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12 Ways to stay Motivated

Updated on August 10, 2013
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You know that feeling you get when you just came from a seminar, or when decide to work out and you’re all pumped up ready to start? You'll notice that feeling will not last forever and in fact fad away the moment you reach a snag in your plan, which could cause a permanent break in your goal. Motivation is what gets you out of bed and ready to get to work. So the key to achieving a goal is to stay motivated. There many ways to get motivated and stay motivated. Here are a few tips to stay motivated and upbeat.

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Research

OK let’s assume you already have a goal, now the first thing you want to do is to do your research. Look up people before you who have achieved your goal. Understand the ins and outs of that goal. Reading about your goal will allow your imagination to run wild, which is a good thing. This will allow you to view your options and find the best suitable approach for you.

Proper planing

You need to plan everything out so you'll know what to do. Your plan is your overall blueprint of your goals. Sometimes your plans will change due to an event or an opportunity just missed you by, but don't let that stop you'll just have to come back and devise another plan (it happens to the best of us).

Create space

Creating space for your goal will keep you focus on your goal. For example, if you want to be a producer, you would have all your producing equipment and nothing else in that particular space. If you are more business oriented you would have a mini office set up in room or house. Creating space for your goal is very effective, it shows how serious you are about your goal.

Take your time

Try not to rush your plan or you may get sloppy results. Another reason why you shouldn’t rush your plan is because this will cause you to burn out, which could cause you to become discourage, because you don't know what the next step is. Start off with the smallest steps in your plan whether it was to read a book. So just remember to take baby steps. By taking small steps you will build anticipation. By building anticipation you can't wait to do the next step. It'll be like the day before your birthday.

Imagination

Use your imagination when thinking about your goal. Always have your goal on your mind. For example, if your goal was to get in shape imagines showing your body off at the beach and people are checking you out. This will keep your spirits up even when things may seem to be at their worst. You will begin to come up with more creative ideas and your plans will begin to grow.

Have fun

This falls under the imagination part; if your goal doesn't excite you're going to get bored and you'll eventually quit. Find ways to keep the pep in your step. Try to make a game out of it. This little trick will have you coming back for more.

Track progress

Keep up with everything you have done. Take note if there was any trouble and see what you can do to improve the situation next time. Every morning review where you are right now and write down where you want to be at by the end of the day. A to do list could come in handy.

Avoid negative people

Negative people can bring your mood down with their problems. They rarely have anything good to say it’s always "whoa it me". Misery Love Company and they are always looking for somebody to bring down with them with their stories. Instead hang out with people who have a set goal and have set out to achieve it.

Get a friend

Friends are the best motivators; if you both have the same goal, you can push each other to do better. You don't your friend to be better than you do you? The better your friend gets the better you get, everybody wins. You really can't lose with this method.

Discipline

You need to be discipline and since this is your goal no one’s going to discipline you. Know how to say no to your friends when they want to hang out, because you have to be up in the morning. Saying no can actually be kind of hard to say to your friends, but if they really are your friends they'll understand. Spending all day watching TV, playing video or checking other people status every five minutes nothing (Not a lot can happen in five minutes). I'm not saying that you should be some type of zombie and stay in your room locked up, just prioritize your time wisely.

Reward yourself

I know all that working has gotten you tired, so take a break every now and then, just don't get too comfortable. Go out and treat yourself at the mall or maybe it can be as simple as some rest and relaxation. Treat yourself, don't cheat yourself. If you never take time to reward yourself, you'll eventually burn out. In a way your helping yourself stay on track, so those pair of shoes you saw in the mall, go ahead and buy them, you'll thank me later.

List pros and cons of procrastination

Procrastination is a major problem in many people; it stop people from achieving the simplest of task. By writing down all the pros and cons of procrastination will give a clear picture of what your outcome will more than likely be. At this point you can either waste your time with idle task or you can get some work done and rep the rewards of you labor.

These ways will you keep on the track for obtaining your goals; so I hope you use these tips to stay focus and motivated so you can reach your goals.

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      Derrick Bennett 4 years ago

      Thanks

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      Ebonny 5 years ago from UK

      I like your points about keeping track and reflecting on how things are going in order to improve going forward. In addition, it's good to acknowledge and congratulate yourself when you have done good.

      Also agree about avoiding or limiting time with negative people - so draining!

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      dinkan53 5 years ago from India

      Get the motivation right and all other things you do will follow naturally. nice work, thank you!!