Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you try to focus on your goal but cannot? Learning to stay motivated and on track can make the difference between your success and failure when you are pursuing a goal. When you are highly motivated you find yourself doing whatever it takes to get the job done, despite any discomfort you may encounter. When your motivation is not so high you are apt to make excuses to yourself and others explaining why you can’t succeed. How can you concentrate in-spite of the external distractions that may arise; in-spite of the criticism coming from your own family? I guess that is the most discouraging part of it all that your family is not in support of your goal. But how many of you are able to sustain your motivation despite the pressures
It is your job to discover ways to keep yourself motivated. You may find yourself motivated to take action toward your dreams by a dynamic public speaker or a well-written book, but that motivation is frequently short-lived. Without repeated exposure to the book or the speaker, your reasons for being motivated begin to fade into the background noise of your everyday life. You simply return to your comfort zone.
This is what many people do. They get a big burst of motivation and take some action, but they don’t renew that motivation and it starts to slide and diminish. Don’t be like that man who having heard the word went home rejoicing but when asked what he learnt he answered he could not remember. As the motivating factors become less and less important to you, you are less and less willing to put up with any discomfort or challenges. It becomes easier for you to give up.
When your motivation levels go up and down like this you will find it difficult to make consistent progress toward your dreams. That is when many of you begin to reason whether or not your goal is real or just a mirage.
The only true, dependable form of motivation is motivation that comes from within – self motivation. You have to motivate yourself. You have to decide that your goal or dream is more important than whatever challenge, criticism or discomfort you are facing. You learn to act in spite of the challenges. Many greats of our time did make it against all odds, most of them where written off, many were branded failures, many others were said to become nonentities.
Here are a few tips to help you maintain that level of motivation.
- Is your dream a promise or just a wish – Motivating yourself to take action is easy when you have a strong enough reason for reaching a goal. A burning desire to achieve something will cause you to take much different action than a wish or a hope will. Do you know that promises are more difficult to be broken than goals are? Is that goal or dream a promise to yourself or a mere wish? Try making a promise to yourself to achieve that goal.
- Visualize your dream – If you focus too intently on the steps between you and your dream you will find yourself getting sidetracked by perceived problems and challenges. Try to keep your eyes on the result that you want to create. This will make it easier for you to stay focused on the important things. Focus and look intently on the big picture you want to achieve. Create it, modify and beautify in your mind.
- Focus on your dream throughout your day – tape reminders or pictures of your goal on your bathroom mirror or on your refrigerator. Carry a card with your goals written on it with you at all times. Get creative!
- Make the dream yours but share with like minds – some people have drifted from their goals and ended up pursuing a dream that is not theirs. For your motivation to stay strong, make the dream yours, if not, you will treat it anyhow because it is not yours. Remember, “Where your wealth is, there your heart will be also.” That dream cannot die and the motivation to pursue it will not fade it is yours.
What have people called you because of your dream? I want to assure
you that no man knows the value of your dream better than you. You can learn to create change in any area of your life once you understand and apply these success strategies. No that your critics might not know what you are up to and so, they can talk as they like, it is just a function of time and their stories, tales and testimonies will change.
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