Self-Motivation

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Self-motivation is that force within yourself that pushes you to keep moving forward towards achieving your goals.

For some people, self-motivation comes easily. For others, it is more of a challenge. This is partially due to two internal traits: self-assurance and self-efficacy. Self-assured people are not afraid to set challenging goals for themselves and do not become easily deterred when they face setbacks.

People with high self-efficacy believe in their own ability to succeed. This can impact the types of goals (if any) they set for themselves. Read the self-motivation tips below and ask yourself how these might be able to help you achieve personal and professional goals.

SELF-MOTIVATION TIPS 

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THINK POSITIVELY 

The past is the result of your past decisions and attitudes. A brighter future depends on your decisions and attitudes today. Make sure those decisions and attitudes are grounded in a positive perspective.

 
GOALS

SET SMALL, ATTAINABLE GOALS

Do not try to eat an elephant in one bite. Set smaller, attainable goals as stepping stones to achieving your big goal. These small wins will boost your confidence and motivate you to keep pushing forward.

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SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE INFLUENCES

It is hard enough to stay self-motivated on your own. Do not let the negative opinions of others derail your efforts. Instead, surround yourself with family, friends, and co-workers who will provide words of encouragement to help you achieve your goals.

 

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GET RID OF BAD HABITS

Depending on your goals, look at the bad habits that are getting in the way of your progress and hurting your motivation. For example, if daily exercise is your goal, are you procrastinating by lying on the couch and watching too much TV? Or, if your goal is healthy eating, are you still buying junk food at the store?

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AVOID SELF-LIMITING EXCUSES

Do not limit yourself as an excuse not to pursue a goal. For example, reframe thoughts like, “If only I were richer, I could go on that cruise.” Perhaps the funds may not be available right now, but you can still set a savings goal until you save up enough money to make that dream a reality.

 

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PICTURE YOUR BEST SELF

Examine yourself and define what your worst and best selves looks like. Which one do you currently resemble most? Identify the traits of your best self and work on improving in those areas. Again, boosting your self-assurance and self-efficacy can help improve your self-motivation.

 

CLOUDYCHANGE YOUR INNER DIALOGUE

Self-truths can derail self-motivation. If you keep telling yourself that you are not good enough or unworthy, you will believe it. Change your inner voice and start promoting positive self-truths. For example, if you feel you are unlucky, find evidence to the contrary and start telling yourself how lucky you are.

 

Note: These lists are not intended to be all-inclusive.

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