15 Sep

How Can We Stay Motivated Over Long Periods?

Often times, finding or maintain motivation can be quite a daunting task. There are times that we find it hard to simply get out of bed in the morning, making motivation even harder to attain. What must be kept in mind is the fact that most goals that we set are months, even years in the making. Therefore, daily we must remain motivated and focused in order to continue to move closer to achieving them.

How can this be done? It is actually not extremely hard to remain motivated, and the following steps will help you do so.

Know Where You Are Going

It is highly important that we not only set goals, but that we fully define them as well. There is no sense in giving yourself a vague or general goal. Thinking about the goal will not motivate you… it will simply result in excuses as to how not to achieve them. We NEED to stay MOTIVATED. The best way to motivate yourself is by determining and defining your goals. This engages your mental GPS and keeps you honed in on the destination, therefore you will be motivated to take the daily drive closer to your goals.

Write it Down

Once you have determined and defined your goal WRITE THEM DOWN. Writing down goals makes them real rather than a dream or a fantastic fantasy. Making the goals real is essential to motivation. Think about it, when was the last time that you were motivated by something that was not real? That you did not find to be tangible? Additionally, write the goals down and place them somewhere that they can be seen daily. This will keep your eyes on the prize, propelling you forward to greatness.

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On the days that you feel your motivation slipping away, do not fret. Simply take a look at someone that has achieved the goals that you have set for yourself. This will remind you why you set the goal and what is possible for you in the future. You will be surprised as to just how quickly your motivation will be regained.

Track Your Progress

There is nothing better for staying motivated than tracking the progress that has been accomplished. This allows us to look back and see just how far we have come and just how close we are to the goals that have been set. Once we look at what has been accomplished and overcome, what lies ahead seems less taxing and motivation is invigorated.

 

19 Jul

Creative ways to help yourself stick to your goals

Change is something a lot of people strive to achieve. However change is very hard. Everyone wants to change and develop habits that make them better people. This is not always easy since there is a certain way that people are used to living their lives and doing things. Getting away from a comfort zone is difficult and therefore, most people find themselves back to square one repeating the same things they used to do. There are creative ways to help yourself stick to your goals and actually make them a part of your new life.

One of the creative things that can make you stick to your goal is a habit of always anticipating. It is very important to look forward and figure out some of the things that have the capability of derailing your progress. This is important because often times, we plan for change but we never actually try and see some of the things that might interrupt out progress. If you plan some of the potential destruction’s in your mind, it helps you incorporate them in your plan in a way that enables you to stick to your goals even when the disruptions take place.

Finding a suitable path when an obstacle rises is another great way to stick to your goals. When faced with an obstacle, many people tend to lose their focus and slowly go back to how they were before setting the goal. This can be frustrating for most people and it can actually cause one to lose faith in themselves. It is therefore important to have a path which you intend to follow when an obstacle comes your way. Having a path always keeps your mind in the game and enables you to focus on what you want to achieve.

Last but not least, make it a point to always learn from the setbacks you face instead of giving up on the goal. When you fall, you need to pick yourself up and keep going. You need to ask yourself what made you fall? How can you prevent the obstacle from happening again? What lessons can you learn from it? And keep moving towards the goal.

Every worthy goal always has setbacks and most of the time, you will move one step forward and two steps backward. Maintaining your focus when the going gets tough is what actually makes moving towards the goal worthwhile. By the time you achieve your goal, you will have grown as a person.

12 Jul

Motivational Tips To Reach Your Goals

There are many tips & suggestions out there to help you get to where you want to go. One of the things you must do first is to know what you want to achieve, in this way you will know where you are going & when you have arrived. Deciding exactly what you want to do is the beginning of staying motivated to the finish.

Determine the steps you will need to reach your goals.  Knowing what the steps are will give you a guideline. They’ll also give you mini successes as you complete each step.

Devising a plan is necessary to know in what order you need to achieve each step. If possible, alternate between those that are easy to achieve and those that will take longer. This way, you don’t go through long periods of time without completing part of your plan. It will help you feel more successful if you complete parts of the plan often.

Goals provide focus. With no guiding plan, people tend to drift. Goals also provide a measuring device for progress, enhance productivity, improve self-esteem, and increase commitment, so you’re more likely to achieve whatever you set out to conquer.

If you’re lacking motivation to do anything, try something you’ve never done before. Simply the thought of doing something new and exciting can give us temporary motivation.

Remember success is your personal responsibility.  You need to believe that initiative, effort, and persistence are key factors in achieving success. Too many times, individuals are more likely to view success as dependent on available resources and situational constraints. They simply say the task was too difficult for outside reasons. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and it is your responsibility to find it.

Think of demanding tasks as opportunities. When faced with a task where success is uncertain, think of it a challenge or an opportunity. Don’t think of them as something that may lead to failure and embarrassment. This can cause you to give up before you start.

Striving for achievement can be enjoyable. Perseverance pays off. Approaching each task with dedication, concentration, commitment and involvement can help you maintain motivation. You may find you enjoy it, and the obstacle isn’t nearly as difficult as you figured it to be.

If lack of information is keeping you from achieving your goals, determine ways to fill in the gaps, and build this into your action plan. Be willing to study and work hard to reach your goals.

Persistence works! Continued effort and commitment will overcome initial obstacles or failures. Don’t see an early failure as a sign of things to come. Remember the old saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Once you achieve your first success this way, you’ll be less apt to give up and lose motivation too quickly in the future.

Try living in the now as if it were the future that you hope to have. For example, if you want to lose weight, don’t think of yourself as someone struggling to lose it. Think of yourself as someone pounds lighter. See yourself as healthier, and having a different lifestyle. To maintain this lifestyle, you have to eat healthier and exercise. Just think of how your life will be then, and do it now.

Give all your goals measurable outcomes. By doing so, it help you know when you’ve achieved each goal you set. As you can see, your goals can be achieved if you devise a plan, chart your steps, keep at it, even if you have small setbacks & picture your life with those goals already completed.

Don’t Give Up!