Motivation isn’t something you learn once and keep forever. You have to keep stoking the flame and give it constant attention.
If you do this, you’ll move through each day with fiery purpose. You’ll remember the direction you want to take and adjust your actions accordingly.
To keep you inner game going strong, use these 5 tactics – daily.
1. Fall in Love with Quotes
Nothing beats reading motivational quotes when you’re feeling low.
“Sometimes when things are falling apart, they may actually be falling into place.” –Unknown
During difficult times, we become hyper-focused on getting back to how things were before, and we miss the opportunity to learn something new along the way.
When we keep an open mind and allow life to carry us in a new direction, we open ourselves to the possibility of discovering something better.
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” –Theodore Roosevelt
If you believe a sugar pill will cure your common cold, then it will! That’s how the placebo effect works. On the other hand, if you believe you can’t achieve a full recovery, then you won’t. That’s how the nocebo effect works.
What we believe becomes our reality. Choose to believe in your potential, and let it manifest.
“I don’t want my pain and struggle to make me a victim. I want my battle to make me someone else’s hero.” –Unknown
Many individuals who survive chronic illness end up turning their story, passion, and purpose into a greater good. Instead of sulking in victimhood, they start nonprofits, become inspirational speakers, or spend their time raising awareness for their cause.
Become someone else’s hero by turning your obstacle into an opportunity.
2. Read Inspirational Blogs
When inspirational quotes start to get old, you can find deeper lessons in motivational blogs.
Some of our favorites are:
- Tiny Buddha – great advice on living through adversity
- Pick the Brain – for motivation, productivity, and health
- Zen Habits – for simple, yet powerful, self-development
Whatever your favorite blogs are (we hope we make your list), visit them frequently to keep your motivation tank full.
3. Utilize this Mind Trick
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” ― Napoleon Hill
Visualization is a powerful technique that can boost your recovery in just 30 seconds a day.
When we visualize ourselves performing difficult tasks, it mentally trains us to perform that task. Then when it comes time to take action, you’ll know exactly what to do – and you have less excuses because you’ve already seen it done!
Professional athletes use this trick all the time, especially before big competitions. They visualize themselves taking off will full speed and perfect form, and it helps them follow through.
Visualization helps boost your motivation by making it easier for you to do the things you don’t want to do. For example, if you dread your stroke rehabilitation exercises at home, then start visualizing yourself doing them.
You’ll find that after repeating these visualizations over and over, you’ll be more inclined to just do it.
4. Don’t Skip the Basics
To find lasting motivation, you need to have determination, energy, a clear head, and steady emotions. It also helps to feel well-balanced and centered.
Meditation helps with all of these.
Daily meditation helps alleviate common post stroke side effects like depression, balance issues, tiredness, and fatigue. Meditation also helps grow your brain in the areas responsible for attention, emotion regulation, and mental flexibility.
See what other stroke survivors are saying about this crucial habit.
5. Find Your Motivation Type
There are 3 types of motivators:
- Positive motivators, where we take action to gain something good
- Negative motivators, where we take action to avoid something bad
- Identity motivators, where we take action because it’s part of who we are
The strongest motivators are identity motivators because they’re not contingent upon our results.
When we’re motivated by gaining something good, it’s easy to lose steam when the good never comes. The same concept applies when we perform to avoid something bad.
However, when we’re motivated to work hard because working hard is part of who we are, we never lose steam. We keep going because we refuse to sacrifice our integrity.
Whatever your highest self looks like, start to identify as already having those characteristics.
Soon your actions will align with them, and your goals will be that much closer.
Which type of motivation do you use?
What’s your favorite motivational quote?
Cruise on down to the comments section and share your thoughts with us!