Top Ten Tips for Being Self-Motivated

How to get yourself to be self-motivated

Being self-motivated it the best way to drive yourself forward and achieve your goals. Here’s 10 ways to improve your motivation.


Self-motivation is, in its simplest form, the force that drives you to do things. 

I was recently invited by Sage to participate in a Twitter Q & A on the topic of self-motivation; this got me thinking about my own levels of motivation. My motivation is usually high when I am doing something that I consider fun, or I am close to the deadline, although this may be more panic than self-motivation! There are times when I’m easily distracted and not as productive as I’d like to be. What about you?

In a world where we are increasingly left to manage our own: workload, time, career and learning, being self-motivated becomes a muscle we really must develop.

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There are many benefits to being self-motivated:

·      You’re not reliant on others for your success as you motivate yourself to achieve.

·      Others are more likely to trust you, as you will be self-motivated enough to get the job done.

·      You’ll have increased productivity and a sense of satisfaction – knowing that you have done what you could.

Here are my 10 top tips:

1.    Find ways to communicate and connect with other like-minded people, who can share their approaches to self-motivation with you. Surround yourself with self-motivated people and some of their strategies are likely to rub off on you.

2.    Energy is key for self-motivation, to keep your energy levels up: exercise, sleep well, eat well and restrict your caffeine intake.

3.    Start by visualising your day in great detail, planning what you will achieve and how you will do it, this will mean that you are less likely to be side-tracked.

4.    Connect with the feeling that you’ll have when you’ve completed the task, or achieved the success that you are looking for, striving for that feeling will be keep you focused.

5.    Break your task or goal down into bite size chunks that you can celebrate achieving and reward yourself for e.g. if you have a list of 100 people to call, decide to call 10 a day.

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6.    Consider how what you are doing will benefit others e.g winning a new contract could produce job security for your staff.

7.    Know your why. Your why and what connects you with what you do, its how you put your values into action.

8.    Minimise distractions and temptations, like the phone or internet, there are lots of apps out there now which can prevent you from surfing the net or checking social media at the times you specify.

9.    Know what works for you and do it e.g. being alone, being surrounded by others, lists, add tasks to your calendar etc.

10. Create deadlines that you share with others, who can then hold to you account.

Read: 8 tips for leading a low ambition team

Lastly, here are some resources that I recommend to help you on your way to becoming more self-motivated.

·      Free 7 day motivational audios delivering directly to your inbox

·      The Happenista Project – transformation online coaching programme, just 10 minutes a day

·      Book: The Power of Now by Ekhart Tolle

·      Book: Stop Talking and Start Doing

·      Self Motivation Quiz

·      Podcast #196: The Science of Self-Motivation & Productivity

·      Book: Eat that Frog

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Jenny Garrett is an Award Winning Coach with over 11 years experience of running a Global Business. She is a Freeman of the Guild of Entrepreneurs – City of London and was listed in Brummell Magazines Top 30 City Innovators 2016. Her mission is to transform the world for everyone, one empowered woman at a time. She uses her years of experience in coaching and leadership to inspire and motivate people, working with them to deliver career and life changing results beyond expectation. Jenny has written an Amazon Bestselling Book ‘Rocking Your Role’, on the taboo subject of female breadwinners. She has reached an audience of over 30,000 through her speaking engagements, including two TEDx Talks, and coached individuals all over the globe from Australia, to Botswana, the US, Mexico, Spain and the UK, with over 3,000 coaching hours under her belt. Jenny gives back through her social enterprise Rocking Ur Teens Her most recent clients include MasterCard, EY and the NHS. Jenny is a regular commentator on Sky News and LBC radio, and has been featured on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, The Telegraph, and Glamour magazine amongst many others. A client recently described Jenny as a ‘yoga stretch for the career!’ Jenny’s work is characterised by having depth, personalisation and meaning, or some would say ‘soul’.

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