Ten Self Motivation Tips to
Change Your Life Now!
This page is written for those who need immediate help with self motivation. Forget about goal setting (for now) and any other lofty language about self motivation--we'll talk about defining motivation, positive affirmations and specific personal motivation skills on later pages.
If you need immediate
help, try these ten tips for the next ten days and then observe how your
life has changed. Write down the changes in a personal motivation
notebook. Continue with what works and discard what doesn’t. Here are my
10 tips for self motivation:
Ten Tips for Instant Self Motivation
- Your self motivation program starts the night before. Try to get to
bed early. If you are tired or sleepy any parts of the day (even if it’s
from boredom) remember that an hour of sleep before midnight is worth
more than an hour of sleep after midnight. So rearrange your schedule to
go to bed earlier.
- Also the night before, you’re going to plan the next day.
In your personal motivation notebook, write down what you plan to do
tomorrow. With each activity make sure it is framed in a positive way,
i.e. instead of “prepare monthly report” write down “prepare monthly
report—knock my boss’s socks off”. You get the idea. At the end of your
list write down “something great happens that I don’t know about”.
- Just before falling off to sleep, go over the list in
your mind and dwell a few minutes on how good it will feel when you
knock your boss’s socks off and when that “something” great happens.
It’s OK to feel this way—just put any fears or guilt about feeling this
way out of your mind by refusing to give such thoughts energy. Keep
concentrating on how great your list feels. Your self motivation program
is kicking in already.
- At the end of your daily plan, write down any issues or
problems that have been bugging you and causing you to be less than
self-motivated. Go ahead and write them down, it doesn’t matter how big
or complex they seem to be. Now it’s time for sweet dreams. Just before
falling asleep tell yourself that you are going to gain new insight into
the list of issues or problems that you just wrote down.
- Fall asleep to some music that concentrates on the higher
music octaves. This selection of Kojiki is a good choice. This will open up the higher centers of your mind and
prepare your subconscious mind for problem solving.
- The next morning, lie in bed after the alarm goes off for
a few minutes. Read over your daily plan and once again feel how good
it will feel when things go your way. Now get up and get ready for the
day feeling very self-motivated.
- Eat something for breakfast that has a decent amount of
protein in it. If you are a coffee drinker, think about giving it up.
Feeling nervous or jittery will definitely interfere with your self
motivation. Here’s a good tip: Don’t give it up cold turkey, that’s too
hard. Instead, make every other cup you drink a cup of decaf. Pretty
soon you won’t be able to taste (or feel) the difference. You will cut
your caffeine consumption in half immediately. After about a month, you
can start drinking decaf exclusively. If you are a heavy coffee drinker
you’ll find that you will now only want 1-2 cups per day and the detox
process was painless. Eventually you won’t even want the decaf and you
can substitute fruit juice or water.
- On the way to work, put a peppy CD in the slot or use
your iPod on the subway or train. There are some good selections here. You should have music
to start your day that runs the musical scale from low notes to high
notes and that makes you feel good. This is designed to open your energy
centers and help you to think clearly. If you go to lunch later in your
car, play some more of this type of music. Do not listen to the news
or any talk shows on the way to work—the problems of the world are not
yours to solve. Managing your day and being self-motivated is.
- Now you’re on the job and ready to face the day. Suddenly
your phone rings and a huge problem comes up that is unexpected and
nowhere on your daily plan. What to do? Take a minute to jot down the
problem in your personal notebook and do what you did the night before:
i.e. “my best customer didn’t get their shipment on time—and I knocked
my boss’s socks off by solving the problem”. Take a minute to feel how
good it feels to have solved the problem. Now proceed to deal with the
problem--you can do it because you're self-motivated! As you go through
your day and perform each item on your daily plan, check off each item
as they are finished.
- At the end of your day, do the steps outlined in steps
1-5 again, but add something to it. As you make your plan for the next
day, add one more step: feel how great it feels to have ticked off the
items in your daily plan and tell yourself: I’m the best, most qualified
person on earth who could have accomplished this. Now get busy planning
your next day.
Something else to consider: if your environment is cluttered and
unorganized, you are going to find it difficult to follow this plan. If
this is your situation, you need to spend the time it takes to clean
your home, office or other workplace.
I wish the best for you with your self motivation plan. Please
let me know if you follow this program and how it works out for you. I
invite you to send me any comments or questions. You can
contact me here.
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