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  • Writer's pictureOlivia Nelson

Igniting Your Inner Drive: Practical Tips to Increase Motivation





Motivation can sometimes feel like a fair-weather friend — there one moment and gone the next. So, what do you do when your motivation wanes and everything feels like an uphill battle? The good news is, motivation is not a finite resource; it's a flame that can be rekindled. Here's how you can stoke the fires of your drive and keep the momentum going:


Understand the 'Why'

Motivation often starts with understanding why you want to do something. Is it to improve your health, advance your career, or learn a new skill? Clarity on your underlying reasons can anchor your commitment and give you a compelling narrative to return to when your energy dips.


Set Clear, Achievable Goals

Vague aspirations can be overwhelming. Break down your ultimate goal into smaller, manageable tasks. Achieving these mini-goals can provide a continuous stream of motivation and make the journey seem less daunting.


Create a Routine

Building a routine can automate tasks, turning them into habits rather than chores that require constant motivation. For instance, if you're aiming to write a book, schedule a daily writing slot. Over time, this slot becomes a natural part of your day, not something that needs deliberate motivation.


Celebrate the Small Wins

Every step forward deserves recognition. Celebrating small victories can boost your morale and provide the energy to tackle the next challenge. This positive reinforcement makes the process enjoyable rather than just a means to an end.


Find Your Support Squad

Surround yourself with people who encourage and inspire you. A supportive community can lift you when you're down, offer valuable advice, and celebrate your successes. Sometimes, a simple word of encouragement can reignite your motivation.


Embrace Failure as a Stepping Stone

The fear of failure can paralyze you and sap your motivation. Instead, view failures as opportunities to learn and grow. Every setback is a chance to refine your approach, learn from the situation, and come back stronger.


Visualize Success

Visualization is a powerful tool. Picture completing your goal and let that image excite and propel you forward. When the end result feels real and attainable, motivation can surge.


Keep the Balance

Burnout is a motivation killer. Ensure you're balancing your hard work with rest and relaxation. Self-care isn't selfish; it's an essential part of maintaining long-term motivation. Recharging brings you energy!


Stay Flexible

Be prepared to adapt your plans. Being overly rigid can lead to frustration, especially if things don't go as planned. Flexibility allows you to navigate obstacles and stay motivated despite the hurdles.


Boosting motivation is about understanding your desires, setting the right goals, and finding joy in the journey. It’s a flame that needs nurturing, so feed it with positive habits, a supportive network, and the right mindset. Remember, the only way to keep motivation burning is to keep adding fuel to your fire, bit by bit, every single day.


4 Comments


Chloe Koperek
Chloe Koperek
Nov 21, 2023

Love these tips. Personally understanding the reasons I am working hard really help me keep going. Sometimes when I'm feeling drained and unmotivated I just have to come back to my goals.

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Timothy Wu 'student'
Timothy Wu 'student'
Nov 20, 2023

This post is awesome! Structured and to the point. Definitely need to read up on this every now and then.

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Jonathan Neuwirth
Jonathan Neuwirth
Nov 17, 2023

Great post! As someone who struggles with motivation, I found your tips extremely helpful. The one that resonated most with me was understanding the "why". When I lose motivation, it's usually because I've lost sight of my underlying reasons for wanting to achieve the goal. Thank you for sharing such practical motivational advice! This gave me several new techniques to try to spark and sustain my drive.

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hayate
Nov 17, 2023

The article reminded me of the book Atomic Habits! At a time where work gets busy, I sometimes forget to keep my side hustle tasks small and doable. If I understand why I'm doing what I am doing, motivation should come naturally. Thanks Olivia!

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