Motivate Yourself- Motivation Tips and Quotes

I often find it difficult to motivate myself but motivation is important and there are ways that you can motivate yourself to get things done – even things that you would rather not do.  The wonderful thing about motivation is that it is contagious.  If you are motivated, you can motivate others and vice versa.  When you are motivated, your energy levels increase and your attitude improves. There are several ways to keep yourself motivated:

Find Ways to be Passionate Be passionate about what you are doing.  If your goal is one that you set, you should already be passionate about it.  If the goal is set by someone else, like an employer, find ways to be be passionate about the goal.  Focus on the good points, on the things you will learn, the rewards you may receive and the experience you will gain.

Write Down Your Goal Writing your goals is especially helpful in the motivation process.  Establish your goals and write them down along with the steps or objectives you need to complete along the way to meet your goal.

Visualize the End Result See your goal.  Visualize your goal.  Visualization is a proven technique for achieving goals.  Write down your goals and visualize what will happen when you achieve them.  See yourself and environment as they will be once you achieve the goal.  Close your eyes and see yourself doing what you want to do or having what you want to have.  Mind movies or dream boards are especially helpful in this visualization process.

Don’t Procrastinate Set a calendar for your goal and when you will achieve it and the interim objectives.  Stick to the calendar.  If there are unpleasant parts of the project, get them out of the way first and reward yourself for doing so.

Reward Yourself and Others Reward yourself when you reach key objectives toward your goal.  If others are involved reward them too.  Go out to dinner, buy a gift, treat yourself to something you enjoy.  Make the reward commiserate with the objective, if it is a milestone, give yourself a bigger reward than if it is a small step.  Write down the rewards and make sure you give them out.

Involve Others Start a fun competition with someone else or find partners to achieve your goal.  If you are starting a fitness regime, find a fitness buddy.  If you are trying to raise money for a cause, get friends involved to see who can raise the most money.  Find a mentor if your goal is specific to your career or education.

Maintain a Positive Attitude There will be some days that you are simply not motivated.  Keep a positive attitude and remember your long term goal.  Don’t give up.

You can motivate yourself, you have your passions, things that inspire and move you…believe in yourself and your ability to motivate yourself and others.  One of the greatest keys here is your own belief- your own desire to achieve your goals!

Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill
If you can dream it, you can achieve it.
Zig Ziglar
The only way to do great work is to love what you do.
Steve Jobs
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
Henry Ford
Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.
Grandma Moses
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
Beverly Sills
Dream big and dare to fail.
Norman Vaughan
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.
Farrah Grayrogers
I would rather die of passion than of boredom.
Vincent van Gogh
I didn't fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.
Benjamin Franklin
Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.
Jamie Paolinetti
Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
Joshua J. Marine
Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.
Les Brown
If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.
Latin Proverb
If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on.
Sheryl Sandberg
Happiness is not something readymade. It comes from your own actions.
Dalai Lama
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
Lao Tzu
Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see.
Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.
Booker T. Washington
There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.
The best revenge is massive success.
Frank Sinatra
Either you run the day, or the day runs you.
Jim Rohn
Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is.
Vince Lombardi
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Steve Jobs
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
John Lennon
Just know, when you truly want success, you'll never give up on it. No matter how bad the situation may get.
I don't regret the things I've done, I regret the things I didn't do when I had the chance.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.
Denis Waitley
I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It's because of them I'm doing it myself.
Albert Einstein
Don't worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try.
Jack Canfield
Nobody ever wrote down a plan to be broke, fat, lazy, or stupid. Those things are what happen when you don't have a plan.
Larry Winget
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
Carl Bard
I don't regret the things I've done, I regret the things I didn't do.
Lucas ( Rory Cochrane, Empire Records)
Never give up on something that you can't go a day without thinking about.
When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place.
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
Judy Garland
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Henry S. Haskins
Challenge yourself with something you know you could never do, and what you'll find is that you can overcome anything.
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
George Eliot
All our dreams can come true
if we have the courage to pursue them.
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
Alan Kay
If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.
Napoleon Hill
An obstacle is often a stepping stone.
William Prescott
You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.
Winston Churchill
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Lao Tzu
What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Tough times never last, but tough people do.
Dr. Robert Schullerscher
Keep your face to the sunshine and you can never see the shadow.
Helen Keller
The best way out is always through.
Robert Frost
Make each day your masterpiece.
John Wooden
The best dreams happen when you’re awake.
Cherie Gilderbloom
Don't count the days, make the days count.
Muhammad Ali
The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
Jimmy Johnson
You must not only aim right, but draw the bow with all your might.
Henry David Thoreau
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
Will Rogers
Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
Babe Ruth
Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.
Napoleon Hill
A year from now you may wish you had started today.
Karen Lamb
If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
Frederick Douglass
What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.
Tim Ferriss
The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.
Richard Bach
Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions.
Albert Einstein
Do what you love and the money will follow.
Marsha Sinetar
The harder I work, the luckier I get.
Gary Player
Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.
Victor Kiam
The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
Dalai Lamacliff
The dreamers are the saviors of the world.
James Allen
Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.
Russell Warren
Someday is not a day of the week.
Denise Brennan-Nelson
If you can't outplay them, outwork them.
Ben Hogan
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
Billie Jean King
Change your thoughts and you change your world.
Norman Vincent Peale
Action is the foundational key to all success
Pablo Picasso
I will go anywhere as long as it is forward.
David Livingston
If you aren't going all the way, why go at all?
Joe Namath
Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.
Ted Williamsjobs
Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better.
Jim Rohn
The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.
Howard Ruff
Never let your memories be greater than your dreams.
Doug Ivester
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau
There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.
Denis Waitley
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering the attitudes of his mind.
William James
In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on.
Robert Frost
The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress.
Joseph Joubert
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
T.S. Eliot
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
Oscar Wilde
Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose yours.
Paulo Coelho
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
John F. Kennedy
I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.
James Joyce
It's time to start living the life you've imagined.
Henry James
Every man dies. Not every man really lives.
William Wallace
Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Action is the foundational key to all success.
Pablo Picasso
Nothing important was ever achieved without someone taking a chance.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr