Motivation is our strongest driving force in everyday life. It helps us to achieve our goals independently and to master tasks successfully. It is the key to self-realization, the fuel when the tank is empty.Would you also like to experience the secret ingredients of successful personalities and finally turn your lazy mind into a motivated mind? These simple tips can help you! πŸ‘‹

26 tips for a motivated mind

TL;DR A Motivated Mind can be trained and leads to more satisfaction in the long run!

You have probably already admired people who are bursting withΒ positive energy.

No matter what they set out to do, they’ll do it in a flash, while you’re still sitting in the starting blocks and missed the starting shot again.

You have big dreams, ideas about life that are not completely unimaginable. And yet you seem to be miles away from your goals.

Do you feel trapped in an inertia trap and finally want to turn your small plans into big deeds?

Then learn the art of a motivated mind.

A simple and well-known recipe for success, which requires some training and willpower.

But with comparatively little effort you can already achieve great life successes that will make you more satisfied and self-confident in the long run.

Follow me step by step through the labyrinth to your personal success and change your life in a few months into the positive!

But first, you should climb with me the manageable basic structure of self-motivation, in order to analyze your life situation afterward better and at the end to find individual solutions! Let’s go straight to the first stage! πŸ˜‰

Definition of a Growth Mindset: failure is success

This understanding of a motivated mind helps you to achieve your goals

What do you mean by a “motivated mind” and what feelings would you associate it with? Think about it for a moment.
According to psychologist Daniel Goleman, self-motivation includes…

Now, remember a personal life situation, where you found motivation for a final exam, although you were hardly interested in the topics. Why were you motivated? Now compare this situation with the feeling of self-motivation, if you have really undertaken an activity out of passion, like e.g. winning the first place in your favorite sport. From this, the following can be concluded:

Motivation is divided into two main areas:


The internally controlled motivation includes the pursuit of goals out of our personal interest or out of our passion.


The externally controlled motivation includes the pursuit of a goal out of necessity, e.g. to earn money, get good grades or gain more power.

In our lives, we encounter both fields in the same way. There is a constant interaction between professional and private life. If we find a sufficient degree of self-motivation for both areas, we feel more self-fulfilled and happier.

Our goal is to achieve the following three main driving elements of self-motivation in order to get the maximum self-motivation out of you and to achieve more satisfaction:


Purpose recognition: Why do we do a certain task? If we recognize the meaning of activity, we are more motivated to reach our goal faster.


Autonomy: To what extent can we decide for ourselves how we shape our lives? If we are completely determined by others and constantly carry out tasks for others, we are consequently dissatisfied and demotivated. This area, for example, is certainly not always controllable by hierarchies in our professions, but we can try to make the best of it.


Mastery: Our self-motivation increases as soon as we make progress and approach the “mastery”. For example, it motivates us to improve in one sport in order to take first place.

Congratulations! Half the battle is already over. Now that you have successfully climbed the basic scaffolding of self-motivation with me, we can get straight to the heart of the matter with this newly acquired knowledge. πŸ˜‰

Definition of a Growth Mindset: failure is success

Increase your self-motivation with these 26 proven tips and get within reach of your goals!

Increase self-motivation for a motivated mind in your professional and private life

Let’s start with the area of self-analysis, which probably takes the most time. But without recognizing the purpose behind your activities, your self-motivation will not show so quickly.

How did Shakespeare say so beautifully?

'Lust shortens the path.'Click To Tweet

Find out with these tips the sense and purpose of your activity!


Design your individual pyramid of needs

Do you really know your own needs and wishes? Most of the time we know subconsciously what we expect from life, but we seldom keep this in mind visually.

So take some time and create your own pyramid of needs. Which goal has the highest priority and which areas are more subordinate? As a template, you can use Maslow’s known pyramid of needs and customize it according to your own wishes.

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Know your strengths and weaknesses in order to find the appropriate activity

If you know your strengths and weaknesses well, it will be much easier for you to do a job that motivates you.

Write down what you are particularly good at and in which areas you would like to improve. Work on strengthening your strengths and weakening your weaknesses. πŸ˜‰


Formulate your goals and subsequent rewards in writing

Did you know that? You will reach your goals scientifically proven rather if you write them down.

This was proven by a 1979 Harvard University study in which internal students were asked whether they had written their goals. While 84% of respondents had no clear goals for the future, 13% said they had clear goals but not written to them. Only 3% of the students noted their goals.

Ten years later, a survey of the same group showed that these 3% earned 10 times more than the rest of the respondents. The 13% with non-written objectives had on average twice as high a salary as the respondents without objectives.

As you can see, it is worth writing down your goals. You can boost your self-motivation even more by keeping rewards for achieving certain goals.



Make yourself aware of the purpose of individual tasks

What are your motives to accomplish a certain task? Before working on a task, always ask yourself how it will help you to achieve your long-term goals. Even if you find yourself in a motivation hole, will this question catapult you out of your lonely cave again? πŸ˜‰

Work on yourself with these tricks and get closer to your mastery!


Learn something new every day

Each of us has a few areas of knowledge that we have deepened over the years. Maybe you sometimes feel like you’re stuck or bored with your job. The reason for this is often that we think we have already reached our limits.

However, there is always something new to learn in each area. The Internet offers many options for finding new ideas and acquiring knowledge. How many times have I come across new creative inspirations for my job by reading articles and pushing projects?

What is it called so beautifully?

'Creativity is not creating things. Creativity describes an open mind that sees what exists and lets something new emerge.'Click To Tweet

15 minutes a day are enough to acquire new knowledge. Not only will you broaden your perspectives and strengthen your self-esteem, but your self-motivation will also improve considerably!


Create daily to-do lists and check off tasks

Super simple and super effective: one of my favorite methods to increase my self-motivation is to create to-do lists for the next day just before going to bed.

Divide the tasks into different blocks and sort them by priority. For successful time management, write down how long it will take you to complete each task. You’ll feel great to be able to gradually check off your tasks! 😊


Work according to Brian Tracy's proven principle "Eat the frog first"!

Of course, you shouldn’t take that literally. If we translate this metaphor, Brian Tacy doesn’t want to tell us anything but that you should always be the first to do the most difficult and possibly time-consuming task.

Why? So you have already catapulted the frog out of your thoughts at the beginning of the day so that you will be more motivated after this experience of success to complete the remaining tasks, which will appear after the frog only like little flies!

You could also say that the early bird starts with the ugliest worm. πŸ˜‰


Always finish a task before you start the next one

There is hardly anything demotivating about not completing unfinished tasks because not only your conscience but also your self-esteem will suffer. For example, if you learn a new piano piece, teach it to the end before you start a new one.

If you are stuck with a task, ask your colleagues for advice. In the end, your efforts will definitely pay off!


Talk about your ideas and get weekly feedback

If you’ve been gnawing at your goals for days and can’t get any further, it can help to talk about your blockade. At work, you can also ask for weekly feedback to get closer to your mastery and improve yourself.


Read testimonials from people who have chosen a similar path to you

By reading experience reports you prepare yourself optimally for the future. You’ll find out what’s about to come your way, you’ll be able to copy valuable tips and find out how to avoid hurdles if necessary.


Appreciate small advances and not just the end result

If you wait impatiently for the final result, you will never be happy about your small but important progress. Looking at the big picture, we like to lose sight of the essential things. You can be proud of yourself every step of the way, that you have come this far and are slowly but surely approaching your goal! 😊


Improve your focus with small concentration exercises

Are you easily distracted by your tasks? Then you may have been annoyed at the end of the day that you were constantly wandering away with your thoughts and doing less than you had hoped.


Sort out superfluous items in your life monthly according to the "refrigerator principle"

Imagine you’ve got a lot of groceries in your fridge. There are foods that you particularly like and foods that you rarely touch, but which still take up unnecessary space in your fridge.

To sort out the fridge, you rate the food from 0-10.

10 = keep absolutely
5 = too bad to eat, but too good to throw away
0 = throw away

Now transfer this in a metaphorical sense to your current life situation. Are there tasks that consume time unnecessarily? Especially the “Fives” is sometimes difficult to sort out. The following questions can help you to eliminate tasks:

  • What do I want to achieve with the task?
  • Why did I start the task exactly at this point?
  • Does the task take me further in my long-term goals?
  • Do I feel motivated when I tackle this task?

If you find that certain tasks have no urgency, sort them out of your fridge and focus on the important projects first. You can also postpone the task.


Make an online contract on Stickk to reach your goals

Setting goals is easy, implementing them is another completely different area. For this problem, Yale University professors have developed the website Stickk, where you can sign a contract to achieve your goal by “negative self-motivation” successfully.

This works as follows: You log in, enter your goal and can set a fine if you don’t reach your goal. You can choose this penalty yourself. From a donation to a social aid project to a fine to a friend, it will motivate you to work towards your goal. There is a referee who supervises the whole thing and you can also get supporters on the online platform. 😊

A great idea to boost your self-motivation and get there faster!


Do sports regularly to be more successful at work

Sounds strange, but according to a study by Illinois University, regular exercise can have an impact on professional success. This is because athletes often have more self-confidence, better team skills, self-motivation, and leadership skills. [Read More]


Avoid procrastination through successful time management

Have you also fallen ill with the widespread “Procrastination”? πŸ˜‰ Perhaps you live completely according to the wisdom of life “What you can do today, postpone it until tomorrow”. But hand on the heart: it doesn’t feel really good.

A psychology professor at DePaul University found out that about 20% of people are chronic “procrastinators” who also suffer from significantly more stress and reduced well-being.

Live more autonomously with these ideas and thereby increase your self-motivation!


Give yourself a break and go on a Digital Detox cure πŸ˜‰

Surely you have often noticed after stressful working days that your self-motivation in professional and private life has quickly gone down the drain. Therefore it is important to take a break from time to time. Not only from work, but also from modern technologies, because these are a real source of stress in everyday life.

So take at least one day off a week to allow yourself a proper break. Make sure you have a good work-life balance and meet up with your friends. Or go to an event you’ve been wanting to attend for a long time. After that, you will definitely be more motivated again! 😊


Compare yourself more to yourself

Ludwig earns a fortune as a public prosecutor, Klara is constantly on business trips and Jonas leads a high life anyway. Do you always have the feeling that your life resembles a grey mouse hole compared to that of your friends?

Compare yourself to others is a natural process that helps us assess our current life situation. eR makes you unhappy in the long run, though. So try to focus on your own strengths. From now on, make yourself aware every time you find yourself comparing yourself to others, and keep your own strengths in mind instead. 😊


Create a positive social environment

It’s not for nothing that people say that a good mood is contagious. So you certainly know people whose positive energy acts like good mood magnets, while disgruntled society spreads bad mood and pulls down your motivation.

It’s up to you what kind of social environment you’re in.


Be inspired

Inspiration is like a non-alcoholic intoxication. Find your personal inspiration through books, movies, success stories or read inspiring quotes regularly. Inspiration can be a true trigger for self-motivation.

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Become a "yes-man" and see great opportunities - even if they involve risks

'Don't be afraid to give up the good for the great.'- John D. RockefellerClick To Tweet

Seizing opportunities play a crucial role in self-motivation. Those who occasionally have a sense of achievement and also devote themselves to a risky life strengthen their self-confidence and will not be bored by life so quickly. Therefore, say “yes” often when a unique opportunity arises!


Rethink your daily routines and replace negative habits with positive ones

Do you usually start your day with a coffee and reading the news? Do you check your messages on social networks in the morning? You’ll probably start your morning with a more stressed feeling.

Take some time to analyze your daily habits:

  • What do my current habits look like?
  • Do my previous habits make me feel good?
  • Which time- and energy-consuming routines would I like to eliminate and which positive rituals would I like to replace them with?

According to London University College psychologist Phillippa Lally, it takes an average of 66 days to integrate new habits into everyday life.


Influence self-motivation through a conscious, optimistic choice of words

Our use of language intensively influences our patterns of thought and action. If we introduce many negative adjectives or filler words such as “actually”, we not only give the impression that we are insecure, but also give ourselves the feeling that we do not believe in ourselves.

How you choose your words has an enormous impact on your psyche. Try it out:

Before your next task, tell yourself “I will make it” instead of asking you “Will I make it? You’ll be surprised at what effect said things will have on your work performance.


Motivate yourself with a positive charisma

Let’s be honest: how many people look bad-tempered in the morning on the train? The sad minds can really change the mood and have a demotivating effect. But maybe you also know the feeling when someone smiles at you and your mood improves right away.

Even if you’re not in the best mood, try smiling next time. It will have a guaranteed effect on your self-motivation and also make your fellow human beings good-natured!


Listen to your favorite song in the morning or go to the winning position πŸ˜‰

We associate many songs with memories. Surely you also have one or the other song, which suddenly makes you in a good mood. So make sure you get a real boost of self-motivation by listening to your favorite song in the morning!

Alternatively, you can also place yourself in a “power pose” in the morning. For example, a typical winning pose is a posture where you stretch your arms up and stand with your legs apart.

If you stand in the winning pose, your testosterone level will demonstrably rise, which will give you more self-confidence. If you are in a rather crouching posture, the stress hormone cortisol increases.

Conclusion: A motivated mind can be trained and leads to more satisfaction in the long run!

Recognition of the purpose of your own activities, more autonomy in everyday life and the pursuit of a championship together result in the powerful driving motor in your everyday life: self-motivation. If you recognize your potential and work regularly on yourself to constantly improve, nothing will stand in the way of your success.

My 25 tips on the individual areas of a motivated mind will hopefully help you to get out of your inertia trap and live your life according to your ideas. Start with the first four tips to find out the meaning and purpose of your activity and gradually work your way forward. Of course, you won’t notice your progress within the first few days but stay on the ball. Practice makes perfect! πŸ™‚

Before you climb your ladder of success, I’ll give you this to take with you:

'It's not the outer circumstances that change life, but the inner changes that change life's outer circumstances.- Wilma EudenbachClick To Tweet

I wish you a successful life! 😊

What are your self-motivation tips? Which have worked particularly well for you? I am looking forward to your comment!

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