Motivation Creates the Best Event Planners

A motivated event planner can climb the highest mountains

Event planning can be tough. Without the right attitude and motivation, planning and executing a rich and memorable event is going to be a challenge. People who are self-motivated tend to be more organized, have good time-management-skills, more self-esteem, and confidence. Learn how to pull yourself out of a motivational slump, and keep a positive attitude towards future challenges.

Your success organizing events can be tied to your self-motivation. It is the power that drives us to keep moving ahead, and planning memorable business or private events. It pushes us to achieve our goals, feel fulfilled and improve the quality of life. Motivation can be split into four elements that make motivation what it is:

  • Personal drive to achieve, the desire to improve or meet certain standards
  • Commitment to personal or organizational goals
  • Initiative, readiness to act on opportunities
  • Optimism, the ability to keep going and pursue goals in the face of setbacks

Related post: 7 qualities every event planner should posssess

Money Or Fun?

To understand motivation, look at what motivates you to do the things you do. Motivation changes depending on the situation, time of day, where you are in life and etc. There are two types of motivation:

  • Intrinsic, where someone performs an action or task based on the perceived or expected satisfaction of performing said action or task. Intrinsic factors include personal challenges and goals, being interested or having fun.
  • Extrinsic, where someone performs an action or task in order to receive some sort of reward. Extrinsic factors include money, power, good marks, reputation and etc.

Both motivators have benefits depending on the recipient. You have properly heard the phrase “Find a job you love, and you will never have to work for the rest of your life”, and it seems to have some truth to it. Research from the University of Warwick shows that happy employees are 12% more productive. Maybe because the work environment or work is motivating

Mental Steps to Motivation

To be a success you need to know how to motivate yourself. You have to keep your spirits high no matter how discouraging a situation is. It’s the best way to overcome difficulties. Here are a few effective tips to build self-motivation.

  1. Use visual motivators: An inspirational quote or poster can keep you focused on a change you’re trying to make in your life. A cartoon or joke can help keep you from taking things too seriously.
  2. Keep positive friends: There are those that will support and build you up, and those that will always try to tear you down. Spend more time with the former.
  3. Learn and Acquire Knowledge: Pick up books, newspapers, websites, blogs, anything with information that teaches you something you didn’t already know. Play Trivial Pursuit or watch Jeopardy. Learn something new every day. There are no such things as useless facts. If it’s part of our world, it’s worth knowing.
  4. Positive self-talk: One of the most powerful influences on your attitude and personality is what you tell yourself every day. It is not what happens to you, but how you respond internally to those situations. Remember what we talked about Power of Warmth in the article about People Skills? By controlling your inner dialogue, or your “self-talk,” you can assert control over every part of your life.
  5. Get healthy: What’s good for the body is also good for the brain. Excercise reguarly or in small intervals help stimulating the brain with fresh hormones. Also sleep enough. Our society is chronically sleep-deprived, which negatively affects our thought processes. So along with “beauty sleep,” go for the “smart sleep.” I’m sure many event planners often feel sleepy.
  6. Keep a positive attitude: There’s is nothing more powerful for self-motivation than the right attitude. You can’t choose or control the circumstances you’re in, but can choose your attitude towards those circumstances.
  7. Take a break: You don’t have an endless supply of energy and drive. Now and again you need to take some time to recharge your emotional and spiritual batteries. Take a break to daydream and come up with new creative solutions.
  8. Share with others: Once you are self-motivated, start motivating others. If people catch your passion, you’ll find it will drive you to new heights of accomplishment. Support and encourage others, be the cheerleader. Remember the people skills tips; it’s about them. Share your experience, by being a mentor.

Music Stimulates Motivational Behavior

Music and movies can have a powerful effect on your motivational drive to achieve something. Even scientific studies prove a strong link between mood, motivation, and music. Most people have a song or a movie scene that fills them with an undescribeable rush. Think about how people listen to music to perform better in the gym, or while studying. While the boost might not be effective for long periods of time, it can help you get into the right “zone”, where you are totally focused on tackling the workload in your mailbox.

Set up a playlist with music or movie theme songs that fits you, and that will make you positive and pumped up, but don’t pick songs that will make you break out into singer. Try using music songs without vocals, since words can be a distraction. Below is a small list of different music that might help you get in the right motivational mood or pumped up. But remember, that more complex tasks can suffer from music with vocal, so try video game music. It is designed to boost concentration and adrenalin. without the listener being interrupted from trying to understand the vocals.

Steve JablonskyArrival to Earth (Transformers Soundtrack)
James Newton HowardEpilogue (I am Legend Soundtrack)
John PowellTest drive (How to train your Dragon Soundtrack)
Howard ShoreThe Ring goes South (Lord of the Rings I Soundtrack)
Howard ShoreThe Fellowship (Lord of the Rings I Soundtrack)
Hans ZimmerTime (Inception Soundtrack)
Hans ZimmerRed Warrior (The Last Samurai Soundtrack)
Hans Zimmer & James Newton Howard Like a Dog chasing Cars (The Dark Knight Soundtrack)
Gustav Holst Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity (The Planets Suite)

U2It’s a Beautiful Day
Michael JacksonBeat it
Michael JacksonMan in the Mirror
Katrina and the WavesWalking on Sunshine
Bon JoviUnbreakable
Bon JoviIt’s my Life
Elton JohnI’m still standing
Beach BoysGood Vibrations
Ace of BaseIt’s a Beautiful Life
Paul EngemannPush it to the Limit
Paul HoffmanYou’re Unstoppable
Jimi JamisonI’ll be ready
Men at WorkA Land Down Under
The RembrandtsI’ll be There For You
Smash MouthAll Star
Cristina AguileraFighter
Mariah CareyHero
NickelbackGotta be Somebody
Jana StanfieldBorn for Greatness
Emily Shackelton ft. David CookDream Big
Tina TurnerSimply the Best
Jakata ft. SealMy Vision
HurtsWonderful Life
Nelly FurtadoManos al Aire
Johnny Nash I can see clearly now
Des’reeYou gotta be
Jimmy Eat WorldThe Middle

SnapI got the Power
Tupac Me against the World
EminemTill I Collapse
EminemLoose Yourself
The Notorious B.I.G Sky’s the Limit
The Notorious B.I.G ft. Puff DaddyVictory
The Notorious B.I.GJuicy
NellyHeart of a Champion
NAS ft. P.DiddyHate me now
NASI can
NAS – One Mic
50 Cent Ready for War
50 Cent Get Up
Kanye WestGood Friday
Kanye WestTouch the Sky
Kanye WestGo Hard
Kid CudiHeart of a Lion
Kid CudiPursuit of Happiness
Kid CudiUp Up and Away
Jay-Z Heart of a city
Jay-ZDirt Off Your Shoulders
Jay-Z ft. Mr. HudsonForever Young
NWAExpress Yourself
T.I.No Matter What
Ghostface KillahThe Champ
Rick Ross Push It
Outcast Git Up, Git Out
Cypress HillRock Superstar
MC Hush All I got
ClassifiedAll about you
Roy Jones Jr. Can’t be touched
DMX ft. Fort Minor Give me a Sign (Remix)
Fort Minor Remember the Name
R. Kelly I believe I can fly
Royce Da 5’9Can’t Nobody Stop Me
Flipside Someday
Gym Class Heroes Shoot Down The Stars
Ice CubeYou Can Do It
Magnetic NorthDemons (remix)

Jose Quintero300 Violin Orchesta
Carl OrffO Fortuna
Ennio Morricone The Ecstasy of Gold
Bill ContiGonna Fly Now
Luis ArmstrongWhat a Wonderful World
EnyaOrinoco Flow
PavarottiNessun Dorma

Tom PulseCuando
Daft PunkHarder Better Faster Stronger
Daft PunkAround the World
David Guetta vs. David BowieJust For One Day (Heroes)
TiëstoPower Mix
Big AliNeon Music
Guru Josh ProjectInfinity
Dave DarellFreeloader
Spencer & HillHousebeat
Eiffel 65Move Your Body

Phil CollinsSussudio
Phil CollinsIn the Air Tonight
QueenWe Will Rock You
QueenWe are the Champions
MetallicaEnter Snadman
The WhoPinball Wizard
SurvivorEye of the Tiger
EuropeThe Final Countdown
Van HalenRight Now
Kenny LogginsDanger Zone
Tom Cochrane & Red RiderLife Is a Highway
Savage GardenAffirmation
NirvanaSmells Like Teen Spirit
Red Hot Chili PeppersCan’t Stop
Billy TalentRed Flag
The KillersWhen you were young
BlurSong 2
SkilletAwake and Alive
Breaking BenjaminI will not bow
Linkin ParkIn the End
Blue October Jump Rope
Paul StanleyLive to Win
All American RejectsMove Along
Drowning PoolLet the Bodies hit the Floor
Rise AgainstPrayer of the Refugee
DisturbedDown with the Sickness
Pantera5 Minutes Alone
Rob ZombieDragula
Amon AmarthGods of War Arise
Nine Inch NailsWish
Dope Stars IncBang Your Head
ProbotShake Your Blood
SalivaLadies and Gentlemen
ACDCHighway to Hell

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