How To Get Motivated and Stay Motivated
You cannot finish anything unless you start. The greatest ideas
are useless unless they are carried out. Thinking about
something will not get it done, you have to get up and get
going. I know this may be easier said than done, but it is up to
each of us to get motivated enough to do what needs to be done
to achieve our goals. This articles will help you understand
what motivation is, how to get it and how to keep it. How do you
get motivated? What is motivation? How do you stay motivated?
Well, I am glad you asked. Motivation is defined as the
psychological feature that arouses an organism to take action
toward a desired goal. It is the reason for the action taken.
Motivation is that which gives purpose and direction to
behavior. Let's take these parts of the definition one by one.
First, to get motivated you must have a goal. Motivation is a
psychological feature that arouses and organism to take taken
toward a desired goal. No goal, no motivation. In other words to
get motivated you must first find something you want to
accomplish. Perhaps you want to grow the perfect orchid, climb
the highest mountain or just make a few extra dollars. Whatever
it is, you must begin with knowing what you want. One thing you
can be sure of, you will not work just to be working, there
needs to some aim. Now, once you get excited about becoming a
millionaire, botanist, or whatever, your mind will begin to do
its thing. That's the psychology of it. If you want anything bad
enough you mind kicks in and you find yourself thinking about
how to achieve that goal. Secondly, motivation is the reason for
the action taken. For us humans there must always be a 'why' or
'how come' for just about everything we do. Is it any wonder
that kids drive their parent's crazy asking 'why?' and how come?
It's a kid's way of finding motivation to do what is expected.
Guess what? We still have to have those answers to get and to
stay motivated to do the things that will bring the results we
seek. The third and last consideration is that motivation is
that which gives purpose and direction to behavior. This is
really quite simple if you think about. For example, it is the
need to earn a living that causes most us to get out of bed
every day and report to work on time. The motivation is a
paycheck and the motivated behavior is to get up and do what's
necessary to get that pay-off. It the same concept applied to
other areas of life. If you want a degree or a certain
certification bad enough, you will be motivated to do what it
takes to earn it. The question to be answered if you lack
motivation in any area of your life is this - what do you really
want to do? Do you really, really want it? Is it your desire or
someone else's? The reality is if you truly desire anything, you
have within you the ability (the mind) to achieve it!