Have you ever tried to accomplish a goal and failed? It’s probably because your not using the correct factors to motivate yourself. What motivates people is a hard idea to grasp. Fortunately, this topic can be broken down into the main factors of motivation.
Having a why – It is very difficult to do something without a reason. Having a purpose is one of the main reasons behind what motivates people. If you are looking to get motivated it is strongly recommended that you find a why. These may be:
- Following your passion
- Enjoyment from the people around you
- Contributing to a larger cause
- Gaining Respect
In order to find your purpose, think about what you want to accomplish. There is always a reason why people want to accomplish their goals. Write down at least 5 reasons and place them where you will see them everyday. This can be on a refrigerator door, bathroom mirror, office desk, or on the wall. These reasons will make up your purpose. All successful people have a reason behind the things that they do. In many cases they have multiple reasons. Finding these reasons, or purpose, is what will keep you motivated.
Building a Legacy – One of the main reasons people have a purpose is to create a legacy. Your legacy is the message and impact that you have left on the world. If you’re having trouble discovering your purpose just think about what message you want to leave on the world. Fifty to a hundred years from now what do you want to be remembered for? Creating a legacy is a process. A lot of people want a legacy but don’t understand how to create one. A legacy starts with a purpose. Find your purpose and work your way up to creating your legacy.
Communication – Find people with a similar mindset. If you want to be successful find people that are working towards the same goals. This will help you stay interested and on task. Letting people know about your goals and purpose will also keep you honest with yourself. If you tell people you are going to do something you are more likely to follow through with it. It is also important to communicate your goals as it may make completing them more enjoyable. It is way more fun and interesting to complete goals that your friends want to complete as well. This can also help you gain respect from people. Most people do not follow through with tasks that they start so when people do follow through they gain other’s respect.
Success – Creating and completing goals is what builds your legacy. People create goals in order to gain success and build onto their legacy. Most people have no problem finding a purpose but struggle with achieving their goals. There are a few things people need in order to achieve goals.
- Positive Outlook
- Good Attitude
These ideas will lead you to success. Using these concepts in your everyday life will get you exactly where you want to go. In most cases even farther than you could ever of expected.
Does Purpose motivate you? – Are you motivated to create a change in the world? Are you motivated to create a legacy? If so then you are probably motivated by a purpose. People who are motivated by purpose are usually people who want to create a business, charity, or run as a politician.
Visualize your goal – Roger Bannister changed the world by being the first person to run a four-minute mile. Two years later 37 people ran a mile in under four minutes. Today High school kids run a sub four-minute mile every single year. This achievement was based off a vision. Another great example of motivation by vision is Elon Musk. Musk envisioned a world powered by sustainable energy and He pioneered the way for creating reusable energy by making solar panels affordable, creating electric cars, and many other achievements. This all became possible because of a vision. Visualizing goals is important as it
- Sustains Interest
Staying on track – Being motivated by Visualization is a strong form of motivation. The largest problem with it is not being brought down by people telling you that you can’t do it. Visualizing a goal is sometimes hard for other people to grasp. Because it doesn’t seem possible to them they will say that it can’t be done, or will tell you to give up. This should be used as motivation to keep going. Jack Ma (Billionaire Founder of Alibaba) was rejected from over 30 jobs. Some of which include a KFC employee and a police officer. Instead of giving up Ma created his own company and is now the richest person in China. Never quit because someone tells you that you can’t do something.
Success by Visualization – The largest part of accomplishing a goal by visualization is not giving up. You already know the outcome that you are looking for you just have to continue working towards that outcome. People who have visualized goals tend to have more long term goals. These require strong habits and discipline. Working towards these goals will most likely require a lot of effort on a daily basis. As long as you create the habits needed you will thrive accomplishing your goals.
Fear creates change – Losing weight, exercising more, eating healthier, and getting too old are the biggest drivers of motivation through fear. This usually happens when something that was once a want turns into a need. If you are diagnosed with diabetes for example you are two-three times as likely to follow through on losing weight than if you were not diagnosed. This is a perfect example of motivation by fear. Another example is someone interested in sports may begin taking action faster because after a certain age it becomes impossible to play sports competitively.
Fear a Strong Motivator – Fear is one of the strongest motivators. It is so powerful because it brings discipline to people who are not typically disciplined to follow through with their goals. Waking up fearing something leads people to taking action on a daily basis. These fears may include:
- Not being good enough
- Not being accepted
Overcoming Fear of the Unknown – Fear of the unknown may create a mental block and destroy your motivation. Just as fear is a strong motivator it also may ruin your motivation. When being motivated by fear it is important to not let the negativity of a situation get the better of you. While there is probably a lot of negativity associated with your goal you have to keep pushing forward.
Does Competition motivate you? – Politicians, Athletes, and businesses all compete to be the very best every single day. Competition is a huge motivating factor as it stays on your mind. When competitive people are in a competition they have a much higher level of interest than they have outside of competition. This leads to them having laser sharp focus. When people are in a competition they spend most of their time thinking about winning the competition or how they will win the competition. This leads to a positive outlook and self-confidence. Another strong aspect of competition is that it is fun. Working towards a goal is a lot easier to do if it is fun. There are also other great factors of competing such as people putting in more effort. If your competition is to see who will lose weight the fastest you will probably see more effort put in than if you were losing weight yourself. So if you want to accomplish a goal and have people with a like mindset, try turning it into a competition. This will lead to a more fun environment where your goal will be completed in no time.
Passion is one of the hardest motivating factors to master and one of the strongest. It is an emotional response to your interest on a given subject. It mostly revolves around the ideas of interest and focus. Passion can be broken down into three different levels:
- Low Passion – This is when you are interested in a subject but have done much to follow through with your interest.
- Medium Passion – Medium passion is when take moderate action such as making their passion a hobby.
- High Passion – High passion is when people spend a majority of their day on a subject. They may also be considered obsessed with a subject.
Highly passionate people are like Derek Carr and Elon Musk. Derek Carr dedicates his life to football and because of this is a rising NFL star. Derek Carr is known to be the first person to practice and the last one to leave. Elon Musk on the other hand is passionate about science and engineering. He has three billion dollar companies and uses extreme time management in order to work on his projects every single day.
Mastering Passion – If you are able to be highly passionate about achieving a goal there is no doubt that you will be successful. It is known that if you spend 5 years at 1 hour a day you will be a master on a topic. If you are highly passionate about a goal you will achieve it in the shortest amount of time needed. In order to become more passionate about something you will have to:
- Build your interest in the topic
- Keep the topic on your mind throughout the day
- Adapt parts of your lifestyle towards that topic
- Create an enjoyable goal on that topic
Following these ideas you will be able to become more passionate about any topic that you desire.
Achieving Your Goal
Once you have discovered what motivates you you must have strong habits and discipline in order to follow through. Fortunately, knowing what motivates is a huge step towards the right direction. The rest of the process may be difficult but working towards a goal everyday will get you exactly where you want to go. In order to complete your goal it is beneficial to have:
- Problem-Solving Skills
Building up these skills will get you to accomplishing your goal in no time.