Motivation is the key to making things happen. That means that your level of motivation is directly related to the accomplishment of your goals and the realization of your dreams.When you’re feeling unmotivated, it is very difficult to keep the bigger picture in mind and remember why you’re working so hard.
What can you do when the initial excitement for your goal or project begins to wear off and you find yourself losing motivation? How can you regain your motivation and keep moving forward? I suggest a comprehensive review – not just of your current goals, but all aspects of your life. This process may seem like a lot of work at first, but it can serve as a powerful breath of fresh air that clears away stagnation and ushers in renewed clarity and motivation.
Motivation and clarity exercise
Start by using a blank sheet of paper to represent each area of your life, like financial, career, relationships, home, health and fitness, spiritual and so on. Write a general overview of your current status in each area. Are you satisfied with the things you’ve accomplished in these areas of your life? Would you like to make further changes? Answering these questions will provide some new motivation by reminding you why you set your original goals in the first place.
Then, based on that information, come up with some clear goals that you can set for each area of your life. They don’t have to be massive goals, just objectives you’d like to begin working toward gradually. Reaching each of these small milestones will help build the motivation need to work toward the next one.
Once you’ve got some goals in front of you, come up with a few simple action steps you can take in each area on a regular basis. These action steps might include things like reducing your consumption of junk food, exercising for 30 minutes daily, spending more quality time with your family, enrolling in night classes to get your degree, or starting a home business on the side to boost your income.
When you’ve completed this process for each part of your life, write all of those action steps on one sheet of paper, separated into sections. By the time you’re finished you should have a clear idea of exactly what you want to accomplish and the clarity provided by this list will provide a new sense of motivation to make thing happen.
But you’re not done yet!
Now, take a look at the goals and action steps you’ve written down, and consider any possible obstacles you might face that would threaten your motivation. What types of problems usually come up that prevent you from doing the things you want to do? And how can you set up strategies in advance to overcome them if they threaten your progress?
For example, one obstacle you might face is procrastination brought on by a shortage of time. Rather than spending a few minutes at a time working on your goals, you tend to put it off until you have more time, which never happens. One possible strategy you could put in place is a written reminder that you must use what time you do have wisely, because small actions taken consistently will still help you reach your goals!
Once you have these strategies written down, be sure to keep them nearby and re-read them as often as necessary. If you do find that you’re losing motivation again, simply start this entire process over again and allow it to provide you with a renewed sense of clarity, focus and motivation.
Motivation requires clarity, and this exercise will help you get clear on what needs to be done so you can focus on making it happen.
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