Motivation is tough to maintain. Whenever I first think of an idea or a project I want to work on, I feel great. I’m inspired, I have all this fresh energy, I’m motivated, and I feel like nothing can stop me. After a few attempts, a couple of days or whatever the situation may be I begin to get discouraged. For example, every semester at Morehouse starts the same. I’m so pumped and excited to be there, and I just know for certain that this is going to be my 4.0 semester. Two weeks in I’m counting down the days until the next break.
When I was writing my book, I was so ecstatic; I thought to myself,
“This is going to change so many lives.
“This is going to be such an accomplishment.”
“I can’t wait to publish my first book.”
After I had written my first draft, I was ready to give up on the entire process. With all I attempt to accomplish, it is hard to stay motivated and inspired.
When talking to my friends and classmates, I realized I’m not alone. One thing that my millennial peers struggle with the most is maintaining motivation. In our fast-paced, technological and privileged society, it is hard to find motivation. As a millennial in this day and age, everything we want is at our fingertips.
I can have food delivered to me through UberEats. I have on-demand cable programming at my dispense with streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. I can also make mobile purchases right from the comfort of my dorm with online shopping services like Amazon Prime. It is no wonder why anyone would be less than motivated to do anything when we are victims of such 24/7 instant gratification.
Although technology is always changing, one thing that will never go out of style is hard work. Hard work can only be endured by a strong sense of motivation. Many authors, self-help guru’s and bloggers address this topic, so I thought I should take a shot at it. Here are my
5 Ways To Stay Motivated And Accomplish Anything
1. Visualization is everything.
In my book, “Dealing With This Thing Called Life” I talked about how meeting Kim Kardashian taught me the power of visualization. I’m not going to go into deep detail about that whole experience, but I will say visualization is powerful, and it works! Whenever you have a goal that you want to accomplish, visualize yourself accomplishing that goal down to the simplest detail. Before I even had a finished manuscript, I drew out the cover of my book on a piece of notebook paper and taped it to the front of a book that I thought would be the size of mine when it was published. Every time I would work on it, I looked at that drafted book cover, and it would get me motivated. With any goal, write it out or draw it out and keep that vision visible so you can see it when you get discouraged. That practice alone will motivate you like you wouldn’t even believe. Trust me it works.
2. Be Intentional
Ralph Waldo Emerson once eloquently stated, “A good intention clothes itself with sudden power.” That quote is accurate. When you know what your intention is and it comes from a positive place that only will motivate you. If you plan to lose 15 pounds by the end of the summer with the intention of showing off your new revenge body in the fall, that’s a good intention. Every time you are tempted to order Popeye’s new $5 box, (telling on myself here) remember your intention, when you know your “why” it makes it easy to accomplish whatever it is you are trying to do. With any goal always ask yourself, What is the big picture? That question will lead you to your intention and your intention to your motivation.
3. Surround Yourself With Great Company
The Bible has a scripture that says, “Bad company ruins good morals” (1 Corinthians 15:33) There’s also another quote that says, “Surround yourself with people that reflect who you want to be and how you want to feel” both messages are the same. Surround yourself with good people. Whenever I have a goal or project I want to accomplish I always share it with a friend, Firstly, so they can hold me accountable when I slip up and second, because they can encourage me along the way. Don’t be afraid to tell your goals to your friends. If you’re scared to tell your goals to your friends, then you need new friends. There is nothing more uplifting and motivating than someone reminding you; you can do what seems to be impossible.
4. Listen to Good Music
There is nothing like a song to lift my productivity when I’m feeling uninspired. When I’m not listening to Beyonce, Kanye or Rihanna, I turn to a lot positive, uplifting music to get me motivated and inspired. Everyone has that one song that makes them feel good and motivated. I highly doubt Desiigner’s “Panda” is going to motivate you to write up that business plan you’ve been pondering or even apply to those scholarships you’ve been putting off. Find a good positive song that speaks directly to you and motivates you. Whenever you feel discouraged or lazy play that song, and sing it as loud as you can, maybe even dance if you feel so moved. I ensure you singing an uplifting song will make you feel like you can take on the world.
5. Look To Good Role Models
When you see someone who is already where you are and doing the kinds of work, you wish to do; that alone is motivating. Seeing it in physical form gives you reassurance that what you are trying to do is not impossible. If you have a goal or something you are struggling with try to find a good role model who has done what you have already done. When I get discouraged and unmotivated, I look to Steve Harvey. I always think if he can be a successful, strong, inspiring black man who reaches the masses maybe I can too. Having him as a role model in my mind keeps me motivated continually.
Don’t ever tell yourself that something is too big or too immaculate for you to achieve. With hard work, positivity and motivation you can do anything. I hope that after reading this article; you feel excited and motivated; now that you know these skills go out there and make it happen. You deserve it.