7 Power-Steps to Staying Motivated
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1. Make the most of your “Enthusiasm Honeymoon.”
Typically, when you start something new, it’s fun and exciting, and during its initial phase it’s impossible to see that your enthusiasm for it will ever fade. But for most of us, the euphoria will eventually subside, so go ahead and prepare yourself for this possibility, mentally. If you plan ahead, and even expect a letdown, you’ll be better prepared to persist when it happens.
2. Manage Your Progress by Breaking it Down
Big goals are desirable, but if you set too many of them, you can begin to feel overwhelmed by your own vision. You’ll find it easier to break down big goals into smaller ones that you can achieve much quicker. The smartest way to achieve your goals is to set doable ones, and meet them on a daily basis.
3. Measure Your Results
Measuring your results will keep you pushing for improvement. Without metrics you don’t know where you stand. Without measurements, you are more likely to lose focus and interest. The lyrics to the old gospel song that says, “We’re not what we’re gonna be…but we’re not what we used to be!” tap into this concept very well.
4. Motivate Your Mind by Making it Enjoyable
Follow your bliss to success! A surefire way to fail is to make working on goals drudgery. It has to be fun, or you’re likely to quit. Develop a plan that keeps it enjoyable, in whatever way your mind perceives fun.
5. Maturely Accept Your Negative Feelings as Natural
The bottom line is that fear, anger, sadness, and even feelings of depression are felt universally. Don’t believe for a second that people who achieve their goals don’t have these feelings. They definitely do. It’s natural to get down…you just have to deal with it and push forward. Act in spite of your negative feelings, because if you start to get angry or depressed, quitting won’t relieve these feelings, it will intensify them. The only surefire way to relive these feelings is to act in spite of them. Don’t repress them. It’s healthier to feel them fully and move on.
6. Maintain Momentum by Rewarding Yourself
When you work toward a long-term goal, it is difficult to see the benefits years down the road. Some of your goals may take 5-10 years or more to achieve, so to maintain progress, it is important to reward yourself along the way. Give yourself a reward for your continuous effort toward your goal, not just for successful results. Simply making an honest effort is reason enough to celebrate yourself!
7. Move Forward by Committing To Work On Your Goal Every Day
It’s important to have at least one major goal to which you are committed. Every day, review what actions you have taken to achieve that goal, and make it a habit by forcing yourself to review your progress every day for 21 days in a row. The old Chinese proverb says “The journey of 1,000 miles begins with one step”. If you just make a step every day, you’ll eventually reach your destination!