I have had a lot of motivational problems
When I was growing up motivation was a big problem for me. My view of life was that I would finish grade school, finish high school, finish college, work 40 years and then retire.
Not that fun a thought for a kid who’s most prominent dream was to get out of school and have fun.
I didn’t know about the possibilities we have and that I could create a life that gave me freedom.
My prospects where depressing, which is exactly what ruins motivation.
Your motivation stands in direct relation to the clarity of your goals and how much you want to complete them.
When I realized there was more to life than just school and work followed by a tired retirement;
I started setting goals for myself that were a lot more motivating.
My motivation quickly started to increase and the clearer my goals got the more my motivation increased.
The 7 steps to goal setting
1. What are your long term goals for your health, family/relationships, career and in finances?
The answers to this question will be the base for your goal setting. Be honest, what do you really want. Don’t think about how to accomplish it yet. Focus on what inspires you.
2. What do you want your health, family/relationships, career and finances to look like in 12 months?
Short term goals are often very motivating and feel more tangible. Set goals you can believe in but that still motivate you.
3. Write down your goals in the positive, present tense as if you already completed them.
Seeing your goals as something you already posses makes them feel more tangible and activates your subconscious so that it believes it as well, which will cause it to start working on completing those goals.
4. Set deadlines for all your goals and add the deadline to the written goal.
When you have a deadline you have a target, you can follow you progress and you force yourself to work hard to complete your goals.
5. Listen to yourself.
Read your goals. How does it feel? Do you feel inspired? Motivated? Happy? Or anxious? Stressed? Sad?
If you feel positive emotions when looking at your goals, they are good goals, if not go back to the drawing board and set new goals for yourself.
It is important that you believe your goals to be possible, but that they motivate you to complete them.
6. Make a sketch plan
By creating a short plan on how you can accomplish your goals you have something to act on. You can start seeing the path infront of you and start acting on your goals.
It also works to push the goal even deaper into your subconscious.
7. Put your goals somewhere you will see them every day and read them daily.
The more you look at and visualize your goals, the more you will believe them.
When you start believing in your goals, you start making them a reality.
You can accomplish anything you can imagine and believe. Set your goals and stay tuned for the next part of this series and for your next motivational tip.
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