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What is motivation?

Motivation is being able to set and achieve goals in some area of your life. Some goals can be their own rewards, for instance, getting an Olympic gold medal, however, the amount of work that is needed to achieve that kind of goal is often more than many of us are prepared to put into one area of our lives.

While most of us will never achieve an Olympic gold medal, we CAN use the same techniques to build our own motivation to achieve the goals WE want to reach. These goals may be in study, housework, exercise, diet, healthy eating or anything else but the same techniques can be used to help YOU achieve YOUR goals.

Write it Down
Whatever your goal, write it down,

get your own vision
Think it, then write it

and your reasons for doing it. Having this information written down will remind you of what you really want when you start to lose motivation. It is a great form of inspiration. Research has shown that those who write down their goal(s) and keep them near (in your wallet, posted on the wall, in a book you look at often) are more likely to achieve them. You can even create a VISION BOOK or a VISION CHART for yourself, to help you reach your goal.

Keep it Simple
If you are trying to improve some of your weaknesses, try setting some simple attainable goals first. You may start out feeling negative toward your goal and it will help you a great deal to get the motivation to keep going if you meet the goals. So get some baby steps you can focus on, instead of the big goal.

step by step
One step at a time

Break down large goals into manageable steps. Many times our goals are lofty, which is a good thing. However large goals can seem unattainable, causing you to become daunted and lose motivation. Before you start any large project or goal, break it down into smaller steps. Get as detailed as you can. Soon you will be well on your way to success.

A great tip that can help you with motivation is to not put all your eggs in one basket. If all you do is obsess about your progress, you’ll become impatient and you might lose motivation. Try focusing on many different things and not just your goal.

Help Yourself Stay Happy
Keeping a healthy diet will greatly influence the quality of your life. A diet consisting of plenty of fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains, seeds and nuts will elevate serotonin levels which aids in reducing depression and increasing motivation. Conversely, diets low in complex carbohydrates can lower your serotonin levels.

Get Help

use and give help
Working together helps everyone reach the top.

It can be difficult to succeed on your own and other people can sometimes give you motivation and advice that you can’t give yourself. So, in order to achieve your life goals, make sure you enlist the support of others but make sure they are TRUSTED others.

Take Stock
Remember that we are often unmotivated when we are doing things we feel are not worth our time. Take stock of what you spend your time on, and determine if this is truly necessary for the other parts of your life. We have a limited amount of time on this planet, so be sure to spend it wisely.

Enjoy Yourself
When you are trying to improve a new skill, start a new diet, or even a new course, it is important to try and make it something you enjoy. If you are constantly dreading the new part of your life, you will quickly lose motivation and find ways to give yourself excuses. There is no point is trying to achieve something in an area you dislike. If you enjoy it, motivation will come much more easily.

Read on
Read on for more tips and links to gaining motivation in an area YOU are interested in.

Motivation Charts

You can create a motivation chart to help you keep track of what YOU want to accomplish. By placing it somewhere that you will see it every day and by rewarding yourself for doing your tasks, you can take those important small steps to achieving YOUR goals. You can download a FREE Motivation Chart for helping you keep track of your steps to achievement 

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10 tips for the new grandparent

These tips will help you to help the new parent(s) and you can also use them if you are helping out a neighbour or a friend or are even doing voluntary work helping new single parents. It’s most likely that you are a Granny helping your precious daughter or daughter in law with your new grandchild, so I am going to refer to the new parent as PD (precious daughter / daughter in law) and the new baby as PG (precious grandchild).

  1. No matter the state of the house, do not criticise anything. You are there to help, not point out mistakes or shortcomings. Keep your lips buttoned, unless you are praising something.
  2. You are there to support PD. You are NOT there to look after PG. Unless your health or your disability totally prevents you from physically helping with the housework or PD is ill – let PD look after the baby. They need to bond and right now is the best time. Nursing PG in order to let PD “get on with the housework” is SELFISH. PD needs rest, to feed and change the baby and to bond with PG. You will have plenty of time in the future to get to know your new grandchild and you may be needed to nurse the baby for a short while anyway, while PD uses the loo or gets dressed.
  3. When you first go into the house, check whether PD needs water or a cup of tea or coffee and something to eat. The first priority is to make sure PD is healthy and nourished.
  4. The next most important task is to check whether something is available for the day’s main meal. It may need to come out of the freezer or it may need to be made. It may even need a phone call or a trip to the shop to get food in.
  5. The next most important task is the laundry. There is always laundry! Get a wash started in the machine. If you are there long enough, you may be able to get it into the dryer or out on the line or hung on airers before you leave. If you hang it out on the line, you will need to bring it in BEFORE you leave that day, because PD will either forget or not have time. If there is dry laundry hanging around, fold it and put it away. It is best not to take laundry to your own house, unless it is an emergency.
  6. Now you can get any dishes done, either in the sink or load the dishwasher. You may need to put dishes away or empty the dishwasher before you can wash more.
  7. Check whether the bed has been made and if not, make it.
  8. Check whether the bathroom needs cleaned. The main things are the sink and toilet and checking that there is enough loo roll / toilet paper.
  9. Empty any waste bins / trash cans.
  10. If you have any time and energy left, vacuum the stairs and landing and living room, or for the kitchen or hard floors, sweep and mop. You don’t have to do all of this every time you go. If this type of work is exhausting for you, or you have limited time, choose one area for each visit and do that. Choose a different area the next visit.