5 Habits That Will Improve Your Motivation

We make New Year's resolutions to improve our lifestyle and to change our unhealthy habits. Many of us are excited by the idea of starting the New Year with realistic goals and we try everything in our power to achieve them. Some of us actually manage to put a few – or all – of these resolutions into practice but quickly find that keeping up with our ambitions takes motivation, time and persistence. Needless to say, a great number of individuals give up after a few days, weeks or months.

The road to success is not going to be easy, but it can be done. If you want to achieve your goals and improve your motivation, you should start by forming the following habits:

Keep a diary

In order to organize your time, improve your productivity and fuel your motivation, keep a diary and update it regularly. This will help you develop a sense of self-discipline, remember exactly what needs to get done and when. Make sure you stick to your schedule and you will be amazed by how organized your life will become.

Don't procrastinate

Procrastination and distraction are closely linked to motivation loss. Humans have a natural tendency become distracted easily. An excessive amount of laziness can literally destroy your most genuine ambitions. Fight the temptation to do something unless it will help you achieve your goal(s). Focus on how much better you will feel after you have completed your task.

Keep positive

Keeping a positive, optimistic attitude in regards to your goals goes a long way. Think about your achievements (no matter how small they are) and appreciate your efforts: your self-confidence will grow proportionally to your motivation. Do not be afraid to give yourself a pat on the back.

Learn to accept failure

Failure is a part of life. Not succeeding at something or experiencing hiccups along the way are all inevitable steps on our journey to success. Do not let failure have a negative impact on your motivation. Learn from your mistakes, get stronger and carry on.

Follow your gut

How many times have you been told that your ambitions are too big, you are not skilled enough or that there is too much risk involved? In order to improve your motivation, stop listening to naysayers. Do not let others shape your life or make decisions on your behalf. If they are too afraid to take chances and work hard for their goals, why should you listen to them?