Tips To Achieve Your Goals.

This guide will give you tips you can use to help pull yourself out of a slump before it gains momentum.

  • Get organized—Being prepared and organized can help you feel better about your ability to reach your goals. Having information scattered in too many places makes you feel out of control and undermines motivation.

  • Be serious about each step in your process—Think about learning to ski, for example. The beginner I given a list of instructions: "lean forward," "bend the ankles," "keep weight on the downhill ski," etc. Each of these is an explicit step. The extent the skier is seriously trying to learn each step will determine the outcome. Each step is separate, but functions together to reach the goal. Failure to focus on any part of the steps can cause you to crash.

  • Enhance your interest in the goal—Be sure it's related to your values, and if the connections aren't obvious at first, think through how the task at hand complements your values and overall goals. If it doesn't, you should think about why it's on your "to-do list.” Maybe it's a task you should delegate or delete.

  • Don’t procrastinate—Procrastination is a form of self-regulatory failure.

The old saying, “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today” is one you should live by. If you to this too often, your “tomorrow” may never come, and you’ll never reach your goal.

  • Avoid preconceived task difficulty—If you believe a task is difficult without truly knowing it, it will also give you a perception about how much effort you’ll need to put into it and how likely you are to fail.

  • Remember that willpower is a limited resource—Think of willpower as a muscle. If you don’t use the muscle and exercise it, it becomes weaker and weaker. The more you use your willpower, the stronger it will become, just like a muscle does. If you don’t use it, eventually, you may lose it.

  • If sharing a goal, divide the tasks based on interests—You’re more apt to stay motivated in something you’re interested in. If working in a group, dividing the tasks into areas each member is interested in will keep the entire group motivated and help improve chances of success. It may be impossible to have a few areas to work on that aren’t at the top of your interest list, but having many that you are interested in can keep your overall motivation going.

  • Don’t self-handicap yourself—Too many times we handicap ourselves with the word “can’t.” Remove that work from your vocabulary. Don’t say things like, “I can’t do it” or “It can’t be done.” These cause you to fail before you begin. You’ll be handicapped by your negative feelings in your own ability.

  • Keep a positive attitude—There is nothing more powerful for self-motivation than the right attitude. You can’t choose or control your circumstance, but can choose your attitude towards your circumstances.

  • Avoid negativity—If you’re can’t approach something with a positive attitude, at least approach it with an open mind. Negativity will only achieve negative results.

  • Keep motivators around your work area—Maybe you want a better life for your family. Keep family photos in sight to remind you why you’re working toward that goal. They can help constantly spark your motivation.

  • impossible. Some causes could inspire you temporarily, but a cause that matters to you can inspire you indefinitely. It’s a fountain of motivation that will never run dry.

  • Have a big dream—Karen Ravn said: Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.” Having a dream is important because it’s difficult to be motivated if you don’t have anything to shoot for. Just having a dream, however, is insufficient. Your dream must be big enough to inspire you. It must be realistic but challenging. It must stretch your ability beyond your comfort zone.

  • Keep good company—Make more regular encounters with positive and motivated people. This could be as simple as texts or IM chats with peers or a friend who likes sharing ideas.

  • Don’t just think about it, do something—If you find motivation for a particular project lacking, try getting started on something else. Something trivial even, then you’ll develop the momentum to begin the more important stuff.

  • Know yourself—Get to know how you think. If possible, keep notes on when your motivation starts to fade and when it’s extremely high. There may be a pattern that, once you are aware of, you can work around and develop.

  • Track your progress—It will help to keep a tally or a progress bar for ongoing projects. Seeing the progress bar grow can be a big motivator, because when you see something growing you will always want to nurture it.

  • Help others—It may be surprising how much share your ideas and helping friends get motivated can help you keep yourself motivated. Seeing others do well will motivate you to do the same.

  • Write about your success and get feedback from readers—Start a blog or a place on your website where you can write about your success. Getting positive feedback from others can help you maintain motivation.

  • Take a break—No one wants to work all the time. Sometime it helps to take a break and rejuvenate yourself. Then you can return to the project with a clear head and a renewed motivation.

  • Have a cause—Having a cause you care about is a powerful source of motivation. Such cause can inspire you to give your best even through the difficulties. It can make you do things you thought were

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