It’s that time of year again. Semesters are winding down and work is piling up, business deals are racing to close, and the year end is around the corner. Staying motivated can be a challenge, but we’ve got the solution.
Motivation is the reason for your effort (or lack thereof) to achieve a goal. It determines the intensity with which you go after your objectives. Motivation influences:
Effort and persistence
Recovery from mistakes
Motivation exists along a continuum from intrinsic (internal) motivation to extrinsic (external) motivation. This means that behavior is driven by internal or external rewards, or some combination.
If you are intrinsically motivated, you are motivated to:
Improve your own skills, speed, strength, and so on
Learn new skills and techniques
Enjoy the challenge of your sport or activity
If you are extrinsically motivated, you are motivated to:
A combination of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation is best. Intrinsic motivation is within your control, so no matter the outcome of a competition, you can still foster your drive. Extrinsic motivation adds value because it helps you dream big and fuel your hunger to compete and be the best.
How do you discover what motivates you? And how do you maintain it?
Think about what motivates you. Maybe you think about winning or being the best, and maybe you think about setting a new personal record or learning a new skill (or all of the above!). There are different kinds of motivation, and one size does not fit all. You want to find what works for you. To do this, follow these steps.
Step 1. Identify your purpose. Answer this question:
I do what I do because…
(Tip: Be specific. Think about and write down how competing (or whatever you do) challenges you, how it rewards you, and how it makes you feel.)
Step 2. Identify your motivators. Answer these questions:
I am motivated to…
I am motivated by…
Step 3. Put it together. Write it down in one place.
Write: My goal is to…
Write: I am motivated to get this done by (fill in your top motivators)
Read your purpose and condense it into one statement: Your Purpose Statement.
Conclude with your Purpose Statement.
Step 4. Revisit this often to keep your motivation on track.
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