It is very important to learn how to stay motivated in life. This is because even if you make progress, without motivation you will find that there is something missing. You won’t be able to make the most of your potential and there will be no happiness or joy in what you are doing. That’s no way to live.

Following are 5 psychological hacks for motivation:

Watch Motivational YouTube Videos

Watching motivational YouTube videos is one of the best ways to motivate yourself into action. These videos work so well because they involve visual and audio stimulus that drive you into action. When these visuals and sounds of success are combined, they help bring out the urge to take action. And you may already know that one of the hardest parts of achieving a goal is to take the necessary action. My personal favorite is Les Brown.

Embrace The Suck (Except That It’s Not Going to Be Easy)

Life does not always turn out the way you want it to. And you should be glad that it does not because it gives you an opportunity to become better and stronger every single day. If you are expecting the suck, don’t succumb to it. Embrace and welcome it. Push yourself through it. It’s not going to be easy at first. But once you learn to do it, you will realize how beneficial it is. You will come to understand that happiness and success come naturally, and your job is to learn how to flow with the tide.

Set Goals and Challenges

If you want to stay motivated, then you will need to set goals and challenges that you want to achieve. Develop a short and long-term plan. Just make sure that these goals and challenges are realistic and achievable. You won’t get any motivation if you set your goals too high that they cannot reach you. It is recommended that you write down your goals and then visualize what it will be like when you achieve them. This will surely help you to stay motivated.

Overcome Fear in the Mind

Fear can prevent you from doing even the things that are beneficial to you. To overcome fear in the mind, you will need to understand it. Ask yourself what kinds of fears do you have? Are your fears logical or just a product of your imagination? What factors are causing these fears? Once you find answers to such questions, you will be able to get down to the bottom of things and understand whatever fears you are feeling. Once the basic cause of your fears is clear, it will be easier for you to overcome them.

Learn to Cope with Being Uncomfortable

You will need to set side comfortable ways of doing things if you want to develop yourself. It is natural to feel uncomfortable when you are trying to achieve your goals. The good news is that the discomfort is a sign that you are making progress. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Recognize it as a part of the process. Once you learn to cope with being uncomfortable, the difficulties in your path to achieving your goals will eventually become your comfort zones.