How To Motivate Yourself

It is natural for your willpower to deplete during the day. Biological factors like napping, eating or resting can help to recharge your willpower but there are other, more effective ways to motivate yourself.

#1 Break A Task Down

Big tasks will drain your willpower quickly. Procrastination is a direct consequence of tasks that are too big to accomplish at once.

If your task is to lose 60 pounds you may be motivated for two weeks before you give up.

If your task is to write a book with 800 pages you may give up after the first 150 pages.

If your task is to climb the Mount Everest you will probably not even start at all.

The trick is to break those tasks down into very, very small goals. Our brain likes to accomplish goals and accomplishing a lot of small goals will flood your body with dopamine which keeps you motivated.

Set the goal to lose two pounds. And once you lost them set the goal to lose another two pounds. And another two pounds. Losing two pounds is easy. Losing 60 pounds isn´t.

Write one page a day instead of focusing on writing the whole book. Just one page a day. It takes less than 30 minutes to do that. You accomplish a small goal every day.

Our willpower is almost unlimited but our brains are programmed to save energy whenever possible. Your brain doesn´t want you to waste your precious energy on big tasks. Smaller tasks that are easy to accomplish are fine.

Set the bar low and break down your goals into tiny tasks that only take a short amount of time to accomplish.

#2 Talk Yourself Into Success

Use self-talk to convince yourself that you are able to reach your goals.

If you are telling yourself subconsciously that you are going to fail anyway you WILL fail. Tell yourself that you will reach your goal no matter what for a long time you WILL accomplish your goal.

You don´t need someone else to motivate you as long as you gain control over your own mind. Write down every small success on your journey and look back at them when you are starting to lose motivation.

Telling yourself that you have unlimited willpower can help, too. The truth is: If you believe you have limited willpower you are right. If you believe you have unlimited willpower you are right, too!

In theory humans have unlimited willpower. In reality your brain doesn´t want you to access this unlimited amount of willpower to save energy. Once you believe in unlimited willpower you will start to learn how to tap into your willpower and gain endless discipline.

#3 Think About Your Why

Think about the reason you want to accomplish the goal you set.

Maybe you want to lose weight to find a partner. Maybe you want to establish yourself as an author. Maybe you want to make a ton of money. Maybe you want to help others to avoid the mistakes you made.

There is no wrong reason to do anything. Take a piece of paper and write down exactly why you want to accomplish your goal. Do not censor yourself, just let your thoughts spill on the sheet.

Read your reason why at least once a day. Add points to your paper if your Why changes. Keep it up to date.

You do not have to share your Why with anyone if you don´t want to. Your reason may be very personal but it has to be important enough to you to stick to your goals. If your Why is not strong enough you are about to fail.

#4 Change Your Opinion Of Yourself

If you call yourself an athlete you are very likely to behave like an athlete.

If you see yourself as an author you will read and write a lot.

If you call yourself lazy every day you will become lazy.

The way you see yourself is crucial for your success. This is tied closely to #2. Self-talk can help you build a new identity and form a new image of yourself. Your subconscious mind listens to everything you say or think.

Your own thoughts are the only thing you have full control over. Use that to your advantage, fellow superhero!

Try to call yourself a health-nut for two months. Talk to yourself about how crazy you are about healthy food and fitness. You will notice that the image of yourself starts to change. You subconsciously start to make healthier choices which require less willpower.

Use positive self-talk like “I can”, “I am” and “I will”. It works better than “I am not”, “I can not”, etc.

It is normal to feel weird during the first weeks practicing self-talk but you will get used to it soon. And the benefits you reap are endless!

Every step on its own will already bring you closer to success. Combine all four tips for unlimited willpower to reach any goal you put your mind on.

Stay strong, fellow superhero, and never quit!

Spartan Lifestyle: Mindset

The mind is everything. What you think you become.

Those are Buddha´s wise words and they are more than true if you want to develop the mindset of a Spartan warrior. While discipline is important it´s the mindset that will ultimately lead you to your goal. It´s the mindset that allows you to even start your journey.

The Spartan army was feared by its enemies because every single soldier knew in his heart and soul that he would not only win the fight but the whole war. There was not the shadow of a doubt in his heart.

Imagine an army of Spartan soldiers with unbreakable willpower convinced they would win. Do you think there is a high chance they´d lose? No, of course not!

If you can convince yourself that you will succeed you will. Because your subconscious mind starts working on solutions to problems you will face during your journey to success.

If you think from the start that you may not be able to make it, guess what? Your subconscious mind will not work in your favor. It will tell you again and again that you can not reach your goal because you fed it this believe.

You can control your thoughts and your own mind only. But once you mastered this skill you will become invincible. The right mindset is all it takes to reach your goals as long as they are specific.

Wishing to become rich is a very unspecific goal, wishing to up your net worth to 1 Million USD within five years is specific.

Wishing to be lean is unspecific, wishing to lose 30 pounds in two months by working out 5 days a week and eating a low carb diet is specific. You get my point, future superhero.

Once you picked your specific goal start alternating your mindset by creating a mantra. A mantra is a sentence you repeat over and over to yourself until you believe it with all your heart. Your mantra can be about an unspecific goal as long as you defined the specific goal behind it.

Example: I use the mantra “I will be rich and successful because I am a born winner.”

This mantra is powerful but it does not contain a specific, measurable goal. It is only meant to motivate myself and get the winner-mentality into my head. It is my go-to mantra but behind the unspecific words are clearly defined goals.

Let´s take a look at the buzzwords my mantra contains.

Rich: I will be a millionaire five years from now (I have planned out the path to riches so this goal is backed up by specific steps I need to take to reach it).

Successful: I will have published six e-books, founded my own business and developed my own brand by the time I turn 30 (this goal contains smaller goals along the way but I will not disclose them all).

Born winner: Winning is easy for me. Failure isn´t an option because it goes against my natural instincts (this is the winner-mentality that makes me a superhero).

As you can see, fellow superhero, my mantra may not be helpful on its own. But once I planned out the steps behind every buzzword it became a powerful tool on my journey to success. Those plans behind the mantra are called affirmations.

I clearly defined what “rich” and “successful” mean to me. Those are my goals and because I put myself in a position where winning is the only option I won´t be tempted to quit. Superheroes don´t quit and I am a superhero in my own mind.

My own mind is all that counts for me. I can not control what others think about me but I have full control over what I think about myself. Don´t let this potential go to waste!

Use “I will”, “I am” and “I can” in your mantra.

“I avoid sugary foods because I am a health nut” is better than “I will not eat sugary foods because I don´t live an unhealthy lifestyle”. The second mantra contains the wrong buzzwords. “Eat” and “sugary foods” go together in the second sentence, as well as “unhealthy lifestyle”. Your subconscious mind will pick up those buzzwords and make them reality.

The first mantra is better because “avoid” goes with “sugary foods”. Labeling yourself a “health nut” in your mind will naturally lead to healthier decisions.

Repeat your mantra as often as possible but at least three times a day. Your affirmations should be practiced at least once a day. Talking out loud and writing them down works best but if you are shy you can just repeat them over and over in your head. If you already have a great team ask them to tell you the mantra every time you meet.

It doesn´t matter if you don´t believe your mantra at first. Society taught you do downplay your skills so others don´t perceive you as narcissistic or self-centered. To become successful you will need to overcome this influence.

Repeat your mantra daily for a few weeks and you will notice the change in mindset. Tell yourself that you are the greatest long enough and you will start to believe it. That´s just how the human mind works and you, fellow superhero, can gain control over it.

Hopefully, you gained some insights on how the right mindset sets you up for success. Because your mind and your believes are powerful weapons when fighting the enemy´s army. The Spartans mastered the art of affirmations to achieve great victories.

Stay strong, fellow superhero! Remember to never quit and always keep fighting!

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