A student once asked this question in one of my sessions that, “I remain very motivated when I listen to your lectures or attend your sessions, but soon after I leave the place, I feel demotivated and down, how can I remain motivated all the time?”
The biggest challenge for many students is how to remain motivated all the time. I am writing this blog today to answer this particular question “how to be motivated all the time?”. Now imagine, and think about it, do you want to be motivated and energetic all the time? Do you literally want to be energetic all the time? What if someone you know dies, and you instead of getting sad, are looking happy, energetic, and motivated? Or lets’ not go to that extreme example, let’s use a normal example. How about if you have worked really hard for the past ten days non-stop, and now you want to rest, and you want to enjoy some sleep in the afternoon or early afternoon but because you wanted to remain motivated and energetic all the time, now you can’t sleep. The same thing can happen at night time when you want to sleep, but you are so motivated to work and achieve your goals that you now cannot sleep, even if you want to. Another possibility is that you wanted to enjoy some family time with your spouse and kids with a beautiful dinner and a movie, but you can’t sit on the couch for longer period of time; instead you keep moving because you are so energetic and motivated that you cannot sit peacefully. Just think about it, you don’t want that kind of motivation and energy. Do you?
What you do need however, is the ability to remain motivated and energetic most of the working time (during the day, if you work in day time), and/or whenever you want; let’s say you have an exam coming-up and you have limited time to study on a weekend and you want to remain awake for that particular night, now you need motivation. That is the kind of motivation and energy you need, that you remain motivated most of the working time or you can motivate yourself whenever you need.
Now lets look at some strategies that will help you remain motivated most of the working hours and whenever you want motivation and energy.
The first and the foremost way to remain motivated most of the time (in this article “most of the time” means “the working hours” or “whenever you want motivation”), is by setting goals. Most of the people in this world are living a life without goals- they have no purpose or goal in their lives; they are like a ship without a rudder. Imagine! how a ship can travel without a rudder, it will go anywhere; there is no set destination or goal. Or imagine being on a road and no end-destination? Where are you going? Do we sit in the car without destination? Do we sit in an airplane without a destination? Then why do we live our life without a destination?
Time is passing by…you cannot stop time. No matter how hard you try. There is an end to this life for each of us, so do you wish to end your life with no achievements and no targets? The car of your life will run out of gas anyways, then why not reach a destination of your choice before your car runs out of gas.
Trust me, if you have goals, it will be very easy for you to remain motivated. Just set goals.
WHAT IS YOUR WHY
Most people who set goals, never achieve their goals. Then isn’t this a clear contradiction to the above point that goal setting produces motivation? Actually no, its not a contradiction. What I am saying here is that goal alone will not be sufficient to keep you motivated. The goal with a BIG WHY will keep you motivated. You cannot remain motivated for longer periods of time, if you don’t know “why” are you planning to achieve whatever you want to achieve.
The “why” gives you the real energy and motivation by providing you with the reason. Now remember, the bigger the reason, the bigger the motivation. The question is how can you increase your motivation. The key is to make the why as huge as possible, and increase your whys. Don’t have just one why, have multiple whys for your life and goal. For example, if your goal is to be a published research author, then just increase then number of whys. A big why is to have the prestige an honor of being a published author, another why is that why I want to be a published author? Because I want to be well renowned. Another why is, because I want to serve people with my article by providing more knowledge to others. Another why is that I will get promotions, I will get a better job, I will get be proud of myself. The list of this why can go on and on. There is no limit, just think about your whys and write a list of the reasons or whys you want to achieve certain goal. The more the whys the more the motivation, then it will be very difficult for you not be motivated most of the time.
The third and one of the most important ways to remain motivated all the time is by thinking about an example, can you be physically fit by just exercising once? Absolutely not, unless you exercise every day. Can you keep your mouth clean by just brushing once a year? No, you need it twice a day everyday. Can you just eat food once a year? No, you need to eat something at least two, three times a day, every single day, over and over again. The same thing is for muscle building, you need to life weight every day, again and again and then you will see the results. Similarly, you need to listen to motivational lectures and videos again and again, every single day, once a day or more. How often do you listen to motivational messages, videos, or audio lectures, seminars, podcasts or webinars? I bet only one to two percent of the people do it everyday, that is why only one to two percent people are highly successful in their lives.
Don’t strive to be motivated all the time. Instead strive to be motivated most of the working hours or whenever you want motivation. Set goals, increase the number of whys, and keep listening to motivational lectures everyday, then you will remain motivated most of the time and will be able to motivate yourself whenever you need motivation.
Dr. Hassaan Tohid