This article contains some of the best motivation tips I discovered over the years. It’s going to be a rapid-fire list full of actionable advice based on scientific understanding of the human mind.
You’re probably looking for motivation in all places because our culture is so focused on high-achievement. In my estimation, the most amount of determination comes from working towards a higher aim, making an unequivocal decision to succeed, re-enforcing this decision every day, and then persisting until you reach your goals. In fact, if you’re really serious about it, you should read Goals by Brian Tracy. It will change your life.
You’re 30 and still struggling? Rather than thinking there’s something wrong with you, stay patient. Success takes time, but you can vastly accelerate it by utilizing the quick-list of motivation chargers available below.
75 Motivation Boosters That’ll Make You Work Harder
1. Find your “why”
You need the “reason why”. This is crucial not only in personal development but in the world of business and leadership as well. You need to persuade yourself to do things. You
want a million dollars? Why is that? You want to be in better shape? Why? The more reasons you can write down, the higher your level of motivation will be.
2. Become super competent at what you do
One of the traits of highly motivated people is that they really enjoy what they do. Without this simple ingredient it will be much harder to do what’s necessary to succeed. Hint: the better you are at what you do, the more you will like doing it.
3. Practice the Golden Hour
Start your day strong by drinking water with wheat grass powder, meditating, setting your goals and listening to positive audio-books. Make it a habit.
4. Practice Visualization
Lie down, put on good music, close your eyes and for 15 minutes imagine your future success. Make it as vivid as possible.
5. Write your goals down every day
It will program them into your unconscious and you’ll find yourself moving towards them automatically.
6. Use positive affirmations
“I like myself! I’m the best at what I do! I can do it! Do it now!” – repeat them in your mind with confidence. And the best one: “I am responsible”.
7. Serve others – turn your attention outwards
Overcome the natural tendency for selfishness. Provide excellent service and spread love simply because it makes the world a better place.
Read “Be Obsessed or Be Average” by Grant Cardone and do what he teaches in the book. It will motivate you to work harder towards your dreams.
9. Listen to motivational audio programs
10. Aim to achieve the state of flow
Flow boosts your productivity like nothing else. At your desk put on your favorite fast music and correlate its rhythm with the task you work on.
11. Hold yourself accountable through other people
When someone depends on your performance, you’ll be much more accountable. Put yourself in this situation.
12. Publicly announce your goals
This is controversial but telling your close friend or a lover you’re going to do it can have a strong effect on your commitment.
13. Use „forced self-discipline”
When something absolutely has to be done before a certain deadline – it will be done. Put yourself in this situation.
14. Make it competitive
Who is going to do more? Establish bonus systems for high performance and compete with others.
15. Go where the expectations are high
Work in places where there’s pressure to perform. Don’t join the easy crowd. That’s from Jim Rohn.
16. Attend seminars and watch inspirational speeches
You can start with Steve Job’s commencement address at MIT. Htpp
17. Work with a master of your craft
Go to a hands-on workshop about your craft and hone your skills like crazy. Learn from the best.
18. Find a life partner who will motivate you
They need to support your goals and go somewhere in life. Otherwise it will be a struggle.
19. Mind Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and motivation model
Note that before you go to self-actualization and transcendence, you have to satisfy love and esteem needs.
20. Promise that you will do it
If you’re a person of integrity, the words “I promise” hold a tremendous value.
21. Create meaning in your life
What brings meaning to your life? Love? Work? Adventure? Helping others? Do more of that.
22. Tie your daily struggles to a bigger goal
Your small daily steps must lead to a bigger, overarching goal that will be like a beacon – calling you forward.
23. Listen to motivational music
Notice how different types of music make you feel. Pick the ones with the highest energetic potential for your psyche.
24. Idealize your future
If you could wave a magic wand, what miracles would you conjure in your life?
25. Give yourself rewards for high performance
There’s nothing like a good reward to motivate a mammal to work harder. What’s your carrot on the stick?
26. Plan every day in advance
Complete your list the night before and set priorities. You will be more organized the next day.
27. Eat that frog
This comes from the book by the same title. Do your hardest task first and the rest will take care of itself.
28. Drink coffee
Drink it slowly and with cream – it will give you more sustainable energy in this way.
29. Drink matcha or yerba mate
30. Set tight deadlines
Don’t be paranoid but remind yourself of the deadlines – how much time do you still have to get it done? If you miss it, set another one. You need a forcing system.
31. Be motivated by your family
Why the rappers and hustlers say: “I do it for my fam’ bro!”? It’s because it’s one of the most powerful motivators – especially if you’re an Alpha male.
32. Eat lightly
If you stuff yourself with food, you’ll be like a groggy bear coming out of its slumber. But with light food you’re like a cheetah ready to pounce.
33. Let sex motivate you
Good old in and out is one of the main human drivers. In “Think and Grow Rich” Napoleon Hill talks about sexual transmutation. You transfer sexual energy to other aims in life.
34. Get lots of sleep
If you want to knock it out of the park every day, you’ll need at least 7-8 of sleep. Set a regular sleep schedule, make it quiet, dark, and with right temperature and you’ll wake up like a productivity ninja.
35. Let food motivate you
If you have gourmand-ish tendencies, you can set up a nice dinner at a restaurant near the end of the week. But first promise yourself that you will work hard and work-out during the week.
36. Respect your circadian rhythm
Your body functions in energetic rhythms. Most people achieve peak levels of productivity in the morning so work on your most important task from 8:00 AM till 12:00 PM. After lunch, take a few minutes to meditate and stabilize your energy before coming back.
37. Set rewards based on activity
Remember the law of averages – on average, certain activities will bring certain results. If you do 10 calls, you will on average close 1 sale. If you write 10 articles, on average you’ll increase your website traffic by 1000 visitors per month.
Play a game – for every 10 (or 15 or 50), you earn a reward of your choice.
38. Drink lots of water
I’m always dismayed at a sight of person who refuses to drink lots of water. It’s the source of life and your body requires lots of it to function properly. Like 3 or 4 liters per day. And I’m talking purified water – not the toxins from the tap.
39. Have a group of motivated friends
“You’re the average of 5 people you hang around the most with”. Jim Rohn got it right. If they’re motivated and moving forward, you’re likely to be the same. If they’re lazy and unproductive all day…
It’s a principle of consistency in psychology. You act consistently with your reference group.
40. During tough times come back to your vision
When going gets tough, it’s important to look at how far you’ve come and remind yourself that El Dorado is still there waiting to be claimed. Let the vision pull you through.
41. Think about your potential
The potential of your mind to learn new things is infinite. You can be so much more. And deep down you know about it. So go for it!
42. Engage in the “Dickens Process”
I’ve learned this exercise from Tony Robbins. Just like Scrooge from the Christmas Carol, you are going to be visited by three ghosts: of the past, of the present and of the future. Think about the beliefs from the past and present that are holding you back and replace them with positive ones. This will help you to build the ideal future.
43. Get addicted to success
When you complete your tasks, you experience “The Winning Feeling” or what psychologists call “performance based self-esteem”. It basically means that the more you win, the better you feel, and the more your brain becomes wired for success. In the motivational circles, they call it the upward spiral of success.
44. Be an inspiration to others
When you know that other people depend on you, you’re much more likely to perform at higher levels. Jocko Willink, the Navy Seal wakes up every morning at 4:30 AM and posts a picture of his watch on Twitter. He’s inspiring others and holding himself accountable at the same time.
45. Meet your idols
Successful, hard-working people often travel from one side of the country to the other just to pay $500 for a seminar or a workshop that will give them information and inspiration to succeed.
46. Use binaural motivational music
Binaural music is a wonderful technology for shifting your mind state and increasing your level of motivation. Here’s an example of a great Theta track that you can use to experiment (listen with good headphones). Try different tracks and see which ones work for you.
47. Stop distractions
Put your phone in “plane” mode, put on your earphones to avoid auditory distractions (such as your co-workers), close all unnecessary tabs (like email, news and social media), and plunge into your work like a cormorant plunges after his pray.
48. Start your workday like a boss
Don’t be casual about getting to your desk in the morning. Have everything ready asap (preferably be the first person at work), and complete half of your to-do list when other people still chat at the coffee table.
49. Mind the 80/20 rule
80% of your results will come from 20% of your activities. Don’t full yourself with easy tasks that don’t bring any measurable value. Concentrate on the vital few.
50. Be in excellent physical shape
Cardiovascular and strength exercises will give more oxygen and energy to your body. This will lead to creative bursts and higher stress resilience.
By re-living stories of historical game-changers, you will absorb knowledge that’ll help you face your own challenges and overcome them.
52. Don’t neglect art and the transcendent
You don’t work only for work’s sake. It’s important to cultivate the spirit and immerse yourself in the arts.
53. Draw your future
Different parts of the brain are activated when drawing than while writing. Sometimes drawing and creating mind maps will help you to solve the most difficult issues.
54. Write it down in longhand
If you write it by hand, it’s more powerful than writing it on a keyboard. Especially your goals – write them in longhand.
55. Be a bohemian ninja
Coffee mugs, wine bottles and cigarette buds are not a part of a long-term strategy for high motivation. But they can work really well during short-term eruptions of creative endeavor.
56. Prepare your work-space
Have everything organized and in its proper place. All files easily accessible, no time wasted on looking for something (especially if you use it often).
57. Use supplements
58. Take regular breaks
Set a timer for 45-60 minutes and when it rings, stand up and take a 5-10 minute break to walk and stretch around. Work in blocks of time.
59. Go for a walk
Be like Darwin, Dickens and Steve Jobs and take a hike when thinking about your life projects. Amazing ideas will come to you.
60. Run like crazy
Running for around 30-40 minutes will start releasing happy endorphins into your system. Get the elastic belt for your waist and run with your favorite music.
61. Create a space that’ll motivate you
Put some art and color in your workspace. Make it full of light and expansive. This environment will give you light that’s crucial for your well-being.
62. Stretch your body and meditate
An energized body is a strong but loose body. Do yoga to release tension and meditate for 20 minutes per day to clear your mind.
63. Use motivational quotes
Here are some of the best motivational quotes from serial overachievers:
- “Do what is right, not what is easy nor what is popular.” – Roy T. Bennett
- “Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” – Thomas Jefferson
64. Use a timer when you work
If you’re feeling fancy, you can use a traditional hourglass but you can also set an online timer for let’s say 45 minutes and resolve to do nothing but work during that time.
65. Get enough sunlight
Your eyes (including the third one) need a huge amounts of Lumens (units of light) for your body and mind to function properly. Avoid the SAD syndrome by getting lots of sun and during the winter season, get the light from the Lumen lamp.
66. Get up early
Getting up straight away at least two hours before your first appointment gives you a tremendous edge for the rest of the day. Learn how to get up early and practice it until it becomes automatic.
67. Work hard, play hard
When you’re young, you have nothing to lose so you may as well go for it. Leap, and the net will appear.
68. Live fully
Do you remember these days when everything was infused with magic? What was the secret ingredient that made it happen?
69. Improve your body language
Sit up straight, puff up your chest, keep your head up, walk faster, have an open body posture, and maintain eye contact. This will build charisma and make you feel motivated.
Smiling and laughing even when there’s nothing particularly funny going on can work magic for your level of well-being. Keep it positive at the office. It’s contagious.
71. The faster you move, the more energy you have
Moving fast will put you in the right mindset for getting things done. According to Tony Robbins, “motion creates emotion”. So adjust your motion.
72. Think about your next 3-5 years
It’s impossible to predict what is going to happen in ten years but a shorter timeframe is a fertile ground for the seeds of imagination.
73. Focus on what can you do in the time available
You can’t really manage your time at work. But you can manage yourself. Focus on your top priority tasks and work against the clock. Make it a game.
Twenty minutes in the morning and twenty in the evening. Concentrate on your breath while listening to an alpha wave track.
75. Recognize what motivates you the most
Below you’ll find the most powerful sources of motivation. All of them are important but some of them will have a stronger effect on you than others:
• Recognition of peers in your profession
• Recognition of experts and leaders in your profession
• Recognition and approval of your master (mentor)
• Motivation through your life partner and family
How did you like this article about increasing your motivation? Are you ready to take the lead and start living your life to the fullest?
Ride with me on this motivational vibe till the first glitters of dawn and leave a comment below.