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20 Ways To Maximize Your Motivation All The Time

20 Ways To Maximize Your Motivation All The Time

Motivation is something that needs to be replenished regularly. After all, you can’t maximize your motivation all the time. Can you? Well, it turns out that yes, you can actually maximize your motivation all the time. All it takes is a little dash of optimism, a whole lot of discipline and a hint of encouragement to get you started. To give you an idea, here are 20 ways you can keep your motivation levels at an all-time high:

1. Make your very own life journal.

A life journal is a document that contains your life goals, aspirations and dreams. What makes it different from a vision board is that it contains the steps you’re going to take to reach your dreams. A vision board is a cliché — it only reminds you of what you want. A life journal, on the other hand, shows you what you should do in order to get what you want in life.

2. Find your peak hours and take advantage of them.

Some articles would tell you to wake up early — but what if you’re actually a night owl? Instead of conforming to common rules, personalize your own productivity and maximize your motivation by knowing which time of day works best for you.

3. Start each day with a powerful phrase.

Don’t live your life away — live it with purpose by living according to your powerful phrase. It has to be something emotional, something urgent and something that can instantly make you want to get up when you hear it. Therefore, don’t just read motivational quotes. Make your own mantra as well.

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4. Take a bath.

The way you handle yourself dictates the way you handle the rest of your day. If you can’t be bothered to shower, what makes you think that you can be bothered to pursue your life dreams?

5. Learn to organize energy, not time.

Time organization is limited – you can’t organize time because you can’t handle the way it’s distributed all throughout the day, right? Instead, organize your energy to maximize your motivation. You handle your own energy, so allocating it to specific tasks is much more manageable.

6. Remember that taking a break is essential.

You can’t do something for five hours straight! You have to plan for breaks so that your motivation level isn’t easily depleted. Try taking ten-minute breaks for every hour of work.

7. Cut your tasks into small pieces.

It’s easy to use up all your motivation if you’re thinking about huge and seemingly impossible tasks. Instead of being overwhelmed, get pumped up by distributing your tasks in small pieces. It’s also easier to feel more fulfilled if you’re able to do them one by one without fail.

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8. Get started with one.

Get rid of worrying! If you’re thinking about it, it’s important that you get started in doing it. Worrying about writing a book? Start with the first page. Worrying about exercising? Start with one exercise routine. Worrying about completing an article? Start with one paragraph! Pretty soon, you’ll be motivated to continue.

9. Read motivational books every week.

Your motivation needs to be on overdrive — don’t let it get depleted. Self-help books give you that much-needed boost to get you back on track with your life goals.

10. Have an accomplishment journal.

Every week, write down one thing that makes you feel fulfilled, excited and inspired. It could be something simple, like answering a really long email, or it could be something great, like being invited to talk to a seminar. Write what matters to you.

11. Listen to inspirational talks at least once a week.

You can do this while doing tasks that don’t need too much of your concentration. Play them while sorting through your mail, paying your bills or cleaning your office.

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12. Move. A lot!

Maximize your motivation by maximizing your body’s supply of happy hormones. You don’t need to go to a fancy gym to accomplish this — a simple run around your neighborhood or a basic exercise routine at your home can do wonders for your motivation.

13. Constantly remind yourself why you’re doing something.

Post simple reminders about your goals. For some people, negative reinforcement such as posting “If you don’t do this, you’ll be broke and miserable in the future” can work. For others, posting positive things like “Do this so that people will have better lives because of you” helps as well.

14. Send a message to your unmotivated self everyday.

When you’re in a motivated mood, schedule regular messages to send to yourself. These can be done in a form of an email or a text message. You can even have a special notebook for this. It can go something like this: “Dear Lianne, You’re reading this because you’re not motivated. I know, I’ve been there. It’s so hard, right? That’s why I’m here to help you! Don’t lay down. Sit up. Just sit up. Now, open your laptop. Just try opening it! See your life journal document? Click on that and read a few lines. You’re only clicking on it — that’s not so difficult, right? Read the lines and assess what you feel afterwards. Yes, you’re welcome. Now, go and do something meaningful with your life!”

15. Focus on progress, not perfection.

It’s tiring to see what’s ahead sometimes. Instead of looking forward, look back at what you’ve managed to do and work on that flow.

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16. Be accountable.

Announce your goal in public. Send emails to everyone about it. Post it on Facebook. Write a blog post about it. Let people know about the project that you’re planning to achieve.

17. Don’t be afraid to depend on others from time to time.

When you’re in a slump, talk to your friends about it. Tell your trusted loved ones. Don’t carry the burden all by yourself – people are social creatures for a reason.

18. Realize that your needs are your priorities.

You need to feel fulfilled. You need to achieve your mission. You need to work on what you’re passionate about. If you know all of these things, the fact that you need to work for your objectives seems a bit clearer, doesn’t it?

19. Develop a sense of urgency.

Know about the 20,000 mornings rule? Basically, if you’re already 30 or so, it’s estimated that you only have 20,000 mornings left to live your life. Try putting an automatic counter on your bed side. You wouldn’t want each day to pass without you doing something useful, now, would you?

20. If all else fails, consider whether the task is really worth doing.

Can you really live with the consequences of not doing the task now? If you can’t, get started. If you can, ask yourself again and give the honest answer. Be motivated now. Do it now. Tomorrow, it might already be too late.

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Lianne Martha Maiquez Laroya

Lianne is a licensed financial advisor, Registered Financial Planner, entrepreneur and book author.

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Last Updated on January 15, 2021

7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

The popular idiomatic saying that “actions speak louder than words” has been around for centuries, but even to this day, most people struggle with at least one area of nonverbal communication. Consequently, many of us aspire to have more confident body language but don’t have the knowledge and tools necessary to change what are largely unconscious behaviors.

Given that others’ perceptions of our competence and confidence are predominantly influenced by what we do with our faces and bodies, it’s important to develop greater self-awareness and consciously practice better posture, stance, eye contact, facial expressions, hand movements, and other aspects of body language.

Posture

First things first: how is your posture? Let’s start with a quick self-assessment of your body.

  • Are your shoulders slumped over or rolled back in an upright posture?
  • When you stand up, do you evenly distribute your weight or lean excessively to one side?
  • Does your natural stance place your feet relatively shoulder-width apart or are your feet and legs close together in a closed-off position?
  • When you sit, does your lower back protrude out in a slumped position or maintain a straight, spine-friendly posture in your seat?

All of these are important considerations to make when evaluating and improving your posture and stance, which will lead to more confident body language over time. If you routinely struggle with maintaining good posture, consider buying a posture trainer/corrector, consulting a chiropractor or physical therapist, stretching daily, and strengthening both your core and back muscles.

Facial Expressions

Are you prone to any of the following in personal or professional settings?

  • Bruxism (tight, clenched jaw or grinding teeth)
  • Frowning and/or furrowing brows
  • Avoiding direct eye contact and/or staring at the ground

If you answered “yes” to any of these, then let’s start by examining various ways in which you can project confident body language through your facial expressions.

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1. Understand How Others Perceive Your Facial Expressions

A December 2020 study by UC Berkeley and Google researchers utilized a deep neural network to analyze facial expressions in six million YouTube clips representing people from over 140 countries. The study found that, despite socio-cultural differences, people around the world tended to use about 70% of the same facial expressions in response to different emotional stimuli and situations.[1]

The study’s researchers also published a fascinating interactive map to demonstrate how their machine learning technology assessed various facial expressions and determined subtle differences in emotional responses.

This study highlights the social importance of facial expressions because whether or not we’re consciously aware of them—by gazing into a mirror or your screen on a video conferencing platform—how we present our faces to others can have tremendous impacts on their perceptions of us, our confidence, and our emotional states. This awareness is the essential first step towards

2. Relax Your Face

New research on bruxism and facial tension found the stresses and anxieties of Covid-19 lockdowns led to considerable increases in orofacial pain, jaw-clenching, and teeth grinding, particularly among women.[2]

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans alone have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ syndrome), and facial tension can lead to other complications such as insomnia, wrinkles, dry skin, and dark, puffy bags under your eyes.[3])

To avoid these unpleasant outcomes, start practicing progressive muscle relaxation techniques and taking breaks more frequently throughout the day to moderate facial tension.[4] You should also try out some biofeedback techniques to enhance your awareness of involuntary bodily processes like facial tension and achieve more confident body language as a result.[5]

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3. Improve Your Eye Contact

Did you know there’s an entire subfield of kinesic communication research dedicated to eye movements and behaviors called oculesics?[6] It refers to various communication behaviors including direct eye contact, averting one’s gaze, pupil dilation/constriction, and even frequency of blinking. All of these qualities can shape how other people perceive you, which means that eye contact is yet another area of nonverbal body language that we should be more mindful of in social interactions.

The ideal type (direct/indirect) and duration of eye contact depends on a variety of factors, such as cultural setting, differences in power/authority/age between the parties involved, and communication context. Research has shown that differences in the effects of eye contact are particularly prominent when comparing East Asian and Western European/North American cultures.[7]

To improve your eye contact with others, strive to maintain consistent contact for at least 3 to 4 seconds at a time, consciously consider where you’re looking while listening to someone else, and practice eye contact as much as possible (as strange as this may seem in the beginning, it’s the best way to improve).

3. Smile More

There are many benefits to smiling and laughing, and when it comes to working on more confident body language, this is an area that should be fun, low-stakes, and relatively stress-free.

Smiling is associated with the “happiness chemical” dopamine and the mood-stabilizing hormone, serotonin. Many empirical studies have shown that smiling generally leads to positive outcomes for the person smiling, and further research has shown that smiling can influence listeners’ perceptions of our confidence and trustworthiness as well.

4. Hand Gestures

Similar to facial expressions and posture, what you do with your hands while speaking or listening in a conversation can significantly influence others’ perceptions of you in positive or negative ways.

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It’s undoubtedly challenging to consciously account for all of your nonverbal signals while simultaneously trying to stay engaged with the verbal part of the discussion, but putting in the effort to develop more bodily awareness now will make it much easier to unconsciously project more confident body language later on.

5. Enhance Your Handshake

In the article, “An Anthropology of the Handshake,” University of Copenhagen social anthropology professor Bjarke Oxlund assessed the future of handshaking in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic:[8]

“Handshakes not only vary in function and meaning but do so according to social context, situation and scale. . . a public discussion should ensue on the advantages and disadvantages of holding on to the tradition of shaking hands as the conventional gesture of greeting and leave-taking in a variety of circumstances.”

It’s too early to determine some of the ways in which Covid-19 has permanently changed our social norms and professional etiquette standards, but it’s reasonable to assume that handshaking may retain its importance in American society even after this pandemic. To practice more confident body language in the meantime, the video on the science of the perfect handshake below explains what you need to know.

6. Complement Your Verbals With Hand Gestures

As you know by now, confident communication involves so much more than simply smiling more or sounding like you know what you’re talking about. What you do with your hands can be particularly influential in how others perceive you, whether you’re fidgeting with an object, clenching your fists, hiding your hands in your pockets, or calmly gesturing to emphasize important points you’re discussing.

Social psychology researchers have found that “iconic gestures”—hand movements that appear to be meaningfully related to the speaker’s verbal content—can have profound impacts on listeners’ information retention. In other words, people are more likely to engage with you and remember more of what you said when you speak with complementary hand gestures instead of just your voice.[9]

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Further research on hand gestures has shown that even your choice of the left or right hand for gesturing can influence your ability to clearly convey information to listeners, which supports the notion that more confident body language is readily achievable through greater self-awareness and deliberate nonverbal actions.[10]

Final Takeaways

Developing better posture, enhancing your facial expressiveness, and practicing hand gestures can vastly improve your communication with other people. At first, it will be challenging to consciously practice nonverbal behaviors that many of us are accustomed to performing daily without thinking about them.

If you ever feel discouraged, however, remember that there’s no downside to consistently putting in just a little more time and effort to increase your bodily awareness. With the tips and strategies above, you’ll be well on your way to embracing more confident body language and amplifying others’ perceptions of you in no time.

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