What motivates you? What gets you fired up? What gets your ‘juices’ flowing? What vision of the future excites you? Being inspired momentarily is easy for many people, but staying motivated long-term can be challenging for some of us. You go through a process of being really motivated in the beginning to being completely unmotivated, which makes it easy for anyone to quit. What happens when you go from being so excited you can’t wait to get up in the morning, to being so tired you can’t wait to go to bed at night. Somewhere between the starting point and the quitting point, the very thing that was driving you was lost.
Many of us set goals, but only some of us stay motivated long enough to keep going until we reach them. Where does the difference lie? The difference lies in the motivation. How do some people hold onto their motivation, while others find it easier to let it go? Those that hang onto their motivation have found something that drives them and they stay connected to it. What is it? It’s the feeling of their goal. When you can put yourself in the moment of your goal achievement and feel what it feels like to be there – you have just experienced one of THE most powerful motivation tools. When you can connect to the feeling, and it’s something you really want – then you can hang on to what you have to do in order to achieve it.
Here are some thoughts to help you connect with the feeling of your dreams and goals.
Start with your Life Intention Statement.
What are your goals? What do they mean to you? If you could do anything in this lifetime what you most like to do? Maybe it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, but didn’t think it was possible for you?
Tools for Staying Motivated
The biggest key to staying motivated is to connect with the feeling of having already achieved your goal. For each goal, write down the emotions you imagine experiencing when you have achieved them. Reconnecting with the emotional side of your goals is a powerful way to stay motivated.
Writing your goals down and then reviewing them on a daily basis has a lot of impact. Put time on your calendar each day to review what you really want. It only takes a few minutes.
-Set up Goal Milestones
It can seem like a lifetime between the time you set your goal and the day you finally achieve it, but it really isn’t that long. To help make the gap between the starting point and the achievement point seem shorter, set up milestones where you reward yourself along the way. The reward can really be anything you wish it to be, as long as it’s something that makes you feel good.
Stay focused on how achieving your goals will make you feel and you will stay motivated. To help you stay motivated, subscribe to my Podcasts at iTunes. We all need a little motivation every now and then.