How Do You Self Motivate?

Do you have a process for self-motivation, encouragement, and creating a positive emotional environment for yourself? Sadly, we can’t all walk out the door and head to the beach for thirty minutes on the beach praising the new day, so how do you create self-generated positive emotion?

In an article from Brighter Step, author Rhana Kozak offers some information on the process of finding that positive emotion within ourselves. There are several ways people start their day in a positive space: 

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Wisdom helps us avoid making mistakes and comes from making a million of them.

Meditation  
Breath Work
Connection with Nature
Prayer
Mindfulness
De-cluttering

It is a personal practice – for some it might be heavy metal music while for others it is a hot cup of tea and a spiritual reading. Fellow colleague, Deborah Chaddock Brown recently wrote about her new practice of starting each day with joy in her LinkedIn article Choose Joy:

When you put the JOY spin on things, it really turns the tables on how everything is viewed. 

My daily journal entries now begin with the joy of the day:

  • A customer I planned to meet with that day
  • A rare moment of NE Ohio sunshine
  • A snow day and the chance to sleep in
  • The opportunity to donate ten handmade, crocheted blankets that I’d made and accumulated – suddenly found a donation site and delivered them
  • A special meal with my children – a rare treat to have them both here
  • Finishing my latest book and seeing it in print

The list goes on and on. I start each day with my journal and now that I start that journal with a joy – it sets the tone for the day. 

Dare to dream big dreams. If there is anything to the law of expectation then we are moving in the direction of our dreams, goals and expectations.

It is all a matter of selecting what makes the most sense for you. However, Rhana warns us about the ineffectiveness of waiting before making that choice:

Waiting for something to change, waiting to reach your next level or for that longed for promotion, waiting to find your right partner, waiting until your health improves or stress recedes, waiting until you solve a problem, waiting for a higher valuation for your company, waiting until you start or finish your book, your degree or anything else before you feel positive emotions most of the time is a major mistake.

Why? Because none of those things will materialize without Self-Generated Positive Emotion.

Click to read the entire article from Rhana Pytell.

The first step toward learning how best to self-motivate and create self-generated positive emotion is to TAKE THE FIRST STEP. Interested in learning how self-motivated you are? Consider taking this quiz from Mind Tools.

Self-Motivation Quiz.

Henrik Edberg suggests ways to self-motivate in his article 25  Simple Ways to Motivate Yourself. Here are just a few examples:

Ask uplifting questions in the morning. Here’s what you do; every morning ask yourself five empowering three-part questions this way:

What am I ______ about in my life right now?
What about it makes me _______?
How does it make me feel?

Put in your own value in the blank space. For instance, a couple of my questions are:

What am I happy about in my life right now?
What am I excited about in my life right now?

It’s important that you really feel how it makes you feel. When I think about the last part about what makes me happy right now I really feel it. These morning questions are great because the way they are set up makes you recognize things you take for granted and then they really get you to feel those positive feelings.

Compare yourself with yourself. Not with others. Comparing what you have and your results to what other people have and have accomplished can really kill your motivation. There are always people ahead of you. Most likely quite a bit of people. And a few of them are miles ahead. So focus on you. On your results. And how you can and have improved them.

Reviewing your results is important so you see where you have gone wrong in the past to avoid similar missteps further on. But it’s also important because it’s a great motivator to see how much you have improved and how far you have come. Often you can be pleasantly surprised when you do such a review.

Remember your successes. And let them flow through your mind instead of your failures. Write down your successes. Consider using a journal of some kind since it’s easy to forget your successes.

What will you try to start your day with a positive attitude? How do you generate positive energy?