By Dr. Jill
If you get frustrated and mentally stressed by your inability to stay motivated when you're pursuing a goal, here's a proven way to kick-start your motivation.
In a way—goal accomplishment can be compared to driving your car.
You can push down on the gas pedal as hard as you wish—but you won't move forward if your other foot is planted solidly on the brake. To get going, you first need to take your foot off whatever is putting the brakes on your motivation.
You know what it feels like to be "stuck." And you also know that once your motivation weakens, it can be tough to get re-motivated. This is often the "missing link" in goal attainment.
But getting motivated and staying motivated is really only a question of developing a winning strategy. Once you know how, it becomes second nature!
So what can you do when you just can't seem to get yourself in action?
A Strategy that Works
1. First, I identify one thing I can do right now. It really doesn't matter how small that one thing is. I just start somewhere—usually with shortening my "to do" list to a "short list" of five things I KNOW I can accomplish today!
Because let's face it: If we start out with a to-do list of tough tasks as long as our arm, we're setting ourselves up for failure.
2. Next I select one thing on my "short list" that I feel capable of starting and completing right now. Let me give you an example. Every so often I find I have collected such a huge pile of papers, books and notes on my desk that the clutter is driving me to distraction. I can't find anything.
The first item on my "short list" is to organize my desk.
I put away any books I'm not actively reading or using. Then I sort those piles of paperwork into three piles: Discard, file and take action. All the paperwork then goes into the trash can, a "to be filed" folder or a "hot pile."
I have now started and completed one very important task!
2. Then I tackle item #2 on my short list. This item is usually to organize my "hot pile." My technique is to divide these items into separate folders labeled:
As I do this, I always find some items have such low priority they get tossed or are added to my to be filed folder.
This is easy to do, and I always end up with a great sense of accomplishment.
Try This Simple Approach
Don't put yourself under pressure. Even a tiny step forward is still a step forward. And each one will move you away from that uncomfortable feeling of overwhelm and motivational paralysis.
Take It To the Next Level
This is a very powerful way to dramatically improve your goal achievement results.
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