“It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts”Robert H. Schuller
Motivation is the reason you want to accomplish something or pursue a specific goal. Motivation can either sustain you over time or fade away, causing you to revert to old habits.
Motivating ourselves starts with our reasons for wanting to accomplish something, but it is also affected by a number of other factors, such as our perception of ourselves and our goals.
The Motivation Process
Motivation is what keeps you going, no matter how good or how bad things are. The word motivation is derived from the word motive, which is a requirement that you have that needs to be met.
“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people t make it worth the effort.”Herm Albright
Whether influenced by society, role models, culture, or your own beliefs, your motivations influence your determination to achieve a goal despite obstacles and difficulties you may face. What inspires you to repeat a certain action is your motivation.
Understanding Positive Thinking and Motivating Yourself
It takes positive thinking to motivate yourself to do things that seem difficult or tedious, or that are meant to help you establish new habits. You can identify the benefits of staying the course when you have a positive mindset. By connecting what is important to you and your beliefs, positive thinking helps you clarify what you really want. It is difficult to stay motivated to do anything if your actions do not align with your internal compass.
“If things aren’t going so well, I try to stay positive and not give in to negative thoughts.”Rosanna Arquette
The power of positive thinking offers you the opportunity to see that you have the choice to be anything in the world that you want. It is also important to identify why you want something, and this reason must be powerful enough to push you through until you achieve your goal. Before you start, think positively to help you clarify your “why.”
You can also use positive thinking when troubles strike (as they always do).
People with a more positive outlook recognize that obstacles are only temporary and that every problem can be solved.
Positive mentality can motivate you to persevere through failures and past obstacles, motivating you to keep trying or, if need be, start over.
“We can change our future by merely changing our attitude to the positive. Simple yet powerful!”Zeenat Merchant Syal
There are many positive thinking techniques available to help motivate you, too.
Visuals are not only a great way to stay motivated but they can also keep you thinking positively.
For example, you can encourage yourself to lose weight by decorating your house with pictures of yourself in a smaller size if you’re trying to lose weight.
Similarly, you can put together a vision board with pictures that represent each aspect of your life and encourage you to live your dream life.
Positive images have a strong influence on the brain and keep you motivated to remain focused.
In addition to motivating you, positive thinking will help you face and overcome any fears that are holding you back.
“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”Willie Nelson
Fear of failure, fear of being discovered as a fraud, and fear of missing out are among the concerns that can guide our subconscious minds.
The ability to think positively can allow you to see your actual reality and circumstances more clearly, eliminating or reducing the fears that can stop you from reaching your goals.
“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble yet reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy.”
Your motivation can be boosted by using positive thinking to help you change things in your life that are within your control.
Positive thinking also frees up your motivation to focus on making progress toward your goals by allowing you to stop worrying about things you cannot control.
You are more likely to succeed when you are emotionally motivated and focused on your goal.