In order to follow your dreams and reaching your goals, it is utmost important to stay motivated. Easier said than done, right? I have had countless situations of where I had so much ambition of achieving something, but as always, procrastination got the best of me; from learning Spanish to playing the guitar- I have only learned the basics of Spanish and ‘Hablo muy poco Espanol’ (which means, I speak very little Spanish and for the guitar… well, I think I managed to play an intro of a Linkin Park song.
I have realized a lot of us, tend to start something, but never finish it. You join the gym, but never go; you start creating something and yet again, you don’t finish- the list goes on and on. So, I decided to make a list of how to stay motivated, in order to get shit, actually done.
Write it down:
Yes, I know. You have heard a million times, but it is because it actually works. Seriously, categorize your goals and dreams according to your life, work, social and training. It is important to find a balance in your life to enjoy it to the full. Whether it is a promotion at work, that dream house, being invited to that exclusive party or reaching your goal weight you are aiming for- write it down and then write down your steps on how you are going to achieve it. Tackle one task at a time, don’t start with a lot at once as you will get demotivated because you feel too much pressure. Baby steps.
Steer away from negative people/ thoughts:
Surround yourself with optimistic and driven people that want to get stuff done, their positive energy will soon rub off on you.
Always stay positive and encourage yourself. If you want people to believe in you, you will have believe in yourself first. Another way of getting rid of negative thoughts is to (yes, again) write it down and throw it or burn it, whatever you like; research has shown negative thoughts written on paper can be seen as objects and if you throw it out, you get rid of the negativity.
Encourage others to follow their dreams and reach their goals as well- encouragement goes a long way. You don’t always have to be the encourager, but they can be motivated from your actions. This can also be a way to ensure you do what you set out to do for a day, because you know that what you are busy doing is inspiring others. Inspiration often lies within us.
List your accomplishments:
It is important that you keep track of what you have achieved, so that you can look back on it and realize how far you have actually come and why you should not give up.
Often, after many accomplishments people lose sight and forget the reason why they are actually doing what they are doing. Always stay your true self and morals. Don’t do anything that could deprive you from your standards in order to get what you want- if that is the case, maybe it isn’t meant for you.