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!

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.”~Unknown

When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place.”~Unknown

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.”~Unknown

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.”~Gandhi

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 youÂ’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

DonÂ’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.”~Aristotle

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