Sherry A. Phillips

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How to Motivate Yourself

There are a lot of motivational tools out there to help you get closer to your goals. However, the biggest motivational tool is yourself.

I have learned this the hard way. I can recommend books. I can quote motivational words from people like W. Clement Stone and Napoleon Hill. However, unless you are motivated on your own to make your life better, no amount of recommendations or words of hope will reach you.

You have to pick up the book and read it. You have to implement the teachings. You have to believe in the positive outcome.

You have to motivate yourself.

How can you do that?

First, let’s not confuse motivation with discipline. The are two different things. You can get really excited and motivated, but without discipline, you’re just spinning your wheels. But here’s the good thing: you can motivate yourself to be disciplined.

The second thing you can do is make things enjoyable and fun. If you don’t like doing something, odds are you just won’t do it. If you look for the enjoyable aspects of any activity, you are more likely to look forward to the experience and want to do it again.

For instance, I used to hate running. In the past, I tried it and loathed it. I concentrated on everything I didn’t like about the sport. Running is uncomfortable. However, once I started to ease myself into it, I realized how much better I felt after a run. I started enjoying being outside and feeling the fresh air fill my lungs.

I enjoyed the feeling of accomplishment when I was able to run 40 minutes straight.

The third point is to use public pressure. In other words, put your goals out there for the world to see. This doesn’t have to be a high-pressure thing. A comment to a co-worker such as “I’m getting up tomorrow to start a running program” or “I’m cutting sugar from my diet” can be a motivational tool.

Post it on Facebook and Twitter. Let your friends and family now and ask for their help.

I hope these tips help you to motivate yourself to success.

Just remember to focus on the positive and make yourself accountable and you’ll find the only motivational tool you really need, is yourself!

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