Motivation comes and goes. It doesn’t last forever. There will be times and days when you feel it, and there will be days when you won’t even have the energy and desire to put up the motivation so that you can do something valuable. There is no denying that every person wants to work hard to achieve their dreams, but sometimes, they just seem unable to summon their motivation with them.
In this post, we have highlighted some of the most effective ways to build your motivation and maintain the spirit to work hard to achieve your goals. Without much ado, here are the greatest ways to motivate yourself to take action and work hard to achieve your goals.
- Adopt the right mindset
Most people feel the fear at the moment they hear the phrase “work hard” because they have already conditioned their minds to believe that that work is going to be really hard.
If you really want to work hard, you must first of all adopt the right mindset. Otherwise, you won’t have the motivation to work. Who said working hard must be hard? Well, it doesn’t have to be unless you work under a hot sun. Today, majority of people just sit comfortably in front of their computers in their offices just working using their fingers. Is this really a hard work? Not at all!
So, changing your mindset is the first step. Don’t see it as hard work, but see it as something you are doing to turn yourself into whatever you desire to be in this life. In fact, you will be surprised how things will feel and look different once you adopted the right mindset. Instead of feeding your mind with the thoughts of how difficult of hard the task is going to be, try to think about great it will make you feel after completing it.
Therefore, make a mindset shift today. Working on your goals should be something very exciting. Whether you are working for your client’s company or for your own company, the job you are doing will create values to other people and this should make you feel good.
- Break down your goals into small manageable tasks
If you are feeling overwhelmed and you are not even sure where you should start, then you need to break down your goals into small manageable tasks. Most people are unable to work and achieve their goals because they often feel overwhelmed by the big goals and tasks they set to work on. You should not allow yourself to be paralyzed.
It’s important to keep in mind that extraordinary success, however big it may sound, is simply a combination of many small and consistent efforts. Of you can eat a whole elephant alone. But how do you do that? One small bite at a time will complete the whole elephant.
Running and completing a full marathon of 24km can seem like a very hard work, but you can actually complete it without feeling overwhelmed by simply taking one step at a time. In other words, any task can be completed irrespective of how hard it can seem to be. All you need to do is take one single step at a time until you get there.
So, if you truly want to work hard, and get the motivation to take appropriate action, you must focus on doing just the small steps. You can learn from the words of Will Smith who said “You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say I am going to build the biggest wall, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built. ‘You say, I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid. You do that every single day. And soon you have a wall.”
- Stay away from any distractions
Keeping yourself from distractions is the key to staying motivated. When you can remain focused 100% on your work, you will be able to work hard. The problem most people face is that they are often distracted very easily.
Bad news is, it is even easier for people to get distracted in today’s world. According to studies, human’s attention span has drastically fallen from 12 seconds since the year 2000 to approximately 8 seconds after people started using mobile phones. Comparing to humans, goldfish has a higher attention span – 9 seconds.
So, you have to prevent yourself from any potential distractions whenever you are working. If necessary, switch off your mobile phone. Let your colleagues know that you don’t need any disturbance. You can as well lock yourself in a room so that you can fully concentrate on your work.
Warren Buffet has become one of the most successful investors in the world, and one of the reasons he has been able to achieve this is because he has the ability to divorce himself from whatever is happening around him. He can stick to his work and continue to believe in himself even when the whole world thinks that he is completely crazy especially at the times stock prices have significantly fallen.
For you to perform better, you must do great work. You must learn to stay focused. It usually begins by disciplining yourself to divorce yourself from any potential distractions.
- Use time-blocking method
If you really want to work hard, you can use the time-blocking method to force yourself to do the work. The technique is very effective especially when complemented correctly.
For example, let’s assume you are in sales and your main target is to make prospective calls every day, you can time-block this activity. For instance, you can time-block 4 hours, from 8.00 am to 12.00 pm to do your prospecting calls. You should ensure that you don’t do anything else within these four hours apart from making calls to your prospective clients.
What is most important here is that you must ensure that you commit to your time-block. The moment you have time-blocked all your tasks, you will only undertake the tasks you have assigned and not anything else. If necessary, you can even lock yourself in your office or in a room for you to ensure that you only do the tasks you have assigned yourself.
- Build the commitment and then create accountability
Majority of people find it hard to get the motivation to work hard simply because they have not built the commitment and they have not created accountability. You need to think about it this way. If something is a must-do, do you think you can procrastinate on it? For instance, if you should take your son to see a doctor, will you procrastinate and say you lack the motivation to do so?
So, it always depends entirely on your level of commitment. If you can build commitment and become completely committed, you will actually do what it takes. So, just create the commitment.
Creating accountability is another important thing to do. For instance, invite a friend your friend to workout with you together in the gym if you don’t have the motivation to maintain a workout routine. When you have promised your friend that you will meet him or her at the gym, chances are that you will do just that. This is the main reason why it is very important to have an accountability partner.
- Reward yourself
One of the greatest ways to motivate yourself to continue working hard is to give yourself an exciting reward. Have a reward system whereby you reward yourself every time you complete your tasks. Be sure to reward yourself with something exciting.
You should give yourself bigger rewards whenever you have accomplished bigger tasks. For instance, if you have accomplished your annual goal, give yourself a treat. In simple terms, find exciting ways to celebrate your success and you will have the motivation to work even harder.
- Remember your purpose
Last but not least, you should keep on reminding yourself of your purpose. The reasons why you want to do something are the backbones that will support your dreams. When you feel like you no longer have any motivation to work hard, it only means that you have lost your purpose and direction. What you need to do at such times is to revisit your dreams and purpose. This will enable you to reignite your passion and you will be unstoppable.
Clarity is power, or so they say. Whether you are working just to put food on the table for your beloved family, or you are building a new product, it is very important that you remain connected with whatever inspires you.
Companies such as Apple and Google among others are able to produce amazing results just because they have a clear vision. When you read biographies of highly successful people, you will notice that they keep on talking a lot about their mission, vision and their ‘why’.