Regardless of who you are or what you do for a living, some days you just don’t feel like it. You don’t feel like exercising, cleaning the yard, doing those tedious around-the-house projects or even going to work. Staying motivated to accomplish the things that need doing can sometimes be a task in itself. So how do highly successful people make it look so easy by staying so motivated?

Aside from entertaining yourself with pop-psych directives like leaving yourself little inspirational notes around the house or tapping a perfect-bodied photo of someone else to your mirror — with an image of your head strategically morphed into place — there are more realistic ways to keep yourself motivated.

Goal setting
Set a goal. Sound easy? That’s great, because it is. Set yourself one goal you want to accomplish and visualize your goal down to the last detail. See your goal, feel your goal, hear your goal. Envision yourself accomplishing your goal — perhaps with a loud applause at the end for added inspiration — and give your goal life, give it a voice.

List making and strategy changing
After the roaring applause ceases, make a list of the reasons you want to accomplish this goal. Living in a modern, non-stop 24/7 world means each of us can — and often do — fall away from our course. Ground yourself by grounding your goal. Research shows that people who write their goals out by hand have a greater chance of accomplishing them.

Create a strategy for your goal but create a strategy that you can change. As we all know, nothing ever goes exactly as planned, which is why it’s imperative to create a strategy that we are prepared to change.

Everyone needs help
If you need help, get it! Don’t be afraid to ask for help, even if in theory, you can accomplish your goal alone. There is a lot of value to be had from sharing your plans with the right people. Remember a key to success is finding the right tool for the right job. Finding the right tool, in the form of the right person, can become an enormous asset to staying motivated.

Plan for little boosts
However, on days when your motivation lacks, and it surely will, think about how you will deal with it. Think about how you can overcome slow days. Do not view this strategy as defeatist thinking because having a plan to deal with the inevitable — no one is always motivated all of the time — will help keep you on course. Experiencing temporary setbacks or exhaustion are common reasons highly motivated people require little boosts. When this happens, have a person in mind that you can reach out to for your own personal energy boost.

If your lack of motivation begins to last more than a day or two, check with yourself — or with your hand written list — as to why you chose to reach for this particular goal. Remind yourself of your reasons for wanting this accomplishment and look at the big picture as a way to keep yourself motivated and moving in a forward direction.

 

 

Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He is also the creator of Financial Independence Academy TM , the Kitepreneur NetworkTM and Kitepreneur Business Success AcademyTM. He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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Article References:
Motivaction For Life by Smiljan Mori
http://www.life-success-secrets.com/self-motivation-tips.html
https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-started/inside-the-classroom/tips-for-staying-motivated
http://www.findyofayah.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=139&Itemid=116

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