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Increase Motivation to Get Yourself to the Top

increase motivationIn order to live a rich and fulfilling life, we need to be motivated to do all the things we have to do, be that at work or at home.

In as such, certain levels of stress are needed, because they keep us motivated and push us to work harder.

However, it is all too easy for healthy levels of stress to spill over into too much stress, which eventually leads to a burnout. Once a burnout occurs, motivation is the first thing to go.

When you experience a burnout you will experience lowered productivity, cynicism, confusion…a feeling of being drained, having nothing more to give.

When you manage to have the right levels of stress (because some stress is not always a bad thing), you will feel more motivated.

When you feel more motivated, you will feel happier. Naturally, all of this is easier said than done, but there are a few things that can help you lead the life you deserve, filled with happiness, motivation and a sense of pride in your own achievements.

What Is Motivation?

Before you learn about how to increase motivation, you need to understand exactly what it is.

We know that high levels of stress are detrimental, but that does not mean we know what our “motivation starting point” is.

It is always interesting to look at the field of sports, where motivation is often key to the winning of a race, tournament or game.

Sportsmen and women have a drive, a desire to push themselves, something that lives inside of them that gets them up in the morning to go out and train.

Why do they do it? Because they want to be the best, they want to win, they want the satisfaction that comes with achieving something grand in their life.

But of course not everyone has this drive or energy to “keep going” no matter what the odds and we can all relate to those people who have the best intentions to do better, but somehow, just never make it.

If you’re going to drastically increase motivation in your life, you need to get inside YOUR head – that’s the mind game you must play.

The Psychology behind Motivation – the Mind Game.

Almost any psychological problem can be resolved through cognitive behavior therapy. Logic, therefore, would dictate it can also help us to create a certain state of mind, in this case one of motivation.

You may not have heard of Judith S. Beck, but her article on the mind game behind it all really hits the nail on the head when it comes to organizing a strategy on the “how to” if you want to increase motivation.

Judith suggests that the ideal way to increase motivation is to have a plan and clear goals, sticking to these as much as possible, and not giving up if, for whatever reason, we go off track.

Creating Checkpoints in Life to Increase Motivation

In order to stay fully motivated, psychologists agree we should have check points.

A great motivator – presuming you start from a position in which you want to succeed – is the reward at the end of your hard work.

So, you have to give yourself regular rewards as predefined checkpoints to keep yourself motivated.

It seems that once we feel that life is passing us by, regardless of our own activities, we lose all motivation.

As a consequence, our stress levels start to rise, which has further negative effects. Losing motivation is a downward and vicious cycle of which there is often no end to be seen.

So to recap, by recognizing your goals, rewarding your own achievements and taking part in really good breathing exercises, you will continue to be motivated without experiencing excessive levels of stress.

Creating checkpoints in your life will help you stay focused, and when you’re focused, you’re in the driver’s seat when it comes to being successful at ways to increase motivation.

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  • balula

    Burnout seems to be occurring much sooner in life than it used to – the ‘overachiever syndrome’ causes people to hit crisis levels in their 40’s. My husband hit this peak at 40, took a depression and had to take a year off work to get his head back together!

    • I’m glad your husband has improved. Depression is a terrible illness and affected a person very close to me. Thankfully, it is all behind us now, but it was rough there for a time. Love and support are great ways to show your love.