Most of the time, the biggest hindrance to your success is YOU.
You may already have the tools and resources within reach. You began with that fantastic vision and plan. Perhaps you even have the necessary skills already.
So what’s keeping most people from moving (or even inching) forward to get to their dreams? Often there’s a tendency to procrastinate because of the lack of self-motivation and grit. These are the things that will get you going even in the midst of difficulties.
If you’re having a hard time staying motivated, take a look at these tips to help you…
1. List the reasons why you want what you want.
The first thing you need to do is to write down your BIG WHY. This refers to the biggest reason/s behind your dreams and goals. Make sure it’s something that will drive you to succeed.
For instance, if you write that you just want more money, it may not get you too worked up. But if you write “I want more money so that I can travel the world with my family anytime I want” or “I want more money to pay for my mom’s medical bills and sustain her for the rest of her life so that she won’t have to work again ever”, now you’ve got something with a potential huge impact on you and your loved ones.
Make it a point to write your reasons, not just remember them in your mind. The writing process is a good way to memorize something important and also to keep a record that you can pull out anytime.
2. Have small targets and small wins.
Sometimes, a goal can be so overwhelming. Give yourself some time to sit down and write small targets that eventually lead up to your big goal. Aim for them one by one so you can focus better.
A smaller target will also seem more doable and faster to reach, thus encouraging you more to go for it.
Having small targets means you’ll also have a lot of small wins that you can celebrate. There’s no need to wait a long time and risk giving up along the way.
3. Come up with action plans.
For each small target you have, there must be corresponding action plans. Again, this will make it easier for you to stay on track.
Turning it further into a daily checklist will motivate you to do something for your dream or goal every single day. No matter how busy you are, it’s important to do something for your next target each day. It will help you stay focused and driven, especially when you see those items getting ticked one by one.
Most people will always need that extra kick from others. This is why you should go get yourself these two important individuals who can help you stay motivated no matter what setbacks you encounter.
1. Get yourself a mentor.
Not only will a mentor guide you throughout your journey, he or she will help you save time and energy. And when this happens, you’re actually taking away a giant chunk of the common reasons people quit.
In addition, when you often talk or listen to someone who’s already living the life you want but who also went through hell to get there, you will always be reminded that you can do it too and that the challenges are normal. You’ll also be constantly reminded of why you want the outcome for yourself too.
2. Find an accountability buddy.
Another person you should have in your life while you’re working your way toward your goal is an accountability buddy. This can be a trusted friend or colleague, or anyone else you can depend on for support and for serious butt-kicking!
Share your targets and daily action steps with this person, and make him or her your go-to person for celebrating small successes or for sobs and rants. Tell him or her to check in on your progress every day or even several times a day if possible.
A river cuts through rock not because of its power, but because of its persistence.
How do you keep yourself motivated? Hope you can share your own tips in the comment box below.