The Key to Continuous Self Motivation

The lack of motivation is a mundane and troublesome issue which affects almost everyone.

Sometimes you feel like life is pointless or get depressed pretty often and you just feel like you’re not going anywhere.

This general sense of disparity happens to people from time to time and it is very common in a world that moves very fast.

The human nature is a complex of distinct characteristics and we, as humans, tend to fall into despair and hopelessness when we feel like we aren’t making any progress.

If you really want to motivate or inspire someone, make them feel like they’re making progress.

Look at the MMORPGs, for example. These games can become addicting because you’re progressing, you’re gaining a level, your character is getting geared up and better at what it does.

Every day that you’re playing you are always making some sort of progress even if it’s a little bit. You are making your way to the next level.

That’s one of the reason they are successful (World of Warcraft mostly).

So how can you stay motivated?

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Simple Steps to Continuous Self-Motivation

No matter what’s happening in life always have one thing you’re going forward with, so you feel good about it and yourself.

It can be great if you can have multiple such things but it’s wiser to have one core thing you’re progressing on.

You can change it later, of course, but it’s important to not divide your attention between several other endeavors.

I’ll give you an example:

If you want to learn JavaScript, make this thing your number one priority. Every day you must read a few pages of your favourite JavaScript book or work on both personal or open source projects that rely on JavaScript.

Things don’t always go as planned but no matter what happens, you have to make steady progress everyday.

Some days you’ll wake up not being able to write code or being stuck at a chapter in a book. But don’t worry. These things happen to everyone and there are other ways to compensate for the lack of practice.

Reading a JavaScript related article can sometimes be a thing to look forward to in order to be up to date with your learning process and maintain motivation.

If your eyes get tired you can always switch to other methods of learning. Listening to JavaScript related podcasts is one of them.

In short, there is always something you can do to make progress in what you want to do.

Think about it.

Every page you read, every podcast you’re listening to, every line of code written is a step forward, every mortgage you pay, that’s something you should look forward to. It’s progress.

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The more of these things you can find in your life the less despair you’re going to feel.

You’re going to be more hopeful because you’re making progress, you are getting somewhere.

 

How do you stay motivated?

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Carol Pelu

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Carol is a self-taught programmer and founder of Neutron Dev. He enjoys the challenge of programming and helping people understand computers. SpaceX and Tesla enthusiast.
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  • Dragomir Sorin

    I think everyone has an intrinsic motivation, and this type of motivation does not require tons incentives. You don’t need an end goal that produces a specific amount of motivation, but you need to find what motivates you, and the quality of that type of motivation. Money and fame are very powerful ways to motivate you but, the problem with money is that it’s a tool for control, and it has negative consequences inside you. Because it takes away from your autonomy, and autonomy is essential for intrinsic motivation.

    Anyway, cheers for the article!

    • Hey Sorin,

      I couldn’t agree with you more regarding the money and fame part but I think an end goal is an important part of the process of getting that thing done.

      Of course, some end goals cannot even be achieved in the nearest future (i.e: travelling to a close solar system) but that doesn’t mean the end goal is not important; the amount of work will be spread over several generations of scientists and I think the end goal is the part of that project that motivates you the most.

      Looking forward seeing you around; your points of view are valuable for me and for the readers!

    • Douglas Skyler

      My morning motivation hack:

      Be the kind of man that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says โ€œOh Crap, heโ€™s up!โ€

      • Carmen Stavrat

        Haha, that’s a good one.

      • Hehe, nice quote.

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  • Anca

    Nice motivating skills there, really brings some things into perspective ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Calvin Hansen

    Well said, Carol, well said!