Just as determination is an important factor in attaining success, at some moment in time, frustration and insufficient motivation may prevent you from reaching your objective or the next milestone. You can look for answers around you but really, it is up to you, and you alone to conceive and apply techniques that will help you keep that motivation fire burning.
It is helpful to have visual goals. Goal setting is a big part of what successful people do. Whatever it is that you are working towards, you need to set goals for it. In order to measure your performance and to keep the fire burning you need goals. You need to have written goals, to learn more about goal setting I recommend you start reading Micheal Hyatt’s blog in particular this article.
One of the lessons you will learn there, is that your goals should be SMART: an acronym used by Mr Hyatt that stands for:
Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, Time-bound.
I really recommend you check out this goal setting article as a starting point for setting your own goals.
Take or cut out a picture of it and place it at a eye-catching place at work or at home where you can see it often. My list is right here on my wall. So that when you feel discouraged, this list will remind you of your goal and will help you keep your focus.
Getting something in writing for some reason really makes it more powerful psychologically speaking. This may also be the basis why most cultures have such a high regard in honoring contracts. Make a list and review it at least once a month. Keep yourself accountable for it.
After all, everyone likes to be honored for completing a good project or achieving something so when you cross something from this goal list, reward yourself. Consider that these recognitions are essential in keeping yourself motivated, you must learn to find a way to get that encouragement on your own through gratifying yourself.
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn
I don’t know if this can be considered as 100% truth, but the idea behind it truly makes sense. Abusive people lower your self-esteem and bring you down. Have such negative people out of your life. Surround yourself with positive people. Imitate their behavior.
I love to read, and there’s nothing like a good auto biography from someone successful to charge backup your motivation.
Here are a couple of my favorites:
One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com by Richard L. Brandt
You probably have heard about this website… it’s called amazon.com??? Just kidding, learn how Jeff Bezos went from a computer whiz to a world-changing entrepreneur. This book gives you the insight and the story behind this amazing success.
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Steve Jobs was unique and certainly one of the most inspiring individual. This book covers both the personal and business life of Steve Jobs. One of the best inspirational biographies out there.
Smile amply and keep your think positive!
These can provide a happier outlook and lets you see a clearer picture of what you really want and a fresh mind to know what steps you need to take to get there. Rather than waiting for things to happen, try to be proactive and MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. Inertia idles the human brain and stagnates your potential to achieve your goals.
Have a plan
Oftentimes, not being aware how or where to start is frustrating. Knowledge is power, but without a plan this won’t work. Having a clear understanding of how and where to start is empowering and it will provide the extra drive needed to hit the mark you are targeting at and follow it through.
I know I just said that you need a plan and I really think you do. But plans don’t move mountains, they don’t start business and they won’t make you happy. You need to take action. Whatever it is that you have been meaning to do, or desiring to achieve, JUST DO IT! Keep on aiming high and go for it! Actually getting your hands dirty addresses the problem of motivation. By taking action, your momentum will pick up gradually as you go along and before you know it you have finished the task or have finally achieved your goal. Divide and conquer is the key.
Break down the tasks that seem unattainable to smaller, doable tasks. Not only does it become less overwhelming, but looking at the checked off items on your task list will further increase your confidence and keep you rolling.
Lack of motivation happens to us all, but if you do not encourage yourself to accept opportunities and be challenged, no one else will. It is most important to keep your eye on the goal, find ways to keep going, and in no time, you shall reap its benefits.
And if at the beginning you were just doing it for the material reward, you will also learn to realize that the fulfillment, satisfaction and self-achievement you get from reaching your goal is a much enjoyable high that will keep the drive within constantly burning.
It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. – Babe Ruth
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