We all have our ups and our downs. Every goal worth accomplishing will have its difficult moments that cause you to consider throwing in the towel and walking away. However, those difficult moments are what will make the difference in your success. Being able to move past them and continue progressing towards your goal will not only further strengthen your resolve but will give you confidence to move past the failures and reach your destination. Here are 5 things that will help you do just that.
Remember How Far You’ve Come
“If I quit now, I will be back where I started, and when I first started, I desperately wanted to be where I am” – Anonymous
Think of your past self, think of how much he or she desired to reach the milestones that you have obtained so far. Your past self would have killed to be where you are now. Most of us take the progress we have made so far for granted because we have not reached our final destination yet. However, constantly thinking of how you have not reached your goal yet is actually counter-productive. Focus not on what you haven’t accomplished but on the progress towards your final goal that you have made.
Have A System Of Tracking Your Progress
Its true that progress doesn’t have to be tracked to be recognized by yourself and others, but that recognized progress is only seen when large milestones are achieved. Make it easier to achieve those milestones by creating a tracking system to archive your progress. You can track certain actions and achievements as small or as big as your want. Learning how to program? Track how many videos or lessons you completed that day. Trying to get better at day trading? Track your wins and losses for the day/week. Review your progress each week and month to give yourself an idea of how much you have accomplished so far.
Follow Other Successful People
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar
Motivation is something that comes and goes, just as Zig Ziglar once said, we need to find a way to renew our motivation tanks. One of the ways to do this is to look at other successful people and become inspired and excited for the possibilities. There is no reason that you can’t do what they do, and seeing that its possible and that someone is doing it should not deter you but excite and motivate you to keep moving. Who said that you weren’t meant to be as successful or even more successful as the person you are following?
Find A Group Of People With Similar Interests
“You’re The Average Of The Five People You Spend The Most Time With” – Jim Rohn
Having people who are doing the same thing you are doing or a little ahead of you is one of the most motivating things you can do for yourself. When you have a friend or a colleague that is working on his or her goals you naturally want to be as good as them or better. It is human nature to want to fit in. Find a group of people that push you to be better and that have the same interests as you. Don’t settle for people who don’t motivate you to better. You would not only be wasting your time but the level of motivation you would have for working hard at your goals would greatly diminish because the standard that the people around you have eventually will become your standard. Websites such as www.Meetup.com is a great place to find like minded who are passionate about what they do.
Read A Book!
Here at DP Library we are all about reading books, but one of the underlying positives of reading a good book is the motivation it will bring to your life. Pick up a book related to your interests or one that teaches ways to improve your quality of life. My personal favorites are biographies or those who are successful such as “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future” by Ashlee Vance which tells the journey of one of my favorite Entrpreneurs, Elon Musk. Books such as these give you a peak into the ways successful people think and help motivate you to mimic them.
Know Your ‘Why’
Your ‘Why’ is what gets you out of bed in the morning. It is what pushes you do that those last couple sets on the bench. Your ‘Why’ is what will you will fall back on when you become unmotivated. Remember why you are doing what you are doing. Is it to create a better life for yourself? Your kids? Your girlfriend or wife? Or maybe its to achieve freedom and travel the world? Whatever it is, it has to be strong. A standard that I go by is ‘Your why should make you cry’. What I mean by this is that when you think of your why, think of not accomplishing what you want to accomplish, would it make you cry? Would it make you cry if you were stuck at a 9-5 job for the rest of your life and at age 65 you still didn’t have enough to retire? Ideas that are strong make a lasting impact and motivate you to keep moving forward because you know the alternative is not an option you want to take.
I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Like and share if you did and let me know your thoughts. What are some ways that you use to stay motivated that I didn’t mention here? Remember to keep reading guys!