What is the single best way to stay motivated and energised every single day? How do highly successful people maintain their motivation and continue to chase their toughest goals through an entire year?
It’s something I ask myself every time I feel demotivated and to be honest it’s been happening quite frequently lately.
I’ve read blogs, listened to podcasts and reflected on what holds me back from my goals on a day to day basis. After gathering all this information, I came up with a solution which I would love to share with you.
I noticed that all these points below had played a big part in demotivating me from my dreams, visions, actions and achieving a higher level of success… you may laugh, but it’s definitely true.
I become a grumpy, tired person when I don’t get enough sleep. This leads to negativity. I also eat practically anything handed to me- this includes any fatty foods which then consumes my energy. My sleep, diet, and exercise are all interlinked.
2. A healthy diet
Yes, fatty foods make you tired and sleepy, unfortunately. I noticed that when I eat healthy nutritional food, I become more energised and motivated! I’m more proud of myself and I automatically motivate myself.
I know what your thinking… How could exercise possibly motivate you? As much as I wish it weren’t true, it really does keep you motivated. Exercising releases chemicals in your brain which then help you sustain motivation. I struggle to get to the gym, but the moment I’m done my session I really do feel great about myself which then reflects on my day.
4. Surround yourself with people who motivate you
this is one of the best things you can do to keep you focussed and accountable. My business partner Merrilee picks me up 3 days a week and drags me down to the gym with her, she has the same gaols and I know I can’t chicken out because I would be letting her down. I know it’s sometimes easier to let yourself, but the moment someone else counts on you… it’s harder to let them down.
5. Take breaks
Finally something that’s easy to do. Studies have shown that by taking breaks the brain refreshes and focus is at a higher level.
6. Good Habits
This one’s in bold because it is so important to replace bad habits with good ones. We subconsciously do day to day activities where our mind is not fully present because we have already created these habits. The moment I change my habit of watching tv to reading a book or watching a motivational video, maintaining motivation will be much easier. The choices we make play a big part in our future success.
The FOCUS & EVERY DAY EFFORT you put into your actions will determine the amount of motivation pumped back into your body.
Make sure have a daily/weekly routine and that you reflect on improvement.
The reason why Olympians and highly successful people sustain their motivation is because most people think they need motivation and the effort comes. It’s with a daily effort that momentum comes.
Does motivation inspire the effort? No, it doesn’t! Don’t wait for the motivation to go out and take action. I always thought it was the other way round until I understood that taking action first is so much more rewarding and that it will keep me motivated.
A Higher Purpose
Despite the innate power of goal setting, a longer lasting fuel for motivation is having a higher purpose. The concept of knowing your “Why” is your true purpose or belief that inspires you. Whether your motivation is to lose weight, stop smoking, get out of debt or launch a new business, ask yourself “why” you want to do that. In fact, ask several why’s in a row and you might be surprised at your answer.
Don’t let internal negativity surround you, challenge yourself to become the best you can be and think positive thoughts throughout each day.
Keep striving for success,