It’s often during a period of motivation that we set goals we are sure will take us to unprecedented heights in our lives. However, that’s an entirely different feeling from the motivation that will help us put in the work to ultimately achieve those goals.
After creating a SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) goal, how can one find the motivation to start the journey toward the success? Here are five actionable ways to find the motivation to achieve your goals.
Look at Inspirational Resources
Take some time to look at inspirational resources and find words of wisdom that speak to you. If your goals are related to entrepreneurship, you may find that quotes from influential entrepreneurs give you the motivation you need to succeed. If your goals require gaining more confidence, look for words that inspire you to believe in yourself.
When you find a saying or quote that resonates with you, write it down and put it somewhere that you will see it every morning when you wake up, and every night when you go to bed. Use your inspirational resources to create a mantra.
Create an Action Plan
It’s not enough to say what you want to achieve; you need to know how to achieve it. Start with your end goal and work backward to the beginning. Identify what steps you need to take to achieve that goal, and what steps are dependent on each other. Continue to break down these steps into daily, weekly, and monthly tasks and assign due dates. Eventually, you will have a fully fleshed out action plan.
Having an action plan improves your motivation as it gives you small steps toward a larger destination, rather than trying to wrap your head around something substantial. It also helps you avoid procrastination.
Focus on Efforts Rather Than Outcomes
There are a lot of internal and external factors that can impact your ability to achieve your goals. As such, it’s better to focus on completing the steps of your action plan that need to be completed for you to reach the goal, rather than the goal itself. In doing so, you’ll be able to identify factors that are helping you or hindering you, and course-correct ahead of time; this will make your goal more achievable.
It’s also important to focus on all of your efforts despite the outcome to keep you motivated for future goal pursual. Appreciate the hard work that you put into your goal and be proud of the inspirational things you’ve accomplished.
Know Your Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivators
There are two general forms of motivation: extrinsic and intrinsic. In many cases, people start by using extrinsic (external) motivators to start their journey, before eventually switching to intrinsic (internal).
For example, someone might have a goal of losing 20 pounds because they want to look good in a particular outfit and feel that this is a necessary step. They may also be working overtime to get extra money for the holidays. Both of these things are extrinsic motivators. Over time, that person decides they want to exercise because they enjoy it and they feel better and that they want to work more because it helps them feel accomplished – these are intrinsic motivators.
By practicing self-awareness and knowing whether you are intrinsically or extrinsically driven, you’ll be more successful in identifying why you’re doing something and can reward yourself accordingly.
Make it Visual
Vision boards are a powerful tool that many goal-setters use to motivate themselves and provide a visual reminder of their path. They’re also a great way to artistically display any inspirational resources you discover while searching for motivation. Create a vision board that showcases what you’re working toward and reminds you why your goals are important to you.
By finding sources of motivation, you’ll be able to develop your dedication to a goal. Together, being motivated and dedicated is a recipe for success.