In its simplest, rudimentary meaning, self-motivation is the force that drives you to accomplish tasks and objectives. Nevertheless, the purpose of self-motivation is far from easy. Several factors, both internal and external, can motivate people, such as having to do something, loving somebody, or needing money. An essential skill for anyone intending to accomplish a task is the capacity to inspire yourself — self-motivation. Self-motivation keeps people motivated even in the midst of challenges, taking chances, and demonstrating dedication to what they want to do.

Here are some of the best ways to get your self-motivation back up and prepare yourself to take on any challenge that you face.

  1. Treat yourself

We all need a cheat day sometimes, especially when the going gets rough. Bring out the dopamine in your brain by feeding yourself some well-deserved soul food- whatever that particular food may be. For some it’s chocolate ice cream, and for some it’s burgers. Allow yourself to enjoy your favorite meal and see how that positive energy affects your overall attitude and optimism in a beneficial way. By treating yourself, you in turn feel happier about yourself and your overall disposition- the perfect morale boost for going back out there and getting back at it.

2. Fulfill a small achievement and allow it to create a flow of productivity

This one is something that many of us seem to easily overlook due to how simple and seemingly insignificant it may appear to be. By doing something as simple as cleaning up your room, organizing your desk, arranging your things or basically just doing a simple chore or task that you’ve been putting on hold for a while, you subsequently feel more alert and energized to move on to another task.

In a domino effect fashion, the fulfilling of a trivial or insignificant task, no matter how overdue or non-important it may be, could be just what you need to kickstart that flow of productivity that trickles down into a stream of determination to accomplish bigger tasks.

3. Set long term and immediate goals

Get organized with your to do list. Segregate your tasks and goals into long term and immediate ones, and determine the urgency of each task. By organizing your tasks you effectively give yourself a more well-rounded and accurate perspective of the workload that you have to do, and in turn you gain a clearer idea of how to more effectively go about each task, what order to do them in, and how which ones to prioritize.

By being organized and efficient with task completion, you subsequently allow yourself to be more time effective and proficient with you diligence in working towards your goals. Seeing this boost in efficiency in your work ethic is usually enough to motivate people to strive for better results and beat deadlines faster, with better accuracy, and with better quality.

4. Keep good company

No matter what endeavor you aspire to achieve, the company you surround yourself with will always have a significant effect on your positivity, your outlook towards your work, your attitude, mood, and work ethic. Obviously the most optimal company to immerse yourself with would be one that exudes positivity and support, rather than toxicity and discouragement.

As social creatures, we humans are extremely sensitive and responsive towards vibrations and feelings generated by other people or groups of people- the company we surround ourselves with highly reflects the quality of our output and wellbeing. By involving yourself with supportive and positive friends, we maintain our sharpness and good work ethic and at the same time maintain our self-esteem and attitude towards ourselves.

5. Don’t fear failure

Although we generally seek to succeed at all costs, it’s inevitable that we encounter situations where we don’t make the cut, where we fail in our tasks. Although this setback may feel demotivating and may lower one’s morale, one must always keep a humble mindset towards failure. A recommendable piece of advice for people struggling with acceptance of their failure would be to always remember- “either succeed or we learn” and “it’s how one gets up from a fall that makes a man”.

Every successful person in history has failed countless times before achieving greatness. Failure, no matter how severe or minor the degree, is a highly necessary aspect of the learning process and is what shapes us into more skilled and resilient workers. Although this seems to be universally accepted knowledge, some people just need to hear it more often, and some people may just need to hear this right now to get past their worrying thoughts about their shortcomings to realize that failure is not a roadblock, but rather a stepping stone towards improvement and success.

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