By Chef Nicholas Anderson for www.culinaryglobetrotter.com
To be able to motive yourself, or self-motivation, occurs when a person has the desire and willingness to do something and is internally motivated to do it.
Sometimes it's very difficult to get ourselves moving and achieve what we want to achieve. The natural inclination is to procrastinate. Life just seems to get in the way. There is a job to go to, a house to clean, groceries to do, television to watch - whoops!
I guess we get pretty good at finding excuses to not get started on an exercise routine, reading a new book or cleaning out that closet.
The fact is that we are creatures of routine and habit. However, once we allow ourselves to get into the habit of doing something (especially something we normally resist doing), it's no longer a struggle and we may even end up enjoying it.
When we were young most of us probably didn't like bathing or brushing our teeth but as it became habit, we no longer thought about it, we just did it.
So what can we do to motivate ourselves to accomplish, or even start working on, our goals?
For starters we can do some critical thinking and ask ourselves what will happen if we don't develop a particular habit or routine. What would some of the consequences of neglecting to do so be? An important question, I would think. Many of us don't think far enough ahead when we need get in gear.
There is an interesting point to be aware of if you are too intense or work on a task in the same way for too long. By doing so, you can actually jeopardize your motivation. Who would have thought! Therefore, make it a point to walk away and take breaks every now and then. Change the conditions and timetable you're working under. Doing so will give you renewed energy and a fresh perspective for a project.