“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier
It's not always easy to keep motivated when aiming to achieve a goal. Some experts suggest that the "goal" should be enough to inspire unwavering commitment to achieving it...and there's some truth to this.
However, the reality is that the discomforts of pursuing a certain objective might cause us to lose concentration at times.
Do you want to lose weight, save money for a large purchase, or "pass" your classes? Don't worry...the tips below can help you stay motivated and on track no matter what you want to accomplish.
Visualize the End Result
Can't you just picture yourself losing a few pounds and fitting into a nice outfit? The most important question is: how do you envision yourself "feeling"? Healthier? Sexier? Are you more self-assured? You are more likely to stay motivated if you have the ability to picture your goals and imagine the eventual results.
Many people have found it beneficial to create a "dream board," which is a collection of photos that represent the objective.
For example, if you wanted to save money for a tropical beach vacation, you could get some travel brochures or make a collage of photographs from magazines of azure oceans, palm palms, exotic fruit beverages, and so on.
Set Intermediate Goals and Reward Yourself for Small Victories
It's natural to desire results right away. However, some worthwhile goals may necessitate a significant amount of effort and time to achieve. Don't be put off by this. Setting small goals allows you to focus on each stage, which will gradually add up to better results.
And don't forget to congratulate yourself on little victories along the way. Knowing that there will be minor "treats" along the way helps keep you motivated and excited.
Draw Inspiration from Others
Success quotes, music, movies depicting people who reached their dreams through hard effort, and simply speaking with others who have accomplished what you're striving toward can all serve as sources of motivation. If they can accomplish it, you can too!
If your attention begins to wane or you hit a rough patch of discouragement, finding an accountability partner who will encourage you to continue the course may be beneficial.
And, if your spouse is working toward a goal, you'll be able to witness the magic of motivating one other to achieve success.
Three strong, simple-to-implement ways for staying motivated toward your goals are visualizing the end result, enjoying small triumphs along the road, and drawing inspiration and encouragement from others.
So go ahead and do it!