5 Tactics To Winning The Mental Motivation Battle
Last time we talked about how staying motivated really starts in the mind. And I told you I would give you a few logical ways to help win this battle. Well here you go…
We can drag ourselves up the same way we can drag ourselves down. It is a choice we have to make every, single day. Whenever we are faced with this conflict of choices, we should apply these tiny nuggets of wisdom on motivation.
Motivation Starts From Within
It’s not easy being an Over-Achiever… Heck it’s not easy being an Achiever period. Sooner or later despite our most intensive well-meaning efforts, we run out of motivation and begin to ask ourselves “what’s the point?”
Motivation is a funny, complex thing. The thing that motivates one person is always different from that of another even though they are working for the same thing. And while people can motivate us, they can only do so to a certain degree. At the end of the day, we still have to work out a way to get ourselves moving. But when everything looks bleak and all we want to do is to surrender, from where do we muster the will to go on?
I think we begin with winning the battle in our heads.
The battle always starts from within. One part of our brain tells us to move, work, and strive for what we are working for. The other part tells us that it is foolish, no one really cares, and our efforts won’t make a difference so don’t try. It is always easier to listen to the latter, because it is more convenient, less taxing, and easier to do. The former forces us to act and work. All things equal, people always choose the less inconvenient, easy way out. But this isn’t always the better choice. In fact, it is often never a good choice.
What separates very effective people from those who are not is their ability to always make the right choices most of the time, even if these choices are the hardest to make. They know how the game works and they try to beat it every single time. Exhausting, yes, but it is also gratifying, change takes place, and great things begin to happen. There is always a sense of satisfaction in defeating your worst enemy – yourself.
But how do we win the battle that goes on inside our heads?
By taking the time to understand our thoughts and how they affect our emotions and our will power. Negative thoughts can easily kill our sense of purpose. It comes in many forms – lack of self-confidence, general negativity, lack of belief in others, procrastination and the list goes on. Each of these has the power to convince us to throw in the towel and accept that we can’t carry on. And if we are completely honest, we have succumb to one or more of these thoughts at one point in time. But all hope is not lost, identifying each of our negative thoughts is the first step to bouncing back from a defeatist attitude.
It is not simple feat, though. It takes time before one can shut out the voice in the head that says ‘give up, give in’. And sometimes, even when we have already succeeded in neutralizing our negative thoughts, it is still easy to give up at the first sign of a speed bump. After all, it gives us time to rest from the unending struggle to achieve whatever it is we are pursuing, even for just a moment. But don’t buy that. That short period of rest can turn to days, weeks, months, years, ultimately paralyzing us from taking action and living a full life. That’s the characteristic of discouragement. It offers us immediate gratification without securing anything in return.
Try to gain positive momentum every time, instead of falling back into a demoralized attitude. Every time, even if that means you have to start the battle in your head all over again.
In some of my next few post I will offer some logical ways to help fight this battle in our heads. But in the meantime, I would love to hear some ways that have worked for you. Please share by commenting below. We all can learn from each other.
Until next time… Happiness and prosperity to you always.
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