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7 Steps To Motivate Yourself

If you want to achieve success and make things happen, then you probably know that you need to have the ability to motivate yourself.  Everyone seeks to motivate himself to achieve success and prosperity, but many do not know how.

How do you motivate yourself?

To learn how to motivate yourself, follow the quick guide below:

1.  Have a reason

One of the strongest motives to motivate yourself is that you have a reason.  This reason will inspire you and make you do whatever it takes to challenge all of the obstacles, so you can achieve your goals.  If your desire and reasons are normal, then you might get motivated temporarily.  The strong desires that make you think and dwell on your goals are the strong motives that will keep you moving forward.

2.  Have a great goal

Have a goal that you want to achieve.  Having a great goal is crucial because it is very difficult to motivate yourself if you don’t have a specific goal that you want to accomplish.

3.  Have a specific plan

 

If you fail to plan, others will plan for you.  Make a plan to achieve your goals.  Be flexible, so you can change the plan if you need to if you encounter an obstacle.

4.  Start with small steps

To get to where you want to be requires serious effort.  You need to start taking small steps, so you can get to where you want to be.  Once started, it will become easy for you to continue moving forward.

5.  Do not compare yourself with others

Comparing yourself with others is an effective way if you want to become frustrated.  It will kill your motivation.  Even if you began with enthusiasm, you will lose energy quickly if you start to only focus on what others accomplished.

6.  Procrastination is your enemy

When you procrastinate, it will slow down your progress.  It is ok to take some time to rest, but to stay procrastinating every day will harm your progress.  Leave your comfort zone and motivate yourself to accomplish every task you have to do.

7.  Learn from your previous mistakes

When you keep focusing on your previous mistakes, you are killing your motivation.  Learning from your mistakes can help motivate you since you know what to avoid.  Today is a new day.  Motivate yourself, so you can achieve what you want and deserve.

Always remember what Elbert Green Hubbard said, “Character is the result of two things: mental attitude and the way we spend our time.”

Dia is the founder of 2 Achieve your Goals and is a freelance contributor to many national self improvement blogs.

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  • http://www.planetnaveen.com Winning Ideas

    Nice points. I just want extend point number 5 – Don’t compare yourself with others- This is true. Once should not compare himself with others but he should compare himself with his previous state of life. Then only he can truly measure his progress. Example, if one wanted to learn a new language and improve his communications skills a year ago, he can compare his current progress on that. He will get true results.
    Having a plan is again a great step for walking in the path of progress.

    Overall great post.
    Naveen Kulkarni @ Winning Ideas

  • http://www.transformationalmotivation.com/ M. A. Tohami

    Find your PASSION and Live it. This is the greatest motivator of all time.

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  • http://igniteyouressence.com Justin Popovic

    Great tips here Dia. Number 6 is huge and procrastination is just fear masked. I know in my life, when I procrastinate, it is because I want to avoid discomfort…so you nailed it.

    The best way to overcome it is remove the possibility entirely. If you have hard due dates on multiple projects, you simply CANT procrastinate. You do this long enough and productivity becomes habit and you get comfortable moving out of your comfort zone :)

  • http://hanofharmony.com The Vizier

    Hi Dia,

    This is a useful article on motivation. Of the suggestions you have provided to motivate, I found the following most helpful.

    1. Have a reason

    I agree that this is one of the best ways to motivate yourself. When you create a meaning and purpose for yourself, you will want to go all out to fulfil this purpose. No matter what obstacles stand in your way, you will find the strength to overcome them because your purpose means everything to you.

    3. Have a specific plan

    Planning is one of the foundations of success. Unless you plan carefully, you will not know how to deal with the problems that arise. Of course even the best laid plans do not turned out as planned. This is why we have to be flexible, as you suggest, to change the plan if need be.

    7. Learn from your previous mistakes

    Everyone makes mistakes. You are likely to make mistakes and fail on your way to success. But failure and mistakes are part of success. You can’t avoid them so it is best to embrace them fully. By doing so, you accept that you have to fail and make mistakes to succeed. This allows you to learn from your mistakes and adjust your actions until you get the success you desire.

    Thank you for sharing this post!

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  • http://selfevolutionblog.blogspot.com/2010/12/power-of-motivation.html Kevin Lucas

    I love reading posts on motivation. Having been in the military, I tend to focus on motivation a lot. I think when you are constantly amped up about your purpose, and your goals it makes living life easier. I like the part about having a reason. It’s like the old detective novels “What’s the Motive”. Your reason determines how you react when things aren’t always so nice.

  • http://self-improvement-thoughts.blogspot.com Timothy Odoms

    What makes comparing ourselves to others really bad is we compare out worst parts with their best parts. Don’t even think you can see all there worst parts either. People have done really well wearing masks and covering up there week points.

  • http://www.thebridgemaker.com Alex Blackwell

    Simple.

    Powerful.

    Awesome. Thanks for the motivation Dia.

  • http://www.ktranslation.com/ korean translator

    Great tips, personally procrastination is my Achilles heel. Very hard to change habits, however I am trying…..

  • http://www.thereflectiveself.wordpress.com Dandy

    Hi Dia,
    Wonderful post. We all can benefit from this. I especially agree with #5. Comparing ourselves to others is the kiss of death. It only makes us want to comfort ourselves with tv & ice cream. We have to be in charge of our own lives and take responsibility for what we need. Waiting around won’t make it happen. Positive self-talk will help through the slumps. Thanks for all your wonderful writing Dia! Take care!

    Dandy

  • http://easypublicspeaking.co.uk/ Keith Davis

    Hi Dia
    Congratulations on your guest post.

    I like number 4 – start with small steps.

    My old maths teached used to say…

    “If you don’t know what to do, put down what you know.”

    In other words make a start and move forward in small steps.

  • http://www.gogreenlearning.com Jeorme

    Very simple and achievable steps to take. I will review these on a daily basis.

  • http://www.2achieveyourgoals.com Dia

    Thanks all :)

  • http://www.naijapreneur.com Tito Philips, Jnr.

    This is a valuable list of practical steps one can take to be motivated.Thanks Dia for sharing this. It can really be hard attempting to achieve something with sufficient drive [motivation] to get out there, learn what it takes and do what it takes to get that which we really want. Motivation indeed is a must for achieving success.

  • http://thedropoutkid.com jonathanfigaro

    Dude Dia…you got to tell me how you scored this guest post Bro…Jking. Wonderful tips. Nice work.

  • http://www.arinanikitina.com/ arina nikitina

    Congratulations for landing here, Dia! You deserve it!

    This post is going to help a lot of readers, particularly those seeking a better year as we end this one.

    One note on #5. Yes, we must never compare ourselves to others. But at the same time, others’ experiences, actions and directions would give us good pointers how to keep going as well. Compare, no-no; Learn, yes.

    Thanks for these practical lessons. I just learned. :)

  • http://www.2achieveyourgoals.com Dia

    Thanks Tito, Jonathan, and arina :)

  • http://Boomerplaces.com WorkingBoomer

    Great article! I have been needing a little push with this motivation thing in the last week or so. Keep up the good work.

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    As a Newbie, I am always searching online for articles that can help me get further ahead

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  • Fi.

    Excellent! Thanks for the tips!!

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  • Tanay

    Thanks a lot..
     

  • Sadaqat ali

    its really gud steps to motivate someone & I personally believe that if one follow this he/she will gain his/her moto/aim/destination/task.

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