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Tips To Become Self-Motivated in 2017

Tips To Become Self-Motivated in 2017

Although people will search for external stimulation, true and sustainable motivation must come from within. Learning to motivate yourself is the most important way to ensure success. Self-motivation is something many claim to have, however few can perform to the highest of standards without incentives from others. You have direct control of your engagement as your “will” is the the starting point for all of your success. Here are some questions and answers from an established sales professional that will help you self-motivate yourself in 2017 and beyond.

What are the most valuable tips and tricks that most influenced you, your friends and family recently?

Set realistic goals for yourself both personally and professionally. With that said, put together a list of your main priorities each day and goals for each week and each month. The simple fact that knowing what you are trying to achieve makes getting there more attainable and realistic. Make sure your goals are manageable and within reach, or you may risk setting yourself up for disappointment or burning yourself out.

How would you illustrate your life hacks so that people will buy into them and apply them in their daily lives?

Each goal should have a beginning, middle, and end. The end being was the goal achieved, yes or no. The beginning should be the set-up while the middle is the action to achieve the desired result. Again they should be realistic and attainable so you’re not set up for failure. Life hacks only work if they assist you in reaching your goal in less than the normal time it takes. Since time is the most valuable commodity, by saving time, your given a gift to spend doing other things that will assist you in reaching other goals or frankly spending that as you see fit. The gift of time is precious and should not be squandered as we’re all given the same 24 hours in a day. What you do with the time is what makes the difference.

How are they different from tips and tricks suggested by other articles online? If they aren’t different, how would you present them to make them unique?

They are different since they are very straight-forward. Most people offer advice and make it complicated so it sounds fancy. This is binary, you either achieve your goal or not. Success is not a halfway endeavor, you need to be “all in,” otherwise you will not get what you truly desire. The motivation industry is a multi-billion dollar-a-year machine as they make money hand over fist charging thousands of dollars for seminars. Yes some may provide value, however, it all begins and ends with you. Save your money and go for the realistic goal, achieve that said goal, and enjoy the win. Then from there go after a larger goal with an acceptable time frame. Success does not have a watershed moment like you would think. It’s a daily grind that pieces together many small wins to influence a larger result.

Summary

Follow the habits of other successful people. For instance, Dr. Monica Tadros, is a Park Ave Facial Plastic Surgeon. She evaluates exactly how much time she needs to spend with each patient in order to achieve the best clinical outcome, while making sure she make time for all of her patients. A strict businessperson’s mentality is not far off from a surgeon’s as it requires diligent focus to get the job done. Dr. Tadros’s values her time as well the time of her patients which is the right formula for success for her practice and business. Becoming self-motivated takes discipline and these steps will help get you to success. Remember, self-motivated people are valued, so learning to push yourself will supply you with a great asset. After you have achieved your goals, you can begin to inspire others to do the same.

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The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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