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Techniques to Improve Your Self-Motivation

Stephen Haunts, Trainer, Public Speaker, Author

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16 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Types of Motivation

    • 3. Let's Get Motivated

    • 4. Goal Setting

    • 5. Eliminate Distractions

    • 6. Be Enthusiastic

    • 7. Remember the Reason

    • 8. Learn it, Live it, Love it

    • 9. Listening to Music

    • 10. Watching Movies

    • 11. Motivational Quotes

    • 12. Vision Boards

    • 13. Blogs

    • 14. The Commitment

    • 15. The Locus of Control

    • 16. Closing Thoughts

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About This Class

Without self-motivation, you will not be able to succeed at anything in your home or professional life. It is self-motivation that gets you out of bed in the morning and gets you into work. Everyone, at different points in their life, will go through a dip in their motivation where it feels like a considerable challenge to even perform the most basic tasks.

In this course, we will look at some techniques to help you increase your motivation levels so that you can succeed in your personal and professional life. We will also explore something called the Locus of Control that teaches you to only worry about things that are within your control.

If you are feeling unmotivated, let me help you with this course, Techniques to Improve your Self-Motivation. Together we can get you back to performing and succeeding.


1. Introduction: Hi, My name is Steven Haunts. I'm a freelance trainer, leader, public speaker, writer and software developer. In this course, I want to talk about the subject to self motivation. Difficulties will face for our lives and maintaining our motivation for our work hurt my career over the last 25 plus years, how Germany been very motivated. But if the stresses and struggles of modern life have plenty of times, where I've struggled for motivation like a motivation, is something most people have experienced at some point in their lives. We can often jump into action if we are prompted by someone else. When it comes to self motivation, we must be both the motivator and the motive. 80. It isn't always easy as we can be. Praise, procrastination and, let's face it, laziness. It's so much easier to ask someone else or convince ourselves it's not worth the effort to perform a specific task or go to a particular place. We can also become very good at coming up with excuses. I should write a book by that. Anyone will read it. Let's become a teacher. But going back to college No way. My boss wants me to represent them at the awards ceremony tonight by probably sail. Do something stupid. I'm too tired to go to the gym today. Maybe tomorrow. De motivators are continually looking for an excuse to avoid doing what they need to do to succeed, to reach their goals or simply to do something or go somewhere. As shown in these examples, they can be varying reasons for a lack of motivation. Rivers, a headache or other physical ailments, a lack of self confidence or lack of desire. You probably guilty of at least one instance of the motivation we'll have. And that's why I have written this course. We're explores and tips and techniques that I hope you get up and go do the unthinkable and conquer the world. Okay, so maybe we can conquer the world. We can conquer your world. So let's get started 2. Types of Motivation: there are two types of motivation, intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic is when internal desires motivate people, they have goals and they pursue them. I have to in a dry to succeed. Extrinsic motivation comes from an external source, such as your boss telling me that you need to be more productive. These two types of motivation could be broken down into sub categories. They include fear, achievement, competence, power, attitude and incentive. Of course, self motivation is easily achieved when we face something or someone. If we fear that our boss will fire us and if we want and need job, self motivation will kick in and we'll perform better. If we come face to face with the bearing campaign, we won't need a push from anyone to take protective measures. Incentives are motivated so many people that your programs take action for a reward. Power motivates us to take risks and achievement. Promise us to do the best we can. Competence and attitude, also driving factors to do better and improve our lives. The purpose of this course is to focus on self motivation so that we can improve our lives at home and at work. It's important to recognize the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation as they can cross over at times. From the rest of this course, we're going to explore some techniques to help keep yourself motivated. 3. Let's Get Motivated: you decided that you need something to kick you into action. I need to be self motivated and you no longer wants procrastinates. Today is the day, the way she begin. First, you want to determine what in your personal or work life needs motivation. You might know the answer to this. We might need to do a little self evaluation. Whichever applies to you is time to stop thinking and start doing. We'll begin by examining and techniques that will have you on your way. Let's get started with our first technique. 4. Goal Setting: the first thing you can do to get yourself in the group is to set goals. Large or small. Guns will help you get. Move him. Give yourself one go or you can break it down into sub goals. No matter which you choose, be sure to give yourself a time frame to ensure that you can stay on task. Plus, you need to finish the important proposal for work, and your boss needs it within a week. You haven't had the motivation to do the research, let alone about the 30 page proposal. Only Dfb's project your work. But your spouse has also been baking you to help close down the pool for the end of summer . You know you need to do these things but work. You're busy with data, daily responsibilities and at home. You're too tired to think about the pool or the proposal. When the weekend comes along. You want some me time, and it's also the only time you have to mow the lawn, play with the kids and I some quality time of your partner. There's so much to do in so little time. Instead of living in a constant state of fluster on having six things to do when only accomplishing one both setting can organize your life, provide you with self motivation. You'll need to get stuff done. You should start by listing all of the things that you need to do. Yes, I swear you guys right to do list was short and long term goals. Prioritize your goals and keep them realistic so that you can have dear to them. Taking the example of writing that important proposal you commit to right and so many pages each day by dividing the word count by the number of days you still have until deadline, you need to find a time each day when you can work without any distractions. Pencil in your other commitments and also make times get that poor close down. Also, pencil in time for the other commitments that you need to do in your to do list. You might want to add that to a weekend schedules, and you don't get thrown off of your work schedule or return home from way too tired to take on another large task. Be sure to keep your list of in reason you don't want to ever show you and defeat the purpose. Keep in mind it to be self motivating. You also need to be realistic with your goals. Just make sure your motivation went tone. It's a D. Motivation is easy to set goals, and sticking to them could be another story. The more realistic your goals, the more likely you are to succeed. 5. Eliminate Distractions: you might find that you're motivated to hit the pavement running, but the kids need to write to football practice, and you forgot. You promised to mow the neighbor's lawn when they're away and your phone is ringing nonstop . You need to remember other commitments when setting goals. I mean, you do have options. You to work on a project. Be sure you eliminate anything that could distract you. Turn off your phone ring or put it on vibrate in case you do get an emergency call, I reckon in every, but you want to have kids or co workers disruption you. If you like silence, find a place where there's no noise. If you prefer to work around the presence of others, why not head to your local coffee shop or work there? If you were quite on a sandy beach, do so or if you choose to work, be sure your constable when you're in a place where you can do your best work. If you find you're becoming distracted, you'll be more likely to abandon what you are doing and use that distraction is an excuse. You need to ensure that your time commitment is mad and That means if friends call and ask you to play tennis or golf or go to a movie, you are prepared to say no. This is another reason why it's why it's a turn off your phone or silence it. And that means don't check it every 10 minutes. Learn to live without you two. Your task is completed or a time commitment has expired. Do your best to eliminate as many distractions as possible, and you have a better chance of accomplishing your goals. 6. Be Enthusiastic: Okay, so, Mr Lee, it might be hard to find the enthusiasm to do yard work. It's about as exciting as changing the kitty letter. Whichever you do, you're scooping over its leaves or pet evacuation. You're probably thinking how much must be infused about such a dirty, boring job. There's a two about answers to this question. Think positive. That's right. A positive attitude and motivation go hand in hand that to Love has taken a leisurely stroll along the white sandy beach with the hot sun meshing of the core breeze. Choisir, perhaps, is not that romantic, but you can make it much more satisfying if you take on the task of a positive attitude. Think of it this way. These shores need to be done. Winter will come and the poor be ruined if it's filled with snow and ice, not to mention the greater task ahead when you open it for the following summer. If you don't close it properly in the four, I'm not turned into the litter box. Relieve. You have one or more angry felines that will likely take it out on your new carpet. Whatever you undertake, a positive attitude makes it go faster and smoother. You know you can't do the task at hand. It's only a matter of self motivation where you can be enthusiastic about difficult or humdrum task. To keep your mind focused on the satisfaction of being finished, who have the feeling of relief and accomplishments, you'll be able to sit back and say I did it. You also want to treat yourself to something special that you enjoy and don't have very often be or in cheerleader and start trumping away your goals list. You can do it. 7. Remember the Reason: as described earlier, You must remember the reason you need to do something. You know, if you don't finish a work project by a deadline, you could jeopardize your job. You know, if you don't close the pool for the winter than as a high probability can be really in all that, you have to do with the labor to do it. When you re open it in the summer, there always be a reason to do something on a reason to look forward to the end results. You change a flat tire so you can safely drive without causing more damage to your vehicle . You put out a bonfire so a spark doesn't cause a large, uncontrollable fire. You go to work on time each day, so you're not fired. You eat so you don't die. If everything Comey day, there's a reason the reason should provide you the self motivation to complete even the most mundane tasks. If it helps you when writing about your to do list, state the reason you need to complete the task in game motivation from the reminder of the reason 8. Learn it, Live it, Love it: you walked into work one day expecting the ordinary grit and grind. But before you could grab your first cup of coffee, your bosses at your debt giving you a new directive. Suddenly you find yourself upstream on a river without a paddle. There's no co workers. You could throw you a life vest somewhere deep inside. He's find the motivation to succeed. There's no one to help you, and your Simon you're given is in uncharted territory. You don't dare question your boss because you obviously had the faith in you to get the job done. The problem is, you don't have to faith in yourself. It's a large undertaking, and you know you have a lot to learn. You don't want to invest the time because your boss never presented. You have an incentive, not even encouragement. How can you motivate yourselves? Get the job done. Where's free answers? Learn. It's live it, love it. You need to go into the project of a positive go get em attitude. Stay positive and stay focused. Learn what the project is about. Do the research taken interest and make your commitments. Let the project become your life at work as time allows. If your boss is a lot to do three hours each day, take it in news. A few minutes we sometimes feel, is if we can't keep up or catch up with the projects at a Jew. Therefore, you need to take the initiative to start immediately. Don't wait. Don't procrastinate, This is saying, says, Just do it. The more you ponder in Hammond Hall, the more behind you become and the more you wish you had more time. That's why you need to learn it, live it and love it. You might be surprised at how rewarding the project is when it's completed. You can hand it to your boss. We've pride on a feeling of accomplishment on. Unless your boss is a complete jerk, you'll be recognized and possibly rewarded for a job well done. 9. Listening to Music: music is a great motivator, and it's something that takes little efforts. Simply turned on your favorite chains and listen. You probably seen joggers and manners of earbuds and you know they're listening to music. Stay motivated their scientific studies to back the effect that music can have on our brains. The time used to study the function of the brain in music process in is called Nero musicology. The research has shown that music and increased productivity and happiness it can induce creativity and increase efficiency. Let's take a look at what some of these studies concluded. Those doing repetitive tasks work more efficiently when those background music that's from applied ergonomics in 1972 surgeons more accurate and efficient when they operate with background music, the researchers suggest that surgeons who worked with music playing perform better than those who operate. You know music. This is from the Journal of the American Medical Association. In 1994 a study conducted to correlate number, identification and classical or rock music concluded that participants were able to identify numbers faster with more accuracy while listening to music. This is the neuro Science and Behavior physiology study in 1999. For software developers, music is proven Zaidan, positive moods, better quality of work and improved efficiency. This is from the Journal of Psychology of Music in 2005. As we can conclude from these studies, music certainly is deserving of the title is a motivator. Think about how many places you have been when there's been music playing in the background . Does your dentist use it to relax you? It's soft music being piped into your doctor's office. Do you listen to the radio when you drive him? Do you rock the chains when you're shopping for miles? There's a reason our life surrounded by music. It relaxes this. These dresses us. I'm motivators. Jeez, music is your motivation. Be sure it's music you like. Not random radio play on that. You keep the decibel level within reason. You know, once probably music so loud that it distracts you. He wanted to be just loud enough to be motivational. If you're classical music kind of person or you prefer rock music for in some earbuds, or surround your age with headphones and get to work, you might want to avoid music that's depressing with lyrics about breakups and death. You want music, Little pump you up, get you motivated Artists, fitness gurus, teachers and many others and all walks of life use music as a motivational tool, and you can, too. Sometimes we forget to turn on and tune in when we're working or working out. It's something so simple that could give us so much rewarding results. Give it a try in the next time you're looking for some self motivation. 10. Watching Movies: watching movies can also be a great means of self motivation. Who doesn't feel motivated? Been watching the final scene of Dead Poets Society? This is a movie that makes anyone ready to conquer the world there, to stand up for oneself and accept challenges and overcome obstacles. Who hasn't been inspired by Atticus Finch on Mr Holland's Opus is a movie that many can resonate so when it comes to finding inspiration and desire, Lucky, of course, has inspired many not only the movie but also the soundtrack who hasn't been inspired to see the greatest showman. The soundtrack alone is perfect. If you need some motivation, perhaps you find cartoons, motivators, president humor. Laughter is the best medicine. It can be very motivational. The more upbeat we are, more likely will be to tackle even the toughest projects head on. 11. Motivational Quotes: the Internet is saturated with motivational quos. We see them everywhere on wooden signs and in picture frames. They hang on office walls and in school halls. Some folk even have him on their phones to screen savers, and others received daily motivational quos. Visual motivation has been proven to work. Here's a selection of quakes for your visual stimulation. A successful man is one who can lay a phone foundation with the bricks of us have thrown at him. By David Brinkley. Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm by Winston Churchill . Opportunities don't happen. You create them. Chris Grocer. Try not to become a person of success, but rather tried to become a person of value. Albert Einstein. Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds Discuss people by Eleanor Roosevelt I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. Thomas A. Edison Motivational quotes and sayings work for many people, and that's why there's a large demand for posters, wooden plaques and refrigerator magnets. Hallmark cards enough, for example, popular motivational sayings. When I say everyone has given over safe the hallmark out. If you clean inspiration from quos. Then by all means, surround yourself with them. Hang them on your walls, at home and in the office. 12. Vision Boards: we talked earlier about making it to do list, and it's similar to a vision board, however, a vision body saying larger, more visible. And they think you want to look at least twice a day for self motivation. Who wants a list to go on inspirational, quiet or by If you can add a graphic if you like, as well or you need is a dry erase board in some markers and in a razor, you can change your board daily, weekly, monthly or never. It's up to you. What's important is that is, in your pathway more than once a day. If you want to purchase and boards and markers. Don't some websites that provide software to make Elektronik vision boards? Do you remember the days of passbook bank him? We need want to say for a car, you take a picture of the car, you want it to the front cover of the book, and it will stop me from making unnecessary withdrawals. Consider your vision board or something like this. Your board will help you keep on track and keep me from taking a detour from your goal. Her vision board might not inspire you to change the kitty litter box, but it can inspire you to complete a larger work project 13. Blogs: there were those. You can find inspiration by reading their favorite blog's. If you're looking for motivational bloke, you need look no further than Google. A social return, a pleasure of blocks that serves to motivate you to do almost anything. Whether you're looking for a block that will provide you with home work, play religious or exercise motivation, you need look no further than a search engine. You can do a generic search for motivational blog's, or you can search for sub categories, such as motivational blocks for students or motivational blocks for professionals. If at the time to read an inspirational blood and you find it helpful, power means but Michael Favorite and indulge yourself. You may find you want to write a motivational block, and that would surely help you if you're self motivation. But you'll need motivation to keep on block him. You'll have readers who will depend on you and look for new content. You have to time to devote to blogging. Start one. Today there are plenty of people looking for inspirational blog's. There's always room for more you don't need to block every day. You might want to add new content every week or so to keep things fresh and keep the interest of your audience 14. The Commitment: We have covered a lot of ground in his course, but we haven't talked about commitments. You see, you can have all the audio and visual aids in the world for self motivation, but it won't mean anything unless you're committed. Self preservation won't work without commitment to yourself. It's a folio goals. Grab your inspiration and spark your desire. Commitment will keep you going when your motivation takes a dip. Even if you employ every suggestion thus far without commitment, you'll accomplish little. Sure, you might start out strong, but you can easily run out of steam and stirring it. Your inspirational quotes will do nothing to get you back on track. Let's remember that even the most successful people fell, of course, a time or two. Her failure can be one of life's greatest motivators if you commit to remaining positive if you commit to achieving your goals, if you commit to staying on the path, then you can fully commit self motivation. Be accountable to yourself and you'll be better equipped to be accountable to others. Celebrate small victories and aspire to reach your ultimate goal. Commits a good hobbies. Commit to commitments are commitments of writing a block is great for self motivation. You can inspire others whilst inspiring yourself. It's a win win for you and for your Prague readers. Anything stopping you is you to take your vow now to commit to self motivation. You can do it, and once you do, you'll be happy that you did. 15. The Locus of Control: motivation is not an easy topic for most people. In this day and age, procrastination runs rampant on the streets of society. We are raised to believe that the most natural path is the one that we should take on it. We should use whatever means necessary to get the job done. The quickest, however, what happened to the right way of doing things? What happens myself? Motivation. It's also easy to get caught up in the fast paced lifestyle that we live today. I just don't forget to ask ourselves my straightforward questions while we here what we do with our lives. Are we enjoying the path that were coming young until guide you to those answers. But to do so, I need you to tap into What is known is your locus of control. Your locus of control is merely to find us the capacity to which you believe you have complete control and power over what happens in your life. In layman's terms, do you think that you have much, if any, effect on what happens in your life? Julia Motto is a psychologist who first came up in its home as you believed that a person's locus of control varied by the individual as what's, ah, hypothesizing his fairy. The locus of control could occur on even externals factory on internal one. Each person will fall somewhere on that spectrum depended on where you find yourself on the spectrum for the locus of control your behavior story external environment will differ. So what is the big difference when you fall on the strongest side of your external locus of control? You're more likely to believe that all of your achievements and abilities are beyond your control. They have been granted to you by chance or luck. For example, if you did a particularly great job at work and you receive praise, you might think that it is merely your boss being nice to you more based on the work that others have done to support you. However, if your locus of control was centered internally, then you believe that your failures and your successes are done by your own hand, you will push yourself hard. It's my accomplishments in life. So if you're appraised at work for something, he submitted your believed that it was by your own diligent work that you were in that praise Here's the good news. No matter where you fall on this spectrum, you can still switch between external and internal locus of control. You control the way that you perceive the world, and you have control over that. If you all do, you know your way. You predominantly lie on the spectrum. Great. If not, Julia motto has devised a scale that you contest your cell phone. The scale is called waters. I e. Scowl. When you're interacting with other people, you want to make sure that you're exercising the best locus of control for the situation, while the strong internal locus of control is beneficial to your work ethic. And this is where the motivation comes in, using your external locus of control office, you some great benefits as well. While searching for the balance between your internal and external locus of control could be tricky, I have a few tips and tricks that might make it easier for you when you're navigating this path, take a moment and remind yourself about some key factors when you are struggling with your locus of control. Feeling like you're losing power of your life is never a great thing, so tell yourself that you have to right to feel the way you are feeling, and also you have the right to remove or change the situation in your life. They're going to be hundreds of different factors that you'll not be able to control. This is a true statement, one that you need to begin except him. This is where you can start to practice balance in your external and internal locus of control for external locus of control. Help you recognize that there are some things you cannot control in life, and your internal locus of control will help you hone in on the items that you can control and impacts change with. Let's go back to our weapons. Example. You cannot control what other people do. This is beyond your realm of control. Otherwise, nobody would have any free will. So if you're working on a great project and someone else's slacking, you need to accept that you cannot change what you can change his reliance on you. You need to shift into our internal locus of control. Motivate yourself to make your part of the work shine on, do the best to your own ability on the job you can be frustrating having to work with and do of other people. Particularly in your work, is reliance on the at times if the group environment is laissez faire and you too, can get sucked into that attitude if you focus too much on your external locus of control. However, if you just begin to remind yourself, you have to power of your actions, your attitude and your outputs, then you're for your motivation rev into gear and propel you towards completing the task that you're supposed to have done. You don't know what your destiny is or what the world has in store for you, but what you can control is your everyday outputs and how those outputs translates into the realization of your big goals. Think about this concept for just one moment. What motivates you? What drives you towards the goals that you had initially set for yourself? Did you always believe you had no control over anything that you did? Life is certainly not pretty destined for us From the moment we are born. Your attitudes and actions influenced not only how you are treated but what kinds of results you get from your work I'm not simply talking about the work that you do in your professional environment, but also in your home life, too. Maybe your motivation is to provide a better life for your family. This is saying you have control over. You can't control what the people around you do or the phases of the moon. But you can control what actions you take and how those that will affect your family's lifestyle. In a world where procrastination is at the forefront of almost every movie that is marked it our generation and plastered all over social media, how do you define yourself? Motivation is described as the reason for acting a certain way or striving towards certain goals. I place emphasis on the racing because that is one of the first questions I prompted you with while you here. What you doing of your life? It's a difficult question to answer. You can often find yourself motivation through them. You don't need the world to tell you where to go, who to be or how to act. You need to be guided by your own strong sense of purpose, and that is why having a balance between your internal and external locus of control is so important balances the arts by which is life hangs on. If you struggle to understand the ways you control your locus of control, take a seat and write out a list. You need to focus on what you believe guides your life when you fail a task. Who is to blame? Are you 14 chance? Are you taking responsibility for where you fell short? While you're external locus of control provides you balance. Say that you did not feel you need to control every aspect of your life and this is impossible to do. Your internal locus of control gives you the drive and dedication that you require to exceed in this life when you felt particularly hard test, it is easy to give up on blame. The test for the difficulty level, however many push yourself to the better, even if it is by 1%. That is, you using your internal locus of control to motivate you into positive directions when you accept that there are things that you'll never change but understand that your actions always within your realm of control, then you always have the motivation right at your fingertips. you will be able to change when Monday comes around. But you can't change your attitude to waking up on that Monday. Do you see where I'm going with this? It's important to exercise your locus of control properly because it influences the way that you handle that life has to throw at you. This includes the hard days, stresses on the good days. Do not let the idea of destiny control your life, but rather your own hands. Attitude controls where you can go and how you do it. 16. Closing Thoughts: self motivation is a broad topic in this course was packed with helpful tips and techniques . Start you on your way to self motivation and keep you there. You might want to try one suggestion or several. You won't steal expensive you to achieve your goals. If you're already self motivated, you can use this course. Helps drown in minutes. There's always room for improvement. There are always new things to learn. It's not always possible to stay motivated. Life's can get in the way. In my experience, personal difficulties that slow us down, health, family issues or work issues, they can all have an impact on our motivational efforts. It's important to you that we don't confuse self motivation of drawing inspiration from others. Just because someone motivates us, it doesn't mean we are self motivated. You might work with a colleague who's perpetually upbeat and accomplishes all they set out to do. You can be inspired by their motivation and draw from it. That person isn't consciously motivating you, and they aren't pushing me to do anything. They are simply providing. You were self motivation. Remember, Everything we do takes motivation. It's a motivation to research and write this course, it takes motivations. Get out of bed when the alarm sounds. It takes motivation to get to work on time each day, and it takes motivation to motivate ourselves to do the task that need to be done. Hopefully, ive lance and tips and techniques to help you are self motivation goals. However, this course inspired you to change litter box, go to the pool or finish a lot Work projects. You've begun your motivational journey. Stay on course and meet your goals. You have been watching techniques to improve yourself. Motivation By May Stephen Horns.