Self-Motivation Tips: How To Get Motivated

Self-motivation sounds easy – you set a goal, you work hard, you achieve the goal. Right? But what happens where there are setbacks in life or when faced with a challenge – continuing to stay motivated to achieve those goals become harder.

Therefore, the ability to motivate yourself—self-motivation— becomes an important skill. There is nothing more powerful for self-motivation than the right attitude. You can’t choose or control your circumstance, but you can choose your attitude towards your circumstances.

So, how self-motivated are you? We’ve put together a short quiz to give you a better understanding of how self-motivated you are. Test your self-motivation meter here:


For each statement, click the button in the column that best describes you. Please answer questions as you actually are (rather than how you think you should be), and don’t worry if some questions seem to score in the ‘wrong direction’. When you are finished, please click the ‘Calculate My Total’ button at the bottom of the test.








I’m unsure of my ability to achieve the goals I set for myself.






When working on my goals, I put in maximum effort and work even harder if I’ve suffered a setback.






I regularly set goals and objectives to achieve my vision for my life.






I think positively about setting goals and making sure my needs are met.






I use rewards (and consequences) to keep myself focused. For example, if I finish my report on time, I allow myself to take a coffee break.






I believe that if I work hard and apply my abilities and talents, I will be successful.






I worry about deadlines and getting things done, which causes stress and anxiety.






When an unexpected event threatens or jeopardizes my goal, I tend to walk away, set a different goal, and move in a new direction.






When I come up with a really good idea, I am surprised by my creativity. I figure it is my lucky day, and caution myself not to get used to the feeling.






I tend to do the minimum amount of work necessary to keep my boss and my team satisfied.






I tend to worry about why I won’t reach my goals, and I often focus on why something probably won’t work.






I create a vivid and powerful vision of my future success before embarking on a new goal.


Calculate My Total   Total = _____


Score Interpretation

Score Comment
12-27 You allow your personal doubts and fears to keep you from succeeding. You’ve probably had a few incomplete goals in the past, so you may have convinced yourself that you aren’t self-motivated – and then you’ve made that come true. Break this harmful pattern now, and start believing in yourself again. The tools and tips below will help you get back your motivation.
28-43 You’re doing OK on self-motivation. You’re certainly not failing – however, you could achieve much more. To achieve what you want, try to increase the motivation factors in all areas of your life. Read the relevant sections below, and work on them to strengthen your self-motivation.
44-60 Wonderful! You get things done, and you don’t let anything stand in your way. You make a conscious effort to stay self-motivated, and you spend significant time and effort on setting goals and acting to achieve those goals. You attract and inspire others with your success. Treasure this – and be aware that not everyone is as self-motivated as you are! (Read below for more.)


What can you do the improve your self-motivation?

Four factors are necessary to build the strongest levels of self-motivation:

  • Self-confidence and self-efficacy.
  • Positive thinking, and positive thinking about the future.
  • Focus and strong goals.
  • A motivating environment.

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