How To Inspire Yourself Everyday: 14 Smart and Simple Ways

If you’ve ever wondered, how to inspire yourself everyday, this article is for you.

We all lose motivation to achieve our goals, excel in our daily and professional lives, and sometimes think creatively.

Learn to reconnect with the source of inspiration that exists within each of us, whether you are an artist looking for a way to produce more creative work, someone pursuing a specific goal at work, school, or fitness, or simply someone looking for a way to bring passion back into your life.

How To Inspire Yourself Everyday:

1. Determine your motivation by setting goals.

Ask yourself what you want to achieve and state it as clearly and completely as you can.

Include not only what you think will bring good results to your life if you achieve your goal, but also what you will lose if you do not.

2. Go over your goal-setting list every day.

Make looking at your goal list and thinking about it part of your daily routine, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Taking time to review this list will help you stay on track and be accountable for yourself, while also reminding you to stay focused.

3. Break down your goals into manageable steps.

Divide a large goal or project into many smaller goals or projects that look more attainable and easier to find daily inspiration for, such as “exercise 15 minutes four times a day every week.”

To get to a larger goal, start with a smaller goal. Set a goal for each day or week (it doesn’t have to be the same every day). 

Instead of the more general “work on this today,” try narrowing down smaller tasks even further by adding time constraints, such as “work on this for an hour.”

4. Make a list of all the things you have already accomplished.

Imagine effortlessly achieving your goal by reminding yourself of all the things you’ve accomplished before that are related to it, or even accomplishments completely unrelated to it but that provided you with great joy or inspiration.

Make a list of the most difficult tasks you have ever done, whether they were physical, mental, or emotional. This can help you see that, after all you’ve done, your current job is doable and that it’s not that difficult after all.

If you have trouble coming up with specific accomplishments to write down, make a list of things that you enjoy or feel good about doing. You can use it to remind yourself of the things that inspire you, or you can use it to do the same things later as a work incentive.

5. Start with something that makes you happy.

Before you start any step of your plan or goal, listen to your favorite music, talk to a close friend or family member, or do anything that you know will always make you happy.

Your happiness and optimism are scientifically proven to increase productivity and decrease procrastination.

Try writing down three positive things that have happened to you that you are grateful for or can enjoy in some way each day to increase your happiness. This has a long-term impact on your joy.

Before you start working on your goal, try exercising. Fast-paced exercise gets your heart rate up, your blood flowing, and produces mood-enhancing endorphins in your brain, even when it’s hard.

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6. Locate and remove any impediments.

Examine your excuses or limitations for not being motivated to work on your goal or plan.Then deal with them, either by addressing them first or dismissing them as irrelevant.

For example, if one of your excuses is that you don’t have enough time to devote to your goal, try eliminating something less important and time-consuming from your day, such as watching TV or surfing the Internet. You may have discovered that you are just finding new ways to avoid working on your goal.

7. Give yourself something to look forward to.

Set a reward for yourself for completing each step of your goal (1), whether it’s simply carving out time to do something enjoyable, buying yourself a treat, or getting that piece of clothing or electronic device that caught your eye.

Discouraging procrastination or other unproductive behaviors is also beneficial. Give a friend or family member money, a phone, or anything else that matters to you as a “commitment tool” and tell them they can’t give it back until you finish the task, or that they can even keep it if you don’t finish in a certain amount of time.

8. Be part of a group of people who share your interests.

Surround yourself with people who have already accomplished or are working towards what you aspire to. If you are in the company of people who are doing the same thing, you are more likely to do it yourself.

If you are trying to get healthy or fit, join a fitness club, gym, or diet group that meets regularly. If you’re a writer or artist, sign up for workshops or work in the company of other creatives. If you are learning a new skill, learn with a group of people who have the same exam or goal in mind.

If you want to be a good motivating influence, don’t be afraid to use a little peer pressure. Tell people about your goal so that they are held accountable for achieving it, no matter what you promise, or simply have someone ask you regularly how you are doing with your goal.

9. Find a friend and tell him or her about it.

Meet with a like-minded person who has a similar goal to yours, or who has a different goal but wants to work with someone to push and inspire each other.

Try to work on part of your goal while your friend works on hers. Set a schedule and a place where you and your partner need to be, and you will be more likely to show up and work.

Remember to include your buddy in the task completion reward!Increase your appreciation for the rewards you set for yourself, and you’ll be even more motivated to stick to your plan. For example, you and your study partner can make a habit of going out for ice cream after a study session.

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10. Watch the people you admire.

Read the work of writers whose work you enjoy, watch inspirational videos about people who have achieved their goals, or watch athletes who excel at the activity you want to do. Look to these people and their work for ideas.

Check out books from your local library on inspirational people in your industry, or ask people you know who their favorite person or resource is on a particular topic. There are even websites and forums dedicated to getting ideas from people who have walked this path before you.

Look for inspirational quotes or proverbs to get you motivated quickly and simply. Pick one that stays with you or seems to speak to your current work. Then duplicate it and put it in a place where you will see it often.

11. Take regular breaks.

Stop or stand up and walk away from where you are working for at least 15 minutes out of every hour that you are focused on working on something else.

Breaks are a great opportunity to re-energize your sense of purpose by reviewing your goals, the reasons you are motivated to achieve them, and an achievement list to remind you of your accomplishments (2).

Take a moment to take a sip of water or eat something nutritious, such as an apple. When you are hydrated and have nourishment, you will be much sharper and more focused, both intellectually and physically. Avoid coffee, sweets, and energy drinks, which provide a short burst of energy but cause a drop in energy and dehydration over time.

Take a walk during your break, preferably outdoors if possible. The natural environment can inspire you, allowing you to concentrate and regain focus by restoring your brain’s ability to shut off distractions.

12. Keep things interesting and fresh.

Look for new places to work on part of your goal. Study in a new library room, run or exercise in a new park, work with your notebook or laptop in a new coffee shop or other public place. Wear something fresh that makes you happy when you are at work.

Even if you have to stay in the same office or other place, switch up your work by sitting at a different desk or in a different room. You can even sit next to someone who looks very focused to take advantage of their energy, as well as fresh scenery and physical space that can inspire you.

If you start to associate a certain place or certain circumstances with procrastination or other unproductive behaviors (either because you’ve done a lot of procrastinating there or because it has a negative effect on your mood), change your surroundings as soon as possible.

Don’t stop changing your incentives either. If the incentives you used to give yourself after each step toward your goal have become too regular or no longer inspire you, change them to something fresh that will motivate you to keep going.

13. Keep track of your progress.

Mark off tasks as you complete them, cross them off as you reach them, or write down your progress and celebrate your collective success to motivate yourself to finish the task.

You can even set up a weekly check-in with yourself to see how far you’ve come, address any new barriers that have come up, and learn what worked for you motivationally and what didn’t.

14. Share your accomplishments with others.

You should let other people know when you’re done, even if it’s only a small part. Since you may have used your friends or community to motivate you to finish your work or achieve your goals, you owe it to them.

Keep your friends and family informed about your progress. Making your plan or goal part of your identity will help you stick to it, and you’ll likely garner praise and admiration from others, which will encourage you to keep going.

Teach others what you have learned while working on your goal, whether it is a new skill, method, or information. Teaching others helps to solidify your own knowledge while bringing the joy that comes from helping others.

Thank you for reading this article about how to inspire yourself everyday and I really hope that you take action my advice.

I wish you good luck and I hope its contents have been a good help to you.

Przemkas Mosky
Przemkas Mosky started Perfect 24 Hours in 2017. He is a Personal Productivity Specialist, blogger and entrepreneur. He also works as a coach assisting people to increase their motivation, social skills or leadership abilities. Read more here