How To Sustain Motivation In The Toughest Circumstances

How To Sustain Motivation In The Toughest Circumstances

We all know getting motivated to do something might as well be one of the hardest things to do on earth. It requires a lot of confidence, self-discipline, and determination to be able to get motivated. Motivation is essential because that is what drives people to do things and make the most significant discoveries. Where would we be if Newton didn’t get motivated to pursue his hypothesis on gravity? Or if Faraday gave up, and thus never invented electricity? That is why we all need motivation.

It becomes a different ballgame to sustain motivation due to physical, emotional, and psychological stress and duress. That is why, in this article, I would provide you with the best tips you can get to stay motivated for a long time.

Types of Motivation; How to Tell the Difference

There are two main types of motivation, and both can lead you to a positive result. They are:

  • Positive motivation, which is when you look at the positive outcomes that would befall you if you complete a specific task. Some examples include cleaning up your room so it would look better to you.
  • Negative motivation, which is when you look at the consequences involved when you do not complete your task. Some of these include cleaning up your room, so the person you like doesn’t think you’re a slob.

Even though these forms of motivations get you motivated, one form of motivation is better than the other. Positive motivation would get you to do something because you want to, while negative motivation attaches punishment to failing a task. This would make you feel miserable, and even reduce your confidence in the long run.

How to Sustain Motivation

It is harder now to sustain motivation, now that the pandemic is still ongoing with little ray of hope. However, there are still some ways you can power through and stay motivated. They include:

  • Set goals: This is arguably the most important thing to do if you want to stay motivated. Establishing a plan means that you have a clear objective to work towards. It gives you something that you can measure, and possibly achieved in batches. The more you work towards that goal, the more confidence you will have to see it through.
  • Document your progress: Documenting more progress is more vital than most people realize. Doing this tip would give you undeniable proof that what you’re doing is paying off.  If you want to, you can also let other people know about your goal, and show them your documentation. These people can also bring a third party perspective, refueling your motivation
  • Reward yourself: This goes without saying for most people, but rewarding yourself with things is a very good way to stay motivated. It could be that sandwich you find so delicious, going to a spa, paying attention to your skin care, and so on. The point is that, when you reward yourself, it fuels your brain with dopamine. This makes your brain understand that doing this like this means more happiness spread around.
  • Join a team: If you feel you need further additional help, then it would be a wise choice to get that support. This could meaning joining a class on the subject, or it could mean finding a private motivator. It could also mean finding a mentor or anyone you can share your experiences with. You could also get someone else on board to help you with your goal if you feel overwhelmed.

The Bottom Line

Getting motivated is easier said than done, especially if there are direct factors affecting your progress. Even when you get motivated, it is also a task to stay motivated. If you implement these tips with your daily life, you would see a major difference in your motivation levels.

Always remember to keep at it, and document your progress. If you feel overwhelmed, make sure you contact someone that can support you unconditionally.

Jubril Lawal

Jubril Lawal has been a content writer and strategist for over a year now. He is a student of Obafemi Awolowo University, and is a mental health and human rights advocate.

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