What motivates you every day

Self-motivation: 6 power tips for maximum motivation in everyday life

- Thomas Schlechter

Need a kick in the ass

Someone who tells you: "Finally do exercise, eat more salad, stop smoking!"

Do you need a Motivational strategythat will help you tackle your plans right now?

Then I have EXACTLY RIGHT here for you!

In this article, I'll share a simple and proven strategy that will help you proactively tackle your tasks and achieve your goals with ease. I will also give you my 6 ultimate power tips for daily and permanent motivation on the way.

Are you ready?

Then let's get started ...

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Inner or outer motivation ... what drives you?

Before we really get started, let me briefly explain how motivation comes about:

Motivation is the engine that drives you. Without motivation, you just stay in bed all day.

Motivation either arises within yourself (intrinsic motivation) or it is stimulated from outside (extrinsic motivation). But sometimes it's a mixture of both.

  • inner motivation is your own will ... you act because you want to achieve or avoid something; because you want to get better at something or you do things because you are absolutely convinced of it
  • external motivation are all external influences that motivate you to do something ... such as making money, getting praise from the boss or avoiding trouble with him, winning a prize and so on

Psychological experiments have shown that internal motivation is much better and more reliable in the long term than external motivation.

Why is that?

External motivation makes you dependent on rewards, praise, or recognition from others. You always need some kind of confirmation from Outsideto be motivated. If you don't get this confirmation, your motivation will also drop to zero.

Your inner motivation, on the other hand, is available to you anytime and anywhere - for a lifetime!

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When can motivation have a negative impact:

Did you know that external motivation can even be harmful to you? No?

This study has proven it:

Some children were divided into two groups and each was left alone with pens and paper for an hour. You should paint in time. Only the second group was promised sweets as a reward afterwards if they had painted beautiful pictures. Both groups of children used the time and painted. Group 2 then got the reward, group 1 got nothing.

A week later the whole thing was repeated under the same conditions. But while the children of the first group were painting again for fun and to pass the time, group 2 was already feeling listless. These children also painted, but no longer enjoyed it. They only did it for the candy!

The real problem didn't show up until the third week:

This time the second group was told that they would NOT get any reward for painting afterwards. And what happened Not a single child in this group painted a picture! Not even those who really like to paint! In group 1, however, there was no difference to the two previous rounds.

So you see - it's better to use inner motivation.

In this article you will get an absolutely proven one from me Self-motivation strategy, with which you activate your inner motivation immediately and permanently.

In addition, of course, external factors can also encourage and support you in achieving your goals. That's why I'll show you afterwards in mine 6 power tipshow you can use the external motivation positively and consciously use it for yourself.

The best thing to do now is to have a piece of paper and a pen ready, make yourself a cup of tea and off you go:

What type of motivation are you?

In order to be able to motivate yourself optimally, you should first know your motivation type. There are two kinds:

A) the "off-road type" is about

  • to an existing state leave
  • negative consequences too avoid
  • Illness, unhappiness, dissatisfaction, etc. to leave behind

B) the "to-go type" is about

For example, would you only change your job when it has become really unbearable? Then you are Type a.  
Or would you quit your position for an interesting offer, even if you are actually quite satisfied with it? Then you are Type B.

Do you only make your tax return when you have already received the third reminder from the tax office? -Type a
Or do you do it right at the beginning of the year because you know how relieved and liberated you feel then? -Type B

If you can't immediately identify yourself clearly, that doesn't matter. Just read on ...

Basically, there is a tendency towards one type or another in each of us. Once we are aware of this, we can use this to motivate ourselves much more easily.

Because there is a motivation strategy that matches your type of motivation.

Now take a piece of paper and a pen. At the top of your sheet of paper, write "I want ..." and then your task or goal for which you want to motivate yourself. I will explain this here using the example “I want to stop smoking”.

(P.S .: If you don't know what you really want at the moment, check out my article Self-discovery: 18 tips to find out what you really want)

For type A: the worst-case scenario

As an off-the-road type, you only act when your current situation has become really unbearable or the negative consequences of your behavior are already noticeable.

That's why we're now designing the absolute horror scenario for you:

Write down everything Negatives could happen if you DO NOT change your current situation ... if you fail to tackle your task or goal and fail to motivate yourself. Let your imagination run wild ... The worse your visions, the better, because the exercise is supposed to get you to act in order to avoid this nightmare future!

In our example, you now note at least 10 negative consequences that could occur if you continue to smoke:

  • I have run out of money because I spend everything on cigarettes
  • my partner and friends turn away from me because they think smoking is gross
  • my boss fires me for taking smoking breaks all the time
  • I'm getting sick and miserable from lung cancer

As an off-the-road type, you should think something like: “Oh, shit… I should REALLY stop smoking now! That's horrible. " and then you throw your cigarette packs in the trash in disgust.

However, if you feel depressed, dejected, and lacking energy after doing this exercise, you may be the to-do type after all. Then just try the next exercise.

For type B: the best-case scenario

As a forward type, you are motivated by the prospect of success or improvement in your situation ... or simply the idea of ​​how you will achieve your goal.

That's why there is now the dream vision for you:

Write at least 10 positive Things that could happen if you take action and proactively approach your goals. This is not about being realistic. The purpose of this exercise is to inspire and motivate you with the greatest vision of the future of all time.

For example, you write down what wonderful things can happen when you become a non-smoker:

  • my health is improving dramatically
  • I start running and do the half marathon next year
  • I can concentrate much better on work and my boss promotes me
  • I'm saving tons of money and I'm going to cruise out of it in 5 years

As a to-go type, after this exercise you should be totally motivated to throw your cigarettes in the trash and take a walk through the park.

If instead you think: "That's total nonsense, completely unrealistic, how is THAT supposed to motivate me?" then you better try the off-road type 😉

Of course, you can now use this method for ANY goal and for ANY task in your life! And whenever your motivation wears off, take your sheet of paper and remember your future scenario.

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Maximum motivation in everyday life: 6 power tips for every day

The previous exercise is there to give you the first kick. Basically starting your engine. Without further "fuel", however, the effect will quickly fizzle out again.

So that you are still motivated tomorrow, the day after tomorrow and in a year, I have some support tools for you:

1. The salami tactic for a daily sense of achievement

SUCCESS is the very best motivator you can imagine. There is nothing that inspires us more than the intoxicating feeling of having successfully mastered a task or achieved a goal. So it would be helpful to be consistently successful - then we wouldn't have to worry about motivation.

In order to succeed, you divide your task or your goal into as many small "slices" as possible. The individual intermediate goals should be so small that you can achieve them as daily as possible. This gives you a little sense of achievement every day. The joy of it gives you the energy to move on.

So it’s best to think about it right nowwhat first small step you can take today to get a little closer to your goal. And then go him! And then use the positive mood of success to think about the next step for tomorrow.

You will notice that you will soon become downright addicted to success stories!

2. Motivation is a matter of the head

Motivation starts in the head. Because if you don't believe you can achieve something, you have no reason to do something about it. This is why it is extremely important to focus your thoughts on SUCCESS. Above all, you activate your inner motivation, which is the better one, as we now know. The best way to start your success engine in the morning, use the power of mental images:

To do this, you stay in bed for a few minutes after waking up and think about what awaits you today. And then you imagine how you can tackle each of these tasks with great motivation and master them successfully. See yourself as vividly as possible and try to feel how good it feels!

Make this little exercise your daily morning routine. This way you start the day full of energy and positive energy!

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3. Eat the fattest frog first

Do you know the problem of putting off particularly large or difficult tasks forever and preferring to do the small, easy things first?

Unfortunately, it doesn't get any better. First of all, the thought that you still have the big task ahead of you burdens you all the time, and secondly, your energy fades over the course of the day, so that at some point you torment yourself with the big thing or postpone it until the next day. And then the whole game starts all over again ...


Use your power from the morning routine from now on and tackle the biggest or most difficult task (the fattest frog) first. With your morning energy, you will get things done much faster and easier. And after that you feel totally relieved because you made it !!! This gives you a positive kick for further activities.

4. The motivational power of to-do lists

To-do lists have an enormously positive effect: You clear your head! Our brain has a habit of thinking in endless loops. For example, do you have three things to do and think about each thing five times ("Oh, I have to do that today ...") - then you feel like you have FIFTEEN tasks ahead of you! You feel stressed and overwhelmed. If you write down the three things, you will see that it is not that much and your brain no longer has to think about it all the time.

Another benefit of to-do lists is that they give you lots of small ones every day A sense of achievement can provide. To get the most out of the power of to-do lists, do the following:

You take a small pad and in the evening you write down the three most important tasks that you have to do the next day. The next morning you start straight away with the most difficult task (see point 3 - the fattest frog).

Once you've done this thing, just cross the item off completely or check it off. After that you only have two more tasks to do.

It's an amazing feeling every time you see what you've achieved in black and white. These little success stories give you the impetus to tackle the next to-do right away and you will be amazed at how quickly you can finish your list!

Extra: My insider tip - the 45/15 rule

When I'm particularly busy, I use my 45/15 rule.

It reads: Do what you do for 45 minutes at a time have to and then for 15 minutes what you want!

So I concentrate fully on my work, but consistently interrupt it after 45 minutes - no matter how far I've come with it! And then I treat myself to 15 minutes of free time ... read something, drink tea, check Facebook, meditate, sit in the sun ... whatever I feel like doing.

I also consistently finish that after 15 minutes and then continue with my work.

It works great for me. I focus fully on my work and postpone anything that could distract me until the break. It allows me to work much faster and more effectively. At the same time, I'm already looking forward to the 15 minute break ... and then I choose very consciouswith which I fill this precious time!

Just give this method a try!

5. My ultimate butt kick tip

The greatest opponent of our self-motivation ... we are ourselves! Unfortunately, we are true masters at making excuses why we CANNOT do something right now. Or we use every opportunity to avoid our tasks.

In this case, it can help get yourself one Deadline to set and set a penalty if you don't stick to it. So you put a little pressure on yourself and consciously create external motivation for yourself.

Try to realistically estimate the time required for your task. Add some buffer time for unforeseen incidents. This is how you get your deadline. You then enter them in the appointment calendar!

Written agreements have a much more binding effect on our psyche. To do this, write down what your punishment will be if you don't keep the appointment. Choose a punishment that you are willing to implement and that "hurts" a little. Stick to it when it comes down to it! The best thing to do is to get support from your family or friends by letting them know and asking them to "control" you!

You can get more tips on how to do this in my article on learning discipline.

6. The success book - your daily motivational kick

Praise and rewards make our brain release happiness hormones. We then feel really good and fully motivated to tackle the next task right away!

So don't be so humble. Just pat yourself on the shoulder and say to yourself: “Wow, I did that sooooo well!” 🙂

It is also a wonderful idea to have a "Success Book" respectively. Here you write everything you have achieved, what you are proud of and what you have achieved great! Just take a few minutes every evening and write down your successes of the day. Feel free to write down little things that you have done.

You should also reward yourself regularly when you have achieved a goal. It could be a special meal or a book you've wanted to buy for a long time, an afternoon with your best friend ... whatever is good for you. So you create an external motivation for yourself.

Plan the reward specifically.Make a note in your diary of when you want a certain thing to be done and what you treat yourself to when you have achieved your goal. The prospect of your reward will motivate you to actually implement your project.

So, my friend, that would be done. Now you have got a lot of tips from me with which you can motivate yourself optimally in everyday life.

Now it's your turn!

Think about what type of motivation you are and what task you still want to tackle TODAY. Then use the appropriate motivational strategy and get started right away. Use my tips and start NOW.

Because you know: what you can get today, don't postpone it until tomorrow.

Additional tips: How do I get out of the low motivation?

How do I manage to tackle things that are really unpleasant?

Is there something in your life that you've been putting off forever? And now my tips don't even help you because you have NO inner motivation at all? And no matter what kind of external motivation you come up with - it's all useless? Everything in you is resisting it ... but you can't avoid it, you HAVE to tackle this thing at some point?

Then you have the following options:

  • Find at least ONE positive effect that this thing has, because no matter what it is - it has to be good for something, otherwise you wouldn't have to do it. Even cleaning the toilet is good for ensuring that the toilet is clean afterwards 😉
  • Think about what you can do to avoid doing it yourself. Can you ask or pay someone to do it for you? Then do that!
  • If you can't motivate yourself, find people to partner with. It is much easier to tackle and implement things in a team. Motivation from others is always the alternative if self-motivation does not work.

How can I achieve my goals easily and relaxed instead of doggedly striving for them?

So that you don't lose the fun of life with the whole thing about motivation and goal achievement, make sure to give yourself breaks. Breaks in which you do something good for yourself or consciously just do NOTHING.

The best form of "doing nothing" is meditation! It helps you see things in a much more relaxed manner and relieves stress. If you meditate regularly (preferably 5-10 minutes a day instead of an hour every now and then), you will automatically become calmer and more relaxed. I recommend my article on learning meditation.

My second tip for you: be grateful! Gratitude has been proven to be THE key to happiness and contentment in life. If you always strive for goals and successes and think constantly: "Once I've achieved THAT, THEN I'm happy." - you will never be!

It is better to take a few minutes every day and consciously enjoy what you have already achieved. Be grateful for that. You can also write it down in your success book and read it over and over again when you need a helping of good feelings.

What do I do if I generally just have ZERO BOCK?

If it's not a specific thing that you are reluctant to do, but you cannot motivate yourself to do anything in general, read my article How to overcome lack of drive. In it I will tell you why it could be that you are trapped in a low mood and how you can get moving again.