5 Tips to Stay Motivated!!!
Are you on track with your goals for 2014? According to a survey published in Scranton University’s Journal of Clinical Psychology, only 45% of Americans usually write down their New Year’s goals and only 8% of those achieve what they’ve set as their goals.
There’s no reason you and I can’t be a part of the successful 8 percent! We are only 3 weeks into the new year, so there’s still time to achieve your goals for 2014. It’s still not too late to accomplish what you want!
I wrote in my last two blogs about my BHG (Big Hairy Goal) for this year; or specifically the first 90 days; and then the 5 Tips to Achieving your Goals. But I knew that this 90-Day Challenge was going to be difficult for me. It’s taking me right out of my comfort zone. It’s so easy to lose motivation when it starts getting hard and I have been looking at ways to keep myself motivated. I am sharing five of those tips with you this time.
1. Find a Coach or Accountability Partner – I always have at least one or both of these at all times. In my coaching practice, I always have my clients set goals and keeping them accountable to take action and move forward with those goals is part of my job. An accountability partner is someone you meet or talk with on a regular pre-set basis to hold each other accountable for reaching your goals. I suggest you choose someone who does not have a vested interest in what you are doing. Spouses, family members and sometimes work peers have a vested interest in how what you are doing will affect them.
2. Share your goals with others – I have been sharing my BHG with all of you. When you let the right people know about what you want to achieve, you are making a commitment to those people, too. You then feel obligated to do what you said you would do. It subconsciously helps you to keep moving forward. And sharing with the right people can give you additional support. The right people want you to succeed.
3. Create a Vision Board — A Vision Board is typically a poster board on which you glue a collage of pictures from magazines that represent what you want to achieve, who you want to become, what you want to have, where you want to live, quotes, etc. The idea is that when you surround yourself with these images, you begin to change your actions to match those images and desires. It’s a beautiful thing! Put it where you will see it every day. Mine is merely a tri-fold display board 36 x 48 purchased at a big box office supply store very inexpensively. (Sometimes called a science fair board.)
4. Affirmations – Come up with some positive affirmations/mantras regarding your goal. Write them down. Then every morning when you awake start your day saying and thinking these affirmations. You don’t have to really believe them at first. But if you keep it up every morning, during the day, and again when going to sleep, you will not only start to believe it, but, more powerfully, you will KNOW deep down, that “Yes I Can Do It!” Affirmations can be very powerful.
5. Don’t Give Up – Ugh, the dreaded F word…FAILURE! The only way you can fail is by giving up! We all fear failure. I have read that success cannot exist without failure as failure is part of the steering mechanism that drives you to success. Learn to expect failure and welcome it. What better way to learn and then do better!
What is your BHG? Why don’t you share it with us and you will already be doing Tip #2! How can I help you with your goals?
Are you going through a transition in your life or career? I can help you with that! Do you want a solution for healthy weight loss, more energy & performance and/or healthy aging? I can help you with that! Are you looking to achieve financial goals with a part-time or full-time home business? I can help you with that! Together, we can work towards setting and achieving your goals. I am here to help!
With Positive Thoughts, Connie
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing. That’s why we recommend it daily.” ~Zig Ziglar
“Some give up their dreams when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before. ~Herodotus