What really motivates you? Why do you want to walk the moon or start your own company? I cannot give you those answers. Only you know why you strive for these goals and what keeps you motivated. It could be that you are wanting to buy a new house, more money, or just more freedom of your time. Whatever it may be, you need to find what it is that motivates you. If it's buying that amazing house on the coast, you could post a picture of that house next to your computer or somewhere you will see it everyday.
Even when you experience a major setback, be sure to keep your head up. The struggles in life are what make us stronger and teach us to be smarter and stronger people. Without obstacles, what would be the point of achievement? So, make sure you reward yourself for the things you accomplish, whether is be large or small. Pat yourself on the back because you have to stay motivated!
This step comes natural to me. No matter what the situation is, I am constantly planning ahead! I sometimes have reason to believe it gets on people's nerves, but that's alright with me because I am always ready. Enough about me though, let's focus on what you need to do. It may seem like an obvious step, but it often times can be overlooked and neglected.
To make sure you stay loyal to your plan, follow these 4 steps:
1. Create a simple plan for reaching your goal. Write it down on a scrap piece of paper or type out a nice document. Whatever method you choose, make sure it is written.
2. Go back over these steps and make sure that they are all obtainable. You don't want to have any steps that you feel unnecessary.
3. Establish a feasible time frame. Don't set goals that are impossible to complete.
4. Be realistic when setting your goals. Make sure you are committed to them and are actually able to achieve them.
Remember that there is no point of the first two steps without taking action after establishing them. You cannot accomplish any goal without actually taking action to reach it. After you created your plan in step two, you should have realized that there are many little steps you have to take each and every day. Yes, it's going to take perseverance, but if your dream is important enough, you will do whatever you can to make it come true. This should always be the case. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs did not accomplish everything they have overnight!
You can always go back and revise your plan. Sometimes obstacles in life can slow you down and put a halt on your plan of action. Just make sure that you continue to strive towards your dream, as if nothing got in your way. Take every step you take with a motivated attitude and a vision to be the best you can. Also, remember that it will take you time. You know what they say, "Rome wasn't built in a day!"
Thanks to Small Business Webology for the inspiration.