Motivation is a reason that we engage in certain behaviors, often times to achieve a goal or complete a specific task. Our motivation is also something that we have to lean on when we are actively working towards a goal, such as improving health habits, working towards a degree or new professional certification, or even with self-improvement. However, motivation can ebb and flow. It is normal to be highly motivated one moment followed by struggling the next moment. By practicing motivation daily, it can help to strengthen productivity and success towards achieving goals. Below are 3 easy ways to enhance your motivation to a better you.
- Set SMART goals. SMART goals are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely. A SMART goal increases your chance of success by building confidence and providing the opportunity to regularly evaluate your progress. When each SMART goal is achieved, it helps to keep you motivated in working towards your overall goal. Read here for more specific information on SMART goals.
- Write your goals down and share them with your support system. Write down your SMART goals in a place you can view every day. When you place your goals in a high visible area, such as the refrigerator or your bathroom mirror, it serves as a visual cue to remind you to stay on track. Further, when you write down your goals you are more likely to achieve them. This article in Forbes written by Mark Murphy, explains the neuroscience behind writing down goals to achieve them. Another idea is to share your goals with your loved ones or workout partner, who can provide you with the support you may need when you feel less motivated.
- Fine tune your daily routine with purpose and responsibility towards your values. First, make a list of your values. Then, link each daily task to your set of values. When you link your tasks to your values you understand the meaningful purpose behind completing each task. By better understanding how tasks link to your values, it will help you to feel empowered to complete it because you will understand how it is meaningful to you. For example, if your values are to live each day with integrity, then every single decision and action you make each day should be one that is honest with strong moral principles. Additionally, begin each day by taking responsibility for your tasks with your best effort in everything you do. When you link your values to your tasks, it can help you to feel inspired towards taking each small step towards achieving your goals.