BALBOA Concepts Inc. REVIEW: 8 Steps To Continuous Self-Motivation

SEPTEMBER 19 BY CRAIG CHILDS 491 SHARES | FEATUREDPRODUCTIVITY

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/8-steps-to-continuous-self-motivation.html

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Many of us find ourselves in motivational slumps that we have to work to get out of. Sometimes it’s like a continuous cycle where we are motivated for a period of time, fall out and then have to build things back up again.

A good way to be continuously self-motivated is to implement something like these 8 steps from Ian McKenzie.

Keep a positive attitude: There’s is nothing more powerful for self-motivation than the right attitude. You can’t choose or control your circumstance, but can choose your attitude towards your circumstances.

How I see this working is while you’re developing these mental steps, and utilizing them regularly, self-motivation will come naturally when you need it.

The key, for me, is hitting the final step to Share With Others. It can be somewhat addictive and self-motivating when you help others who are having trouble.

My 8 Steps

I enjoyed Ian’s article but thought it could use some definition when it comes to trying to build a continuous drive of motivation. Here is a new list that is a little more generic:

  • 1. Start simple. Keep motivators around your work area – things that give you that initial spark to get going.
  • 2. Keep good company. Make more regular encounters with positive and motivated people. This could be as simple as IM chats with peers or a quick discussion with a friend who likes sharing ideas.
  • 3. Keep learning. Read and try to take in everything you can. The more you learn, the more confident you become in starting projects.
  • 4. Stay Positive. See the good in bad. When encountering obstacles, you want to be in the habit of finding what works to get over them.
  • 5. Stop thinking. Just do. If you find motivation for a particular project lacking, try getting started on something else. Something trivial even, then you’ll develop the momentum to begin the more important stuff.
  • 6. Know yourself. Keep notes on when your motivation sucks and when you feel like a superstar. There will be a pattern that, once you are aware of, you can work around and develop.
  • 7. Track your progress. Keep a tally or a progress bar for ongoing projects. When you see something growing you will always want to nurture it.
  • 8. Help others. Share your ideas and help friends get motivated. Seeing others do well will motivate you to do the same. Write about your success and get feedback from readers.

What I would hope happens here is you will gradually develop certain skills that become motivational habits.

Once you get to the stage where you are regularly helping others keep motivated – be it with a blog or talking with peers – you’ll find the cycle continuing where each facet of staying motivated is refined and developed.

My 1 Step

If you could only take one step? Just do it!

Once you get started on something, you’ll almost always just get into it and keep going. There will be times when you have to do things you really don’t want to: that’s where the other steps and tips from other writers come in handy.

However, the most important thing, that I think is worth repeating, is to just get started. Get that momentum going and then when you need to, take Ian’s Step 7 and Take A Break. No one wants to work all the time!

BALBOA Concepts, Inc. REVIEW:

BALBOA Concepts, Inc. reviews Step 1: All these steps are excellent starting places when you feel stuck or lacking in motivation. The first step is to start simple. If you try starting with your final goal, you may feel overwhelmed and want to give up. Start simple so you can complete simple goals and build up your momentum for bigger goals later on.

BALBOA Concepts, Inc. reviews Step 2: It’s very important to surround yourself with positive, motivated people most of the time. There are always those people in your life that are down and stuck and just talking to these people can bring your mood and attitude down as well! Your goal is to try to limit your encounters with the negative, and increase your time with people that have more positive attitudes! We do end up being like the people we hang around after all. Pick the right people!

BALBOA Concepts, Inc. reviews Step 3: Always keep learning. The more knowledge you can get, the more confident you will feel about the information you are providing people, making them more confident of your abilities, increasing your personal drive to do more things and do them better!

BALBOA Concepts, Inc. reviews Step 4: When you hit obstacles along the way (because you always will), it’s easy to fall into a trap of pity and worthlessness. You always have to keep in mind that it will pass and think of everything positive about the situation instead of focusing on the immediate negative aspects. Once you can see the good, the bad won’t seem nearly as important.

BALBOA Concepts, Inc. reviews Step 5: This step relates to step 1 in a way. If you can’t get yourself started on something big, start with something small. If you stop thinking about doing something and just do it, it will be much easier to do more little things that will eventually lead to something bigger.

BALBOA Concepts, Inc. reviews Step 6: You know yourself better than anyone else. You know how you’ll react to certain good or bad situations. It’s smart to keep mental notes (or physical notes) on what you should think and how to react in certain situations so you can always be prepared to act in a productive way.

BALBOA Concepts, Inc. reviews Step 7: Keep track of your progress! There’s nothing more encouraging than actually seeing your progress over time on paper, on a picture, or some other visual aid. Once you can see that you’ve been accomplishing your goals, it’ll motivate you to keep going and reach the end.

BALBOA Concepts, Inc. reviews Step 8: By helping others motivate themselves, you in turn, help motivate yourself. If you can see others that you’ve helped keep moving making progress, this will encourage you to do the same! Receiving feedback can help you learn new and better ways to improve your knowledge and skills.

And, never forget that it’s ok to take breaks. Just don’t take too long!

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