Indeed, sticking to a goal or dream long enough to actually achieve it is one of the hardest things about realizing goals and dreams.
Yes, motivation is the reason one acts or behaves in a particular way. It is the inner force that initiates, guides and maintains goal-oriented behaviors.
And here are a few ideas to help you stay motivated till the desired result is achieved:
1. Find the Good Reasons
Anything you do, no matter how simple, has a number of good reasons behind it. For some, the good reasons may not be readily seen, but if you take time to look deeper, chances are you will find something good about them. But for others, you can readily spot them without much effort.
A good reason can be, financial reward, a feeling of accomplishment, improved proficiency, etc.
2. Make it fun
A simple approach is to ask yourself a few questions :
- How can I enjoy this task?
- What can I do to make this task fun for myself and possibly for others?
- How can I make this work the best part of my day?
3. Be Open-Minded; Sample Different Approaches
If a certain approach doesn’t work for you, find another one, and keep trying until you find the one which will both keep you motivated and get you desired results.
4. Recognize Your Progress
Somehow, it is in human nature to always want things to happen at once. And even when we split complex tasks into simpler actions, we don’t quite feel the satisfaction until all is done and the task is fully complete. For many scenarios though, the task is so vast that such an approach will drain all the motivation out of you long before you have a chance to reach your goal. That’s why it is important to always take small steps and recognize the positive difference and progress made.
5. Reward Yourself
Right from the beginning, agree on some deliverables which will justify yourself getting rewarded. As soon as you get one of the agreed results, take time to reward yourself in some way.
For some tasks, just taking a break and relaxing for a few minutes will do. For others, you may want to get a fresh cup of coffee and even treat yourself to a desert.
6. Commit Publicly
None of us likes to look bad in front of others. We will go the extra mile to do something we’ve said publicly. Therefore, state your intention to friends, family or co-workers, and you can do it on your blog if you have one.
7. Squash Negative Thoughts
Fill your mind with uplifting and inspiring information, through what you read and listen to. Then, constantly speak positive words to yourself as it concerns the task at hand or the goal. Words have a creative force. Regardless of what is going on around you, speak out loud what you want to happen. Write out an affirmation that you can say daily and put it up somewhere that you are sure to see it everyday.
8. Take Control Over What you can, and stop worrying about what you can’t.
Some things are within your control while others are not. Learn to recognize the difference. Refuse to worry about circumstances beyond your control.
9. Learn from your mistakes…..and don’t repeat them.
We all make mistakes; the key is to learn from them and keep on moving. Conduct regular self-evaluations and examine how you handle situations and what you could do differently next time.