Taking action towards your dreams and goals is essential, but it’s not always easy to stay consistent and build momentum. However, taking action is one of those critical pieces of the puzzle along with proper planning and the drive to succeed. Those that take action are the ones that see results.
How do you motivate yourself to continue making positive progress toward your goals, especially when you face those inevitable (and seemingly insurmountable) challenges? Although some strategies will motivate you more than others, it’s good to experiment with several different ways of finding your motivation. Then, when the chips are down, you can depend on one (or more than one) of these strategies to help get you back on track.
Try these techniques to motivate yourself to take action and maintain your momentum:
1. Break your goals into SMART steps. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-based – especially when you’re working toward a bigger goal, breaking it up into a series of smaller specific and measurable steps that you know you can achieve can help boost your productivity and confidence. After each successful step, celebrate and reward yourself for a job well done. Be sure to Measure your success, make each step Achievable and Realistic (making 6 figures in 6 weeks is nearly impossible) and Time-based. With SMART steps, you’ll be more likely to stay on task because your rewards will come more often.
2. Know your limits. You know yourself best, and only you can identify your personal limits. If you move too slowly, you’ll know deep down that you could be taking more action, and you’ll get impatient for results. However, when you try to do too much, you risk burnout. Figure out that magic point where you can achieve success without subjecting yourself to too much stress, and you’ll remain motivated to keep taking action.
3. Take away your distractions. There are some things that are more likely to distract you than others. Remove yourself from these influences and / or situations when you know that you need to take action.
For example, if you’re a social person, perhaps you’ll need to stay away from friends and family during the times you want to work. Also, avoid surfing the net, video games, and television when it’s time to work.
4. Ask for the help you need. Don’t be afraid to get help from others. There’s only so much you can accomplish in one day all by yourself. It’s true that sometimes you’ll have to accomplish certain things on your own, but if there’s any way at all that someone else can help, consider that possibility and ask them.
5. Find an activity that energizes you. Sometimes you’ll find that there’s a period in the day where you go into a slump. Maybe you have trouble starting your engines in the morning, or perhaps it’s the afternoon that causes you to feel sluggish.
In these times, find some activity to re-motivate and energize you. One thing that can energize you is a good exercise routine. It’ll get your heart rate up and send fresh oxygen to your brain. This will refresh you, help you think more clearly, and make you feel more like doing your work.
6. Keep a tight schedule. A good schedule and organized plan will help keep you motivated and on track. In the beginning phases of planning your goals, be very specific when deciding what you need to do and when. This way, when you complete a step, you won’t have to spend time figuring out what you’re supposed to do next.
If you want to succeed, you can do it through purposeful action. Just think about what you’ve done to accomplish goals in the past. Chances are you had a plan and followed through. It might not always be easy, but when you remain motivated, you’ll reach whatever goal you set out to accomplish!