How to stay motivated and improve personal effectiveness can feel challenging. There are many factors that impact both of these things. Below are 25 things I have done personally and I encourgae my clients to do that improve motivation and persoanl effectiveness. So I can attest to their positive impact both personally and with my professional hat on too:

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19 ways to boost your motivation and personal effectiveness

How to stay motivated and improve personal effectivenessHow to stay motivated and improve personal effectiveness is an important question to ask yourself as both of these things have a big impact on your results.

There are many factors that impact both of these things. So let’s explore some of them.

Below are some examples of things that have a powerful and positive impact on motivation and personal effectiveness.

19 Ways to boost your motivation and personal effectiveness

1. Get an accountability buddy. Not only does having an accountability buddy help you stay on track to achieve the results you want, they are also a great source of motivation and help you maintain your personal effectiveness too. To find out more about having an accountability buddy read 10 reasons to have an accountability buddy and How To Find An Accountability Buddy

2. Protect yourself from energy draining and toxic people. They will suck the life out of you and have a negative impact on your motivation and effectiveness.

3. Surround yourself with positive, constructive, solution focussed people who fuel your fire. It will give a tremendous boost to your energy levels which has a fairly hefty knock on effect to your motivation and effectiveness.

4. Create a powerful vision for your life, work and relationships. Keep focussed on it and visualise achieving it each and every day. It will help you keep motivation going when you experience setbacks, obstacles or when the brown stuff hits the fan.

5. Get fresh air – every day. Amazing the difference this makes. Try it.

6. Spend time in nature and the great outdoors. Fabulous stress buster and as stress is a motivation and effectiveness drainer this is worth doing.

7. De- clutter your mental and physical space. Think of it like clearing the decks so that you have mental and physical space for what is more important.

8. Do more things that give you mental and physical energy. Do less of the things that drain your mental and physical energy. Your energy levels (mental and physical) have a tremendous impact on your motivation and personal effectiveness. Make this a priority.

9. Have a strong action plan and work that baby consistently! I couldn’t put it better than the great Pablo Picasso -> “Action is the foundational key to all success.”

10. Create a structure to work within each day, week and month. It will keep you focussed, on track and effective.

11. Have a strong self care programme that you work consistently. Include things like getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, exercise, yoga, meditation. Self care has a massive impact on how you feel and operate, mentally and physically. And how you feel and operate has a massive impact on your motivation and effectiveness.

12. Hire a coach or mentor – this can be a really poweful way to boost motivation, personal effectiveness and achieve your goals faster, easier and consistently. (If this is something you think you might be interested in, check out the ways you can work with me here).

13. Break your goals down into small manageable chunks. Much more motivating than focusing on the mountain you have to climb!

14. Do the most important things first in the day. That way you will always know that you have the priorities nailed no matter what the rest of the day throws at you. There is great satisfaction in that!

15. Don’t be a Lone Ranger. Get support. Create your own “dream team” of people around you that will give you unconditional, non judgemental support.

16. Join a Mastermind Group –a mastermind group is a great way to get support with achieving your goals and to keep yourself motivated and effective. Plus hearing other people’s ideas and perspectives is a great source for sparking fresh thinking and new ideas.

17. Have a Hero – think of someone you look up to or is a role model for you, or has done someting you would like to do. Learn from them, follow them on social media, read their stuff, attend their events etc. Learning from others you admire is inspiring and boosts motivation.

18. Commit to learning about and improving your mindset and personal development. I can’t stress enough how important this is. The reason being is because what and how you think drives your feelings, your feelings drive your motivation and effectiveness and this drives your results.

19. Celebrate your successes – regularly – no matter how big or small. It will remind you that you are making progress and that will boost your motivation.

Is there anything you would add to this list? Would love to here your opinions and experiences on keeping motivated and effective. Let’s discuss this subject further in the comments section below.

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  • La Brit in DE

    Ali, of all the tips and tricks you have suggested here, the one I am actually clinging on to at the moment is the little pic of the post-it top left. I now have the same 3 words on a sticky at the bottom of my screen and it “does stuff” ! That one photo is helping to put my head back where it should be.

    There are many help organisations around offering support for this and that, but for me, your blog is my life-saver. You have a way of sorting me out for which I will be eternally grateful. THANK YOU! 🙂

  • I am deeply touched by your comment. Thank you so much. I am delighted that you get value from my blog.

  • Steve Collier

    Ali, I would add; “make inefficient progress”. Not sure where or how to start? Do something to move forward. You will figure it out or get help along the way. The important thing is to start.

  • Great point Steve. So important.

  • Catriona Futter

    Hi Ali – thank you so much for an inspiring and reassuring list! I am a newly self-employed life coach, and your site was recommended to me by a self-employed friend who is also one of my “dream team”. Your list reminds me practical things to do during the feeling-slightly-overwhelmed days, and reassures me that I am on the right track with many of your suggestions.

    I would add “be thankful” – looking back and listing all the things, big and small, that have happened or I have achieved since I started this journey, and the people who encourage me along the way, keeps me focused and encouraged to keep moving forward, and do the best with who I am.

  • Hi Caitriona, so glad you found this article useful. Totally agree with your addition, “be thankful.” So important but often overlooked. We like to do that as a family at the end of each day. Not only helps us as individuals but also hearing someone elses perspectives often brings a new way of seeing things too.

  • Delia Bourne

    Hi Ali

    I love your tips – I have put an hour in my diary for personal development starting this month.
    So busy focusing on client work it’s easy to forget about ME! The plus side is that it will benefit my clients too.

  • Ali Davies

    Delia, thank you. Delighted you find my resources useful. Good for you taking action that will benefit you and the people you serve.

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  • I really loved this! I pinned it so I can refer back to it again and again. It’s great advice broken down into manageable categories, just what I needed to get refocused. I tend sometimes to be a scatter brain.

  • Ali Davies

    I am a big believer in breaking things down into manageable focus areas. Glad you found it useful.

  • All fabulous tips Ali. The fresh air makes such an enormous difference for me. Decluttering my mental and physical space is crucial. Great post! xx

  • Ali Davies

    I am the same Jennifer – fresh air and the outdoors works wonders. And when the weather is nice I work outdoors as often as possible too.

  • Joan Stommen

    Great suggestions….some I’ve never considered! You’ve given me the motivation I need to get up off the sofa and go, do, be! Thank you for this well written list, Ali!

  • Menopausalmother

    Yes yes YES to #2. I’ve been doing that lately—cleaning “house” of toxic people and my life is so much better now. I’m a big fan of #19, too!

  • Thanks Joan. Delighted you found it useful.

  • Hi Marcia, protecting yourself from toxic people brings so many benefits on so many different levels. Congrats on stepping up to deal with that and improve your life.