I have found in myself and in my clients that it is important to start with the right motivation since a good start can create momentum that can be maintained for a long time. If you start well, you have a greater opportunity to meet your goals.
Before starting to develop your motivation, it is important that you have read the first two articles of this series
Differences between clear goals and vague and diffuse dreams
How to design your objectives in a clear and defined way
Let’s keep going.
Here are some tips to get started:
Start with something small. I have said it before, and that is because it is one of the most important tips to motivate yourself towards a goal.
Don’t start big! Start with a ridiculously easy goal to achieve, and then grow from there.
If you want to exercise, for example, you may think that you have to do intense workouts for 5 days a week. No. Instead, make small, tiny, baby steps. Just do 2 minutes of exercise.
I know, that sounds cowardly.
But it works.
Commit to 2 minutes of daily exercise for a week. You may want to do more but only do 2 minutes.
It’s so easy. You can’t fail. Do it at the same time, every day.
Only some abs, 3 push-ups, and some biking: once you’ve done 2 minutes a day for a week, increase the amount up to 5, and hold on to it for a week. In a month, you will do 15-20.
Do you want to get up early? Do not plan to wake up at 5 am. Instead, think about waking up 10 minutes earlier for a week. That’s it. Once you have done this, wake up another 10 minutes before the previous week.
Small steps to motivate you
An objective. There are too many people who start with too many goals at once and try to do too much.
And they deplete their energy and motivation.
It is probably the most common mistake people make. You cannot maintain energy and focus (the two most important things in achieving a goal) if you are trying to do two goals or more at the same time.
It’s not possible.
I have tried many times.
Choose a goal, the most important to reach for you, and focus on it completely. I know, that’s hard. Even so, I speak from experience. You can always do your other goals when you have achieved the first.
And having achieved it, you will make it much more motivated.
Examine your motivation. Know your reasons. Think a little about why and why you want to achieve what you want to achieve.
Perhaps if you have family, you are doing it for them, and that is more powerful than simply doing it for your own interest. Although if you do it for yourself, it is good too, you must do it for something that you REALLY want to happen, for very good reasons.
I really, really want it. This is essentially the same as the previous point, but I want to emphasize that it is not enough to think that it would be good to achieve something. It has to be something you are passionate about, something you are very excited about, something you deeply want. Be sure to put these emotional states in the process and, above all, in the process.
Commit publicly. No one likes to look bad in front of others.
Well, some politicians, yes.
But we, we will make an additional effort to do something that we have said publicly.
You can do it with friends and family and coworkers, and you can do it on your blog if you have one. And hold yourself accountable, not to commit only once, but to commit to giving your progress information to everyone every week or every month.
Thrill. Start by inspiring yourself from others in those who have already achieved what you want to achieve. Read as many success stories as possible.
Visualize yourself once you reach the goal. Make a big and vivid mental image with colors. Listen to the sounds and voices that cheer you up and reward you with rage and feel the emotion in your body, where it moves, where it goes, how it moves, and make that move faster.
And now carry all that energy and keep it on the road. Get going.
Build ahead. This is going to sound hard, and many people will skip this advice.
But it really works.
It helped me to do regular physical exercise after many failed attempts. If you find inspiration and want to achieve a goal, do not start immediately. Many of us get excited and want to start today.
That is an error.
Set a date in the future (a week or two, or even a month) and make that your start date. Do not exceed the deadline!
Mark it on the calendar. Stay excited about that date.
Meanwhile, start writing the action plan.
Print it, make a post it. Print your goal in big words, as if it were a mantra (” 15 minutes of exercise daily “), and put it on the wall or in the refrigerator. Put it at home and at work. Put it on the computer.
And as Winston Churchill said, “Never, never, never give up.”