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How to feel more motivated

Motivation is the feeling you get when you willingly and confidently do something that needs to be done. It’s about wanting to do it, whether it’s because you need to (it fulfils a basic survival need), you fear looking stupid, or it excites you so you’ll feel pleasure and reward.

Here are a few ideas on how to jump-start your motivation:

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Identify what actually motivates you. What gives you to ‘oomph’ to get up and get on? It’s important to understand what actually does it for you. Give it some thought. It may take some time, so don’t rush it. Possibilities include money, security, power, knowledge.


Set yourself daily goals. What do you want to achieve? How will you achieve it, and how will you reward yourself at the end of the day?


Set some future goals. Where would you like to be personally and professionally in 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 5 years? What do you already have in place to get you there, and what do you need to start doing? Who can help you? How will you reward yourself when you achieve your goal?


Be brave – try something new that will take you out of your comfort zone. Doing this will break the routine you’ve locked yourself into and stimulate your mind to be more active. Activity uses energy, but it returns a whole lot more.


Make time to do the things you feel passionate about. Craft, political debating, playing sport – whatever it is. If it has been mothballed, get it out and get stuck in.


Look at what could grow your interest and ability at work. Motivation can wane when you become stuck in a rut and bored. Maybe it’s finding a new job or studying for a qualification. Maybe changing your hours or getting involved with a project.

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