Self motivation is very often the key to success in various areas of life – school, career, fitness, and more. Unfortunately, self motivation can be difficult to understand and even more difficult to implement. Self motivation is defined as the ability to achieve a goal (or desire) without the influence or help from another person. It basically boils down to inspiring yourself and getting the job done!

Although there a motivation courses you can take, the results from them can sometimes be temporary. The true key to self motivation can be likened to bathing – it needs to be done daily!

With a constant daily dose of motivation you can find the inspiration within to maintain the momentum you need to keep moving forward toward your goal until it is finally reached. Motivation enables you to maintain focus on your goal and what needs to be done to get there. Without focus, distraction, procrastination, and even floundering can set in and take root.

Self-motivation allows you to find a way to concentrate your energy in the right direction in order to attain the desired results.  The important first step is to seek and find the method of self-motivation that works for you.  There are various methods to self motivate, including reading, listening to audios, daily practices, movies, and more. Reading your goals each day, uplifting quotes, or positive affirmations is a good start. Listening to uplifting audio recordings or watching inspiring movies can also help keep you fired up.

Many people find themselves inspired by self-motivation, but lack the skill or discipline to implement it. It starts by harnessing your emotions, which means you’ve first got to understand them. Accept that there will be hills and valleys in your life, just like everyone else. Some days you’ll have really god days and feel like you need to be peeled from the ceiling, while other days you may feel like  someone needs to scrape you off the floor. This is life! Self motivators learn to deal with the wide range of emotions that life brings by knowing that after every valley, there is a peak.

When you’re just starting a project or a new exercise plan, self motivation is usually easy to come by. But as the newness wears off, or when you encounter a few setbacks, your energy level may take a dip, doubt may begin to set in, and self motivation may begin to wane. It’s at this point where it is often most difficult to continue and failure is most possible. It’s important to remember that the path to success is rarely a straight shot. You simply have to remind yourself that you’re bound to encounter obstacles along the way, but by using self motivation you can find the will to overcome them and keep pushing forward.

Here are few tips to remember:

Be realistic – you will encounter both highs and lows, so be prepared for them.

Resist negativity – always strive to remain positive despite the challenges you face.

Stay focused on your goal – remember why you set out on this journey in the first place and let it drive you.

Additional Resources:

8 Steps to Continuous Self Motivation

The Self Motivation Quiz