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11 Strategies to Increase Your Motivation | Psychocode

What is it that makes you try to achieve your goals Why do you get involved in what you do? or just why get up every day?

The answers to these and many other questions can help you understand what motivates you. But on many occasions, we are not very clear, or even, having a goal, but we do not have the courage to get to it.You may be interested: The best phrases of personal motivationBut what is motivation really?

We could define it as that force that drives a person to get or keep moving towards their goals. This motivation is what, to the extent of its strength, will allow us to face the problems, challenges and adversities that stand between us and our goal.

But we are not always equally motivated either towards different goals or at different times, so, due to that variability in our motivation, we will know some keys to try to guide and increase it, especially in the key moments:1. Positive (but realistic) thinking

Motivation depends first of all on your thoughts. From the expectations you have, you can move forward, and if you think you can achieve it or not, your motivation will increase or decrease.

There are people who, in the face of adversity, see it as a problem, and others as a challenge, that is, depending on how you interpret events, you can motivate or demotivate yourself.

Therefore, it is very important to maintain a positive thought, but beware, we do not have to create unreal fantasies, much less think that (as suggested by some books and various pseudopsychologists) just to want to achieve something, the cosmos is going to align on our side and put it on a platter.

Nothing like it, if something is complicated to achieve it will still be, but if you think you can really achieve it and you strive for it, it is easier for it to end up happening.

If we completely eliminate any reference to the possibility of difficulty or failure, the moment it appears, the castle we had created will be dismantled and it will be much more difficult to rebuild it than if from the first moment we are aware of the difficulties.

Conclusion: Listen to positive thoughts and try to push away negative ones, but without creating false illusions.2. Setting appropriate targets

When we think about goals, we almost always think about the final destination of what we want to achieve and rarely stop to think about the path. In order to maintain motivation we need to establish objectives properly, broadly speaking they must meet the following characteristics:Realistic but challengingConcrete and measurable (quantifiable and unambiguous or general)Divisible in long-medium-short term

Conclusion: Organize your goals well3. Recording progress

Many times, people begin to be very motivated to achieve their goals, but as time goes by, that motivation gradually declines and fades if we do not work on it. Normally our objectives are usually in the medium and long term, so in the day to day we do not usually value our progress.

Therefore, keeping a daily record of the short-term achievements that we are achieving, will help us both to realize our progress and to generate even more motivation.

We can also add the difficulties or problems that we have encountered so that it helps us to reflect and prepare ourselves so that they are not repeated or restructure our strategy to achieve the objectives.

Conclusion: Be aware of how well you do it4. Small rewards

Intrinsic motivation (that which comes from within us) is very good, but it is not too much, to give us an extra motivation with some extrinsic reward (they come from outside).

This reward must be marked in advance by the achievement of a specific objective, not by a simple “I deserve it”, since, if not, this reward will lose strength.

Obviously, the reward we give ourselves should not be incompatible with our goal (e.g. binge for having gone to the gym), but simply that we find it pleasant.

Conclusion: Pat yourself on the back for how well you’re doing.5. Visualize your success

A widely used technique is visualization. Basically it consists of trying to imagine yourself achieving that goal that you have set for yourself, try to feel what you would feel, think what you would think.

Your brain has a hard time differentiating the real from the imagined so it will react as if it were real. If you know how good you’d feel if you achieved your goals, you’re more likely to keep working towards them. Visualize your success for a few minutes each day to keep your motivation booming.

Conclusion: Imagine yourself achieving your goal6. Constancy

How difficult it is for us sometimes to maintain constancy. There will always be a “silly” day in which we will not meet our objectives, we are lazy, we have other urgencies to attend … it’s understandable.

What we must avoid at all costs is that this exception can become a rule, that is, it is understandable that one day we can fail, but not that it will be repeated. We can foresee this and organize to leave us some day of rest in our “planning” and even compensation strategies for those unforeseen days that we have not achieved the objective sought.

Conclusion: For a day nothing happens, but do not repeat it.7. Find an accomplice

Competing against oneself motivates, but if we compete against another, it usually motivates more. A healthy competition with a friend, partner… that has a similar objective to ours, can help us not to relax and encourage us to continue improving so that the other surpasses us.

But remember, that this is not your main goal, just a help, do not obsess about comparing yourself daily, it should only be a support from time to time.

Bottom Line: Healthy competition can help.8. Mentalize yourself that it is not a path of roses

While everything goes as we want and we had planned it is very easy to continue, the real challenge comes when things start to go wrong.

In those moments is when all those negative thoughts that we had been avoiding come to your head and you even get to catastrophize thinking that all the effort we have made is useless, that it is no longer worth the effort. If we prepare properly, in the face of a negative event, we will be able not to let these pessimistic thoughts gain strength and overcome as soon as possible.

Conclusion: Be prepared for when it doesn’t go as you expect9. Be clear about why you do it

If I always keep in mind the reasons that have led me to make a decision, it will be easier for me to make use of them in the moments of “downturn”.

If I have my motives written on fire, I will leave no room for excuses and laziness. You may do it for yourself, for an illusion, for a loved one, for health, for improvement, for money, for pleasure… whatever the reason, keep it in mind and try to win even more arguments to convince yourself.

Conclusion: Don’t forget your reasons10. Ask for help if you need it

Making this trip can only be complicated for several moments, if you need help, ask for it. Depending on what your goal is, you will need one type of help or another.

It may be from a professional such as a psychologist, coach, physiotherapist, nutritionist…, someone with experience in a goal similar to yours or someone close to you who simply helps you in times of need. Of course, a lot of care in 2 aspects, one thing is to need help and another to want to be given it, the weight of the effort must fall on us.

On the other hand, be careful who you ask for advice since many “coaches”, counselors, advisors, guides, gurus … they may not be as “useful” to you as they are sold.

Conclusion: It’s okay to need help, but be careful.11. Do what you enjoy and enjoy what you do

There are things that by their very nature attract us to do them and others, they suppose us an effort. If I can do more of the things I’m passionate about on a day-to-day basis, I’ll be able to perform better with less effort, and this will keep us motivated.

If we dedicate ourselves to doing things that we do not like, it is when it is an effort and we will need the help of extrinsic rewards (incentives) to motivate us. Therefore, we have to try to integrate our passions into our organization, but at the same time, try to find those specific aspects of the unpleasant tasks that can become pleasant to subtract that negativity that they generate us.

Conclusion: Enjoy what you like, and look for the positive part of what you don’t.

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