Posted on Jul 26, 2006 | Comments 0
In order to continue toward the big project, setting goals in small steps can keep you motivated. Make the goals so they can be charted and you can watch the development of what youâ€™re working toward. Make real goals that are considerable.
If youâ€™re writing a book, set a goal to finish a chapter a week, or a day if you have the time to do it. Set a goal for the month such as I want to write 15 chapters this month. At the end of the month, you can observe your manuscript and see if you finished your goal.
If you did, for the next month, make it a little advanced. Be practical, but stretch yourself. If the coming month has two holidays, three birthdays and two public appearances, then cut back on the goal so you can reach it.
If your goals are set too high, it can be annoying if you are not realizing them and you are more likely to give up. They also shouldnâ€™t be too easy, a challenge will keep you motivated to keep typing away on those pages with the end of the book in mind.
Donâ€™t get Discouraged
Donâ€™t let discouragement take your eyes off the final goal. Sure, if weâ€™re dieting there are going to be times when we fall off the eating plan. Rather than getting mad or discouraged, simply accept it as something that happens to everyone and go on to the next day.
Donâ€™t get down on yourself or feel humiliated or ashamed. Enjoy that dessert and by the summer, remind yourself of the bigger goal of being in the perfect bathing suit.
Have you not worked on your graduate thesis for a week? Enjoy your vacation, remember what youâ€™re working for, and work harder when you start up again.
Anticipate to reach a point when your plateau on a weigh loss program, get tired of the great American novel you are writing, or wear out of depriving yourself of some wants to save for that dream vacation. When you reach that point, accept it, know that it happens to every person and if you donâ€™t allow discouragement to set in, you can soon pick up where you left off.
Variety is the Spice of Life
Are you having fun while working toward your goal? We need a break from a project, even if itâ€™s something we want with all our heart.
If you are working on a weight loss and exercise goal, change what youâ€™re doing. If you always use a motionless bike each day, why not change the routine and plan a mile or two to walk in your neighborhood.
They say variety is the spice of life and it can keep your motivation going if you alter your timetable around a little bit. Are you used to studying or writing in the evening? Try waking up early in the morning and spending quiet time prior to the busyness of the day takes over.
Find a Partner
If you are working alone, if you decide to not exercise or not write, you will only have yourself to shake things up and give you the push you need to embark again. In your project, involve your friends and family. You are more likely to stay motivated if you have told someone what your goals are.
Find a partner, if you are working out or walking. It will make it much more probable that you will continue to walk at a particular time and go to the gym. If you fail to show up, your partner will motivate you to come the next time. You are held responsible to someone else.
If you donâ€™t realize your goals, donâ€™t beat yourself up, set new ones, and keep your eyes on the ultimate prize, that one big goal you have been working for and then enjoy your life.
In order realize your goal, what will keep you motivated? The answer, keep your eyes on it. Never lose site of what you are working toward. Look at the picture and the gift you will reap when you finally reach your goal. Goals seem so far in the future and so hard to reach except you break them down into small steps that allow you to track your progress.
In order to stay motivated, since action creates motivation, stay actively working on that goal. The more you work on it, the more motivated it keeps you. In addition, remember, there is an attractive prize at the end, whether itâ€™s weight loss, better health, or a project you want to achieve.