Tip Number 1: Reward yourself materially as well.
Material rewards certainly matter, too. It does not have anything extravagant although if it is something you can afford and truly want, then you can also promise yourself a big reward when you reach your goal.
Try to be a little creative about your rewards. You can pamper yourself with a massage, take a trip out of town, or allow yourself a night out dining in the most expensive restaurant in the area.
It can also be something as simple as letting yourself laze the weekend away doing nothing and enjoying other small luxuries that you usually do not have time for.
Tip Number 2: Reassess your goal.
Sometimes, the reason why you have a hard time motivating yourself is because your goal is no longer important. From time to time, you should reevaluate your goal and find out if it still as important or it needs a little redefining.
Tip Number 3: Always search for the brighter side.
Do not think that there is no brighter side because there always is. If you feel you have hit rock bottom, there is still a bright side. When you are down, there is no way else but up!
Tip Number 4: Look for a role model.
A role model does not have to be someone perfect, famous, or even older than you. Rather, that role model has qualities that you so admire and you wish to have because you will become a better person for it.
When you feel like giving up, think about your role model. No one is immune to having temptations but every person has the power to say ‘no’ to it. Your role model was strong enough to say ‘no’ to distraction and stay focused. Surely you can do it, too?
In the end, both of you are flesh and blood mortals – capable of doing the same thing as long as you put your mind to it.
Tip Number 5: Search for inspiration.
Role models are different from inspiration. Role models are someone you try to emulate. People, things, or places to inspire you are also like goals, though. Why is becoming wealthy your goal? It is because you want to give your parents a chance to retire early. Then your parents are your inspiration.
When you are extremely frustrated about what is happening and you feel like throwing the towel, picture your parents and what they will be like if they have to continue working for years in spite of their frail health.
Tip Number 6: Do not fail to take advantage of the power of visualization.
It is easier to keep yourself motivated when you are able to visualize reaching your dream. Close your eyes and try to imagine what would happen if you were to reach your goal. How would it feel? What would happen afterwards?
Make it so vivid that you can actually feel the joy of reaching your dream.
Tip Number 7: Proverbs are there for a reason.
If you have noticed, proverbs and old sayings have been used throughout the book quite frequently. That is because they are true. Clichés have become clichés because they have been said too often and are essentially facts.
If there are no words you can think of personally to get yourself motivated, do not hesitate to call in the power of proverbs.
Tip Number 8: Talk to children.
Kids say the darnedest things indeed, but they also often have an ingenuous way of seeing things. With their views untainted by cynicism and greed, children can get you back to seeing the world with rose-colored glasses.
Tip Number 9: Carpe diem!
That is Latin for ‘seize the day’ if you have forgotten. Tell yourself that the opportunity your goal represents comes only once in a lifetime. If you do not seize the day – or the moment for that matter – then that chance may never come again.
Are you willing to take that risk?
Tip Number 10: Think of the last time you worked against all odds – and won.
You are a powerful person yet sometimes you may need to remind yourself of it. If your confidence has taken a nosedive for any reason, think back of the last time that you worked against all odds. Think of the time that no one had your back and only you had faith in yourself. Think of the time you had taken the role of an underdog – and won.
You did it then. You can do it again. Just believe!
Tip Number 11: Join motivation seminars now and then.
If you have never tried attending a motivation seminar, it is easy for you to say that these so-called self-help gurus are just out to con you out of your money. But why not give it a try? At the most, you will only lose a couple of dollars for attending. Yet what if it works? Then you would have gained so much more!
If you have no idea which of today’s many inspirational speakers is the best, do not hesitate to ask for recommendations. Check the Internet for reviews as well.
Tip Number 12: Remember the little things.
Motivation is also a matter of point of view. If you are tired of working or doing something for the sake of achieving your goal alone, then do it just for the sake of it.
Do it because you are having fun doing it. Do it because you love it and it makes you feel good. Sometimes, the journey counts more than the actual destination.