Motivate yourself

21 Ways to Motivate Yourselfand Stay Motivated

Motivate yourself
Set a new goal; Dream a new dream

It’s never too late to set and accomplish new goals. However, for Golden Agers, as well as those at other stages of life, it’s easy to get discouraged. Below are 21 ways people find useful in motivating themselves and maintaining a sufficient level of motivation. If you have a way to motivate yourself that isn’t on our list, please share it with us at Golden Agers Rock! in the comments below.

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Necessity Motivates

 

 

 1. Necessity is the mother of motivation (as well as invention).  “A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.” (John Wayne) — applies equally to women. When the need is tremendous you’ll get your tush in gear and do what it takes to get it done.

 

 

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Motivate yourself

 

 2. Quotes. Inspirational quotes can help you get (and stay) motivated. How you use them is up to you: Pin them all over a wall in your workroom; Tape an especially inspiring quote on your computer’s monitor or the dashboard in your car; use your favorite one as your computer’s wallpaper  or change it out once a week.

 

 

 

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Pride & Self-esteem

 

 

 3. Personal pride/Self esteem. Pride can be a great motivator. It can be a simple thing, such as, how do you want to be remembered? The accomplishment of your goal will raise your self-esteem and personal pride.

 

 

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Making a Difference

 

 4. Make a difference. Whether you operate on a local, person-to-person, or global level, if your desire to make a difference is strong, it will provide the necessary motivation.

 

 

 

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A support group

 

 

5. Support groups. A group of people who share a common goal is often used to provide motivation and direction. My writing group, which has met every 2 weeks for the last 7 years, is the #1 reason we all keep writing. Find or create a group that will enable you to keep on track.

 

 

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“You’ll Never Amount to Anything”

  6. Prove something to someone. Many people who were told , “You’ll never amount to anything,” want, regardless of their current age, to prove those predictions wrong. In my therapy practice I’ve come across quite a few who, although their disparagers may be long- gone, are still trying to gain their approval and prove their worth. This desire can be tremendously motivating.

 

 

 

 

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What if You did Nothing?

 

 7. Consider the alternative. Whatever it is you want to accomplish, what will happen if you don’t? What if that memoir doesn’t get written? … if you don’t lose that 50 pounds the doctor said you must? … if you don’t stay clean and sober? … if you don’t help that deserving youth qualify for college — or your own grandchild to attend college? … if you don’t do everything you can to stop global warming? Or save the rain forests, end hunger, rescue someone from sexual slavery, or whatever your cause is. What will happen if you do nothing?

 

 

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Motivate yourself

 

 8. Life purpose. Some people believe they were put on this earth to fulfill a higher purpose, which, for one reason or another, hasn’t happened yet. Retirement is a great time to make that happen. For many, making a living, raising children, paying off mortgages seem to have gotten in the way. Others consider that all that — making a living, raising children, paying off mortgages, etc. — was/is their life purpose. And many are frustrated, wondering just what the heck their life purpose is. Whatever. If you feel your life has an unfulfilled purpose, finding and living it may be your motivation.

 

 

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My Legacy  

 

9. Leave a legacy. A legacy can be anything — money, a successful business, beach-front property — anything that outlasts you. I hope you’ll consider your memoir and an ethical will as a very important part of your legacy. In my opinion, it’s the most important thing you’ll ever write, far more important than a Last Will & Testament. For more information on writing a memoir (Your Life Oughta Be A Book — {kindle} click on: http://tinyurl.com/mmnlcpv) or an ethical Will (Your Ethical Will & Testament – {kindle} – click on: http://tinyurl.com/lhqmoht).

Get real.

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How Do You Eat an Elephant?

 

 10. Set realistic goals. Rome wasn’t built in a day, you know. Set attainable goals so you won’t become discouraged. If you break a task into doable segments, you’ll be much more likely to maintain your motivation. Think of the old conundrum, How do you eat an elephant? … One bite at a time.

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.

Vincent Van Gogh

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Motivate Yourself – Experts

 

 11. Ask the experts. Get hooked up with a mentor. Hang around with people who have already achieved what you’re working on. They’ll help you stay motivated. But it’s up to you to avail yourself of their expertise and enthusiasm.

12. Analyze your process. Ask those experts to observe your process and tell you how you can improve or change what you you’re doing in order to be more efficacious.

 

 

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Visualize Success

 

 13. Visualize success. Imagine your perfect performance in each step prior to doing it, and then the wildly successful completion. See yourself accepting accolades and awards at the job’s end. (Or whatever might motivate you. This is a proven method for sports participants. Those who visualize the game  or race or event beforehand do much better than those who don’t.

 

 

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Treasure Map

 

14. A Treasure Map. Many people find a treasure map an amazing aid to motivation and ultimate success. Get a poster board large enough to make a visual impact. Cut out pictures that represent the highest form of your goal (or print them from the internet) and paste them on the board. Write an affirmation of success on it. Place it where you’ll see it at least once a day so it will become embedded in your subconscious, and help you motivate yourself.

 

 

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Exercise

 

 

15. Keep mind and body active. Exercise. Think. Take a break. Vary your activities. All these will help you stay engaged in and enthusiastic about completing your goal.

 

Mistakes

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Learn from Mistakes

 

 

  16. Learn from your mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes, takes wrong turns, goes down wrong paths. It’s part of the learning process. The only real mistake is the one you didn’t learn from. As long as you’re making mistakes you’re still in the game; you’re still trying.

 

 

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Obstacles in your Path

 

 

 17. Get out of your own way. Don’t throw obstacles in your path. Simplify everything you can: give yourself enough time; get organized. If you do this you’ll keep stress to a minimum, thereby allowing creativity to blossom. Stress is the enemy of creativity and efficiency.

 

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Have a plan and a schedule

 18. Have a plan, a roadmap, an outline, a schedule. If you’re starting out from Los Angeles for Miami without a map and a schedule, chances are you’ll end up somewhere else, whenever you happen to get there. The same thing applies on any project, goal, program. If you set a definite overall destination, and a timeline for reaching mini-destinations along the way, your chance of staying motivated and reaching your goal improves greatly.

For example: E.g: Goal: Leave Los Angeles June 1 and arrive in Miami on June 7 — a distance of 2,731 miles — with a short stay in New Orleans. You’ll probably want to break it down into doable segments: Day 1 – LA to Phoenix, AZ. Day 2 – Phoenix to Las Cruces, NM. Day 3 – Las Cruces to San Antonio, TX. Day 4 – San Antonio to New Orleans, LA. Day 5 – no travel. Day 6 – New Orleans to Tallahassee, FL. Day 7 – Tallahassee to Miami. Easy-peasy.

 

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Never Never Never Give Up

 

  19. Keep on keeping on. Persist. Persevere. I have a sign on the wall above my computer: Never, never, never quit. When I get discouraged I look up and there it is, wagging its finger at me, saying, “Uh uh. Keep going.” I allow myself breaks of varying lengths and for various reasons, but then I go back with renewed vigor. Just doing it reminds me why I’m doing it and keeps me going. If you fall on your backside, sing that old song, “… Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again.”

Your WHY
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Your WHY

 

 20. Remember your WHY. There’s a reason you wanted to accomplish this particular goal. You had a vision and were passionate about it. You started toward it with optimism and enthusiasm. You imagined the outcome and how it would make you feel; its benefit to you and others. It’s a forceful WHY. Remind yourself every day WHY you wanted this — make a sign and post it on your well —  and go for it.

 

 

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Reward Yourself

 

21. Rewards.  Motivate yourself with rewards; small rewards as each mini-goal is completed, and a bigger one for the overall goal. Rewards can be tangible or intangible. A pat on the back at the mini-goals and a happy dance at the end may do it for some, while others need something like medals and trophies, or special treats. Whatever it takes for you, don’t neglect to reward yourself in order to motivate yourself.

The best reward is the feeling of accomplishment.

Joy. Pride. Self-esteem.  I did it!

 

As you establish a goal and set out to accomplish it, remember these 21 ways to motivate yourself.

And be sure to share with our readers your own ways to motivate yourself in COMMENTS below.

 

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