Motivation – 5 Steps For Achieving And Maintaining It

Written on:December 12, 2012
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If you feel stuck in a rut or perhaps are just not achieving the goals you set quickly enough, then perhaps you are suffering a lack of motivation.  Contrary to popular opinion, motivation isn’t something that just appears, or is easy to come by.  It’s something which must be worked on, and that’s the beauty of it; motivation is something that can be worked on!

This article is the 5 top steps that I take to get motivated towards achieving my goals.  Whether I have a goal with my health, career, family life, whatever, I know that I can use these steps to propel myself forward.

The more you work on your level of motivation, the more motivated you become

1. “Picture It” For Motivation

Create a picture board and fill it with images of the goal. Be it the car you want to own, the house you want to live in, the area where you want to live, your level of health, vitality, strength.  Use this board as a cue for where you are going to be once you achieve this goal.  The key to this visualisation of the goal is that you really need to put yourself in that place.

Spend some time picturing yourself in that car, living in that house, exercising the way that you want to be capable of.  If you work on this, you can train your brain to recognise where you want to be.  It’s a powerful tool that I use often.

2. Write It Down To Achieve Motivation

Once you have the goal visualised, then take the time to do a simple (yet also challenging) task to again condition the mind towards that goal.  Write a list of 100 reasons why you desire this goal.  Write down what you’ll gain physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually as a result.  This can take some time, and your mind will try to stop you completing the task.  It’s your minds way of resisting change, don’t let it happen!  Writing down 100 reasons will relay to your subconscious that this is extremely important to you, and you’ll condition it to work towards that goal.

An example of some items in the list could be (I’ll take being able to run 10k as an example):

  1. I’ll sleep better because I’ll be fitter
  2. I’ll have more energy
  3. I’ll have more motivation
  4. My physical appearance will improve
  5. I’ll have more time spent outdoors

On and on you go.  Please execute this one completely it’s very powerful.

3. Manage Your Time

Start to appreciate the value of time. Time is one of the most precious resources you have and it is also a NON RENEWABLE resource. You can either use it fully or squander it.

If you want to create change you’’re going to have to invest a lot of time to make it happen. Start to reduce the time you waste on irrelevancies: Television, newspapers, lie-ins, weekends spent shopping, partying, dining out. These won’t help you get what you want and all of them will rob time from you. Valuable time that you can use much more effectively by investing it in YOU.

Remember this: You have a finite amount of time here on Earth. You don’t know how much time you have;– no one does. But it’s how you use the time you have that counts. So make your time count and that means starting from right NOW.

There are many resources available on how to manage your time.  I plan to write an article on how I manage my time but for a start please check out:

4 Set Goals

It’s something that we all know that we should do, but do you know why?

Goals are the back channel to the subconscious.  What we are trying to achieve is to get the conscious mind to let the subconscious what we are really after.  The subconscious is there to keep you safe, and to do so it will do all it can to maintain the status quo.  We need to reprogram the mind to let it know that where it’s at now is not ok, and that we are moving towards something else.

Goals are the back channel to the subconscious

Plenty of articles are out there on the way that we go about goals.  I too will weigh in on this subject in a later post however for now I suggest that you have a look at this post on SMART goals:

Set your goals and let the subconscious do it’s part in pushing you forward!

5 Taking Action Increases Motivation!

Sounds simple, right?  NO!!!  If it were simple, then everyone would do it…

Action is where many of us fall down.  It’s fine to have your picture board and your goals.  You could be talking to your subconscious through the back channel, but for what?  There’s still the human element that we need to overcome to supercharge our motivation.  At the point we need to take action, something “gets in the way”.  It could be anything such as:

  • I don’t have time
  • If I change my peers won’t like me
  • Sacrifices will have to be made
  • What if it doesn’t work?
  • What if it does work?

We all make excuses.  Initially action most likely won’t be a problem.  The first four steps will have you pushing forwards with serious motivation.  It’s what happens when we have a bad day that really counts.  Something gets in the way, like sickness, rain, injury, whatever.  These are the moments when we must push forwards.

Allowing yourself off the hook opens the door to doing it again and again.  Each time we fail to act, we make it easier for the next time.

Take action each day if possible.  It might be a small thing, it might be large.  Either way you are still heading towards the goal, and maintaining that state of motivation.

Finally, the process of these five steps needs to continue as you work towards your goal.  Not sure why you’re trying to be motivated?  Check out the 100 reasons.  Or write them again (great idea!).  It’s a process, stick with it, take small steps, and your motivation will follow.

No Days Off!