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4 Hard Truths of Motivation

Understand The Hard Truths of Motivation

For most people, motivation can seem like a big secret that only a handful of people know about. The fact is that there aren’t any secrets, just hard truths when it comes to motivation. Motivation can be an elusive concept for most people. For some, motivation comes easily and they’re able to find the motivation to building an empire worth millions of dollars from humble beginnings, while others have a hard time getting out of bed or even going outside.

 

Motivation is the psychological state of being that influences your daily life, but it only works if you allow it to do so. Motivation can be the reason you act the way you do or behave in certain ways. Many times, people use their lack of motivation as their excuse for not accomplishing their goals or doing what they should. Regardless of your feelings towards motivation, there are hard truths about motivation that you should understand. Here are 4 hard truths of motivation to keep in mind.

 

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1) You Can’t Wait For Motivation To Just Happen

For most people, motivation is actually an afterthought for most instances in life. If you find yourself waiting to “feel motivated” you’ll likely never get anything done. That doesn’t mean that you can’t find ways to get motivated if you just can’t seem to get anything done or don’t want to.

 

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A hard truth of motivation is that it could be depression or fear. Try to push through these issues by taking on small tasks that might seem inconsequential right now. Even the act of getting up to use the restroom when you don’t want to move is motivation. Over time, these small acts and tasks lead you to bigger and better ones. Learning to celebrate small wins can help you to overcome roadblocks that prevent you from achieving great things in your life.

 

 

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2) Motivation is a Choice

choose-to-behaveThe hard truth about motivation is that it’s your choice to have it or not. You can always choose to do or not do something. You choose how to behave, think, or feel in any moment. You choose to get stuff done, accomplish tasks, or think about negatively instead of positively. It’s not easy to realize that you have the power to do it all or nothing because of one simple choice, but the fact still remains that no one can motivate you if you’re unwilling.

 

3) Making Real Change is Hard

accept-factsYou have to stay committed to your goals and have faith in the fact that your future is going to be ok. With that in mind, one of the hard truths of motivation is that accepting change can sometimes be emotionally painful. Having mixed feelings about whether things are going to be ok is acceptable and completely normal. The trick is to anticipate and plan for these emotional challenges. You must accept the fact that change is a process and that nothing comes overnight.

 

4) Your Habits Will Make or Break You

 

 

habits-shape-livesSetting good habits that stick is crucial for achieving success in life. Habits shape our lives. Good habits create the structure we need to accomplish our goals. It should be no surprise that motivation comes from consistently sticking to good habits. If you have good habits that allow you to show up to get the job done every single time whether you like it or not than you don’t have to wait around to feel ‘motivated’.

 

 

 

Motivation is a fascinating concept that we all strive to obtain and maintain. The hard truth of motivation is that it ebbs and flows. At its height, motivation can either help you to solve tremendous problems obstacles or cripple you into procrastination and complacency. By cultivating consistency, rituals, and perseverance, we learn to accept the hard truths of motivation and overcome life’s greatest challenges.

 

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The Magic of Motivational Thinking

The magic of motivational thinking can completely transform your life, bring in new opportunities, and new ways of thinking. The magic lies in how your thoughts can turn dreams into reality, but it takes more than a little day dreaming to make them come true. Motivational thinking is made up of equal parts willpower, discipline, and courage to go after your dreams.

Motivational thinking does not happen overnight, but it can be learned with enough determination and hunger. The problem for most people is that they don’t do what it takes to accomplish their goals. To achieve meaningful accomplishments in life, you have to think big. You have to put in the effort and be consistent.

Getting what you want out of life usually involves doing things you are not going to want to do. To get into the mindset of thinking motivationally, you have to stretch your mind to overcome uncomfortable situations and challenging goals.


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The magic of motivational thinking requires that do things you aren’t going to want to do, and probably many of them. You’re going to be highly uncomfortable circumstances. The point is that you have to grow and learn, stretching your mind and/or body into what you want it to be. While the concept is simple (though unpleasant) to understand, it isn’t easy to do. However, once you are mentally conditioned to think in with a highly motivational mindset, the possibilities for your life are limitless.

The magic of motivational thinking is what helps you do it. Here are a few things to keep in mind to strengthen your capacity for motivational thinking.


How Does Motivational Thinking Work?

Motivation is a kind of energy that helps you focus on getting what you want out of life. It’s likely to be a long road, but when you get what you want, you’ll be more satisfied and happier than you imagined possible.

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The point is that you have to go for it, regardless of what ‘it’ is. You’re going down a path unknown to you, which brings up scary questions, but that doesn’t mean you can’t stay positive, focus on the results you want, and strive for success every day.

 

Your Thoughts Create Reality

Take note of how your mind speaks to itself. Harnessing the magic of motivational thinking involves paying close attention with how your mind speaks to itself. Most people tend to fall into negative communication loops of self-doubt and negative thinking which can inhibit productivity and prevent goals from being achieved.


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vince-lombardi-quoteBreak through this cycle of negative self-talk and harness the magic of motivational thinking by identifying and observing specific triggers that launch you into negative communication with yourself. Substitute negative communication with positive reminders that will motivate you. The smallest shifts in thinking can transform your life when practiced every day.

 

Keep Track of Your Goals

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It’s hard to stay motivated when we don’t hold ourselves accountable for completing our dreams and aspirations. It can be difficult to build a positive momentum of success when we lose sight of our goals. To strengthen our capacity to stay motivated and engaged, we must learn to stay on top of our accomplishments, work tirelessly to complete them, and celebrate our successes.

 

The magic of motivational thinking conditions us to push forward in order to overcome obstacles in our lives. It is an inevitable fact that we are bound to face difficulties that will challenge our spirits, but the magic of motivational thinking reminds us to face each challenge with a positive mental attitude and an organized mind.

 

 

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5 Types of Motivation – What is the Best Motivator for You?

The Best Motivator is The One That Works For You

We are all motivated by a unique force that drives us to achieve and become more than what we already are. Have you ever wondered what the best motivator in the world is? Many people do, and the problem is that there isn’t a perfect answer. Motivation is not one-size-fits-all.

 

As we grow and gain new experiences in life, we find that our motivations change too. The factors that used to fuel us in the past become outdated and we are motivated by different things as new challenges arise in life. Whether it’s money, the desire to make a difference in the world, or personal satisfaction in doing your very best every day, the best motivator is always the one that works for you.

 

What motivates you may be different than what motivates a friend, family member, or stranger. What motivates one person simply might not work well for another. What motivates you for work-related tasks may be different than what motivates you for personal-life tasks. It is important to identify and understand the different types of motivators so that you can recognize how they work and which types of motivators to adopt for your motivational strategy. Read on to learn about the 5 types of motivation and how they work:

 

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Work Motivators

work-motivators-hustleThose who work in a high-stress field (which can almost include any job now) need to stay motivated to continue doing what they do. For many, it’s the fact that they want enough money to pay bills and live comfortably. That’s a huge motivator for many people. Others may be coming out of a traumatic event, such as a spouse passing away or divorce. You may be worried about your financial future, so you focus on doing the best job you can and enjoying as much of your job as possible.

Other motivational options for work-related tasks include getting recognition, earning bonuses, getting respect from others, or moving up the corporate ladder. Depending on your personality, drive, and needs, any or all of these can motivate you to do your job well.


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Personal Life Motivators

Personal life is much different than work and what motivates you in that aspect is different. You don’t earn money for being in a relationship, but you can factor in that your job provides stability and flexibility to do what you love.

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Motivation can come from many sources here, but most people rely on others for motivation. They know that their parents and family members are always there for them to cheer them on, they have spouses who rely on them for security, both emotionally, financially, and much more.

 

There are other personal life motivators like being a good friend, being an excellent spouse, significant other, or finding time to enjoy a relaxing moment for yourself.


Achievement Motivators

success-achievement-motivatorsMany people are driven to achieve specific goals in their lives. This type of motivator works best for people who are sustained by process of achieving tasks and marking things off their to-do lists instead of the actual reward. For example, marathon runners might run for the joy of training every day for a marathon instead of actually finishing the race. People who are motivated by achievement are self-motivated. They live for accomplishment and overcoming challenging tasks.


Social Motivators

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As social creatures we need to feel a sense of belonging and community. People who are driven by social motivators seek deep connections and the presence of groups to motivate themselves.

 

 

This type of motivator works well for those of us who are nourished by interactions with family, friends, or a specific club where we can be with others who share the same interests. Finding genuine people who accept us for the things we love makes us feel less lonely and supported in our endeavors.


Learning Motivators

motivated-by-learningMastering new subjects and learning skills that make us into better people is one of the most enriching aspects of life. People who are motivated to learn are similar to achievement motivators except that they are motivated to absorbing new information and improving their skill-sets. Learning motivators are one of the best types of motivation because people who love learning understand that knowledge brings power.

 

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How To Be a Better Motivational Leader

What Do You Need To Be a Better Motivational Leader?


You don’t have to speak to thousands of people to be a better motivational leader. Great leaders are everywhere; from our friends, teachers, managers or supervisors, motivational leaders inspire us to be the best version of ourselves. Everyone, regardless of their background has what it takes to inspire, influence, and empower those around them.

 

An individual does not have to go through extreme experiences such as war, tragedy, or poverty to be an inspirational motivational leader. There is no universal model for what makes a better motivational leader, but there are specific characteristics, attributes and qualities that matter if you want to be a better motivational leader. Motivational leaders come in all shapes, sizes, and varieties. To be a better motivational leader means upholding a certain standard for yourself and for those around you. Read on to learn about what attributes and characteristics make up better motivational leaders.

 

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Motivational Leaders Teach Others

 

motivational-leaders-teachYou may not have a lot of background in your career field or have gone through trying times, but understand that each one of us knows something the other person doesn’t. To be a better motivational leader to others, you must learn your own personal perspective on the way you see the world. Understanding yourself means learning your strengths and your weaknesses. Learn how to distinguish your strengths so that you can teach others to find and capitalize on their own unique qualities.

 

 

Motivational Leaders Give Their Time to Help Others

 

motivational-leaders-give-timeWhether you devote more time to showing employees how to behave, what to do or prefer to volunteer your time and money, you can always help others. If you regularly do community service work for the good of the city, you might consider talking to others to communicate the benefits of giving time to helping those in need.

 

Motivational Leaders Are Passionate About What They Do

 

motivational-leaders-passionComplaining about the difficulties of projects, frustrations over management, or agitating clients is not going to inspire others to perform at their best and will most likely detract them from you. It certainly won’t inspire others to be more passionate about they do. People want to see their leaders take on challenges and obstacles with confidence and poise. To be a better motivational leader means showing others that you are passionate about whatever it is you do. Whatever you are, be a good one.

 

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Motivational Leaders are Conscientious

 

conscientious-motivational-leadersIt’s increasingly easy to let non-essential or not as essential things take priority in your life, especially when you’re climbing the ladder of success at work. However, managers often neglect team-member meetings to meet with CEOs and other important big-wigs. The problem is that the team member you’re neglecting may need your help to improve their work ethic or skills. Letting them slide could mean that you let the entire company down. Make time for employees that you manage because it shows that you value them. Don’t neglect other duties; fit them into the equation. Keep scheduled appointments and commitments to your team and make their success your priority.

 

Motivational Leaders Don’t Ignore Problems

 

motivational-leaders-solve-problemsThe best motivational leaders hold themselves to a higher standard and expect no less from others. There will always be managers and supervisors who will often let unmotivated employees or low-quality work slide. This is extremely detrimental to the performance and culture of the team. To be a better motivational leader, you must find the confidence to address issues with your team and make an effort to explain solutions or work with people to find a solution to the problems they face.

 

 

Becoming a better motivational leader can seem like a daunting task, but for some it may be as simple as committing to becoming the best version of yourself. Leaders inspire us because there are committed to the success of the team and others. They work tirelessly to guide, coach, inspire, and empower others to meet goals and objectives.

 

 

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Is Your Motivational Glass Half Empty or Half Full? How Your Mindset Affects Your Reality

Adopting a Positive Mindset

You’ve probably heard of this common expression before. While the half-empty, half-full comparison is usually focused on your mindset, the way your mind thinks about it can be highly motivational, as well. A big part of what we get done in our lives has a lot to do with how we frame our attitudes.

For example, if you tend to be a pessimist, you probably think of all the negative things that can happen instead of what could go right. You may procrastinate on your tasks because you think it won’t amount to much. This kind of thinking is detrimental to productivity because it can prevent you from starting new projects before they even get off the ground.

On the flip side, if you always think of the glass as being half-full, you’re an optimist. Optimists start off on the right foot because the simple act of believing in yourself to make positive changes is a great positive mindset to adopt, even if you aren’t quite sure where to start. Changing your mindset can have a profound impact on whether your motivational glass is half empty or half full. Keep the following 4 concepts in mind when thinking about your mindset and how it can affect your reality:

 

Power and Confidence

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Most people lack the confidence to try new things, and all the motivation in the world (such as from peers or family members) may not be enough to initially to take that jump. Whether you’re focused on a new career, starting a family, or being the top salesperson, you have to be confident in your own abilities to succeed. Believing in yourself goes a long way in all aspects of life. Building a sense of confidence in your capabilities, trying new things, and accomplishing tasks will help you feel powerful.

 

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Don’t Sell Yourself Short

Believe that what you say has merit, what you think is right,fine-piece-of-china and what you want is possible. Of course, you’re not always going to be right and should also show humility when necessary, but don’t let self-doubt stop and the fear of failure stop you from standing up for what you believe is right.


Motivation as a Success Factor

self-esteem-thomas-carlyle-quoteHowever, once you do build up your sense of self-confidence and believe that you can achieve your goals, motivation is an essential success factor. It takes time to create a plan that will work for you. Having a clear plan will not only motivate you to get things done, but it can also help you to get the ball rolling smoothly on your goals.


Fake it Until You Make It

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While you shouldn’t take on responsibilities or roles you’re not qualified to do, but the right mindset can help you to take care of challenging tasks. Pushing through discomfort or as the old saying goes, “faking it, until you make it,” can help you get through the discord until you notice minute changes that will, over time, build into accomplishments.

 

 

 

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