A lot of us want to achieve something. And no matter how big that something is, one of the most common enemy we encounter is demotivation. ‘Yung tipong gustung-gusto mo, excited na excited ka, then one morning, you feel like giving up and totally discarding your plan. ‘Yung feeling na parang ‘di mo na kaya dahil ‘di na umaayon sa mga gusto mo ang mga nangyayari.
Challenges, problems, rejections, negative emotions – paano nga ba labanan ang demotivation kung ‘yang mga ‘yan ang katapat mo? Paano ka didiretso? Paano mo i-e-encourage ang sarili mo to persevere and still do what needs to be done? Is it possible to do it alone? O kailangan mo nang mag-phone-a-friend, coach or mentor?
Being an entrepreneur for a significant amount of time now, and handling a large number of people in my organization, may mga times talaga na ‘di maiiwasang maramdaman mo yung traces of demotivation, especially when you need to decide on something na malaki ang impact to everyone involved. But what I do is I stick with my time-proven hacks on how to keep myself motivated. Want to know which hacks are effective to me? Read on!
1. Have mile markers.
Nakasali ka na ba sa fun run? Ever wonder why there are stops or places along the way where the runners can drink or catch their breath? Those stops are important para ma-replenish nila yung energy to continue and finish the run. This is true with life as well. When you feel that your goals are so big to achieve, break them down into smaller goals. Ang mahirap kasi kapag malaki yung gusto mong mangyari, napapagod ka kaagad kapag wala kang nakitang progress. Take note of and celebrate the accomplishment of these short-term goals. ‘Di ka na naburn-out, napigilan mo pa ang sarili mong mag-give-up sa gusto mong ma-achieve.
Remember: A moving person will surely reach his destination as long as he sees his progress along the way and doesn’t stop moving.
2. Remind yourself of your deep why.
Why do you wake up in the morning? Bakit mo ba ginagawa ang isang bagay? Bakit ka nagsa-sacrifice? These questions will definitely get different responses from different people. But the bottomline is, kailangang alam mo kung ano ang nagpapagalaw sa ‘yo papunta sa gusto mong mapuntahan. It can be your family, your ambition, your vision, or your passion. Ang importante, it should be meaningful to you and it should be crystal clear. So, paano ka mamo-motivate nito? Kapag dumadating ang times that you feel like giving up, always remember why you started in the first place. Let your reasons — your deep why — guide you beyond the challenges. What I do is I create printed copies of my goals, frame them, then post them everywhere in the house, para lagi kong nakikita. Para lagi akong reminded what I am working hard for. Para kapag tinatamad ako, I know my reasons bakit kailangan ko na magsipag at gumalaw.
Remember: When you know your why, you can do any how.
3. Have an accountable support system.
“No man is an island” is a cliché that echoes through time. This really holds true because when you feel disheartened, kailangan mo talaga ang tulong ng iba. Kaya when you have a goal, be sure to have a team of people who know about it at willing din tumulong para ma-achieve mo ‘yun. Kailangang accountable kayo sa isa’t isa, na tipong magkakasangga kayo kahit mahirap. You take responsibility with each other and they have your back lalo na sa mga times na you feel like quitting on the goal.
Remember: When you share your goal to an accountable support group, the chances of the achieving the goal will significantly increase.
4. Watch a positive inspirational movie.
What movie have you watched lately? Naka-relate ka ba? Natuwa ka ba sa movie or hindi? The good thing nowadays is that there are a lot of quality films in the market that can be effective mood boosters and motivators. Unang-una, kapag naka-relate ka sa movie, you can be excited and pumped up to achieve your goals. Secondly, it can inject positive energy especially if the movie is fun and heart-warming. Finally, may mga moments sa movie that can be your eureka moment, ‘yung may mapupulot kang lessons that will inspire you to do the things you need to do.
Remember: There are ways to enjoy, have fun and still learn. One of them is watching an inspirational movie.
5. Keep your core values in check.
Who are you? What would you and wouldn’t you settle for? Ano ang importante sayo?Magkakaiba ‘yung mga bagay that make us tick. Mas lalong magkakaiba ‘yung mga values that we hold dear. Kaya when you feel like your morale is low, and feeling mo nasa hopeless situation ka, just focus on your core values. Focus on who you are as a person and as a fighter. Stick to what you do best, that thing that you know is your strength. And from there, makikita mo yung renewal ng energy. Parang sa basketball, in-the-zone ka, at magagawa mo ang mga dapat mong gawin.
Remember: Make your core values a guide towards the completion of your aspiration.
6. Have a bonfire mindset.
Kapag malapit ka sa bonfire, mas ramdam mo ‘yung binibigay na init. Everytime you distance yourself from it, ramdam mo naman ‘yung unti-unting pagkawala ng init. Hanggang sa sobrang layo mo na sa fire, na totally wala na ‘yung init, as if ‘di nag-e-exist ‘yung bonfire. When your energy is low, and you are demotivated, it does not help na magkukulong ka, and be emo about it. Lumapit ka sa bonfire, d’un sa source ng energy. Hanapin mo ‘yung bonfire na makakatulong para ma-realize mo ‘yung goals mo. That bonfire can be a group of people, an organization, or a place.
Remember: The closer you are to the source, the farther you are from doubting yourself and quitting.
7. Pray daily.
There is a higher power that is beyond us. In time of need and hopelessness, it is very important na meron kang pinaniniwalaan. Prayer really works and does help. Just be sure to put in the work and efforts as well.
Remember: First, pray. Then, believe. Finally, work for it. And it will be done.
8. Listen to your favorite positive song.
Lyrics are stories with melodies, either of triumph or of pain. Humanap ka ng triumphant songs. It is very renewing kapag nakakarinig ka ng songs that can uplift your spirit. Hanapin mo ‘yung song na magiging soundtrack ng mga pagtalo mo sa mga challenges, ‘yung song that will make you move forward. Gawin mong battlecry towards your goals.
Remember: Sing your worries away.
9. Be grateful of what you have but be excited of what you can get.
It’s one thing to be content, and another to aspire for growth. Always go for growth, not just on wealth but on all aspects ng buhay mo. Plus, always be grateful. Kapag may problema, kapag nada-down ka, mas isipin mo yung mga blessings na nasa buhay mo. Chances are, yung pinagdadaanan mo ay sobrang liit lang compared sa mga challenges ng iba. Maging thankful. Move forward, learn from your mistakes, and try again.
Remember: Blessings are challenges wrapped in problems. Look forward and unravel them one by one.
10. Have the discipline to push yourself.
Be disciplined enough para gawin ang mga dapat gawin, kahit na naka-give-up mode na ‘yung pakiramdam mo. It all boils down to discipline. Napakadaling tumigil na lang at mag-go with flow, hayaan na lang ang mundong gumalaw, hintayin na lang na kusang mangyari ‘yung gusto nating mangyari. Pero hindi ganun ang mundo. You need to work for what you deserve. Push yourself to do what needs to be done. Snap out of emo moments. ‘Yung tipong parating pa lang, alam mo na kung paano lalabanan. Believe me, it will do wonders in your life.
Remember: You always have two wolves to feed: the good one and the bad one. The one who will win is the wolf that you always feed.
11. Stay away from sad stimuli.
Sad + sad = Sadder :). Kung gusto mong makaalis sa kawalan mo ng gana, avoid people and circumstances that make matters worse. Stay away from sad stories, sad movies, sad songs, sad people, and whiners. A sad song will likely sadden you more kapag may pinagdadaanan ka. Likewise, a person who is having the same unresolved problem same as yours, malamang ay ‘di rin makakatulong sa ‘yo. Whenever you are feeling down, humanap ka ng taong up. Sila ang mas makakatulong sayo for sure.
Remember: Birds of the same feather flock together. Choose who you flock with well.
Based on my personal experiences, these hacks really worked for me, but they may or may not work for you. Pero sabi nga, ano ba ang mawawala sa ‘yo kapag sinubukan mo? What if mag-work? In this day and age that everything is instant, we have everything at our disposal to check out and utilize. This is on us. Kailangan natin na maging proactive – meaning maging aggressive and forward-thinking. At the end of the day, ang nagse-separate lang sa ‘yo at sa mga taong successful ay ‘yung mga ginagawa nila na hindi mo ginagawa.
Let us empower ourselves through growth. Start applying the tips I have shared and see how being motivated each day can bring you closer to the good life you have been dreaming of! If I did it, so can you!