I have heard many people say that motivation isn’t real or that its a facade. My question is then why do some people follow through with their goals and some don’t? The only real answer is motivation. Those that follow through stay motivated and those that don’t follow through just didn’t stay motivated. I have been on both sides of the coin. I have set many goals that I have not followed through with. For some reason I quit halfway through or even earlier. I am writing this blog on January 7th and many if not all of you have set goals for 2018. Many of you are still motivated towards the completion of those goals but I will promise you that the emotion you currently have will fade if it hasn’t started already. I heard someone say once that “true character is following through with a decision long after the emotion in which you made that decision fades away” because that emotion will one hundred percent fade. You will not ever be more motivated to complete your goals than the day in which you set them.
I have also heard many people call me a motivated person and that this motivation is just natural. I couldn’t disagree more, there is a science to remaining motivated. Am I perfect at this? No and I won’t ever be. I am not looking for perfection, I am looking for consistency. I want to remain consistent in taking action towards my goals because its in consistency that progress is made towards completing my goals. Look there are plenty of ways to stay motivated, plenty of steps, and plans however this is what I have found that works for me. I want 2018 to be Your Best Year Yet and I want you to accomplish all the goals you set out to accomplish. I believe if you apply these 5 steps on a daily basis it will happen for you. Here they are:
- You must have your goals written down on a sheet of paper. It is amazing how many people don’t do this. They just have their goals floating around in their head. When you put pen to paper, it becomes real. Your goal is no longer an idea, it is a real thing. Something changes in you when you write your goals down. There are too many studies to name that prove writing your goals down drastically increases the chances of you accomplishing them
- You need to look at those goals somehow someway everyday. Me, I have them written on a note card in my wallet so I can look at them whenever I want. I also try to re-write them everyday so I am keeping them in the forefront of my mind. Another thing I do is I speak them aloud everyday usually in the car or while getting ready in the morning.
- You must remind yourself why you are doing what you are doing everyday. Many people miss this step, if you don’t know why you are doing what you are doing you won’t stay motivated for long. For example, two of my 2018 goals have to do with playing soccer. The reason I set those goals are because I believe if I can achieve them I will make a positive impact on my teammates. So when I don’t feel like taking action one day, I think about how my teammates are counting on me. This then gives me the motivation necessary to do what I need to do that day.
- LISTEN to motivational messages every morning. I cannot stress the importance of this enough. I have been doing this for years and it keeps me motivated because I am starting my day with something positive. Basically I am starting my day with someone telling me I can do it. Usually I go to YouTube and look up a 10 minute motivational message and play it while I am getting ready. This will change everything for you I promise. STOP watching the news in the morning. Seriously. STOP. Your life is too short to spend the most impressionable part of your day, the morning, letting negative into your mind.
- Do more than you intend to do. Let me explain what I mean. One of my goals this past year was to lose weight and get fit. Many times I would jump on the treadmill with the goal of running four miles, and at the fourth mile I decided to run an extra one. Doing this empowered me. It gave me a bit of a swagger and confidence that many times carried me through because I knew I was going the extra mile.
These are the five steps I use to stay motivated everyday. No one is just motivated naturally. If you see someone that seems motivated all the time there is a reason for that. There are things they do to stay that way. It is my guess that a few of those reasons are similar to what I shared with you today. You can do it. Keep pushing. You’ll feel amazing when you follow through.