What are the three keys to self-improvement and motivation?
Inspiration is critical to staying motivated and improving oneself. If you are not interested in your goals, your job or your business, your motivation level will never be high, and you will not be able to sustain interest for very long.
Take an honest look at your inspiration level. Are you excited about going to work or is it an obligation? You would be surprised at the number of people who choose a business that looks good on paper, but in reality, does not interest them in the least.
These individuals will grow weary and uninterested pretty quickly because they have no inspiration or passion to sustain them during the difficult times they will encounter in goal achievement, on their job or as a small business owner.
If you do not like your work, then think how you can refocus your goals, job search or business interest to better match your needs. Or consider making a change entirely. Without inspiration, there will not be any motivation for self-improvement.
2. SETTING GOALS
Short and long-term goal setting is vital for any achiever. If you do not set goals, you would have no definite purpose on which path of self-improvement to take.
How could you possibly be motivated if you were unsure about the direction of your company, career goals or life goals?
Take the time to put your goals in writing. A business plan may sound daunting, but it is really nothing more than goals, strategies, implementation, and a budget. Write your own business plan and update it at least annually.
Include “mini-goals” that can be accomplished in a matter of hours, days, or weeks as well as the more ambitious “grand-goals” that may take years to complete. Refer to this plan throughout the year.
Written goals will make you feel more professional and certainly more connected to your business and life. It will also free you from having to reinvent your goals every single day.
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Another key factor in getting and staying motivated is networking with other goal achievers. No one person knows all the knowledge. However, when several people begin working together, the challenges will just be there waiting to be conquered.
In fact, the isolation of working alone is one of the most difficult parts of trying to accomplish challenging feats. You can never be on your way to self-improvement without the help of others. Mutual support is motivating.
Make it easier on yourself by connecting with others either in your community or online. Even when businesses are not related, you will often find common ground and ways to work together.
Many successful persons report that finding the right networking group was a turning point in their growth in life and in business. Working together, a networking group can help its members generate more problem-solving strategies faster and more efficiently.
Sharing ideas, expertise and experience is also an invaluable aspect of motivation and self-improvement.
With your networking team to rely on, you can accomplish more in less time and probably have more fun in the process. You will feel motivated to accomplish self-improvement when you know you are not alone.
The self-improvement and motivation strategies mentioned above will help us to fight depression when working against difficult odds and will help to enhance our growth. However, when we are in a rut, usually we don’t have the energy or motivation to change things for the better, and it’s tough to find the insight or resources needed to make that jump.
Additional easy ways we can use right now to stay motivated and climb, or better yet, leap, out of the rut and start to get something better for ourselves include:
1. Do Something Differently
Start with making one or two simple changes to your day – be it at breakfast time, your radio station, gym routine, route to work, lunch routine, etc. Don’t worry about what the changes are or whether they’re right or wrong, just make a couple of simple choices that will serve you well.
Doing something differently or changing parts of your routine, instantly takes you out of the norm and allows you to shake off the things that make you feel confined. Step out of your routine and you’ll be in a position where you’re able to make different choices, see things differently and get a different result.
2. Use your Intuition
Your intuition is a powerful ally, and we all have it even though you might not recognize it.
One of the best friends you’ll ever have in life is your intuition and tuning into it and learning to trust it is something that can have some truly remarkable effects. Accessing your intuition is a bit like working and developing a muscle, but unfortunately it can be harder to locate than a bicep or quadricep, which tend to stay in the same place. Here are some quick tips for accessing and trusting it –
• Practice maintaining an open-minded, playful, experimental, non-judgmental attitude. This is the most fertile ground to tap into your intuition.
• Try a few simple observation exercises in your daily life. Whether you’re in a restaurant, on a train, in a bar, or out shopping, practice noticing non-verbal behavior in others. Look for shifts in posture, eye movements, vocal tone, or tempo, etc. Guess how they’re feeling or what they’re talking about.
Trying to improve ourselves, stay motivated and enhance our growth can become daunting and can lead to depression if we do not hit the mark. Therefore, it is important to develop strategies to remain focused and stay inspired as we work towards being our best selves and living our best lives.
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