Getting motivated and staying motivated isn’t such an easy task. Even people who are successful in business and in personal relationships fall into slumps and find it hard to get motivated.
If you’re in a slump right now, you know exactly what I mean. No matter how many successes you’ve had in the past, it all seems irrelevant now. It seems like no matter how hard you try, no matter what you do, you won’t be able to achieve your goals; and even if you do, you’re not sure that accomplishing them will make you feel any better.
Fortunately for you, no matter how bad it seems right now, it doesn’t have to stay that way. You have a lot of options when it comes to breaking free of your slump and getting motivated. Here are 5 tips that can help you get motivated to start taking action towards achieving your goal.
Tip 1: Set a Goal
When it comes to getting motivated, nothing is more important than setting goals. Setting goals allows you to fix your attention on a single idea—something that you truly want to achieve, but will not achieve in the near future.
Above all else, having goals allows you to visualize how your life will be different when you accomplish them. Perhaps your workload will be lighter; or your appearance will improve; or your business will perform better in the long run.
So start by setting some goals today. Decide what it is that you truly want to accomplish; and then write that thing down on paper.
Tip 2: Ignore Obstacles
It’s true that the world is filled with many obstacles. And these obstacles often make it hard to accomplish our goals. But what’s also true is that we suffer from cognitive biases that prevent us from taking action simply because obstacles exist. That is—we place an inordinate amount of weight on the significance of obstacles, even if they aren’t very challenging.
So, from now on, ignore those obstacles. Don’t allow yourself to fixate on them; and don’t allow yourself to procrastinate when you think about how difficult the challenges will be.
Instead, you should stay fixed on your goals; and pretend that the obstacles don’t exist. When it’s time to confront them, deal with them then, but before then, simply pretend that they don’t exist and push forward with your goals.
Tip 3: Visualize Your Success
When you think about your goals, try to visualize the benefits that will come from them. Focusing on benefits, rather than abstract goals will help you to understand how accomplishing your goals will palpably improve your life.
For instance, when you think about a goal, you might consider:
- How accomplishing it will make you feel
- How accomplishing it will improve your business
- How accomplishing it will make you richer
- How accomplishing it will your schedule freer, so that you have more free time to spend with your family
Focusing on these benefits will help you develop a clearer, stronger rationalize for accomplishing your goals.
Tip 4: Celebrate the Small Victories
Staying motivated is often harder than getting motivated in the first place. This is why it is important to find daily ways in which you can celebrate your achievements; and use these achievements to gain momentum, so that you can stay motivated in the long run.
You can start by defining your goals more clearly. Decide exactly what it is that you want to accomplish; and then break those goals down into a series of objectives that you want to achieve along the way.
Each time you achieve one of these objectives, you should make it a point to celebrate your successes. Give yourself a small reward, take a break, or let others know about what you have accomplished. This will make you feel better about yourself; and will reinforce your achievement of additional objectives.
Tip 5: Create a Detailed Plan
Confusion and disorganization often makes it hard to get motivated. When we don’t know what’s coming next, it’s hard to move from step to the next without getting lost.
Instead, we have to follow an entirely ad hoc path. At each point in time, we must make new decisions about what we should be doing; and if we haven’t thought it out in advance, there’s a good chance these will be bad decisions.
This is why it is important to map out a detailed plan before you attempt to achieve some goal. As soon as you have a break in your schedule, you can look at the plan to find out what you should do next. This will prevent you from sitting around for long periods of time without any work to occupy you.
Another benefit of having a detailed plan in advance is that it will emerge from long-term thinking and considerations. This is much more likely to lead you in the right direction than a plan that emerges from minute-to-minute considerations without focusing on where you should be at the end of the day.
If you truly want to accomplish your goals, you have to start by getting motivated. Without motivation, you simply won’t be able to muster up the drive to follow through with your plans, complete your objectives, and eventually reach your goal.Jamie Koppi - The College Ungrad