How to Stay Driven and Super Focused
Motivation is easy to get, but hard to maintain. It’s easy to get excited about a new business idea, diet, or project at the start, but as soon as you get into it, the motivation wanes. Why is this? It’s because of willpower. If something really excites us then we feel motivated, so our willpower to start is at a high point. But when have started and we face adversity, we start to lose willpower. That’s pretty much why most people fail to achieve their goals.
People assume that the only reason people do actually succeed is because they have some sort of ‘secret formula’ but in fact it just comes down to consistency: maintaining the motivation and discipline to keep going. Here’s a list of my most effective ways to get motivated, stay motivated, and in turn get results.
I once heard somewhere that your brain is most impressionable during the first 20 minutes of waking up. So what can we take from this? It’s simple. LISTEN (easier than reading first thing in the morning!) to some sort of motivational speech in those first 20 minutes. It will kick start your day with a burst of motivation that, paired with your fresh daily willpower, will set you up for a successful day.
It’s easy to find these videos, I search on YouTube or Spotify for motivational speeches and listen to whatever I feel like. It just pumps you up, makes you feel ready to take on any challenge that day. What’s great about this is, if you commit to doing it every day, your mind will be conditioned to waking up motivated and excited for your day, every day.
Don’t just write goals, READ them
Writing goals has so many benefits: It gives you guidance, allows you to gage how well you’re progressing, and motivates you. But just writing them down and leaving them means you may as well have never even written them down in the first place.
Commit to reading your goals at least once a day, if not two or three times. This works the same way as the motivational speeches. It conditions your brain. It means you are in tune with your vision and never lack clarity, but more importantly your goals are always in the back of your mind. They are always there, screaming at you to get closer to them. It’s a subtle reminder to keep going. They’re waiting for you.
I picked this idea up from Robin Sharma recently. It’s about celebrating small achievements at the end of the day. If you write down three things you achieved and are proud of each day, it’ll keep you in the progression mindset. What I mean by that is you will be able to track your progress each day, and you will know what to improve on. Therefore, you will stay happy, but always stay hungry for more. What better motivation than to have that accountability meeting with yourself every night. I make sure I get those three achievements in; I don’t want to let myself down!
This is similar but probably more effective than writing and reading your goals. A big factor in the drive and ultimate success of an individual is down to how bad they want it. And how bad they want it comes from WHY they want it. If their reasoning behind it is so meaningful that they simply can’t imagine life without reaching their goals, then they’re going to stop at nothing to get there.
A great exercise to convince your brain that you HAVE to get there, is to write down 100 reasons why you want what you want. This exercise can be hard (100 reasons is A LOT of reasons), but if you can think of 100 reasons then your vision will become a lot clearer. You’ll be equipped with a wealth of reasons to keep going. Any time you feel like giving up, read through those reasons. Some may stand out more than others, but if they mean enough to you, they might just give you that extra motivation to keep going even when everything is against you.
These methods are designed to condition your brain to become addicted to progress. I encourage you to try all of them. Get in the habit of listening to motivational speeches every morning and you will always start your days with unparalleled enthusiasm. Read your goals/reasons behind them daily and you will never lose the drive to persist. Reward yourself, but look for where you can improve. Staying motivated means consistent progress. Effectively, someone who is always motivated is a force of nature. So be that person!