How to get Motivated, Stay Motivated and Complete Your Goals
Accomplishing Goals and Being Successful:
Setting goals and making plans is the easy part. Actually having to execute them is another thing entirely.
What do you need motivation for?
Do you lack motivation to do assignments, projects and other tasks for school? Do you need motivation for working out and dieting? Maybe you just need some extra motivation to get chores done or maybe you want more out of your career- whatever be the case, understanding more about motivation will help you to trigger the feeling of motivation more often.
Whether you are lacking in motivation completely or just need a little push, this article will help get you on the right track for success.
Must Read!: Goldratt's "The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement"
What gets in the way of completing goals?
The best way to complete your goals is to understand why you aren't doing the things you told yourself you were going to do.
Evaluate - Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you take the goals you set seriously?
- Do you find your goals are realistic for your time frame?
- Do you take yourself seriously?
- Do you place other things above your goals that aren't actually important to you? (such as watching tv)
- Do you find yourself making excuses?
- Do you actually believe you'll do what you said you would?
Goals require time, patience, concentration, and a good sense of what you have to do to complete your goals.
What gets in the way of your goals?
Are you being extremely mindful about the goals you set?
If you aren't, you'll find that the following things actually hinder you completing your goals.
1. Lack of Direction:
Goals- they are plans. We have to figure out how we're going to execute these goals, what we're going to do and how we can make it possible.
More importantly, evaluating how to overcome the potential/inevitable obstacles will be highly effective in completing your goals.
Investing in a journal would be a good start on gaining some direction for the goals you are setting.
In this journal, you may wish to include:
- What your goal is
- Plan of action: What steps are needed to complete this goal
- Being extremely clear about each of these steps
- Obstacles: What obstacles are going to get n the way of this goal
- Several plans to overcome these obstacles
- What steps you have to take to accomplish your goal
- Self talk: Changing how you identify yourself. Self-acceptance that you are the type of person to complete your goal is extremely important
2. Lack of faith
You set these goals, you have an idea how you can do it, but you don't actually believe that you CAN do it or you just don't think you ever will/it's not in the cards for you.
If you don't actually believe and have faith that you can accomplish a goal or task, then that reinforces a negative attitude you will have towards achieving anything. This will create a continuous cycle of you setting goals and not following through with them.
What you think is what you become! Literally!
3. Not being honest with yourself
If you don't understand how you are, or what type of person you are, then you may just be setting yourself up for failure. Make sure the way or process you want to take to achieve your goals is reasonable for yourself.
Let's say one of your goals is to workout everyday.
- You are not a morning person.
- You decide your workouts will be at 6am (so it won't interfere with your day)
This is an example of you setting yourself up for failure (I use this word loosely).The chances of you getting up at 6am everyday to workout is slim.
This may not even last a week- nor even a day. So, being reasonable with yourself is key!
What's your biggest obstacle in achieving your goals?
How to Accomplish your Goals
If you really and truly want to achieve a goal, you have to focus a good amount of your energy on your goal. And if it's a big goal (a goal that is going to take a lot of time), then you should set smaller milestones in between.
Take yourself seriously:
By doing this you will take your goals seriously. Realize that you are capable.
When you make it to one of your milestones and have effectively worked towards your goals, reward yourself.
Take it one step at a time:
Remember, working towards your goals one step at a time is going to be the best way for you complete you goals!
Focus on today: what do you have to do today to move forward?
Scheduling is important:
If you're busy, busy, busy then scheduling your time becomes even more important. If you goal really is of high importance to you, then you will make time for it. Give yourself no choice.
Really picture yourself, in the future, when you achieve this goal. Imagine how happy you'll be, how proud you'll feel and how much your life will improve. You will gain confidence and more importantly, the vision that you're capable of doing the things you want. You are that person.
Best Free Resources on Completing Goals:
The Science of Productivity:
Write your goals out:
Write-out your goals on paper or a white board or whatever- just make sure you can see your written goals everyday. Stick it on your fridge if you have to and let it be a constant reminder.
Track your progress:
The biggest motivation killer for me is feeling like it's not going anywhere. I found that when I started tracking how I was doing (anyway you like, piece of paper on the fridge, whiteboard, journal), I was happier and I gained confidence. It gave me more motivation and drive- I could push myself harder.
Handle your emotions well:
Another major motivation killer, personally, was my mood. Figure out a way to channel your negative energy into your goal or into something that improves your mood so you can work towards your goal.
Do not linger on your emotions for too long. This is counterproductive.
Read about your passions and goals:
Read about your passion/goals- get a magazine subscription, join a forum, read articles online, whatever, just read about it. See how other people have done what you want to. It will make your more passionate and give you more motivation.
Remember who you're doing this for
Remember that you're doing this for yourself- for you. Know that you are deserving.
If you are willing to put your mind and energy into it, you can easily accomplish the goals you set out for yourself. The hard part is to stop making excuses.