“Changing lives and realising dreams”
At IQI, we dream big and aim for peak performance; be it in investment goals or financial aspirations. And in pursuing greatness and achieving our dreams, one must be highly motivated each day.
“Most successful people find ways to stay motivated about their passions. To maximize your growth, you need to set goals, reflect, and push yourself even when you aren’t feeling it. Become grounded in the present moment, find your power, and then you’ll discover the motivation you need to achieve your potential.”
But of course, being highly motivated each day may be a struggle for some, but the real question that we should be asking is; why is it so difficult to feel motivated each day?
What is interesting is that, contrary to our beliefs, motivation is elusive and cannot be objectified. It is the process that should be focused on. According to (Jones 2016), “motivation is not an object that can be attained; it is the emergent property of being fully engaged with your passion”.
What Jones is referring to is that, when you are consumed with the process rather than the outcome, time flies and you end up achieving your goal. So, if you need a pick-up, here are some ways to get you motivated each day!
- Be present
We often lack motivation because we’re either ruminating about the past or obsessing about the future. The more that you tune inwards, the easier it’ll be to feel grounded and secure in the present moment, which is where motivation lives.
- Develop presence
Presence is the feeling of being in the here-and-now. It involves the thoughtless awareness of the present moment and consumed with the present moment and that nothing else matters.
- Discover your power
Power is strength and confidence in your competence. This involves feeling confident in knowing who you are, what you offer, and what you want. Developing power takes time and practice. It’s both an energetic presence and a lot of self-awareness. This isn’t a false front of confidence–it’s a deep security radiating from self-trust. Power means that you make the best decisions for yourself and those around you while striving for love, happiness, and satisfaction.
- Set goals
If you want to live in a state of motivation, you need to understand how each moment leads to the next in terms of your long-term goals. When you learn to perceive each activity as an opportunity to work towards your potential, it provides the fuel you need to power through tough days.
- Think big
Imagine your long-term goal in as much detail as possible. Write down all of these ideas on a sheet of paper in details. It’s important to be able to refresh your motivation by looking at these ideas.
- Think small
Once larger goals are explored, it’s time to work backwards. What steps do you need to take prior to your dreams being realized? List out in details all of the steps that you need to take. These smaller goals should be broken down into years, months, and weeks.
- Think daily
The final step is to take your annual, monthly, and weekly goals and break down your day-to-day tasks. Breaking large ideas into small components help to maintain the focus on the present while investing in the future.
Check in with yourself at the end of each day, each week, each month, and each year. It improves your self-awareness and stay on track. The ultimate motivator is realizing how much you accomplished.
- Monitor progress
Pay attention to your progress in achieving your short term goals. As your short-term goals tie into your long-term goals, you will know that you’re headed to the right direction. Check off the small things and acknowledge your growth. It’s important to give yourself recognition for your efforts.
- Celebrate success
Celebrate small milestones, it helps keep you motivated. Positive reinforcement is a powerful way to transform your mind into focusing on the opportunities. This lens of realistic optimism will lead you towards taking risks that are slightly outside your comfort zone, but always within your reach.
- Push yourself
There’s no substitute for hard work. The replacement for motivation is willpower, structure, and consistent effort. If you want greatness, then you need to pay the price:
- When you’re motivated.
While you feel motivated, push yourself the extra mile rather than turning in early. Stretching your capabilities will come in handy when you’re running on empty.
- Especially when you’re unmotivated
On the days when you have no motivation, force yourself to do what’s necessary to maintain productivity. While you won’t be able to match the days when you feel motivated, sometimes you’ll rekindle your passion by engaging in the process. When you up the intensity when you aren’t feeling it, sometimes you trick yourself into feeling motivated.