The Keys to Being and Staying Motivated

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Let’s face it, there are some mornings when you don’t want to get up and get going. On the other hand, there are some mornings when you eagerly get up and happily face the day. Let’s take a close look at this situation.

What Really Motivates You

What motivated you are fundamentally what you anticipate as being a result of your actions. If you are getting up each morning during the week and going to work, what motivates you is the paycheck and the ability to pay your bills and buy the things that you want. This type of motivation is extrinsic. But going to work shouldn’t be drudgery, that is, something you dread, but do out of necessity.

Conversely, when you feel exhilarated and ready to take charge of the day, often that exhilaration is based on an intrinsic motivation – – it is an anticipated sense of pleasure – – going on vacation, getting together with some close friends, or engaging in an activity that allows you to express your talents and abilities and realize a sense of fulfillment. Still, it could mean that you’re going to spend some special time with your family either at home or going to an outside event.

Don’t Let Your Work be Drudgery

Returning to your work day, what is necessary is to take a hard look at what’s making going to work drudgery. Consider whether it is the quality of relationship that you have with your co-worker. Consider whether it is the work itself, is it too repetitive and routine.

If it is a relationship with your co-worker, you don’t have control over how the he conducts himself, but you do have control over how you react or respond to him. Or maybe you can decide to be proactive. Smile at the co-worker. Ask him how his day is going. Team up with him if certain tasks allows for it. Also, don’t consider your job to be a dead end. Inventory your knowledge and skills. Look for job opportunities within the organization that might be more challenging. Start building your skills with on-line classes or going to college part-time to better yourself and move on to the next level.

The Essence of Motivation

Motivation, in essence, is actions preceded by thoughts based upon some clearly defined goals. The more clearly you visualize your goals and get emotionally involved in them, the more you begin to become anxious to get on with it.

Also, it is necessary to break your goals down into manageable steps and reward yourself periodically as you realize each step. Forget about your diet, at least temporarily, reward yourself with your favorite sundae, or buy that smart phone that you have been interested in.

If you’re taking the vacation that you have envisioned for a long time, splurge, treat yourself to a real pleasurable experience. And then create some new goals to keep your motivation level high.