Everyone sets goals for themselves. Every person has dreams to lose weight, make more money, spend more time with the family, and go on a big vacation. Dreams and goals are a part of every person's life. Without them, we would have nothing to work towards and have no motivation. There are ways to help keep yourself motivated to accomplish your dreams, no matter how big or small it may be.
Motivation is the reason we do what we do. It is what drives us to accomplish a task or goal and it is what keeps us working towards that destination. Every person is motivated for different reasons, even if they are working towards the same goal. For people who are intrinsically motivated, they have the power from within to make changes and work towards their goals. They do not need outside forces to help them achieve their dreams. Some people are motivated by extrinsic reasons. These are those that need other forces to make them achieve their goals. It may be money, praise or other rewards. Most people are motivated by a combination of the two. The way to accomplish your goals is to find what motivates you and work towards those goals.
The first technique in achieving your dreams is to make goals for yourself. If you write down the steps you need to achieve to reach the end result, it will be easier for you to take those steps one by one. Visualize your goal through writing or by pictures. If you want to lose weight, use a journal to write down each step you will take every day to accomplish that goal. Find a picture of a dress or a bathing suit you want to be able to wear and visualize yourself in it. This technique can even work for smaller goals such as cleaning out a closet. Write down the steps you will take and tackle one or two small steps each day. Find a picture of they way your want your closet to look when you are finished and hang it where you can see it. Visualizing your goal will help you see what you want to accomplish and will help keep you motivated without bogging you down.
Next, you can use support to accomplish your dreams. Tell everyone around you what you want to achieve and surround yourself with positive people that can encourage you each day to reach your goal. If you want to stop smoking, talk to others that have gone through that process and they can help you through your toughest times. Stay away from those that may encourage you back into your old thought patterns.
Another technique you can use when you want to accomplish you goals is to reward yourself. Rewards can make almost anyone motivated to work on a task. After you have finished cleaning out that closet, reward yourself by buying a nice storage system for the closet. You can also help others as a reward. When you lose weight, donate those old clothes to a shelter. Or, if you stop smoking, use the money you would have used for cigarettes and start a savings account for your kids. You will feel motivated by rewarding yourself and others and know that you have helped yourself and those around you in the process.
You can also help yourself achieve your goals by setting up a timetable and work within that period. For long-term goals, you may not be able to accomplish them in a few days. Some achievements take weeks or months. Have a reasonable time frame in mind and work a little every day to get to the end result. When you accomplish one step towards your final goal, mark each day off your calendar
Last of all, when you are working hard to accomplish your dreams, you can stay motivated by having realistic expectations. Understand that you might have setbacks and try to not stress yourself over these bumps in the road. Achieving your goals will not be easy and if you get frustrated with setbacks, you are more likely to give up. Keep working on your goals and do not beat yourself up if you have one bad day. Stay motivated and just vow to pick up the pieces and continue the next day
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