If you’re like most people, you probably find it a struggle to feel motivated. And even when you do manage to get going, you quickly lose your momentum.
Fortunately, there are many tried-and-tested techniques for not just temporarily boosting your momentum but — for permanently transforming it.
In this guide to regaining and generating motivation, you’ll get to discover Lifehack’s ultimate formula for making your motivation practical and systemic. You’ll learn how to take back control of your circumstances and put yourself firmly in the driving seat of your life. With motivation on your side, you’ll become more confident, determined and proactive. You’ll also become much more successful than you currently are.
So, read on to see how you can build a motivation-generating engine that will propel you forward everyday on autopilot.
Why Do You Lose Motivation?
There are many reasons for losing your motivation. Here are just a few of them:
- You may not be aiming high enough
- You may be suffering from procrastination
- You may be unsure about what you really want
- You may be letting fear control your mind and actions
- You may be feeling overwhelmed with the amount of work and responsibilities you have
Even if only one of these motivation blockers is active in your life, it will be enough to derail your chances of success.
What can be done to fix these problems?
7 Reasons to Dare to Dream Big: If you’re used to aiming low and staying within your comfort zone, then you’ll be missing out on the power of setting big goals. When you push yourself by aiming higher, you’ll conquer fear, wipe out regrets and begin to write your own life story. As an added bonus, as you achieve more — you’ll be rewarded more too.
How To Stop Procrastinating and Get Stuff Done: Whether at home or work, if you find it hard to get started, you’ll always find yourself falling behind. Procrastination is a bad habit that you must learn to break if you want to achieve big things in your life. Some simple steps you can take to defeat procrastination are: commit to starting a task for at least 3 minutes (read more about this in this article); create daily, weekly and monthly to-do lists; and reward yourself when you complete your tasks.
Create a Vision for the Life You Want: If you don’t know what you really want in life, then you’re likely to drift through life and just get by. But when you know your passion and find your purpose, you’ll be driven and hungry for success. This is vital for your big goals, but it also impacts everything else you do. You can start the process of discovering your life purpose by spending some time thinking about this question: “What would my ideal life look like?”
14 Ways to Live Life Free of Fear and Full of Hope: It’s crucial that you don’t allow fear to hold you back. If you do, you’ll inevitably miss out on career, relationship and self-improvement opportunities. However, as you’ll discover in the linked article, fear can be overcome. One way to do this is to look for the root causes of your fears. For example, you may be afraid to speak up in work meetings because people mocked you for getting things wrong before. But that was then, and this is now, and you should reevaluate your fear based on the present circumstances. Start speaking up in meetings now, and you’ll see how quickly you can defeat this particular fear.
How to Spot a Burnout And Overcome It Fast: Are you constantly behind with work and struggling to find the time to get things done at home? If you are, you could be at risk of burnout. Take immediate action to address this. Two quick ways to do this are by: improving your time management, and learning how to take regular ‘you’ time.
Dive into our Ultimate Worksheet for Instant Motivation Boost and find out your why:
Your Solution to Sustainable Motivation
The first thing to know about motivation is that it isn’t an ‘off or on’ thing, it’s actually a flow.
What I mean by this, is that you shouldn’t think in terms of switching into motivation mode; instead authentic motivation should be something that is continuously driving all your decisions and actions.
This of course comes back to having a life purpose. For example, if you know that your dream and desire is to be a teacher, then you’ll have no trouble in finding the motivation to do the necessary training to qualify for your career choice. You’ll also have the motivation to apply for and succeed in getting the role you want.
In other words, this natural flow stems from your internal motivation.
This is the basis of creating a self-generating Motivation Engine. But let me detail for you the specific elements that are needed to start up this engine and keep it going:
- Core — The true driving force behind your motivation flow, is the innermost core – your life purpose. Finding and following this purpose will enable you to move from being in the camp of demotivated losers to joining the team of motivated winners. Instead of underachieving, you’ll be able to driven to accomplish whatever goals you need to stay aligned with your life purpose. Your motivational core is your purpose, and is sustained by two things: meaning and forward movement. With these two things are your foundation, you’ll have a power source that will indefinitely feed you motivational energy.
- Support — The second element of your motivation engine is who or what supports your goals (also known as enablers). People or circumstances can magnify the motivation core you have and speed up the momentum that you build. For instance, supportive friends can provide advice and encouragement to help keep you on track and motivated.
- Surface — The third element of the motivation engine is the outer layer, which is known as acknowledgement. This acknowledgement is any type of external recognition that might give you motivation, perhaps in the form of respect or recognition. At work, it could be a manager who compliments and praises your productivity, for example.
Join our FREE fast-track class and learn more about this powerful Motivation Engine: Activate Your Motivation
Or grab our Actionable Motivation on Demand Handbook
Types of Motivation
In addition to the motivation engine, there are other steps you can do to permanently boost your motivation.
9 Types of Motivation That Make It Possible to Reach Your Dreams: Let’s take a sneak peek at 9 types of motivation that you may have never have thought about before.
- Intrinsic Motivation — You want to start a regular program of running and swimming to help boost your health and fitness. However, your intrinsic (inner) motivation might be that you want to boost your self-confidence. It’s this ‘hidden from others’ factor that will keep you motivated to exercise.
- Extrinsic Motivation — Your team at work is close to achieving its targets, but there is a final push needed to make this a reality. Instead of having to rely on your inner motivation, in this example, you’d likely be powered up by the thought of your team and company achieving their targets.
- Reward-Based Motivation or Incentive Motivation — Your partner tells you that if you’ll clean the house, they’ll cook a delicious dinner for you. If cleaning isn’t your thing, then you’d probably do what you could to avoid it. But with the incentive of a reward of a tasty meal, you’ll probably find the motivation to get the job done.
- Fear-Based Motivation — Life isn’t as safe or secure as most of us would like. Unfortunately, there is always the chance that people are trying to take advantage of us or out to steal our personal belongings. The latter example might deeply concern you, causing you to spend time and money buying and fitting an intruder alarm at your home. While you might not consider fear a positive thing, it can be, if you turn it into a strong personal motivator.
- Achievement-Based Motivation — Depending on your chosen career path, you may have had to achieve certain qualifications, perhaps including graduating from a degree course. Knowing that your qualifications would open doors to your career, would have been a major motivating factor helping you to pass your course.
- Power-Based Motivation — If you want to change the world (or at least some part of it), then you’ll be able to call upon power-based motivation. Essentially, if you need to be a leader and a visionary you’ll only be able to succeed with a thirst for power. Now, this could be a negative (think of dictators), but it could also be very positive (think of Martin Luther King, Jr.).
- Affiliation Motivation — If you’ve ever been part of a sports team, you’ll have seen affiliation in action. It’s that special team spirit that motivates each player to perform their very best. Work can be the same too. You just need to make sure you’re part of a harmonious and supportive team.
- Competence Motivation — If you dislike not knowing how to do things (or how to do them well), then you’ll naturally be driven by something called competence motivation. For example, you might need to do some DIY work around you home but realize that you lack the necessary skills. Instead of giving up, however, you spend sometime online looking at articles and YouTube videos to learn the specific skills and techniques you need.
- Attitude Motivation — Imagine trying to tackle a big goal such as learning a new language by starting off with a negative mindset. Your defeatist attitude is likely to lead to just that — defeat! But now picture the same scenario with your mindset switched to positive. With this hopeful, go-getting attitude you’ll have the motivation to start learning and speaking the language of your choice.
Want to find the motivation styles that work best for you? Then check out our What’s Your Motivation Style Worksheet.
More Resources to Help You Stay Motivated
Getting and staying motivated will make an immense difference in your life. You’ll be able to tackle those goals and dreams that you’ve put aside for years. You’ll also be able to set yourself new and exciting goals that you would never have considered before.
As Norman Ralph Augustine once said:
“Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.”
I’ve been motivated to create this ultimate guide as I know that it has the potential to transform your life. As well as the links to articles and worksheets I’ve shared above, I’ve spent several hours picking out additional Lifehack resources on motivation. You can find these below.
- Actionable Motivation on Demand [Lifehack Masterclass ]
- Activate Your Motivation [ Free Fast Track Class ]
- Top 10 Motivation Tips Learned From Highly Successful People
- How to Increase Motivation When You’re in a Slump
- 12 Things That Will Always Motivate You to Do a Good Job
- How to Stay Motivated at Work While Working From Home
- Why You’re Not Interested in Anything And Have No Motivation
- 20 Best Audible Books for Instant Motivation Boost
- 6 Ways to Finish Strong (When Your Momentum Is Low)
- 5 Things to Do If You Don’t Want to Get Back to Work
- 10 Best Ted Talks About Procrastination That Will Ignite Your Motivation
- Why Do I Procrastinate? 5 Root Causes & How to Tackle Them
- How to Feel Inspired When You’ve Lost Motivation
- 16 Best Podcasts on Motivation to Help You Reach Your Goals
- How to Crush Your Lack of Motivation and Always Stay Motivated
- 20 Ways To Wake Up With Motivation
- 30 Inspirational Songs that Keep You Motivated for Life
- How Highly Successful People Find Motivation In Challenging Environments
- 30 Daily Positive Affirmations to Boost Your Motivation
- 12 Changes to Make When You Feel a Lack of Energy and Motivation
- How to Stay Motivated and Reach Your Big Goals in Life