5 Tips To Spice Up Your Motivation

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5 Tips To Spice Up Your Motivation

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Do you ever wonder how some people find the energy or motivation to keep pushing? Have you ever felt like you were once very motivated but now not so much?

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Motivation has much to do with your mind-set and your mind-set is created, built, or maintained by your reactions or interactions with everyday life. Would you like to spice up your motivation or bring back the pep to your step?

Here are 5 tips that will help:

  1. Change your input. As a one-time computer programmer I remember the days when we talked about GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) and the same is true for your motivation. If you are chronically plagued with naysayers and negativity it will be difficult for you to break free to become more motivated. Consider reading a book that excites you, watch a movie or YouTube video, or subscribe to a blog that gives you daily motivation and inspiration.
  2. Celebrate others. Sometimes you might find yourself feeling a little trapped and unable to break free from what seems like your fate to underachieve. Look around you and find others who are experiencing emerging success. Instead of feeling envy, help them to celebrate their success, congratulate them, and build them up. You might be surprised to learn their achievements have not come easily and you’ll find new ways to achieve more.
  3. Focus on your purpose. Consider why you do what you do or why you are pursuing your goals and objectives. For example, the purpose of your job might not be about earning money, it is about providing for your family or paying for the house or that car you love so much. Find meaning in what you do, go deeper to understand why, and consider that sometimes your purpose is about the journey not the end result.
  4. Talk with others. I sometimes joke with people that they should find two people who are motivated, join them, and act like a crowd. You can walk into a room and feel the energy, or you can feel the defeat. Surround yourself with people and situations that are uplifting not downshifting. When you feel a bit of their excitement it will often renew your own.
  5. Take a break. Persistence is something that will definitely make a difference for your life, but like most living things we also require sleep, nourishment, and sometimes a mental or physical break. Doing things in smaller pieces instead of all at one time not only helps to keep things in perspective but it also improves the quality. Consider where you’re going, and that you probably can’t get there in one fell swoop, so step back from time-to-time, get some rest, and refresh.

Motivation is a very individualized process and sometimes people get very motivated by pushing harder, working harder, or even focusing on things that they don’t like or that make them angry. The great news is that it is your choice, and you get to decide what motivates you the most, or motivates you in a particular situation.

If you get a burst of energy from proving you can do 25 pushups because somebody told you that you couldn’t, then go for it. If you get a burst of energy from watching a Rocky Balboa marathon on television, then watch it. If you feel alive and excited by making a difference for someone else that might be in greater need than you, then do it.


Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a four-time author and some of his work includes, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce and Pivot and Accelerate, The Next Move Is Yours! Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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November 23, 2016at 11:42 am

Interesting. What motivates you?

    Dennis Gilbert

    November 24, 2016at 8:37 am

    I am typically very motivated, it isn’t really a struggle spot for me. When I need a little extra I use some of the techniques mentioned here. 🙂

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