Motivation or lack of can be the single most deterrent to following and achieving a person's goals and dreams. Here are five tips for adding motivation to your well to keep your eyes on the prize.
Setting Deadlines – By using deadlines you have a concrete date to focus on. Knowing that the clock is ticking can help you to get started working toward your goals everyday. This also gives you a guideline to set a schedule that can hold you accountable. Very effective for those that are unorganized.
Regrets – Think about your life five years or more into the future, and how you will feel if you have not completed that goal. Will you have regrets? Will you hate yourself? Will your life still be the same as it is presently?
Incentives – Determine what are some things that you enjoy in life. Not necessarily the day to day pleasures but things that you may only get once in awhile, a vacation, shopping spree, a day to the spa. Promise yourself that if you reach a specific milestone in the attainment of your goal you will treat yourself to that ------!
Set short term goals – How do you eat an elephant? It doesn't matter as long as you take one bite at a time. Our goals are usually the size of an elephant and requires that you cut it into small pieces. You can use this to increase your motivation by the completion of the smaller goals. Each time you complete a smaller goal you can see the progress you've made and this will in turn motivate you to keep going.
Find a coach - Finding a person that you can trust and hold you accountable is a great way to stay motivated. When the chips are down and your feeling lazy a coach can push you to reach your full potential.