Do you want unlimited motivation? I can show you how to get that. By understanding how your environment influences you and making sure that you get in the right environment, you will never run out of motivational ammo ever again. Success will be guaranteed as a result of mastering your behavior and fitting yourself within your surroundings.
Let’s Define Environment
For the sake of this blog post, I refer to environment as “a collection of elements that interact with one another, the totality of which producing an effect of some sort”. The terminology is not limited to physical environment such as trees, houses, dogs and children. It also covers the mental, emotional, spiritual and professional areas as well.
Here’s the deal. Your environment absolutely has something to do with your behavior and thinking. The reason why is because our brains always take information from the outside whether we like it or not. We then use that information to adapt to our surroundings and it manifests by undergoing a change that we usually don’t notice. The following scenarios are just some of the effects that our environment could have on us.
- The interior design of your house affects how you move around and interact with your family members
- The arrangement of items in your workplace will affect your overall productivity and how cluttered your mind is
- Placing a jar of cookies or sweets in the table will have a huge impact in your health because it becomes easy to grab one
- Belonging to a family of spiritual people nurtures you to become a good spiritual being and get closer to God
- On the other hand, having a social circle of friends who have vices like alcohol or drugs will heavily influence you in a bad way
- If you live in the arctic region, then your body will be better in adjusting to colder temperatures
- Attending a gathering full of like-minded or greater people than you will make you feel more empowered and inspired to succeed
Remember, the environment will always produce a net effect of some sort to you, and it is based on your own unique perception. What might be a good environment for one might actually be bad for you. If you haven’t noticed it yet, please take time to reflect on this concept for it has something to do with your problems.
What Does It Have to Do with My Motivation?
A lot. It means that you can manipulate your environment to allow it to give you sustained motivation. Most people don’t know this secret because they are too busy living their everyday lives. They never really take time to check on what they are doing and just let the ups and downs of their mood control them. It’s the equivalent of unconsciously saying to yourself that you feel helpless.
But things have changed because right now, you have the power to change it. Your physical, spiritual, emotional or professional environment can easily be changed in five ways:
- Observing your present environment
Look around you and within you, what have you noticed? Are you feeling irritated or uncomfortable in your workplace? Are you emotionally depressed or feeling overly excited? Have you been eating too much chocolate lately? Do you feel more pessimistic in life as a result of having negative people around you? Start analyzing yourself and your environment to see how it is impacting you in a huge way.
- Add something to your environment
Maybe you need photos of your dream house or luxury car to inspire you to work more. Maybe you need a mentor to guide you towards success. Maybe you should buy some books on financial education to become business-minded. Adding some key elements in your environment might actually help improve your condition and therefore motivate you more.
- Remove stuff that are unwanted
Don’t buy the chocolates and oily foods. Don’t overwhelm yourself with too much technical jargon. Stop browsing Facebook or any other apps that are distracting you. Quit using drugs to help save your life. Clean your bedroom to avoid getting sick. Maybe all you need is taking something off of your system in order to reduce the clutter and that in itself will bring more motivation.
- Rearranging the elements of your environment
How about cleaning up your desk and reorganizing it to make it look good? How about revising the procedure of your tasks and projects and see if it works better? How about you try to hide the sweets from first sight upon opening your fridge? If you know how well you behave to circumstances, you can use it to your advantage to achieve a certain goal.
- Move or transfer to a better place
If you don’t want to think too much, then just stay away from your present environment. If working at home with a laptop does not work and you prefer working outside, then go and find a place outdoors. If you want to meditate, then move away from all the noise and go to a quiet sanctuary. I find that this is the easiest way out and that which takes less time to do.
You might not believe me right now. That’s because you don’t pay attention to your surroundings that much and simply focus on the small things. I really can’t blame you for a lack of knowledge prior to reading this post. But now you’re here, you’re in for a big treat!
Boost Your Motivation by Implementing These Techniques
Below are some actionable ways to get you motivated once again. Compared to the self-motivational techniques that I have published in the past few months, these techniques will help you to have a more sustainable motivation even in the long term.
- Surround Yourself with People Greater Than You
Find successful people and hang out more with them. You will enjoy their company because they are simply highly motivated people. Their advice would be priceless especially if you’re only starting to focus on your personal growth. Along with reaching up, you should stay away from negative or destructive people because they will simply do you no good.
- Create Wealth by Increasing Your Income
You will inevitably need money to create a better environment and hence motivation. Completely untie yourself from your job by creating multiple sources of income so that you can gain financial freedom. Try investing, running a business or blogging because they have a huge earning potential. The effect of this technique might not manifest right now, but in the future it is a big game changer.
- Commit to Becoming Better Everyday
Get in an atmosphere of learning by picking up a book or watching an educational video in the field you’re in. I also personally recommend that you learn about the human behavior (not necessarily psychology), self-improvement or the Law of Attraction to learn more about the concept of motivation. If you find free time, then allot some of it to your education.
- Develop a Strategic Plan
I often remind myself of how the Spartans and other Greeks beat tens of thousands of Persians with only hundreds of soldiers. They used the terrain in Thermopylae very well because they’ve strategically used it to their advantage. You see, motivation can actually be hacked by working smart with your environment so that you won’t have to rely on willpower to push you through.
- Be Bold and Willing to Change
What’s the point of telling all these stuff if in the end, you’re afraid of implementing it? So while considering a modification of your environment, you should also take the element of courage into account. I promise you, it will be hard not to buy the sweets. You might feel anxious or jealous of having greater people around you. You might feel uncomfortable when you move to a place far from your loved ones.
It’s a Sure Source of Motivation
A perfect environment is the perfect breeding ground for massive success and it truly makes life fulfilling and worthwhile. It is a place where you don’t need to motivate yourself and will therefore save your willpower. However, getting to such a place is not easy because there’s a huge price to pay.
Depending on your circumstances, you will need to take some necessary steps to be able to control your environment. I am pretty confident that you will not get it the first time you try. Motivation comes from within, so it really pays off to first understand yourself and know your strengths and weaknesses in order to be able to use it to your advantage.
In my case, I used the principle of environment in the online world. You see, it took me months to find the ideal online training and community that I’m in right now. I was feeling alone while in the pursuit of online success prior to joining this program. In fact, it was slowly killing my motivation to the point that I almost gave up. So I’m very thankful that I’ve found this place.
If you wish to read further, I recommend that you go to this article by James Clear on how the environment can help you and why motivation is often overvalued. I’ve seen his insights to be a very interesting read and until now I keep on rereading his article. Another way to be forever motivated is by thinking BIG, so make sure to check that out as well.
Do you agree that environment plays an important role on being motivated and successful? Or do you have some insights to share regarding this subject? Leave your answers in the comments below. I wish you good luck with finding your right environment!