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How To Stay Motivated Using System

How to Stay Motivated Using Systems

It can be very difficult to stay motivated.  Most of us have been to a seminar or watched a motivational story that inspired us to do something.  The problem is that motivation doesn't last.  Soon enough we are faced with problems that need to be solved, frustration, disappointment or other obstacles.  I have found that the only way to truly stay motivated and maintain a positive mindset is to develop systems in our daily lives that address motivation.

First, review your daily routine and identify times when you find it very difficult to stay positive.  It may be whenever your boss reviews your work, mid week when you are overwhelmed with meetings, or mornings when you were up late working.  

Next determine what has had a temporary impact that motivated you.  It may be reading motivational books, listening to great speakers, or reading biographies of successful athletes.  

Once you have a good understanding of these two areas, develop a system that addresses two things:

  1. What can I do daily to improve my motivation level?
  2. What can I do when I am faced with a negative circumstance?

For me I have addressed these two areas by 1) exercising every morning while reading a motivating book and 2) having ways to overcome a depressed mindset.  These things vary but here are a few that I turn to when I need help staying motivated: 

  1. Making a list of things that I am grateful for
  2. Taking the time to thank someone that has helped me recently
  3. Listen to upbeat music
  4. Take a walk, bike ride, car ride etc.

Zig Ziglar once said  “people often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does bathing - that’s why we recommend it daily.”  

I think this addresses the daily component to the system but we all experience setbacks that weren't expected and throw us off our normal mindset.  By having ways to overcome that negative attitude and getting back to being inspired will help us stay motivated throughout our lives.  

I find it crucial to rely on these systems in order to live an inspired life.  Times when I stick to the systems I accomplish more and feel better while doing it.  I encourage you to review your motivation levels and create a system to give you a motivated mindset throughout your day.