6 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Take Action
Taking action towards your dreams and goals is clearly vital, but it’s not always easy to stay consistent and build momentum. However, taking action is one of those important pieces to the puzzle to succeed. Taking action opens up opportunities and possibilities. People who take action are the ones that see results. The more you see results the motivated you are to motivate yourself and take action!
How do you motivate yourself to continue working toward your goals, especially when you face challenges? Although some strategies will motivate you more than others, it’s good to experiment with several different ways of finding your motivation. It is a daily practice! As Zig Ziglar said: People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.
To motivate yourself to take action, you can:
- Break your goals into smaller, attainable steps. It’s the best remedy for overwhelm. Especially if you’re working toward a bigger goal, break it up into a series of small steps that you know you can achieve. After each step, celebrate and reward yourself for a job well done. Seriously, don’t skip that! It’s the fun part that will instill the habit of completing your steps in your neural pathways. With small steps, you’ll be more likely to stay on task because your rewards come often.
- Know your limits. You know yourself best and only you can identify your personal limits. If you move too slowly, you’ll know deep down that you could be taking more action. However, when you try to do too much, you risk burnout. Tap into that magic point where you can achieve success without much stress, and you’ll remain motivated to keep taking action. There is no need to continuously struggle upstream. If you focus on the right actions that are aligned with your goals, opportunities and possibilities will open up.
- Take away your distractions. There are some things that might be more likely to distract you than others. Remove yourself from these situations when you know that you need to be taking action. For example, if you’re a social person, perhaps you’ll need to stay away from friends and family during the times you want to work. Also, avoid surfing the internet, video games, and television when it’s time to work. Turn off all notifications that could distract you.
- Ask for the help you need. Don’t be afraid to get help from others, especially like-minded people who are on the same wavelength. There’s only so much you can accomplish in one day all by yourself. It’s true that sometimes you’ll have to accomplish certain things on your own, but if there’s any way at all that someone else can help, consider that possibility and ask them. If you try to go it alone you could be spinning your wheels for a long time.
- Find an activity that energizes you. Sometimes you’ll find that there’s a period in the day where you go into a slump. Maybe you have trouble starting your engines in the morning, or perhaps it’s the afternoon that causes you to feel sluggish. In these times, find some activity to re-motivate and energize you. One thing that can energize you is a good exercise routine. It’ll get your heart rate up and send fresh oxygen to your brain. This will refresh you, help you think more clearly, and make you feel more like doing your work.
- Keep a tight schedule. A good schedule and organized plan will help keep you motivated and on track. In the beginning phases of planning your goals, be very specific when deciding what you need to do and when. This way, when you complete a step, you won’t have to spend time figuring out what you’re supposed to do next.
If you want to succeed, you can do it through purposeful action. Just think about what you’ve done to accomplish goals in the past. Chances are you had a plan and followed through. It might not always be easy, but when you remain motivated, you’ll reach whatever goal you set out to accomplish!
If you would like some help with motivation and achieving your goals, schedule a Productivity Breakthrough session to discover what gets in your way and what you can do to take the next steps.