Motivating Yourself to Achieve Goals

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According to Henry Ford, obstacles are the frightful things that your eyes see when you take them off your goal. The greatest challenge to meeting any goal in life whether changing a habit, working out, or waking up early is the motivation you need to stick with it.

If you can stick with a goal a little longer, you will eventually achieve it. You need motivation as well as patience.

Motivation drives you towards a goal and even when things get tough, it keeps you going. Motivation can be positive or negative. For instance, if your boss threatens you, it may motivate you to work harder so that you can complete the project and offload the pressure. However, positive motivation works best because it pushes you towards something you really want to do.

There are several ways you can start out to motivate yourself right. A good start will help you build the momentum you need to help you sustain your efforts for a long time.

Start Small

The best way to start is to look for a ridiculously easy goal which you can achieve with minimal effort and then move on upwards from there. The tiny baby steps give you the encouragement that something big will happen in the future if you keep on with the pace and determination.

“Accomplish your tasks by one step at each time. Don’t cut your coat according to your elder brother’s size. Dream big, but start small; do what you can do at a time.”
― Israelmore Ayivor

Take a Goal at a Time

Starting with too many goals at a go is a recipe for failure. They sap your energy and demotivate you. By and large, this is one of the greatest mistakes people make. Energy and focus become less effective when subdivided into too many goals. Just settle on one thing, focus on it and complete it before moving to the other.

Examine Your Motivation

Don’t just do things, but rather reason out why you are doing them. Think about your contemplated actions and jot them down. For instance, if you are doing something for a loved one, that could be more powerful than doing something out of self-interest.


Commit Publicly

Public accountability is one of the things that keeps people from planning and setting goals. Having an accountability partner that you can share with them what you intend to achieve can give you the impetus to push you towards achieving those goals. Also, commit to giving your colleagues constant updates so that they can know where you are in your progress.

Ensure you build enough anticipation by planning your start date and marking it on the calendar. Don’t just get up and do something, make it an important date in your life.

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