To accomplish anything in life you need a driving force. You need something that pushes you along the path that we have chosen. Wishing to have or accomplish something is not going to get you moving, as wishing is a passive behavior that lacks the strength to cause you to act. What you need is a force that causes you to take action. That force is motivation.
Often when you set goals you find yourself highly motivated to accomplish them at the outset. In the beginning you go about doing this or doing that with a high level of energy and ambition. But as you get further along in your journey sometimes you discover that your motivation begins to dwindle away. You find it harder and harder to accomplish even the most mundane tasks. What follows are some daily habits you can utilize to you increase your motivation and maintain it.
First, when discovering a low level of motivation find out if the goal you want to achieve is really what you want and if it’s worth the investment of your time and efforts. Sometimes you think you might want something or to do something only to find out a short time later that it’s not really what you truly want. Also, think about your goal in realistic terms. Is your goal realistic?
Now that you know your goal is something you truly desire and is realistic you can take daily steps to maintain your motivation. The first is to make the goal very clear. This is done by writing your goal, and the steps to accomplish it, down on a piece of paper. When doing this be as specific as you possibly can, detailing every step and task as much as possible.
Not only are you creating a map directing you to your goal, but you are also employing your imagination, seeing yourself accomplish those things you are writing down. This visualization can be a very strong motivator. Updating your map daily will help keep you focused and your motivation alive.
As you go through your day think about your goal as often as possible. Keeping your goal in the forefront of your mind will have an inspiring effect and from this will come the motivation to keep you moving forward even through the most difficult of challenges.
Take time each day to visualize the accomplishment of your goal. See every detail of your goal’s completion and allow yourself to experience the satisfaction and joy of its accomplishment as if you have already accomplished it. Not only will this feed your motivation, but it also sets your thought processes in the direction of accomplishing the goal. Combining this thought process with the map you wrote will certainly put your motivation on a higher level.
Every chance you get, preferably daily, read books and articles regarding the subject matter of your goal. Education and knowledge about your goals not only has practical applications, but will also influence your motivation. Another source of knowledge is to talk to people who have had success in the area of your goal. Not only are these individuals a valuable source of guidance, but they also can provide encouragement which will certainly help sustain your motivation especially in those times that seem difficult.
Provide yourself with daily affirmations. Tell yourself that you have the ability to accomplish your goals no matter what. Even when you accomplish only a small step toward your goal be sure compliment yourself and allow yourself the opportunity to internally experience that success.