5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Harder

There is no success without hard work. In most cases, there is no a shortcut to success in life. It narrows down to carefully putting your hours together and the sweat that comes out of it. The biggest challenge is in knowing what should be done and what is required to do it. Considering these realities, we often feel lazy to get started.

However, that is a pitfall for many. Instead, you can motivate yourself to work hard and ensure that your energy and commitment is towards the right direction by doing the following:

Set Clear Goals

To stay motivated to work hard, you need to be clear on what you are doing. Sometimes what you need is not a certain technique or an idea that will boost your energy. It’s really simple – set your goals right.

The hardest part for many people is in the choice and acceptance of what it is that has to be done. Once that is achieved, setting definite goals and objectives. Try to think how pleasant it will feel after completing what you have to do rather than focusing on the challenges and struggles that you may encounter.

Focus on your fitness

Life coach David Michigan considers keeping fit a key factor in opening our minds to a new world of possibilities. He believes that we can all achieve what we desire and change our lives completely. When our minds are unblocked, we can realize our innate abilities and strength to keep working for the best. In some occasions, a failure to work hard is physical and not necessarily mental.

Your willpower can always be high but if you don’t have the fitness and energy to do the work, your motivation will be deeply affected. Ask yourself whether you are getting too tired, having sufficient sleep or you are having repeated unpleasant experiences such as constant pain and poor sinuses. When you find yourself sad or lethargic al through without any valid reason, you need a doctor to advise you on what to do.

Physical exercises will just work perfectly for you. More to that, make sure tat you rest about 7-9 hours in the night. Listen to the demands of your body and establish the cause of your discomfort and address them in the best ways possible. To stay motivated to work harder, you need to have the best feeling within yourself.

Think Habits and not Motivation

To do something repeatedly just by will is not easy. However, if you make this your habit, things tend to turn out a lot easier. For the reason that willpower or motivation is a scarce resource, you would rather invest more in building healthy habits towards your work. Therefore, don’t use willpower.

Begin with small habits that assist you in becoming more useful and give you a good feeling. For instance, you can form a habit of walking to work every morning with an intense focus.  Some people will call these habits, “schedules”. The objective here is to produce an automating behavior that becomes part of your life routine to make you seldom use your willpower.

Accept some Discomfort

We all know that where there is no pain, there is no gain. Therefore, it is important to apply this wisdom commonly used by bodybuilders. Always remind yourself that you will have to go through “hard work” in order to make some important achievements in life.

You can only expand your capabilities if you accept to go beyond your comfort zone. Therefore, don’t allow any unpleasant experience on your work take away all your motivation to continue working. Ideally, having struggles here and there is a good sign that you are making progress.

Punish and Reward/Bribe Yourself

To motivate yourself, you don’t have to use a sophisticated way. How about coming up with a simple way of rewarding and punishing yourself – just like is the case when motivating your dog. Offer yourself something upon completing a certain task. Make sure it is something that you cannot refuse. Still, set some punishment for failure to accomplish that thing.

Both negative and positive incentives will prove to be very useful. If you want to do something, you can set a deadline and a reward for meeting the deadline. Otherwise, you can say to yourself that you will not take something you passionately love until you have accomplished the task ahead of you.

Motivating yourself to work hard is important to be successful in life. This is a decision you have to make whether favorable or not. It is an unpleasant discipline in most cases but you will definitely enjoy the fruits.

Adam Richards

About Adam Richards

Adam Richards is a semi-retired business professional originally from Bangor, Maine. He spent the majority of his career in sales and marketing where he rose to the marketing lead of a Fortune 1000 company. He then moved on to helping people as a career counselor that specifically helped bring families to self-sufficiency through finding them rewarding careers. He has now returned to Bangor for his retirement and spends his free time writing. This blog will be about everything he learned throughout his career. He'll write on career, workplace, education and technology issues as well as on trends, changes, and advice for the Maine job market and its employers.