How To Get Motivated TO Change Your Life

6 Ways To Get Motivated To Change Your Life

Being motivated is a key thing to have if you plan to achieve anything each day or in life itself. However, staying motivated all the time is almost an impossible task and sometimes you do need something to give you that ‘pick-me-up’ moment. I love this quote below by Zig Ziglar below on motivation.

“Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.” ― Zig Ziglar

We would all like to be motivated 100% of time, but sometimes, it actually takes you take some simple actions yourself first. Here are 6 simple ways to motiivated to change your life below:

What Really Drives You?

Motivation can be elusive for a lot of people. As much as we’d like to have that feeling on tap, it just seems to dry up every now and then.

Motivation can make a massive impact on your life. Without it, it’s way harder to accomplish your goals and make your dreams happen.

A study from a network of universities in Spain shows that the neurochemical dopamine plays a crucial role in motivation. Dopamine used to be only associated with positive emotions, but as it turns out, it also affects your desire to get things done.

What happens is that this hormone fires in the brain while anticipating a desired outcome. This, in turn, can motivate a person to make that outcome happen.

In another study, scientists found that rats were more likely to go through obstacles to get to some food if they had higher levels of dopamine.

This shows that the feeling of motivation is something that comes from inside us. However, there are also external factors to consider.

And if you can put these together, you’ll create a healthy cycle. With that, let’s a look at how you can inject more motivation into your life.

#1: Jumpstart Your Dopamine Production

Jumpstart Your Dopamine
Jumpstart Your Dopamine With Exercise

Physical activity is one way you can directly influence your brain chemistry and set the stage for feeling motivated.

Exercise is a great way to trigger the release of feel-good hormones. Aside from dopamine, there’s also serotonin, adrenaline, and endorphins that can put you in a state of post-workout bliss.

Don’t underestimate the link between your overall health and mental well-being. These have a direct effect on your level of motivation, so make the time for cardio and other related activities.

But you don’t need to have an elaborate workout routine or splurge on fancy equipment and a gym membership. You can sweat it out on a budget by going on YouTube and making a playlist of basic exercises.

Talking walks is also incredibly beneficial, too. And best of all, you can spend as little as 15-30 minutes a day doing this.

As you keep up this routine, you’ll feel better about yourself and feel motivated to do more. Suddenly, you’ll find the time for longer workouts and start doing other exercises as well.

Try doing it with other activities like watching TV or listening to an inspiring podcast. Also, you can do it during your work breaks to stay energized throughout the day.

Starting with baby steps makes it less overwhelming to get into this habit. Ease yourself into it, and you’re more likely to build traction and stick to it.

#2: Get Inspired

Get Inspired
Watch/Listen/Read about someone who inspires you. (Middleweight World Boxing Champion GGG)

Another way to light that fire inside you is by looking to other people who have the level of success you want. Study their process and the steps they took to get where they are today.

Chances are they have a book, video blog, podcast or some other medium where they teach other people to follow in their footsteps. Reading about their accomplishments and learning their story is an external source of motivation you can internalize.

Research from the American Psychological Association (APA) uncovered a phenomenon where you can create what they call “intrinsic rewards” by observing other people.

When you see someone enjoying what they do, that feeling is almost contagious. So in a way, these people can actually pass their motivation onto YOU.

#3: Get In The Driver’s Seat

Get In The Driver Seat
Take control of your actions and goals

Studies also show that the more you feel in control of a task or project, the more motivated you’ll be to see it through. On the contrary, feeling forced to do something drains your energy to get it done.

Most people don’t realize they act like their own boss and crack the whip on themselves. Not only is this approach demoralizing, but it’s also incredibly demotivating.

Instead, try this little exercise:

Imagine negotiating with yourself, like a worker would with his or her boss. Discuss the things you need to get done today or this week and figure out what you’d get out of it.

In this dialogue, start off by telling yourself, “Ok, so you need to come up with five business ideas today and choose the best one. Also, you need to do cardio for 15 minutes, either in the morning or afternoon.”

Then you’d say, “Ok, but if I do that, I get to watch an hour of Netflix or catch up on my book… whichever I feel like doing later.”

After you’ve gone back and forth and worked out the terms, you can shake on it and get to work.

By giving yourself options to choose from, you’ll feel more empowered – which, of course, boosts your motivation in the process.

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#4: Get Real With Your Goals

Get real with your Goals
Chop your main goals down into many

Further research from the APA shows that you have a higher chance of getting work done (by up to 90 percent, in fact) by breaking down your big goals into smaller, specific tasks.

By quantifying your goals with a specific metric (e.g., do 30 pushups and 10 burpees in 30 minutes), it feels more concrete and doable. Once you have these mini-goals in place, you can start tackling them one by one.

Write your big goals, then make a list of related tasks under each one. Do this a day in advance (like the night before) so you can hit the ground running first thing in the morning.

Then as you chip away significant chunks from your overall goal, the more motivated you’ll feel.

Every time you accomplish one of these smaller, specific goals, you’ll be rewarded with a small dose of dopamine. This will give you the push you need to keep going until you’ve cleared all of your tasks.

#5: Visualize Your Future

Visualize your future
Visualize your future and sucess

While it’s crucial to get motivation from accomplishing your goals, it’s also helpful to give yourself a dopamine boost before getting started.

As such, you’ll find that it’s hugely beneficial to develop the habit of creating a vivid picture of your desired outcome. Spend about 5-10 minutes every day visualizing yourself enjoying your dream life as if it’s happening now.

Like we discussed earlier, rats are more motivated to overcome those obstacles just by anticipating the reward for doing it. In the same way, thinking about the results of your hard work will release neurochemicals that will get you pumped for the task ahead.

Think about what it would FEEL like to finally get your big goals done. Imagine the people in your life congratulating you and complimenting you on your efforts.

When you know exactly what’s waiting for you on the other side, you’ll suddenly lose all the excuses that were holding you back.

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#6: Positivity In, Negativity Out

Positivity
Always Choose Positivity

Your beliefs also have a great deal to do with being motivated. Perception is a dominant force, and it can dictate the very course of your life.

Aside from visualizing the outcome, giving yourself the right beliefs is also an effective way to design your reality.

Affirmations are an excellent way to do this. These are statements you can repeat to yourself so you can rewire your belief system.

A lot of people operate on destructive beliefs because of bad experiences from the past. As a result, they go around carrying labels like “loser,” “hopeless case” and “damaged.”

Going through life with this kind of baggage won’t just destroy your motivation…

… but undermine everything you do every step of the way.

That’s why you need to rewrite that story in your head by using powerful statements.

Here’s how to get started:

Think about the qualities you have that will help you accomplish your goals. Also, think about the things you’re grateful for.

Use these thoughts as the basis of your affirmations. These will remind you that you have what it takes to break past your limitations.

As with visualizing, pretend that it’s happening at the PRESENT moment – and not at some point in the future.

That way, you’ll feel empowered from knowing that you’re living that great truth here and NOW.

Here are four examples of affirmations you can use:

– Every day, I am getting stronger, smarter and healthier.

– I am a strong person who can deal with every obstacle and challenge that I encounter.

– My life is filled with infinite opportunities to succeed, and I make the most of them every day.

– I am surrounded by people who love and support me, and they want me to succeed.

Feel free to use affirmations or create your own. The more detailed, the better.

It’s more effective when you say these affirmations (either out loud or in your mind) right after doing your visualization exercises. You can do them right before going to bed or make it part of your morning ritual.

All of these habits have helped me plug the leaks in my “motivation tank.” If I’m feeling a bit jaded, fatigued or burnt out, I make sure I’m doing each of these steps enough so I don’t run on empty.

On top of staying motivated, however, there’s one more habit that got me out of my own funk.

You see, there was a time where I couldn’t overcome that inertia I felt. I was successful and fulfilled on the outside, but people around me didn’t know I felt burned out and desperate.

I started to feel like an impostor… until I accidentally came across a life-changing secret – The Law of Attraction.

By making a small but powerful change in my mindset, I suddenly found the power to become the most authentic version of myself.

And more importantly, I could attract every opportunity, just like that and all sorts of blessings flowed into my life effortlessly.

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10 thoughts on “6 Ways To Get Motivated To Change Your Life”

  1. Wow, this is a very motivating article, we all need an article of this sort everyday to give us the insight that we really need to know that moving forward and continuing without being discouraged or worried is the key to life. It’s very important to know the reason why you’re doing what ever you do, if your able to find out, then it becomes your drive. Thanks for sharing this techniques, truly, physical activities like workouts really helps and also other too will be of great effectiveness. You always have nice points to offer in your article that why I love reading them. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Hi Drea, thanks for the comment again and I’m glad you like reading my blog 🙂 

      I completely agree, I honestly believe exercise or some sort physical activity can really help you get back on track, you just have to take action first! You always feel so much better after you do this! 

      Thanks again for commenting!

      J

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  2. Hello there, you have shared such an awesome post and I really learnt how to get motivated again. Taking charge of our lives required us to focus more in what makes us unique rather than following the usual trend of following all others. We need to identify with ourselves and get realistic with our goals. Making it our priority and working towards it while having in mind to have a constant source of inspiration from a higher person in the field. Thanks

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    • Thanks for the comment Rodarick! I think its important to be realistic with your goals, but if you have a big dream and aspirations, don’t give up ever. Always visualize and believe you can get there. 

      Thanks again! 

      J

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  3. Hi Jamie,

    Thank you for writing such an inspirational post on how to get yourself motivated, I’m sure many people will find what you have written a tremendous help. I get that not everyone can be motivated most of the time so maybe we all need a little inspiration to get us going. I like to walk a lot, I always feel good afterwards, it must be the dopamine release, listening to others who ate successful is a great way to get your mojo back and make yourself get up and go again, life is full of setbacks so without willpower and motivation one can’t overcome these obstacles. Well done,

    Fintan

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    • Thanks for this lovely comment Fitan. I’m glad you found it inspirational and hopefully it can help others out who are needing that extra motivation in their lives. As you said life is full of setbacks it’s how you find something to deep inside to help get your mojo back. 

      Thanks again Fitan 

      J

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  4. In life, getting discouraged is a normal thing and it’s not a crimes if anyone is but giving up at the point of being discouraged is what defines failure and to me, the choice of failure is a crime, because of this, I try as much as possible to so things that will keep me motivated and working out is one of them. Also getting inspired is also a very important key to being motivated. I’ve learned a lot from this article, thanks for sharing it, I’ll share it with some other people.

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    • Thanks for the comment and I’m glad you’ve managed to take something from this article! Hopefully it can help some more people! 

      Thanks 

      J

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  5. This is a very inspiring and motivating post, thank you Jamie. Mountain bike is my passion and your content fits for that as it does for countless lifestyles and needs; it’s relevant to anybody and following your simple steps brings results. They need to teach this stuff in all schools worldwide, it really does make massive differences in peoples lives.

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    • Thanks for the comment Steve. I hope this will help bring more motivation to people out there needing that spark to get back on track. It’s impossible to be motivated 100% of the time, it’s how you can get back to it that can help you.

      Thanks again
      J

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