Every one of us is an expert in setting up goals. We decide that we’ll do a handful of different things. And as the month ends, we’ll nail all those, plus a million more. Sounds like a stratagem, right? But the harsh reality is that it’s much easier to set goals than to achieve them. It all comes down to MOTIVATION! It’s difficult to keep the fire lit but the way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
It’s important to do some things in a day to keep yourself motivated. So, we thought of suggesting you 12 things that you SHOULD do to keep yourself inspired whole day long. Neither it’s going to be easy nor is it going to be quick. But we bet that it’ll be worth it. And the contentment of achieving even a single goal in a day can fill up your stomach.
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1. List down your goals for the day.
To keep a crystal clear outlook, write down the goals and reasons you want to achieve them. The goal can be anything. It can be to get fit or to be able to do third-floor walk-up without gasping.
Writing down your goals will force you to clarify what you want and put you to thinking why you want it. It will motivate you to take action. Writing your goals down is only the beginning. Articulating your intention is important. The only antidote is to maintain a list of written goals to evaluate new opportunities.
Written goals are like mile-markers on a highway. They enable you to see how far you have come and how far you need to go. They also provide you an opportunity for celebration when you attain them.
Inspirational and motivational quotes are cited by many, but how to imply them in your life is as unique as the people who quoted them. Reading even a single quote a day can move you from inside. Tomie de Paola said, “Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything”. Try reading one inspiring quote for a month. And you’d yourself notice the positive change it’d bring to your mind and how satisfied you’d become, mentally.
3. Treat yourself.
Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you know you did something good then reward yourself. It could be anything. A chocolate or a book or anything you like. Don’t wait for others to appreciate you. If you can’t love and respect yourself, no one else will be able to make that happen. ACCEPT WHO YOU ARE!
4. Challenge yourself every now and then.
Monotony can be quite depressing. Make sure you are on the go. Give yourself options. Try to do something that might not be easy for you but can help you strengthen yourself. Challenge yourself everyday with something or the other. If you’re not a mind game kind of person, try solving a Sudoku. It had motivate you to pick up different things at times.
5. Inspire yourself.
Drawing motivation from others is a good idea. Write a nice quote or thought for the day every day. Watch motivational and inspirational videos of how people made it through their worst, there are plenty on the web (trust me). You can also keep a journal of real life heroes you know and their struggles and how they faced it to draw inspiration every time you are down.
6. Quit bitching about how tired you are.
The world doesn’t care about your problems. No one cares how tired you are. The only thing that matters is that you complete your tasks of the day even if you are full of prostration. Remember, we all face obstacles. But how we deal with those obstacles out-stand us and determines how successful we can be in life. Did you by any chance catch that? It was the secret to life!
7. If you’re around people right now, go tell one of them how much you appreciate him or her.
When you appreciate others, especially those who are important in your life or to your organization- it’s like putting grease in the gears. Gratitude is happiness. And happiness is motivating. And trust the line, that when you compliment or make the other person happy you are motivating yourself from both, inside and outside. Be grateful about every person you have in your life. A person can be a lesson or a blessing. It’s important that you appreciate the little things in your life. They are what we will remember and appreciate when we reflect on days gone by. Appreciate that life is made up of moments.
8.Look for complicity.
People usually find it hard to get motivated by their own. Every one of us need a shoulder to cry on and someone who can push us forward and remind us what our goals are and why is it important to accomplish them. If you have a partner with whom you share some of your goals or aspirations (spouse, friend, colleague etc….) you’ll be able to support each other.
9. Take your time.
Time is a special resource that you cannot store or save for later use. Everyone has the exact same amount of time each day. But what counts is that how we use it to complete our daily tasks. Time not well used cannot be retrieved. Time management helps you to set up your priorities.Be realistic in your planning. Decide wisely that how much time a particular goal needs. Do not finish tasks in much less time than they actually need.
10.Stop thinking in terms of fear.
Fear is harmful. It not only drains and exhausts but also keeps you unmotivated. A negative goal isn’t something you can keep on. Living in fear sucks. We’re all guilty of thinking in the negative instead of the affirmative. We’re busy not wanting things. That’s fine and normal, but there’s no action associated with not wanting something. That’ll just keep you on the couch, doing nothing.
11.Keep it to just one.
You can’t focus yourself if you’re not focused on a specific goal. Break it down into small pieces as much as possible. If you have a ton of things on your to-do list, sometimes it becomes daunting and end up putting the list away and tackling it later. But if you have one thing on that list of yours, that’s doable. It’s doable and you can focus on it- spreading yourself over a dozen won’t do you or your goals justice
12.Surround yourself with positivity.
World is full of misanthropes. They’ll give you handful of baseless reasons why you shouldn’t do a particular thing or accomplish your task. You could say ‘Tomorrow I’m going to eat healthy’ and you’d be able to find someone who would bet you $20 you won’t do it. For your betterment, it’s good to avoid these people. They’re sullen and do not deserve your attention.
A positive attitude leads to happiness and success, can change your life and motivate you. If you look at the bright side of everything, your whole life becomes filled with light. This light not only affects you but also how you look at the world. It affects your environment and the people around you. If this attitude is strong enough, it becomes contagious. It’s as if you radiate light around you and are carrying your own light.