Motivation is what gets you started, Habit is what keeps you going. -Jim Ryun
It's really important to find the motivation to work on your dreams, but much important is to keep that motivation so you won't give up! so these are 7 tips to help to improve your motivation:
1- Believe in yourself:
They say it's not difficult to make a million dollar, but it's difficult to believe that you can! When you work on your own, believing in yourself would be the hardest part, it's hard to believe that what you're doing does worth it because often at your beginning you won't see much results, your results is your best motivation and when you can't see any then it's up to you to push yourself, don't ever think that you're not good enough, or that you can't make it, believing in yourself that's what make the difference between the successful and the unsuccessful.
2- Consider the importance of the efforts you're putting in:
It’s not about where you're starting from, success is not about talent, it’s about effort, no matter how smart or talented you think you are, no matter what others think of you, without putting in the effort, you won’t succeed, so work harder and make out the best of every single minute in your days. Just keep in your mind that the harder you'll work the luckier you'll become.
When it comes to work, never get satisfied, for the simple reason is that there will be always something to improve. Feeling unsatisfied would be the greatest motivation to change and to look for something better until you get something even better than what you've been expecting, I try often to get satisfied with my work, the tools I'm using and the methods I'm working with, and I've never regretted it!, don't settle for less while you can have better.
4- Be open to challenges:
No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, challenges and problems are going to be a part of your life, so either you’re moving towards the problem, or you’re in the problem or you’re coming out of the problem, we all have problems, be cool with it and don’t let it consume you, because once you get on the other side of the problem, that’s when you get stronger, grown up and that’s when life starts to change and attracts your dreams, anyway storms don’t last forever and you got to get through it, it may not be easy, but you have exactly what you need to get through it! life is full of problems and every day we're in a fight with ourselves, to be able to solve these problems!
5- Be open to change:
Change happens only when you open yourself to it, only when you truly convince yourself that you need it if you want better, don't be afraid, it's always better to try than to stay wondering your whole life, we need to change if we want to get better, always easy to say, hard to apply, and that's because of our addiction to our comfort zone, being comfortable that feels much better than the uncomfortable feeling, no one likes pain, failure, disappointments,.. but everyone likes success, well it's a matter of priorities, if you love success enough to let go you desire of you comfort zone, then you'll make that success.
6- Understand the illusions of procrastination:
we do procrastinate often about everything, sometimes we give reasons, like this is too hard, I'm not concentrated enough for it right now, I have a lot of things to do.. or we may just say that we're not in mood to do it! and so we put it off to its perfect time, which is illusion number one, there's no perfect time, we won't be ready until we do it, any moment can be a perfect moment!! another illusion is being in mood to do something, there's no such thing!! you'll be always in mood for the bad habits, but you won't be in mood for the good ones, so forget about your mood and do it anyway, you'll thank yourself later for that!
When you work on your dream, you won't have deadlines, you're free to work whenever you want and as much as you want, this may seem perfect, but you won't have always that motivation to keep you working and bringing out your best, sometimes you won't be in mood to work on your dream or for any other reason, there you'll understand the importance of the system!! since you're working on your own there won't be any system for you, so you need to create your own, start with putting deadlines, set down dates to have your work done! and make it as an obligation, no matter what, don't break it, I know you're free to break any rules, but I don't want you to regret it later, so don't! you may have a lot of free time, but know that you have a lot of work to do too! it wouldn't be the same as a real deadline, but at least you're doing your best!!