There is no longer a need to set hundreds of alarm clocks. Set one alarm clock and place it more than one arm's length from you (preferably in a spot that forces you out of bed). Location is just one aspect. The second half of this is setting up a tune to the alarm that you love – it has to be something that inspires you to be the best you can be.
Why do you have to get up on time? If you sleep another ten minutes you risk missing out on having the most important meal of the day and having to rush to work, which is an unfortunate starter for negative attitudes.
3. Leave the House with a Positive Attitude
Your home is your sanctuary. If you can't be happy and positive at home, you should look into finding a new one. If need be, take a few minutes to listen to some music or wash your face again and again, but whatever you do don't leave the house with a negative attitude. Why?
If you have left your comfort zone with a sour face, what are the odds that your mindset gets even more negative before or when you walk into the office? The odds are very high – too high.
4. Learn To Take Breaks
Heard of a power nap? Well, we don't think naps will keep you motivated. We do know, it has been scientifically proven, that taking breaks will enable you to be more productive.
Productivity, if anything, keeps you motivated, and if you have had a sudden decrease in motivation then the increased productivity and sun-shine from a break can definitely make sure you are one happy camper.
5. Reflect on your Work
Sometimes we run through life so fast that we don't get the chance to stop and take in the present or the near past. If you are going to have a chance at staying motivated then you have got to take the time to reflect on what you have or have not accomplished.
Are you off track? This is the opportunity to learn from what has been and seek out those that can help. Not hitting your goals time after time is a motivation killer. Being in self-denial, or ashamed to ask for help will only help you stay average, and that is not what you want.
"To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself." – Thich Naht Hanh
6. Have Constant Reminders
Out of site out of mind. Heard the expression? Unfortunately, there is too much truth to the statement for you not to take it seriously. As funny as it may sound to others, keeping tidbits of what motivates you around you the entire day is the smartest thing you can do. What is your laptop's or smartphone's background? That list that you made the night before – did you bring it with you or leave at home? Out of site out of mind.
If you've got desk space, then next to the family portrait add your favorite quote, and keep that one video that motivates you on your toolbar for the quick fix.
Motivation is something that we all must recreate on a daily basis. To those that don't wake up feeling motivated each day, focus on where you are going and make sure you take into account the full-proof steps to staying motivated so you to can change the world.
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