When starting out on your project, whether it’s to lose weight, start a business or getting that promotion that you’ve been dreaming about, it all starts with motivation. There needs to be a burning desire inside of you to achieve whatever it is that you have set your eye on. Motivation can be overlooked but it really shouldn’t be and one should be clear as to why they want whatever it is they want.

Anyone that has read any self development or goal oriented books knows that there needs to be a strong ‘why’ when choosing a goal and working for it. Lets dig a little deeper and find out why our ‘why’ is so important. Our ‘why’ depending on how strong it is will be the number one factor that keeps you going when going through those inevitable ups and downs when executing that plan to achieve your goal.

"If you want something you have never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done."

Thomas Jefferson

When doing something you have never done it will be an uphill struggle but your ‘why’ will help you keep your eye on the prize and will keep you going. When looking at why you want to achieve your goal you need to be specific, looking at a common example below we can see how it makes a difference.

When discussing goals with people almost everyone says without fail ‘I want to be rich’. While there is nothing wrong with that, you need to really define why you want to be rich. Ask yourself questions such as “why do I want to be rich?” or “what will being rich allow me to do?”. That is when you will realise that it may be that you can help your family members out or go travelling, it can even be something as little as you can buy yourself that car or home that you’ve been dreaming of.

Once this has been clarified you then have to research exactly what it is you need to achieve that. Today, we are lucky that we can find out any information we need in a matter of minutes, seconds sometimes! Once you have the knowledge of what you need you have to have a specific number and then you need to set a specific time so you hold yourself accountable. This needs to be a perfect balance between a realistic timeline and something that keeps you on your toes. So for example, “I want my new home in 12 months time, so I need to raise a deposit of £20,000 and bring up my credit score by 20th January 2018”. This is a clear cut goal that can be achieved by saving and sacrificing for the next 12 months, I would advise breaking this goal up into 12 little monthly goals to help keep you on track.

“Without a major purpose, you are drifting toward certain failure.”

Napoleon Hill

Being specific with the description of your goals will give you the opportunity to be able to implement a plan to achieve it. Imprecise descriptions will lead to an imprecise plan and from there there is slim to no chance of success, give yourself the best chance of making it work. A burning belief in yourself when looking at your plan and your goal is very important and that can only happen if you have something that ignites that flame inside of you.

Your subconscious mind is just as important (if not more important) in achieving your goal, so visualising your end goal daily in the morning, throughout the day and at night is very important. It can bring you peace when you need it most, as life can be very hectic and your goal will take a lower priority as life piles on. A written plan and perhaps a picture of your goal if possible is the perfect daily reminder.

A small recap of the steps you can start taking today

  • Decide what it is that you want
  • Get your ‘why’
  • Write down your goal, your plan (including short term) and the time to you have to achieve it (very important)
  • Visualise daily that you have already achieved it and how you would feel
  • Never lose sight of your goal and refer to your short term list daily

 

 

Keep your motivation levels up as you ride the rollercoaster success. Use the tips above to rev up your motivation as you start your journey. GSY