A motivated mindset is the driving force and reasoning behind every action we take.
Without motivation, our lives would be dull. We would have no reason to continue living, let alone achieve our goals. But luckily, that’s not the case.
According to McClelland’s Human Motivation Theory, every person has one of three main driving motivators: achievement, affiliation, and power. These motivators are not inherent. Instead, we develop them over time through our life experiences and culture.
What separates winners from losers is a mindset driven by motivation. Winners do not give up no matter what. And believe me when I say the journey seems the toughest when you are just about to win.
That’s why having a motivated and growth mindset is essential for achieving your goals and success in life.
In this motivational article, we will shed light on tips you can follow to feel more motivated.
What Does Feeling Motivated Mean?
Before we discuss how to build a mindset driven by motivation, we need to know the meaning of feeling motivated.
Well, in simple terms, it is a state when your desire to achieve your goals is stronger than the setbacks you see in your way. No matter what, you always continue to strive hard to achieve your dreams. Temporary obstacles do not worry you, and you believe in your capabilities.
It’s true that some days you might be on the verge of giving up. You might feel you have no reason to continue living. Achieving your goals would seem like an impossible task. But if you have a growth mindset, you will always find yourself on the side of the winners, even when nothing seems to work.
That’s because winners simply refuse to give up. They refuse to accept defeat. They continue to move forward despite feeling helpless and tired.
How to Build a Motivated Mindset
While there is no step-by-step process you can follow to achieve a mindset shift, there are a few things that you need to know.
In this section, we will discuss the most important and practical ways you can adopt to ignite sparks of motivation within you.
Ask Yourself Why You Started
The passion for achieving anything and becoming successful starts with a purpose. If you know the purpose of doing whatever you are doing, you will always motivate yourself.
However, if that is not the case, ask yourself these questions. Why is it you started? What is the purpose of your existence? Why do you want to achieve the things you want to achieve? Why are these things important to you?
Many people may feel the need to generate physical wealth as the driving force in achieving their goals, while others focus more on their physical and mental well-being as paramount. More often than not, these people will question if money can buy happiness at all.
If you can successfully answer this critical question with clarity, and if your desire to achieve these things is strong, you will always find internal motivation.
But, if you cannot find answers to these questions, you will always struggle for motivation. In which case, you need to revisit your purpose and do some soul searching.
Stay Focussed On What You Want
When you know what you want, reaching your end goal becomes easier. Yes, there are days when we do not feel like putting in the effort. But the thought of our end goal lures us to work harder and not give up. It sparks the internal motivation within us.
Be clear on what you are working towards. Once you know, focus on that one thing no matter what. There will be a lot of distractions along the way. But it is up to you to decide whether to entertain these distractions or simply ignore them.
Having a clear vision is also very important for success. The clearer your vision, the higher your chances of success. If you do not have a clear vision, you will feel lost. You will feel you are not making any progress, and hence, you will lose the motivation to continue.
“The wolves of the world have no pity for the confused, the scattered, the lost or the weak.” ― T.K. Naliaka, In Time of Peril
Enjoy The Process
If you do not enjoy what you are doing, you will soon find yourself in the middle of nowhere. It is integral to embrace the journey towards achieving your goals and enjoy every minute. That is where the real motivation for continuing to work hard lies.
Many people obsess over getting to the end goal. And while it is important, it is not all that matters for success. If you are a leader in your organization, it’s essential to empower your team into this same attitude as well.
Life will throw unanticipated situations at you. If you are not passionate about the process, you will have no motivation to deal with those situations.
It is important you accept that everything will not go according to your plan. Reassess the situation, improvise, and continue working hard when times are tough. And to make that happen, it is essential that you make peace with the overwhelming process of achieving your goals.
Ernest Hemingway explained it really well in his motivational words. “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
Take Breaks Now and Then
Most people lose track of time when working. They struggle between 18 hours of work every day. And soon, they lose all their motivation to continue.
While giving your best is important, it should not come at the expense of your mental and physical health. It is OK to take some time off and recharge.
Step back, breathe, reassess, and come back stronger.
There is no point in working nonstop. It will only make you feel terrible and exhausted. Accomplishing goals should boost your confidence and give you a sense of achievement.
Therefore, it is important to break the shackles and press the pause button when there is a need. It will help you recharge and assess your progress.
Success is not some sort of magic trick that will happen in no time. Trust yourself and the process.
It is important that you stay patient while working hard. Your time will come!
Remember, it will seem very tough to hang in there just before you are about to succeed. My advice is to sit tight and enjoy the ride.
Patience, hard work, and determination will only lead to one outcome: SUCCESS.