While some people are naturally driven to accomplish their goals, not everybody is as motivated. Although it isn’t always easy, getting motivated can push you forward and help you advance in the world. That’s why it helps to have some go-to strategies for giving yourself a boost of confidence and energy.
As successful business leaders, the members of Young Entrepreneur Council have learned and developed some effective self-motivation techniques to kickstart their drive and passion. Below, they share these techniques and describe how they can help you excel in your career and life.
Q. How can someone become a more driven person? What’s one unique technique they can use to self-motivate and find the drive to excel in their career and life?
1. Find Out What You Really Like
Find out what it is that you really like and are passionate about. There is nothing more motivating than what makes us happy, but it is necessary to self-reflect and know yourself. Perhaps you are in a comfort zone and you must set yourself new challenges and goals that have the purpose of achieving what makes you happy. Don’t forget that every little step builds the big picture you dream of. – Kevin Ryan Tao, NeuEve
2. Visualize Yourself Being Productive
Study the latest in neuroplasticity research to create positive productivity habits and break unproductivity. One technique for reinforcing productivity is to speak to yourself in the second or third person and visualize yourself being productive before any project, such as writing or client work. These visualizations ease the actual process itself, helping to increase productivity and reduce stress. – Ron Lieback, ContentMender
3. Listen to Podcasts and Books by Highly Successful People
Podcasts and books by highly successful people can be very motivating. These driven people don’t need to be in your industry, per se. You can find vast amounts of motivation from a podcast with an ultra-marathon runner or by reading a book by a world-renowned chef. Ambition can be translated across all industries. These mediums have been a way for me to find entrepreneurial motivation within myself. – Shane Edgell, EdgellBIM
4. Slow Down and Pay Attention
If you want to be more “driven,” you need to be able to find your “drive.” When you are scattered and unfocused on what you truly want to accomplish, you need to slow down and pay attention to what occupies your thoughts. I do this through meditation. Develop your attention to certain goals then make plans to attain them. – Matthew Capala, Alphametic
5. Remind Yourself How You’re Contributing to Your Goals
Find ways to remind yourself how each task, no matter how small, contributes to your long-term goals. A fitness coach will have clients focus on goals such as weight loss or getting stronger. It’s the same with growing your business or completing projects. Keep in mind that big accomplishments come about by completing lots of small goals …….