Maintaining motivation for self-improvement is difficult for some people. Resolutions from last year are easily forgotten. But, the New Year offers chances for a new beginning. So, how do you stay motivated to accomplish these resolutions, and avoid another year of neglected goals?
When setting your resolutions for the future, try to identify the results you really want, rather than what you think you should want. This point is important, because if you’re not pursuing what you really want, you are headed in the wrong direction.
Start out by choosing three areas of your life that need to change or improve. It can be anything from generating more income, creating more personal time, taking your business to the next level, or attracting a new relationship.
Write them down so that you can envision how they interact with each other. The big picture helps to identify the steps needed for success in each one. It also helps in sustaining your motivation to accomplish each step.
Now write down goals for each area, dividing them in small, manageable steps. This list should be kept somewhere accessible, because changes and updates help keep it relevant. Keep the following suggestions in mind as you focus on your destination:
- Do whatever it takes to make it happen. Concentrate your attention on the destination you wish to reach. Be sure that what you choose aligns with your purpose and passion so that your commitment is strong. If you’re not fully committed, take another look at your list. Chances are you have picked areas that are misaligned with your heart.
- Focus as if you had already finished each task. Create a course of action under each item that leads to its completion. Make a list of thirty day promises. Break down each action into steps that can be completed. Remain focused on the small steps. At the beginning of each month, check for progress, and address any roadblocks that pop up.
- Do at least one small step each day. The sense of accomplishment helps keep you on track.
- Reassess your total progress about every sixty to ninety days, to determine what’s working and what’s not, so that you can make needed adjustments.
- Create a motivation strategy by listing people and things that provide a needed incentive. Include things you will do when you become discouraged or distracted, and use the tools you have to stay motivated and focused.
- Identify those thoughts that cause avoidance, stalling, or sabotage the process. Ignore the excuses that threaten to stall progress.
- “I don’t have the time.” Time issues are really about how you schedule your time, rather than trying to find more time. We all have the same 8760 hours in a year to use. Are you making choices that improve the quality of your life, or ones that add more problems and stress?
- “I can’t afford it.” Find a way to make things happen that are aligned with your list. What do you think it might be costing you to use this excuse? Money, peace of mind, or your dreams?
Review your vision for the year. Put your focus on the destination, and eliminate those distractions that contribute to your success.
Once you create a motivation strategy, it is much easier to stay committed. Keep adding things to it, so it expands, and reflects those things you really want.
By working on personal development, feelings of frustration and disappointment slowly disappear. Identify your attitudes and behaviors. Invest your time, energy, and resources to get to know yourself well. Look at who you are, and why you do what you do. Having the courage and determination to invest in self-reflection is critical to achieving success and fulfillment.
As you progress, keep at it, and go deeper. Be willing to discover things about yourself that are hidden more deeply inside. The answers you seek are within you.