Motivate Yourself to Do the Hard Things

It’s easy to motivate yourself to do fun, easy tasks. All of us have things we like doing and have no trouble getting them done. However, when it comes Ito doing the hard things, it can be difficult to find the motivation to even start, let alone finish. It is hard, as Brain Tracy says, to eat the big frog first.

While there are many excuses to come up with, the real problem facing you is you can’t reliably get yourself to do what you know you should do, when you should do it. If you could motivate yourself to do the hard things, you could successfully follow any diet, any exercise routine, stay away from your ex, keep your house clean, save money, or ask for that promotion. You’d never procrastinate, and you would be one of the top people in your field.

Why does this happen? Part of it is we can’t see the enough benefit for the work that needs to be done. It’s not that we don’t know what to do, we know plenty, but we have poor self-management skills.

How can you change this? Having the skills at your fingertips that allow you to motivate yourself, skills that can have a huge impact on your life.

 

Here are 7 strategies you can use to motivate yourself:

 

1.    Ask, “What will I gain by taking this undesirable action?”

One of the best ways to motivate yourself is ask, “What do I have to gain?” Make a long list of advantages. This allows you to use logic to your advantage.

2.    Ask, “What will I lose if I don’t do this thing?”

Now, do the opposite. Imagine the worst things that can happen if you fail to act. Make a list of everything that could go wrong. What are the disadvantages of putting this task off? Make it painful to procrastinate.

3.    Use visualization to imagine great you’ll feel when it’s finished.

As you visualize completing the task, focus on how wonderful it feels. Imagine all the benefits you’ll gain. Notice how happy you feel to finally have this monkey off your back.

Now visualize the opposite. Vividly imagine not doing the task and experience all of the negative consequences. Make yourself feel as horrible as you can. Don’t worry, it’s in your best interest!

4.    Release the tension.

Imagine doing the tasks and notice where you feel tension in your body. Keep thinking about performing the task and visualize those uncomfortable areas of your body relaxing. As you begin to think about the task while not experiencing a negative reaction, performing it will be much easier.

5.    Take baby steps

Sometimes, the best way to motivate yourself to begin is to start small. This might be a single phone call, five minutes of writing that report, or cleaning one portion of your desk. Break your task down into bite-sized portions that you can handle with relative ease.

6.    Reward yourself.

A great way to motivate yourself is to bribe yourself. Perhaps it’s a smoothie at your favorite smoothie place. Maybe its dinner with a friend, or a new computer monitor. While you want to avoid going overboard and putting yourself into debt, you do want to create a reward that will get you to DO something.

7.    Solicit a friend’s help.

Getting a friend to help is one of the easiest things you can do to motivate yourself to get something done. Give a friend an amount of money that’s really meaningful to you. It can be anywhere between $10 to $1,000. Now, tell your friend not to return it until you’ve finished the task.

Turn up the heat on yourself by giving yourself a deadline. Then tell your friend they can spend the money if you don’t complete the task on time!

 

Use these tips to change your life:

 

How much better would your life be if you could get yourself to do everything you knew you should do? I’m hallucinating (I hallucinate because I can’t read your mind) your life would be unrecognizable.

You already know enough to have a much, much better life!

There’s plenty of information available do it is hardly the problem these days. However, many of us still struggle to motivate ourselves.

If you can master the skill of how to motivate yourself, everything is within your grasp. All you really need to do is learn how to get yourself to do the hard things. If you can do the hard things, then life is simple!

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