What does motivation mean?
Definition of motivation
1a: the act or process of motivating
Some students need motivation to help them through school.
b: the condition of being motivated employees who lack motivation
Motivation is the reason for people’s actions, willingness and goals.
Motivation is derived from the word motive in the English language which is defined as a need that requires satisfaction. from Wikipedia
Motivation is literally the desire to act and move toward a goal. It’s the difference between waking up before dawn to pound the pavement and lazing around the house all day. from Psychology Today
So, there are times when we need motivation to do something.
Depressed people might need motivation to get up in the morning and start the day. Everyone needs some form of motivation to do something.
What gets you motivated?
There are numerous motivators out there. I guess you need to realize your why!
You want to lose weight? – This might be for better health and to live longer or look good in a swimsuit.
Do you want to purchase a house? Save money – get a good job – work hard for that purchase.
If you want to run a marathon, you will need to start running a little bit every day.
Dream of writing a book? Start writing. Get pen to paper or get on a computer.
Your Why is the most important thing.
Why you do something will motivate you to do it.
I am motivated to clean my house if I am having people over. I just don’t want them to think I live as messy as I do sometimes. So, this will certainly get me moving if I know someone is on the way over.
Everyone has motivators – but do we use them well?
If you are not motivated – what does that look like?
What does motivated look like to you?
Do you envision a healthy body when you decide to eat healthy? Or do you envision being at the pool feeling confident?
Everyone has different motivators.
Once you know why you are motivated to do something, you are more likely to do it.
So… does this always work?
I have really liked Mel Robbin’s 5 Second Rule.
Mel Robbins says your mind decides what it is going to do within 5 seconds. So, if you count down from 5 4 3 2 1 – similar to a rocket launch – you can train your brain to do what you need to do. I suggest you try it. It is based on psychological truths.
If you motivate yourself with the 5 second rule – you can force yourself to make a decision to do what you need to do. If you like Mel Robbins – find her here.
What keeps you motivated???
Everyone has different things to keep them motivated. Once you figure out what it is you want to do – you can find quotes that will help you.
I like these motivational quotes:
- Nothing worth having comes easy.
- You only fail when you stop trying.
- Be the best version of you.
- A little progress each day adds up.
I like fun songs to keep me motivated. Podcasts also keep me motivated. Vision Boards are helpful, too.
What about you? What keeps you motivated?