A person who realizes a goal feels more motivated than a person without a goal or purpose.. Having a goal motivates a person regularly to achieve them, it’s a fire burning inside them, and hunger which quenches only after the realization of his desire. Living a life in which we set goals not only improves our mental health but also makes us busy with something and with the necessary attitude to achieve it.
Motivation is the key to success. When you set a goal, your level of motivation is high, but as time passes, the biggest challenge is being able to maintain your level of motivation. And it is fundamental because the motivation is the fuel that keeps you going, that makes you continue despite the obstacles and challenges. Motivation insists you move forward while you think about abandoning your goals.
What is the motivation?
Motivation is an internal force that pushes you to achieve your goals. While we just begin with our goal the level of motivation was usually high. When we set ourselves a goal we feel that we have that inner strength that pushes us to achieve it, but as we move forward, as the path becomes more complicated, as the obstacles appear or simply the desired results do not arrive instantly, our motivation levels go down Little by little in a natural way. And if we do nothing, finally it ends up disappearing and the most usual thing is that we end up abandoning and renouncing that goal or great dream that we had proposed.
How does motivation work?
The first thing you should know to use motivation at your favor is to know how it works. Basically, motivation is “something that is in your head”, there are two forces that motivate us: intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation.
Intrinsic motivation is the inner desire that pushes you to commit to a goal, regardless of the reward. That is, it implies the realization of activity in itself and is not marked by an external recognition or reward. It is what we mean by “feeling fulfilled”, being “satisfied with ourselves”
On the other hand, extrinsic motivation is driven by the desire to achieve something or even to avoid an adverse outcome. This motivation is always a result-oriented one. For example, you decide to change your diet and eat healthy products. Doing so already gives you satisfaction because you feel good about yourself when taking care of your body. You feel, in some way, that you are doing the right thing. This would be intrinsic motivation.
While if you do it because you want to lose weight, let’s say that what drives you is the goal of reaching a certain shape or weight. That would be an extrinsic motivation. Following are some tips which improve your motivation:
- Focus on a single goal
- Visualize the result regularly
- Create an action plan
- Surround yourself with positive people and environment
- Check your progress
- Positive Affirmation
- Reward Yourself