After reading this book, you should know what different types of motivation there are, including both positive and negative intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. You also know that not every type of motivation will motivate everyone- some will be motivated by growth and/or achievement, others by incentive and/or fear, others by power and/or social factors.
You need to set goals that inspire you based on the motivation and factors that drive you. Everyone will suffer losses of inspiration and motivation due to unexpected challenges or lack of success over time. It’s key to find motivation in the environment around you to keep your levels of motivation high so you achieve more of your goals.
Establishing a positive, successful mindset is also key to being able to attain more of your goals. It’s much harder to attain goals when you have a negative, disdainful mindset. Review the successes you’ve already had and talk to family, friends, and/or a psychologist about any apprehension you have about your own abilities to achieve your goals. Especially after a difficult day, take some to relax, unwind, and listen to some inspirational music and/or CDs/DVDs to recharge and come back more motivated to handle the challenges that stand in the way of your goals.
It’s important to align your values with your work to ensure you remain motivated and committed to achieving your goals. Working for a company or running a business that runs contrary to your values is not going to motivate you to work harder, as working harder will lead to exemplifying values that run contrary to your own. In other words, you won’t be true to yourself, which is why you need to align your values with your work to remain motivated and strive harder to attain your goals.
Surrounding yourself with positive, successful people can keep your motivation high and encourage you to strive harder for your goals. You can also learn to improve your skill set by learning from these people. A mentor can also help to motivate you to strive harder for your goals. He/She can help you to avoid or minimize the pitfalls and/or challenges he/she has faced, plus you can turn to him/her when you have questions or doubts on what to do next. Any “fee” he/she may ask for will likely be worth the additional motivation and benefits you receive from him/her.