To be frank, you need to realize that your problem lies within yourself, and it’s called excuses.” It’s time to stop making excuses and get motivated.
There, I said it. But, if you begin to build structure by setting goals, making lists, and creating consequences; you will strengthen your discipline. When you make your first list of goals, keep it simple and realistic but take it seriously and complete it. During this process, you will notice that you get excited when you meet that first goal on your list.
First thing you need to get motivated is you must have a goal. What, exactly, are you are looking to achieve? Then, list the steps you need to take in order to reach your goal. Remember that when you break down a main objective into pieces and focus on one small task at a time, you can accomplish so much more with a lesser probability of burnout. As each individual goal is reached, your motivation will be renewed.
If this style of self-motivation doesn’t work for you, then you may need an accountability partner. An accountability partner is someone who works with you to achieve your goals. Your partner encourages you to complete a task without dragging you down, offers you guidance and suggestions if there is a better way of completing a task, helps you brainstorm ideas, and pushes you so that the majority of your time can be productive.
However, there will be times when you are not focused and you need some inspiration. Find activities that help you to refocus and get back on task. A few things that work for me are listening to music that pumps me up and gets me energized to work, stepping away from work and watching a movie or reading a book that inspires me and reminds me of what I’m trying to accomplish, or reaching out to my accountability partner who can give me a swift kick in the_______ (butt, ass, pants…. you choose!)
So, let’s review what we’ve discussed by making a list of what we need to do to get motivated. This particular list will serve as both your first business to-do list as well as a model for future productivity lists.
GET MOTIVATED GOAL: UTILIZE MY TIME IN ORDER TO BE PRODUCTIVE
Steps to take to reach my goal:
1. Make a list of steps of how I can achieve my goal. Continue to create new lists after the first one is accomplished.
2. Decide if I can do this alone or if I need a partner to hold me accountable.
3. Keep a positive mindset throughout the process; set intentions and affirmations.
4. Find activities that get me focused and back on track.
5. Achieve the tasks on my list while developing a higher self-confidence in the job at hand, as well as getting one step closer to my goal.