The Scenario – Wouldn’t life be so much easier if we received a “how-to guide” and had a couple tricks tucked up our sleeves at birth to help motivate us to accomplish our goals?
How can we more easily develop motivation?
Dr. Bill Knaus, Ed.D., co-author of Overcoming Procrastination, suggests twelve practices to maintain motivation and reach the goals you’ve set, however long ago. Here’s the catch: motivation takes preparation. Shape your goals around these tips:
- Set goals that are important to you.
- Prioritize your time based on the significance and immediacy of your goals.
- Measure the strength of your commitment to any goal. Ask yourself: Is it worth the pursuit? What am I willing or unwilling to sacrifice for it?
- Plan for success. Foresee it in your future.
- Believe firmly in yourself and your ability to handle any task, small or large, necessary to accomplish your goal.
6. Guard Yourself
- Don’t let the voice of failure and defeat deter you from reaching your goal. Recognize it and combat it immediately!
7. Now or Never
- Don’t put things off until “later.” Accomplish tasks as soon as you are physically able.
- Set-up incentives for each goal you accomplish.
9. Blame Free
- Don’t waste time blaming yourself for failures and setbacks. Instead, move forward and do better the next time around.
10. Expect Discomfort
- Uncomfortable situations will arise on your way to progress. Prepare yourself for these situations so that you are not stunted or setback by them.
11. Know Your Limits
- Dream big, but be realistic when setting your goals. Take small steps one at a time towards your dream.
12. Engage Community
- Tell people about your goal. Find an accountability partner to help keep you on track and measure your progress.
The Insight – It all comes down to knowing yourself. Know your interests, your limitations, your abilities, and your needs, then set your goals based on these things. You may experience set backs, but as long as you stay motivated and keep at it, you will never fail.
What tricks are you hiding up your sleeve?
Creating Positive Perspectives for Life