- Keeping a journal is a very good way to remain motivated.
- Record your progress.
- Compare it regularly. Just keep recording your progress and you are doing 50% of hard work. Your mind will know your records and hence operates accordingly.
- Keeping no expectations. You must not keep any expectation whatsoever from anything you do. This might seem contrary to the popular opinion but it works very well. This is what the Bhagavad Geeta taught you. कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन । मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भुर्मा ते संगोऽस्त्वकर्मणि ॥
You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty. – Bhagavad Gita, Chapter II, Verse 47
Keeping expectations is veryhinders you from further working hard. Next point shall prove this point.
- Focussing on your core job. Doing jobs which give you pleasure while doing it and not those which give you pleasure after accomplishment. When a player plays his game he is at his ecstatic best. He enjoys the game and that process is his reward. When a writer writes something he gets that feeling of accomplishment while writing and is undeterred by the outcomes, accolades or whatever else. Make your work your reward.
- Motivation is like will power. Motivation is limited.You need to recharge it daily. Follow motivational videos on You Tube. Watch Sandeep Maheshwari’s Videos. Read motivational books regularly. I recommend Shiv Khera’s “You can win”. Bottom line is that you have to keep refuelling your motivation stock.
- Motivation as a habit. Like every habit, remaining motivated is also a habit. With continuous improvements and change in habits, you will build strong good habits. Success is 99% good habits. A topper continuously works hard and his habits make him a topper.
- Visualising end result and writing down benefits and end results have been shown to increase performance by 23%.
Don’t write down what you THINK you can have, or what seems possible under your current circumstances…
Instead, write down what you’d truly LOVE, no matter how big or bold it may seem to you now.
- Reflecting your day for 15 minutes has shown to increase performance dramatically.
The researchers put new employees into groups where people either reflected on their days or didn’t. In the reflection group, employees were given a paper journal and asked to spend 15 minutes at the end of their workdays writing about what went well that day, which they did for 10 days.
The result: The journaling employees had 22.8% higher performance than the control group.
- Motivating others. Teaching others about any concept (like motivation) improves your performance as well.Mirror neurons act onto oneself and improves performance.