You watched a motivational video and it got your blood pumping. All your dreams and goals just flashed in front of your eyes. You feel completely ready to achieve it all and dominate the world.
But then an hour or two passes away and so does your motivation. You’re mellowed now. Your energy and excitement have faded and you’re back to the reality – distant from your goals, falling for instant gratifications.
This is the story of so many who consume videos, articles and quotes to get motivated. They do get motivated –but only for a few hours at best. If you’re one of them, here are five ways on how you can make your motivation last longer:
1. Start working out regularly
Working out has to do much more than just with your physical appearance. It also flexes your brain muscles, improving your psychological health.
When you work out, your body releases endorphins. The chemical interacts with the receptors in your brain that, aside from acting as a natural pain killer, also helps you bring a feeling of euphoria, happiness and well-being.
When you’re feeling good, it automatically improves your productivity and keeps your mind in the right framework. This enables you to maintain motivation for a longer period.
So, if you don’t already, start working out every day. You don’t have to exercise like someone who’s preparing for an MMA fight. Moderate work out done daily is more than enough for the beginners. This simple habit can change the rest of your life. Literally!
2. Focus on your physiology
Your physiology affects your psychology.On the other hand, your psychology affects your physiology. It’s a feedback loop.
So, when you’re feeling depressed, you will automatically slouch. And when you’ll slouch, you will automatically feel depressed.
Now, whenever you find yourself feeling low, unproductive, and less motivated –get up, fix your physiology, and even physically jump for a few minutes to get the blood circulation going.
Keep an eye on your posture. See how you’re walking, sitting, and standing. And then make small improvements to your physiology on a daily basis. In a few weeks, you will start noticing positive changes in how you feel and how long your each spell of motivation lasts.
3. Get motivated for the realistic goals
“I want to be the richest person in the world in one year.”
Getting motivated for such goals is difficult. Even if you manage to build up the motivation for that, it would be futile – because even you know that it’s not possible.
Getting motivated for the right reasons is very, very important. So many people fail to build up and maintain the enthusiasm because they are chasing goals that are completely unrealistic,and deep down even they know that too.
So, above all, make sure you’re building your motivation for the right and realistic reasons. If you don’t, you will always end up unenergetic and disappointed.
4. Have a diet that boosts happy-hormones
Endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine are the popular happy-hormones. Their right balance in our body can ensure we’re feeling good, positive and motivated. Sadly, due to poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyle, our bodies lack these chemicals in sufficient level. To fix this, you must adjust your diet.
There is a range of foods that can boost happy-hormones.
Audit your meals and eliminate foods that are high in refined carbs, sugar, and Trans fat. Replace them with foods that are high in omega-3 fats, vitamin D, vitamin B6, vitamin C, protein, zinc and magnesium. Eat more of walnuts, dark chocolate, blueberries, green tea, dark leafy greens, and chickpeas.
Before making any changes to your diet, make sure to consult with your doctor.
The right foods will make a big difference in you psychologically, helping you sustain your motivation for long.
5. Seek perseverance over motivation
You can’t be motivated all the time. It’s a fundamental reality. At times, you would be unproductive, sad, depressed, anxious and fatigued. The key in such situations is to persevere and keep moving forward.
The most successful people in the world, they aren’t always motivated. What they do is persevere. Even if they “don’t feel like doing it”, they still do it. And that’s what you must do.
You need much more than just motivation to close the gap between your reality and your goals. Perseverance is one of the ingredients. Patience is another one. So, don’t over-prioritize motivation. There are many other things that you need just as much to achieve whatever you aspire to achieve.
These are five simple ways of how you can build and maintain your motivation.
If you aren’t someone who’s naturally motivated, it will take some time to get to a point where you’re exuding with positive energy and are highly productive. Persist and keep making positive changes in your lifestyle.
If the result isn’t evident quickly, do not judge yourself. Keep at it. This is the basic of making any fundamental change in life.