4 Tips and Tough Love Ideas for Motivation: Tools to Get You Moving

When it comes to work motivation it can sometimes be difficult to get the ball rolling. The monotony of some jobs easily allows people to fall into a rut of going through the motions but not really feeling excited about the task at hand. If you’ve ever worked a job you didn’t love, you probably know what I’m talking about. When tomorrow comes, what would you like to do better?

I’d like to encourage you to start by visualizing some motivation images—things like picturing your boss promoting you, imagining how energized you’d like to feel in the morning, and detailing what you would look like when you reach one of your top goals. It’s kind of like daydreaming, but with a lot of purpose behind it. Motivation images are a great way to start seeing your future play out the way you’d like it to.

Next, these 4 motivational tools and tough love tips will help you get revved up for your new outlook on things. Let these powerful statements work as guides to help your daily motivation practice, but first check out this classic clip of Chris Farley playing a hysterical motivational speaker on SNL.

Down By The River

1. If you don’t do it someone else will.

Purely positive motivation doesn’t always work. Sometimes we need a little push or zap from reality to let us know that opportunity can be snatched up by someone else. Once one of my close relatives shared with me an amazing idea for an invention. She was apprehensive, but I knew she needed to pursue her dream. This simple statement kicked her into drive because she realized that if she didn’t act on her creative inspiration, someone else would stake its claim. When life gives you ideas, make something out of them.

2. You have all the makings to be a success story.

News flash: we’re all human! I love reading books about people who’ve followed their dreams and found true happiness in doing so. I’m currently reading The Success Principles by Jack Canfield, creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Motivational success stories like his always get me inspired because it’s reassuring to see how everyday men and women can rise above their circumstances and shine. If you have an interest in these types of stories, it’s great to look at the Self Help section of your local library or bookstore. The shelves are filled with books on motivation techniques and the people who use them to get ahead.

3. Once you gain momentum, you’ll be on your way.

Everything has to start to keep going. This idea is the same one used for diet or exercise motivation. Have you ever noticed that it seems so hard to start a new fitness or food regimen, but once you do it’s easy to stick with it? I’m a big proponent of becoming your own coach in the department of career motivation. Aim high, set goals, and choose things that get you excited. The goal is to make you anticipate whatever payoff you will receive for working hard. Momentum is the key to longevity. Ride the wave and continually offer yourself new motivation images to keep you going.

4. Your thoughts are things.

Thoughts consist of beliefs, right? And what you believe is true to you, yes? This gives thoughts a great level of power over us. Whatever you believe becomes your truth. You can use thoughts as motivational tools to help get you moving in the direction you hope to go in. Start to believe that you’re worth more money, and all of a sudden you’ll start acting that way and attracting opportunities to make more money. The law of attraction is a powerful thing. You can use it to draw even more motivation your way.

Now that you’re armed with these motivation tips, start putting them into practice. Stay tuned for even more posts about motivational tools for employees–coming soon.

For more posts and related articles by Sara Kosmyna.

What are your favorite motivation techniques to use? Did you know that having a daily motivation practice can help to energize you or your team?

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