Did you know you can cultivate self motivation skills that will make it easier to be productive and keep you highly motivated?
If you’re seeking to increase your motivation, you’ll find two quick and powerful strategies to use.
These simple tips only require five minutes and you can’t afford not to do them.
Why are small wins important?
If you’ve ever played a video game, you know they’re designed to be addicting.
They tap into your desire to keep reaching toward the next level and earning achievements.
Progress bars, prominently displayed, show how close you are to the next level while achievement awards are posted for everyone to see.
Video games provide a sense of progress toward a goal and celebrating wins, to keep you motivated within the game.
To keep your self-motivation high, you must draw upon the same principles video game designers use to keep players addicted to the game – through a series of small wins.
What are these small wins, anyway?
Small wins are tangible, incremental steps that gives you visible results and build a foundation toward a larger goal.
For example, if you’ve started running, your small wins might include running for two minutes, or running for two consecutive days.
Small wins lend a sense of accomplishment. Once you’ve experienced the high of a small win, you’re more likely to chase another one and work harder to make it happen.
It becomes a domino effect in the best way possible. Small wins say, “Hey! I was just successful at that! I can do it again!”
But, while progress means more productivity and commitment, it is only useful in pursuance of the goals you find meaningful.
Action steps for your self motivation skills
1// Figure out the goal(s) that are meaningful to you
2// Keep a journal to find and celebrate small wins; reflect and plan next steps; and spot patterns of your strengths and weaknesses.
You’ll also develop patience once you see your history of how you’ve persevered and succeeded.
Your turn! How do you hone your self motivation skills? Leave a comment below!
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