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24 Things Highly Motivated People Do Differently

24 Things Highly Motivated People Do Differently

Highly motivated people are always ahead, achieving extraordinary results and amazing regular folks. The fact is, the strong motivation they possess isn’t a gift but a skill. Even if you are a lazy procrastinator, through a gradual progress you can eventually become the person of action.

This article shows you how, through emphasizing what highly motivated people have in common.

1. They work on their goals no matter what.

Ignoring countless excuses, even the most reasonable ones is what these people practice on a daily basis. Whether it’s rainy and cold, they are thirsty, hungry or exhausted, a motivated individual sets the goals as a top priority staying deaf to negative self-talk and rationalization.

2. They don’t rely purely on motivation.

Opposed to misconceptions, they don’t lean only on motivation. If you depend completely on it, you are in troubles once its levels hit rock bottom. Achievers practice self-discipline and train their willpower to get the best results.

3. They focus on the long-term perspective.

Things worth having in life are ones you can’t get instantly. Motivated people prefer long-term reward over quick gratification. That’s why they’ll always hit the gym while regular folks waste their time on social media.

4. They use failure as an indicator of being closer to their goals.

Failure is an inseparable part of success. One does not exist without the other. Hard-working people know that every time they attempt achieving their goal, they risk failure. The fact is, however, each try brings them one step closer to their goals.

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5. They separate themselves from negative energy and thoughts.

Negative thoughts can ruin your ability to focus on your priorities. Instead, you lose motivation, doubt your skills and get off the track. Successful people know how to handle negative energy and separate themselves from its impact.

6. They truly believe in themselves.

Deep self-belief is what helps them to go through the times of lowest motivation levels and frequent negative thoughts.

Do you need reasons to believe in yourself? Here are 7 powerful reasons to finally believe in yourself.

7. They embrace life-long learning.

Achievers are life-long learners and they commit to becoming wiser day after day. By doing this, they ensure every new obstacle is easier to overcome.

8. They surround themselves with other highly motivated people.

Your surroundings have a colossal impact on yourself, whether you believe it or not. Spend most of your time with like-minded people to get inspired and learn from them, instead of going downhill around naysayers and haters.

9. They repeat positive affirmations.

If your mind bombards you with negative thoughts, don’t worry, it’s natural! It doesn’t want you to do uncomfortable stuff so it spares no effort to convince you that you can’t. To overcome that, motivated people repeat positive affirmations whenever they feel like giving up.

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These 7 empowering affirmations help you become mentally strong.

10. They embrace discomfort.

Feeling uncomfortable is a sign of a change. Oftentimes, it’s a change for better. For instance, working out while you are tired after work or school isn’t pleasant, but the results afterward are worth the effort.

11. They welcome challenges with open arms.

By constantly challenging themselves, motivated people learn about their strengths and weaknesses. Each challenge is an invaluable life lesson which they look forward to.

12. They take care of their health day in and day out.

High achievers cover every aspect of their health, whether it’s physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual or social, they ensure to cherish every aspect of their health so they can perform at the highest level.

13. They enjoy the journey.

“Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you a lot about your destination.” – Drake

When they fail to reach their goals over and over again, highly motivated people find joy in the journey they took and the lessons they learned.

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14. They ignore other people’s limitations.

The crowd questions the abilities of people who stick out and try something exceptional. To become highly motivated, you need to treat other people’s maximum as your warm up.

15. They ignore other people’s approval.

Whereas ordinary folks pay attention to others’ opinions, motivated people don’t let anyone’s disapproval stop them from reaching their goals.

16. They listen to motivational music.

Instead of crying over sad songs, they choose music that serves as a driving force.

17. They have a powerful morning routine.

The moment you wake up is the moment you start making your dreams become a reality. Adapting morning habits of successful people definitely accelerates the process.

18. They remove potential distractions and barriers.

Being aware of their weaknesses, motivated people get rid of things which could complicate their lives and interfere with their goals. Thereby, they are less likely to respond to urges and lose control.

19. They set specific goals and plan strategically.

High achievers set clear goals and prepare the strategy to accomplish them. Each action is planned and has a purpose, there’s no wandering.

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20. They invest in themselves.

The truth is, you are your greatest asset, so every dollar you invest in self-improvement, whether it’s in books, seminars, coaching or events, is a money well spent.

21. They take full responsibility.

If you want to achieve something, you have to truly believe that everything that separates you from the goal is within your control. Rather than blaming external factors, motivated people accept complete responsibility for their lives.

22. They devote full attention to their habits.

Your habits form your future, so it’s worth paying attention to the tasks you do repeatedly. To improve, motivated people adopt healthy habits and get rid of the toxic ones.

23. They know when to say no and do it often.

Saying no to distractions is required so you can say yes to your dreams and passions. Motivated people understand that most issues are things you don’t need to say yes to. The fact is, quitting most things is obligatory so you can focus on the ones that really matter.

24. They are happy with the success of others.

Others’ achievements serve them as a great source of motivation and prove that accomplishing remarkable goals is within anyone’s reach. There’s no jealousy or resentment!

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Oskar Nowik

Oskar is a blogger and the author of "Brightening: The Positive Attitude That Will Change Your Life"

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Last Updated on July 23, 2019

How To Control Your Emotions Effectively

How To Control Your Emotions Effectively

Jill and Sarah are best friends. They do everything together, but they are also very different.

Jill is constantly strung out; the smallest mishap will send her into a state of frustration, stress and shouting. She is affected by everything around her: the traffic, long queues, the mean colleague. Her mood and happiness are directly influenced on a daily basis by what is happening around her. Sarah on the other hand, doesn’t let small things get to her. She decides how she wants to feel and she is much happier on a continuous basis than Jill.

What is the difference?

Choice.

Managing your emotions is very much a question of choice. Do you want to, or not? So much has been written about emotions and how to deal with them effectively, yet many people can’t control this area of life. Why? Managing emotions effectively is actually like developing a skill or a habit. It is a way of doing something better, and as humans, we struggle with change the most.

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Changing the way you usually do something is not easy and it is even more difficult when it comes to emotions. When we are feeling ‘emotional,’ the last thing we want to do is calm down and try to deal with the situation pro-actively; we most often want to rant about what is upsetting us.

If we understand a little more about how our emotions work, we are in a much better position to use this information to our advantage. Learning to control your emotions can be one of the best skills you will ever develop in your life. Your emotions lead to the actions you take and therefore, create the life you are experiencing now, every part of it.

Our emotional part of the brain, the limbic system, is one of the oldest parts when compared, for example, to our prefrontal cortex, which is our ‘thinking’ part. Because our emotional part is so old, and therefore an extremely strong part of the brain, it is understandable that it feels like our emotions run us and hijack our thinking at times. The average person’s emotional part of the brain is over six billion times more active than the prefrontal cortex.

The point is, your emotions will naturally hijack your thinking—this is a given—but there are still ways to deal with this.

To keep things simple, let’s look at what you can do to flip this situation around. Ignoring emotions, suppressing them or not dealing with them will come back to bite you! Stress and anxiety come from suppressed emotions, so if you think that dealing with your emotions by ignoring them is going to work, you are sorely wrong.

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Here are four simple steps to start controlling your emotions effectively.

1. The First Step Is Awareness

If you are not aware of the times when you are overly emotional or overreacting, how can you try to manage it? It is impossible. Start to monitor your emotions and give names to them. Sometimes we find it difficult to identify what we are feeling. Giving it a name helps us gain clarity, which is essential in moving forward.

2. Discover the ‘Why’ of Your Emotions

Once you have identified how you are feeling, you want to discover why you are feeling it. What is causing this feeling inside you? Of course, there could be a million reasons, and to find out you have to ask yourself, like you would a friend, “What is wrong? What is causing me to feel this way?” Your mind will always look for an answer.

Most of the time, simply the way you are thinking about the situation is causing you to feel the way you do. Another huge reason why we feel negative emotions is because our values are not present in that moment or being respected.

Remember: discover the ‘why.’

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3. Then Ask Yourself, “What Is the Solution?”

Once you have discovered why, what can you do to take back control? Sometimes, you might need to change the way you are thinking about the situation.

You see, your thoughts lead directly to your feelings; so if you are feeling bad, you most likely have a negative thought that is making you feel that way. If you start thinking of other possible ways of looking at the situation, you will begin to feel better immediately. What you focus on expands!

Sometimes, by simply understanding why you feel a certain way at a certain time, your emotions will start to diminish because understanding always leads to calming.

4. Choose How You Want to React

This is the hardest part. The way that we react and manage our emotions is a habit. Haven’t you noticed those people who get stressed out about nothing, literally freaking out at nothing? You almost feel sorry for them. They have created a habit of associating a situation they don’t like with ‘freaking out.’ Their emotions have hijacked them.

Learning to listen to your emotions, to identify, understand and then choose them, isn’t something that you decide to practice twice a week at lunchtime. No, it is with continuous effort and discipline that you can start to build this essential skill.

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Final Thoughts

Do you control your emotions, or do they really control and direct you?

It isn’t easy and that’s why so many people don’t make an effort and give up. But once you are able to control your emotions, life changes for you in more ways than you ever dreamed possible. Not only will you feel way more empowered and in control in life, but you will be happier and much healthier as you won’t be stressed or weighed down so often.

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