The New Year is upon us and social media timelines are filled with lofty resolutions. We all have the zeal to lose weight, save money or become a better person this year.
Most of us will start with full steam, striving to hit our goals until the inevitable wall hits. However, you should not despair but use motivation to push yourself further. The New Year is a fresh start and the perfect opportunity to aspire for more in life. Using motivation to your advantage can work wonders in achieving your new-found goals. There are different types of motivation.
Incentivized motivation is similar to using the carrot and stick method. You’ll be rewarding yourself with small rewards as you strive to hit a larger goal. For instance, if your goal is to wake up at a certain time each morning, for each day you accomplish this goal you can reward yourself with 30 minutes of streaming your favorite series or drinking your favorite beverage. The trick here is to not cheat and only reward yourself for sticking to your plan.
Using fear as a motivating factor can also help achieve goals as well. Fear is a strong, primal motivating factor. It’s the reason we wear seatbelts, helmets and pay our taxes. If you know you’re on the verge of getting fired from a job or being embarrassed at the next pool party or class reunion- you can use that fear to motivate you into action. Fear is a negative emotion but using it as motivation is essentially taking a negative and turning it into a positive. Before acting toward achieving your goals, you can reflect on the results you do not want to overcome the hurdle of demotivation.
Power can be used as a motivation as well. Robert Greene, the author of The 48 Laws of Power, teaches that power isn’t necessarily a bad thing and we all crave more of it. If used with discretion, it can be a valuable motivating factor. Taking control over your life and having the ability to make choices can be rewarding within itself. It may be that you need to take control of your finances to get your life back on track. Using power as a motivational factor can be just as effective as incentive and fear when used correctly.
Regardless of the type of motivation, you choose to reach your goals this year, you’ll need persistence. Lack of persistence is generally the cause of failure. Fortunately, a lack of persistence can be overcome with a strong desire. Whether you use incentive, fear or power to catapult yourself toward reaching your goals, a strong desired is required to get set into motion. Weak desires will typically generate weak results.
Motivation, as it relates to human psychology, is an expansive topic. However, deciding which type of motivation you want to utilize followed by a strong desire to reach your goal can certainly result in positive change. It will be your personal choice to decide which type of motivation best suits your personality. This year you can be the best version of yourself by staying motivated and accomplishing your goals.