This one element is crucial to achieving your goals and may be the secret ingredient you need to boost your productivity.
If you’re reading this post, chances are you’ve felt less than productive recently. Perhaps your awesome goals have fallen off the radar or you feel like you’re spinning your wheels and not really getting anywhere. Whatever the cause, the things that matter most are not being accomplished.
Perhaps you’re missing the secret ingredient?
It could be that you just don’t have this one thing locked in, secured or embedded into your day enough and that’s why you’ve been struggling.
So what’s the magic ingredient needed to boost your productivity?
How motivation can boost your productivity
Motivation is the driving force behind every successful goal. Every successful go-getter. And every successful achievement.
When someone is highly motivated, it’s quite hard to stop them. Kind of like a steam train going at full speed, the more motivation someone has, the more coals are heaped into the engine causing the engine to heat up more and pick up speed.
And the only way to stop that train going at full speed is to purposefully put the brakes on. It will take a long time for that train to just ‘run out of steam’.
If you’ve been feeling like your ‘train’ has been idling at the station far too long, or has been pottering along much too slowly, chances are you need to fuel your engine.
You need to connect with your motivation.
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How to connect with your motivation
Now, let’s look at a few ways in which you can connect with your motivation.
Write down your motivation
This is an important one. Because the physical act of writing down the reason why you want to achieve something does something very important.
It increases the connection you have with what you’ve written as you transmit the words from your mind to your fingers when you form the words. And this physical act creates and strengthens neural pathways in your brain.
Have you ever seen a movie where some delinquent kid was made to write the words “I will not spit in class” or something similar over and over again on a blackboard? Maybe even you were that kid!
The premise here is the same. When we physically write something down, we are beginning to wire it into our brains. The more we write something down, the stronger that wiring network becomes and the more connected we are with the words we have written over and over again.
In short, writing down your motivation burns it into your brain and helps you to create a stronger connection with your motivation.
Review your motivation daily
This point kind of continues from the point above. If you just write down your motivation once and put it somewhere, it’s not going to be nearly as effective as if you review it daily. It’s through the course of repetition that our brains deepen that connection.
So if you want to have a strong and deep connection with your motivation, you’ll need to review it daily. Better yet, write it out daily.
Memorise your motivation
Do you remember that delinquent kid I mentioned earlier writing on the blackboard? Well, chances are they won’t forget the sentence “I will not spit in class”!
If you continue to write out your motivation daily, eventually you will have memorised it.
Memorisation is the proof that our brains have created a strong connection with the content we have memorised. We have hard-wired it into our minds so effectively that we can access it instantly without skipping a beat.
And when you have your motivation memorised, you are in effect, taking it with you wherever you go and in whatever you do. Your ‘fuel’ is now portable and can be accessed anytime, anywhere!
What to do if you lose your motivation
Stop and take stock
Do you still really want to achieve the goal that you initially started? Perhaps life has changed and this goal is no longer relevant or needed. Think about the goals you want to achieve in your life right now. Does this goal still fit?
Does the motivation that you identified before excite you? Being able to memorise your motivation may be all well and good, but if it’s as exciting as chanting your times tables, then it won’t be much good at all. (Unless of course, you find multiplication tables riveting!)
Ask yourself why you have lost motivation with your goal. Did you have a setback or disappointment? Did you experience failure along the way? Perhaps somebody’s remarks or opinion discouraged you.
Try and identify the cause of when and why you lost your motivation. This could shed some light on how you can get it back.
Write down some motivational quotes to boost your productivity
Find some quotes from inspiring people to add some fuel to your engine and to keep you focused on the job at hand.
It could be that an inspiring quote from someone you’ve never heard of is the thing you need to keep you going even through difficult times.
I watched the film Invictus featuring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. Freeman’s character, who is Nelson Mandela, said that he memorised a poem that fuelled him during his prison sentence. It’s called Invictus and was written by William Ernest Henley. It ends with the famous words:
I am the master of my fate,I am the captain of my soul.
These words are powerful. They remind me that although I am not the Creator of my soul, I am the captain of my soul. Being the captain means that I make decisions about what I do and where I go. And ultimately, the responsibility for my decisions falls on me. Also, the idea of being a captain brings to mind that fact that I have a mission to complete.
Can you find some words to fuel you into action? A few great places to start are the Bible, poetry, song lyrics, biographies, fictional books or a quote website like Brainy Quote.
Here’s a quote I like:'Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.' - Les BrownClick To Tweet
Great writers like C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens and Mark Twain have some great characters in their books that can be a fantastic source for motivational quotes.
Create a vision board to boost your productivity
If you are a visual person, creating a vision board will help to keep your motivation staring you in the face. I love this gold geometric vision board, or this exciting travel vision board. You can also get a simple notice board like this one and pimp it up!
Vision boards can act as visual cues and reminders to act.
In my experience, however, a vision board needs some interaction. Just like if you were to write down your motivation once and not touch it again, it won’t be effective, the same is true with vision boards. When you create a vision board, you should come back to it regularly to add to it or change things. And just like reviewing your motivation, daily interaction with your vision board is best.
Perhaps you can add a new quote of the day to your vision board. Or maybe you can pin a tracker to your vision board which you update daily. I’m sure that if you added a bag of chocolates to your board, it would see a lot of visits!
Find a reason to come back to your vision board every day if you want it to be truly effective.
Connect with a mentor to boost your productivity
One sure way to boost your productivity is to be with someone else who is ‘on fire’ so to speak. It’s as if through osmosis their fuel and passion transfers to you and provides you with enough fuel to get going. This is why conferences work. There’s almost a buzz of energy and electricity in the air!
Try to put yourself in the company of a mentor or someone you find motivational. Ideally, you’d want to be in their physical presence. But even if that’s not possible (some of my inspirations are no longer alive!), you can put yourself in their company virtually or remotely. This could be through reading a book or watching a video (such as a Ted talk), attending an online conference or webinar or even listening to a song.
You are the captain of your soul
So, my friend, it seems like you have some work to do!
Connect with your motivation by;
- writing it down
- reviewing it daily
- memorising it
Re-connect with your motivation by;
- taking stock
- asking what happened
- finding inspirational quotes
- creating a vision board
- connecting with a mentor
It is up to you. Your decisions are yours to make. And your mission in life awaits. You are the master of your fate and the captain of your soul.
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- How to Get Your Mornings Back on Track
- How to Plan Your Epic Year in a Day
Bring out your A-Game!
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