How to Find Your Goal Setting Motivation
Ok, so you have set your goals and feel determined to work towards what you want in life, but how do you maintain that goal setting motivation long enough to achieve them?
We feel all fired up at the start, and are motivated to work on tasks which will help us to attain our goal, then after a while life gets in the way and it can feel like a chore.
For example, you may have set a goal to lose a certain amount of weight and exercise four times a week. You are so motivated that you join a gym and stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables, banishing chocolate and cookies from the house.
For the first week or so, you completely change your diet and work out at the gym four times each week, then you might have a family crisis or work gets very busy and you start to miss a gym session here and there, and maybe grab a bar of chocolate for convenience… and before you know it you are struggling to find the motivation to set foot back into the gym and the cupboards are full of sugary snacks.
So what can be done to keep our initial goal setting motivation high?
It helps if your goal is very specific. The more defined and detailed it is, the easier it will be for you to visualise it.
If you want to lose weight, write down exactly what weight you will be, how you will look and feel at that weight and why you want to lose the weight.
If your goal is to own a particular car, write down the make and model you will own.
Write down exactly what you want; what colour will it be, what age, what features will it have.
You need to feel excited about your goal, and fired up when you think about it.
Some people find it helpful to find pictures relating to their goal; find a picture of the exact car you want to own, the vacation destination you want to visit, or a picture of yourself at your ideal weight if you have one.
If you have a goal that is less tangible, for example to change behaviour, find a picture which represents the goal.
You could make a picture board and place it where you will see it every day.
Put your goals somewhere you will see them often.
Read them at least once each day, close your eyes and imagine what it will feel like to achieve them; picture yourself sitting in that new car, smell the leather seats, imagine the sand between your toes as you walk along your dream vacation beach, picture yourself at your ideal weight, moving effortlessly and attracting admiring glances.
The clearer you can visualise achieving your goal, the more motivated you will be to work towards it on a daily basis.
Breaking your goal into smaller steps helps to keep motivation high; this keeps your mind focused and gives you constant mini goals to work towards.
Plan in a reward for completing each mini goal- treat yourself or go to see a show.
You can plan an extra special reward for achieving your overall goal; if you regularly have something to look forwards to this can help keep your goal setting motivation levels high, and you will be well on your way to changing your life.
Learn more about the power and benefits of goal setting when you read the rest of our information here about: How to Set Goals and Keep Them
This personal goal setting guide will help you to set and achieve your plans this year!
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