The Ultimate Guide to Motivation – How to Achieve Any Goal

Do you want to achieve a project? Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to get up early? Do you want to work out more? Well, the answer to all these questions is MOTIVATION.

"Motivation is what drives you toward a goal, what keeps you going when things get tough, the reason you get up early to exercise or work late to finish a project. The best motivation, then, is a way for you to really want something, to get excited about it, to be passionate about it."  

Very powerful sentences, with so much meaning. I extracted them from an excellent article  that I just read regarding motivation. I certainly recommend you all to read it (click here to read article).
In this article, the author proposes eight ways to motivate yourself from the beginning

  1. Start Small
  2. One goal
  3. Examine your motivation
  4. Really, really want it
  5. Commit publicly
  6. Get excited
  7. Build anticipation
  8. Print it up, post it up
Once you have started, then, you have to keep your motivation. This is what the author calls "the second half of motivation".  In my opinion, this is the most difficult part because it is so easy to find excuses or reasons to give up.

But, the second half of motivation is crucial simply because it is what keep yourself going when you don’t feel the same excitement as you did in the beginning. Without the second half of motivation, you can't achieve your goal. So, the author of the article proposes 20 ways to sustain your motivation:
  1. Hold yourself back
  2. Just start
  3. Stay accountable
  4. Squash negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones
  5. Think about the benefits
  6. Get excited again
  7. Read about it
  8. Find like-minded friends
  9. Read inspiring stories
  10. Build on your successes
  11. Just get through the low points
  12. Get help
  13. Chart your progress
  14. Reward yourself often
  15. Go for mini-goals
  16. Get a coach or take a class
  17. Never skip two days in a row
  18. Use visualization
  19. Be aware of your urges to quit, and overcome them
  20. Find pleasure again
Try some of these tips, and let me know whether or not they helped you to achieve your goal. And remember, if it doesn't work the first time, don't give up, just continue trying!

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