Hey guys! Today I'm back with another article about motivation, which belongs to my line of articles about productivity and habits. Originally I wanted to post this article last week, but couldn't since I was on vacation and didn't had wifi. BUT either way I will continue posting regularly from now on again! I hope you'll enjoy this article and learn something!
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๐Ÿท. ๐š†๐š‘๐šŠ๐š ๐š’๐šœ ๐š–๐š˜๐š๐š’๐šŸ๐šŠ๐š๐š’๐š˜๐š—

In general, motivation is the overall willingness to do anything and it's defined as a set of psychological forces that makes you take action. There is a common misconception that you start to get motivated before you take action and that you can solemnly start things if you're motivated to do them, but motivation only starts after you begin doing something.
Motivation pretty much aligns with the Newtons Law too:

"Objects in motion, tend to stay in motion"

So it states that once you start action you _tend to stay motivated to do it_and continue doing it.
Additionally, human beings start to get motivated when the pain of not doing something gets worse than the pain of not making the effort to do something.

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๐Ÿธ. ๐š†๐šŠ๐šข๐šœ ๐š๐š˜ ๐š๐šŽ๐š ๐š–๐š˜๐š๐š’๐šŸ๐šŠ๐š๐šŽ๐š

Do you know how you just want to start something but somehow you're always distracted by everyday necessities and when the evening passes by just another day went by? A lot of people struggle with this because they waste time & energy on rather unnecessary things instead of just starting the behavior and since a human being only has limited stamina per day you have to be wise on how you spend it. If you already got started on at least thinking about what you want to do, you're already on step further, but most people get stuck here as well. Because the majority of people also spend their resources on deciding where and when to implement a behavior they're motivated to do.
Let's say you start doing a behavior, but at some point, you feel like you can't for example workout 2 hours a day anymore because your schedule got tighter. The point here is, to start small. Take little steps towards your goal, which will give you momentum and inspiration so you can keep your overview and still have a light in moments of darkness.
Additionally, taking relatively small steps, that typically are just manageable, will give you a feeling of flow since you're barely behind your limits and have to put in focus and effort, but without demotivating you.

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๐Ÿน. ๐™ท๐š˜๐š  ๐š๐š˜ ๐šœ๐š๐šŠ๐šข ๐š–๐š˜๐š๐š’๐šŸ๐šŠ๐š๐šŽ๐š

So what do now, when you started getting motivated but you're scared you won't be consistent and motivated enough over a long time? Well... you can't avoid being not motivated at some points that's why you shouldn't completely rely on your motivation, but you can build certain keystone habits, which will boost your energy levels over the day.
Here are some examples:

Have a pregame routine
Having a pregame routine is essentially a starting-habit, a habit that results in a keychain of habits. When you start implementing a pregame routine into your day, you will notice that you focus much faster and forget things less often. This happens since a pregame routine, like a warm-up, is usually not hard so we don't procrastinate them and thus they work similarly to a reminder for our brain.

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Set a schedule
Setting a schedule will keep you from getting distracted since it's always the same. Setting a schedule and sticking to it is the difference between amateurs and professionals.

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Following a creative ritual
Following a ritual is similar to having a schedule since it always repeats. Also, for example, by having a morning ritual you automatically have a starting habit for each next habit in your routine without even trying: waking up reminds you of making your bed, making your bed reminds you of opening the curtains, etc

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Keep perspective
Maintaining a healthy perspective is key to any kind of success. Always keep in mind that pain is temporary and won't last forever, no matter how bad the current situation seems because the moment of discomfort will strengthen you and fundamentally life, surviving is overcoming the pain of discipline.
If you still can't find yourself in a motivated mindset, try considering thoughts as suggestions, not reality. In fact, our brains can't differentiate between reality and our thoughts, so don't take them as order and try to respect the identity you're building.

"It isn't that life is getting easier, you're just getting stronger"
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Check the basics
Many people neglect to make sure they have all the fundamentals set. Check that you're working on the right tasks, which don't bore either demotivate you. A good way to check this is to reflect where you are right now with for example meditation or bullet journaling. That way you will make sure you get immediate feedback, which is an important factor in reaching peak motivation and living in a state of flow.

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๐Ÿบ. ๐šƒ๐š‘๐šŽ ๐š’๐š–๐š™๐š˜๐š›๐š๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š๐š’๐š๐š๐šŽ๐š›๐šŽ๐š—๐šŒ๐šŽ ๐š‹๐šŽ๐š๐š ๐šŽ๐šŽ๐š— ๐š–๐š˜๐š๐š’๐šŸ๐šŠ๐š๐š’๐š˜๐š— ๐šŠ๐š—๐š ๐š’๐š—๐š๐šŽ๐š—๐š๐š’๐š˜๐š—

So yeah... by now we talked about motivation all the time, but why do we now start with intention? Well like I said beforehand, you're not gonna be motivated all the time and it's crucial to have a disciplined schedule on hand to make progress and for making such a schedule or plan you need intention. Most people talk about making change and toss around words like motivation, willpower, etc but we all have these in a way an those who succeed make sure they have the fundamental basics figured out thus they have clarity. The thing is most people fail here and think they don't have the motivation, but what they lack is clarity, because studies have shown that a lack of clarity is what results in demotivation. So make sure you have the basics set so you can build on them!
The basics you need to crush your goal are called implementation intentions. Implementation intentions are the plans for implementation you make which turn your desire and dreams into action, not necessarily motivation. When you make a plan for implementation you're making a plan beforehand on when and where to act and since time and place are the most common cues to trigger a habit, you don't waste time by living up to chance and hoping to remember a habit. A study even showed that implementation intentions increased voter turnout and that motivation didn't have a significant impact on whether a person's gonna work out or not. So here's how implementation intentions look like:

"I will (behavior) at (time) in (location)"

Planning your habits like this will prevent losing yourself, if you're not motivated and make sure you give your habits time and space to develop and if any repetitions occur in your implementations, that's completely fine. If you still struggle to implement a behavior because your circumstances change all the time, try this different technique:

"When situation X arises I will perform response Y"

This will help you if you need to be more flexible and also by implementing intentions you focus on enjoying the behavior itself without thinking about what to do all the time!

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And remember... even if you still fail, it's fine! Making mistakes is great, because it means you are trying and you get a chance to learn and explore different perspectives!
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