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How To Stay Motivated In The First Place

To keep up with that “motivation gap in business” you need to know what the difference is between motivation and willpower.

Every day. Your personal inspiration. It’s the key to staying motivated. But you only need to take three small steps in order to make it happen. If you are a regular reader of The Motivation Project you know that we write for people who are motivated to change and who know they have to change.

This is a topic that we cover often on our blog as it has enormous potential to help you to get motivated to move forward and become a better person.

But there is one very important distinction between having great motivation and being able to stick with anything. And that is to change.

Just because you have an idea or a goal or a goal you want to achieve does not mean that you are motivated to do anything about it.

If you have an important goal, then you probably don’t have time for any other things.

If you don’t have time to exercise each day or to improve yourself because you need to work, you are not going to be motivated to change. And if you need to improve and are not doing it because you need to work, it doesn’t mean that you want to change. And even if you could, it doesn’t mean that you will be able to stick to your goal either.

So how do you make time to be motivated in a way that makes you more effective, more efficient and more productive?

Here’s our 3-step guide.

Step 1: Understand Your Habits and Preferences

We talk about habits and preferences in the article, Motivation 101. But it’s important to know first that motivation is nothing but habits. And habits are made up of several things, in most cases:

1: Intention – what are you doing for yourself and how are you going to do it?

2: Emotion – how do you feel right now about your current state of mind?

3: Relevant Experience – what kind of experience in the past has given you the knowledge needed in achieving the intention, and how did you gain the relevant experience?

Every habit is something you do. You might do 5 minutes of work each day, but if you only do 5 minutes of work each day, then you will only make progress to make it happen at the start of the day – and then you will be lazy, which is not ideal. But if you are motivated because you do 5 minutes of work every day, then your motivation goes up and your work habits become stronger.

Motivation comes from the combination of these three pieces. Every day, you think about your intentions, then you feel, then you act and you see if the outcome is your intention. This process goes on every day.

Step 2: Build Emotional Connection to Self (or others)

It can be hard to build emotional connection with yourself at times. It might become necessary to talk about it with your team and leaders but it is definitely necessary to do with others. In the past, it was hard to build emotional connection to an entire team because there were people who made you feel not one bit of emotional connection.

If you feel connected to those people, or at least do feel close to them (especially once you gain empathy), then you are more powerful because you know that there are other people who feel close to.

If you can build meaningful connections with those people, then your team is motivated, and you will be motivated to do the important work you need to do.

A great way to build emotional connection is to connect with others.