Are Your Motivational Techniques Not Working? Here’s How To Boost Your Motivation – Easily
Do you have big dreams for your life? Many people will answer that question with a resounding ‘Yes!’ If so, are you taking consistent action to bring them into reality? Perhaps that ‘yes’ isn’t quite so strong this time? The fact is, it’s very easy to feel motivated when you’re dreaming your dreams and starting a new project, but it’s much less easy to maintain your motivation as the weeks and months roll by. Why is this?
Why People Can’t Stay Motivated
There are various reasons why people lose their motivation to succeed. Here are some of the most common:
- The novelty wears off – simple enough really: that big idea feels good when it’s fresh and new. But after living with it for a while, it’s not quite so exciting anymore. It begins to feel ‘normal’, its less appealing aspects begin to surface (like the need to actually work at it), and the allure of the new no longer overrides the downsides.
- Limiting beliefs get in the way – for a lot of people, after they set out to change their lives for the better in some way, self-sabotage kicks in, in the form of limiting beliefs. These often date back to childhood, when so many of us are programmed into mediocrity. We develop beliefs that often take the form of feeling unworthy of success – like ‘who am I to want to be a millionaire/entrepreneur/artist/athlete/whatever?’ People might also doubt their ability to develop the skills they need to succeed.
- Other people drag you down – it’s sad to say, but often our friends, acquaintances and family members feel threatened by our success (or potential success), and will react negatively when we start making changes in our lives. This might take the form of a general lack of support, teasing, or even outright hostility. If you depend on the approval of those around you, this can be a major stumbling block, especially if their comments are reinforcing any existing self-doubt you may have.
- Lack of energy – to succeed at a high level generally takes work, often over a long period of time. This kind of consistent effort requires high levels of both physical and mental energy, which many don’t have. If you’re eating poorly, not exercising, and not actively seeking to reduce negative self-talk and external sources of stress and toxicity in your life, chances are your energy levels are less than what they could be. With energy at a low ebb, it’s easy for negativity to creep in, and for your good feeling positive drive to fade.
Best Ways To Boost Your Motivation
So, you’ve identified some of the reasons why you can’t stay motivated enough to follow through on your dreams. What are you going to do about it? For one thing, having identified the specific factors that are working against you, you can ‘do the opposite’. For example, if your physical energy is low because you eat junk food, you can follow a healthier diet of natural, unprocessed foods. If you’ve identified a specific limiting belief that’s holding you back, you can use affirmations, self-hypnosis or other mind programming techniques to implant its opposite.
In addition, there’s no shortage of motivational tips and advice out there. Many people recommend writing out your goals, using deadlines, visualizing your success regularly or enlisting the help of supportive others, such as mentors.
These action-oriented techniques can all work. But what if you try them and you still have trouble keeping your inspiration up? Firstly, you should be totally honest with yourself – do you really want this thing you’re trying to achieve? Is it genuinely in line with your passions in life, or are you trying to please someone else, such as your parents, a boss, or society in general? If you’ve leaned your ladder against the wrong wall, your lack of motivation could be your subconscious mind’s way of protecting you from going down a route that you don’t really want to take.
However, if your goal is something you genuinely want for yourself, but you still find yourself resisting it, then brainwave entrainment might be able to help you override those mental blocks and keep your motivation levels up.
What Is Brainwave Entrainment?
Brainwave entrainment refers to the tendency of the brain to synchronize with (or entrain to) an external stimulus that is oscillating within the brain’s natural frequency range. Examples of such stimuli include sound (such as isochronic tones) and light. For example, a person in a state of light meditation will naturally produce brainwaves in the alpha frequency band (8 – 12 Hz). By listening to a brainwave stimulation recording that incorporates sounds in this range, a person can achieve this state of consciousness more easily, without the need to practice meditating for years first. Similarly, you can entrain your brain to beta (> 13Hz), theta (4 – 8Hz) and delta (< 4Hz) rhythms, and experience the mental and physical states that are associated with these frequencies.
Brainwave Entrainment And Motivation
So, how can this help when it comes to motivation? Well, the main problem with losing motivation is that your initial positive, inspired, excited outlook fades, and negativity takes over, right? You start feeling like you can’t be bothered, you’re too tired, you won’t succeed anyway, what’s the point, blah blah blah… So you need to get back to your positive mindset, and take steps to ramp it up. Now visualizing, goal setting etc can help with this, but the gains can be short lived, and it can feel like a lot of effort, because you’re having to talk yourself ‘up the scale’ to a better feeling state each time.
With brainwave entrainment on the other hand, you can listen to a recording that’s designed to induce your brain to synchronize with frequencies that are associated with the ability to easily program your mind with thoughts of what you want – so it becomes easier to stay positive and stay on track, because your own subconscious mind is no longer working against you. The theta frequencies can help with this, and by practicing with the brainwave entrainment meditation recordings from The Meditation Store – I use these myself, and really like them. This site also has a set of recordings especially for boosting motivation, but I can’t say much about those since I haven’t yet tried them out myself.
Which Recordings Are Best – Binaural, Monaural or Isochronic?
Sound-based brainwave synchronisation recordings general use binaural beats, monaural beats or isochronic tones. These work differently (read more about the differences between binaural, monaural and isochronic sounds), but all have been found to be effective. Many people prefer isochronics, because they feature clearly defined sound pulses that are easier for the brain to synchronise to. On the other hand, some find the sound of the beats can be irritating at lower frequencies (such as the delta and low theta ranges), and prefer to use binaural beats when working with these frequencies. The best path is to try each for yourself, but if you only use one type of recording, I’d probably recommend binaurals for work in this frequency range.
Whichever you go for, remember that you should only use recordings from a reputable source who knows the correct frequencies to use, or they won’t be effective.