Simple Tricks to Increase Motivation
Motivation can be a tricky thing. It can help us accomplish many things. Some believe they need it to be creative and there may be some truth that. So where does motivation come from and how can we have more of it?
You have probably heard or read of some type of rags to riches story where the person was so down and out that they had nothing to lose and everything to gain. They reached that point where they were so tired of not being that they were able to turn things around and achieve great success. But what about the rest of us who do have something to lose? How can we cultivate and harness this motivation to make our lives, companies, organizations better?
From studying some of the greats, Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn, Maxwell Maltz, Napoleon Hill, Stephen Covey, etc., there are many common denominators when it comes to motivation, Have a plan, focus on the plan, work the plan.
Stephen Covey says to “start with the end in mind.” John Kotter says to clarify your vision. Napoleon Hill says to use your visualization of your desired outcome. The first step is to have something that needs to be accomplished and have a clear picture of what that is. Reviewing this picture on a regular basis keeps the focus that we need.
Large tasks or projects can seem very overwhelming and that can definitely be a deterrent. Having a plan gives us direction. Once we have what our objective is then we can start to put together a plan of attack. This plan should include bite size task to complete the over all project. In the book, The Kaizen Way by Dr. Robert Maurer, he emphasizes taking small steps. What small thing can I do today toward my objective. Most of us have heard that the phrase “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” having smaller bite size tasks make it much easier to take the first step and then keep taking those steps. Soon you will begin to see progress and that will help keep the momentum going.
Another key to help keep things moving in a forward direction is accountability. Having an accountability partner or group also helps us get the things done that we said that we were going to do. If we know what tasks need to be completed, and then we know we are going to have to report on our progress, we are more likely to follow through than give excuses. Mastermind groups, mentors, coaches, and sometimes the people that are close to us can serve as our accountability partners.
So there you have it three key concepts that are easy to follow and that you can implement right away. 1) Have a very clear picture of what you want to accomplish 2) Start with small steps 3) Have an accountability partner.