5 Unusual Ways To Maintain Your Motivation

Posted: September 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

There are any number of posts, books and videos that
will talk to you about motivation and offer all sorts of
advice. Some of that advice can be useful, and some
not so much, but what I want to talk to you about
today are five motivational techniques that can be
highly effective, but rarely get talked about.
Here are the 5 creative ways to maintain
your motivation:
1. Understanding your
core values
If you don’t understand what your personal core values
are, then you don’t understand yourself . Values will
drive your actions, define you as a person, and can be
incredibly motivational. If used correctly that is.
Imagine you have a core value of freedom. To you, that
means reaching the position of earning enough money
so that you can become location independent. To
achieve that requires some hard work and it may mean
you have to get up a couple of hours earlier in the
morning before going to your current job.
One morning your alarm goes off at 5.30am in the
middle of January. It’s bitterly cold and your heating
has quit on you. You immediately focus on what you
don’t want to do, which is to leave your nice cosy,
warm bed to start work.
And therein lies the problem. You are focusing on what
you don’t want . What if you brought that core value of
freedom to your mind? What if you reminded yourself of
it’s importance and how badly you want to be working
from Bali, Italy or Thailand?
Suddenly you are exponentially more likely to get
yourself out of bed and do the work because the
importance is now front and center in your brain giving
you a burst of well needed motivation.
2. Visualization
You may be thinking, ‘ well visualization is hardly unusual
Tim’ and you would be right…up to a point.
Most people who employ visualization get it all wrong.
They think of what they want and then zoom in on it
with a laser like focus. Unfortunately, this has two huge
drawbacks .
Firstly, for some people it can send the message to the
brain that the goal has already been hit. Sadly, this can
lead to a very subtle and often imperceptible reduction
in motivation .
Secondly, people have a tendency not to visualize the
potential ( and inevitable ) problems they are likely to
encounter. If you are doing something really
worthwhile, then it’s probably not going to be easy –
life doesn’t work like that. Ask Joel if he got this site
to be where it is now without any stumbling blocks,
making any mistakes or working hard?
If you visualize yourself breezing through to your goal
easily , then when you do encounter difficulties your
motivation will drop. Definitely employ visualization
because it’s scientifically proven to help and can be
very powerful, but when you’re doing so, anticipate the
potential problems too . See yourself dealing with them
efficiently and effectively to make that far more likely.
3. Keep your blood sugar
levels up
Your brain needs two things to create energy: oxygen
and glucose. Unfortunately glucose depletes through
the day and you start to become less effective as that
happens. Your willpower dips massively , as does your
ability to motivate yourself to do the work rather than
taking the easy and more appealing option of chilling
out in front of the TV.
You can boost your energy levels by drinking a high
energy, high sugar drink or even eating some candy,
but this is a last resort tactic and not something I
would recommend.
You will indeed get a boost of energy as the sugar is
turned into glucose quickly, but you will then get a
crash between an hour and 90 minutes later causing a
dip in motivation and a craving for more sugar to
maintain the ‘high’.
So apart from the long-term negative health benefits of
adopting this approach, it’s also not really effective as a
long-term strategy for maintaining motivation .
The best way to maintain blood sugar levels it to adopt
a low glycemic index diet. By doing this your body
metabolizes the food into glucose at a much slower
rate delivering it to your brain consistently, rather than
in spurts. This way you avoid those surges of energy
followed by huge crashes and the desire to just quit or
binge eat.
4. Take regular breaks
On average your brain can stay engaged on one task
for between 90 and 120 minutes before it starts to lose
focus and thus motivation. When people push past this
they start to get into the law of diminishing returns and
their performance suffers – often without them even
realizing.
Every 90 minutes or so incorporate a 10 to 15 minute
break. Taking a walk or doing some light exercise is
cool, as is doing a mini-meditation or even having a
power nap. As long as whatever it is, takes you away
from your task, you are going to return fresher, more
motivated, and perform to a higher standard.
5. Get enough sleep
You may think that working into the small hours is a
great idea. Especially if you’re not an early riser and
have a big goal or plan you are working on.
However, if that means you are only getting 5 or 6
hours sleep then it’s highly probable that over time you
will see a drop off in your performance with the
resulting dip in motivation .
A lot of people think they can exist on such little sleep,
but very few can for anything other than short periods.
Your brain needs time to reenergize itself. There is a
growing amount of research that too little sleep can
have long-term implications for cognitive ability and to
stay motivated and on task. So get enough sleep.

posted by Hari Krish

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