The Right Motivation Brings Success In Achieving Your Goals!
The problem with goals is not setting them, but sticking to them. If you can stick with a goal long enough, you’ll get there. It just takes patience, and motivation. Motivation is key to achieve your goals. But not always easy, right? The best motivation, then, is for you to really want something, to get excited about it, and to be passionate about it.
Remember that, as there are many other types of motivation (especially negative), but in my experience, positive personal motivation to achieve something works best. There is only so long that you can go trying to motivate yourself to do something you don’t like to do, something you don’t want to do. But if you find ways to really want to do something, you can sustain your effort for much, much longer.
To succeed at your goals, it’s important to start out with the right motivation, because a good start can build momentum that you can sustain for a long time.
If you start out right, you have a much better chance of succeeding.
Here are some tips to help you boost your motivation:
1. Start Small
Don’t start out big. Start out with a ridiculously easy goal, and then grow from there. If you want to exercise, for example, you may be thinking that you have to do these intense workouts 5 days a week. No — instead, do small, tiny, baby steps. Just do 2 minutes of exercise. I know, that sounds wimpy. But it works!
2. One Goal At A Time
Too many people start with too many goals at once, and try to do too much. And it saps energy and personal motivation. It’s probably the most common mistake that people make. You cannot maintain energy and focus (the two most important things in accomplishing a goal) if you are trying to do two or more goals at once. It’s not possible — I’ve tried it many times.
3. Examine Your Personal Motivation Closely
Know your reasons. Know your WHY. Give it some thought … and write it down. If you have loved ones, and you are doing it for them, that can sometimes be more powerful than just doing it for self-interest. Doing it for yourself is a really good reason too, you should do it for something that you want to happen, for good reasons. It’s not enough to think it would be cool to achieve something. It has to be something you’re passionate about, something you’re super excited about, something you want deeply. Make sure that your goal meets these criteria, or you won’t stick with it for long.
4. Get Help To Achieve Your Goals
It’s hard to accomplish something alone. When you decide to run a marathon, you need help of friends and family, or a running community. When you decide to quit smoking, you probably find support if you join an online forum. It’s hard to go after goals without help. Find your support network, either in the real world or online, or both. Get a coach or take a class, these will motivate you to show up, and to take action. It can be applied to any goal. I can recommend a great coach! :)
5. Reward Yourself Often
For every little step along the way, celebrate your success, and give yourself a reward. It helps to write down appropriate rewards for each step, so that you can look forward to those rewards. By appropriate, I mean 1) it’s proportionate to the size of the goal (don’t reward going on a 1-mile run with a luxury cruise in the Bahamas); and 2) it doesn’t ruin your personal goals — if you are trying to lose weight, don’t reward a day of healthy eating with a dessert binge. It’s self-defeating.