Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Top Ten Motivators for realizing your goals

Procrastination is the bane of any society. If you need to do a specific thing, you have a tendency to find numerous excuses to put the thing off. Most of the goals that a person sets for himself remain unrealized because he tackles those goals in an unrealistic manner. Here I will list Top Ten Motivators which might help a person to work consistently towards realizing his/her chosen goal.

BREAK YOUR GOALS DOWN
  • Most goals are abandoned because they are too big and vague.
  • Break your goal down into smaller tasks.
  • Choose a concrete and measurable action.
  • Have a solid idea of what successful completion looks like.
COMMIT 15 MINUTES A DAY
  • You don't have to commit hours at a time to accomplish a goal.
  • The greatest advances are the sum total of a series of small efforts.
  • Commit to spending just 15 minutes a day.
  • Do something that moves you closer to accomplishing your goal
DEVELOP A MANTRA
  • Repetition is the mother of success.
  • Remind yourself of your goals every day.
  • Turn your most important goal into a one-sentence affirmation.
  • Phrased as though you have already accomplished your goal.
  • Repeat regularly and it becomes your natural way of thinking.
FIND A FRIEND
  • Try to get friends to help out with your project.
  • Offer to reciprocate and help your friend in return.
  • Two can get more done in a shorter period of time than one.
  • You hold each other accountable to accomplishing your goals
LET PEOPLE KNOW YOUR PLANS
  • Make yourself accountable by telling others of your plans.
  • They become interested in your progress and check in with you.
  • Inspires you to keep going and overcome your obstacles.
PAINT YOURSELF INTO A CORNER
  • The worst deadline you can set for yourself is "this year".
  • Too vague, too broad, and too much room for slacking.
  • Make a commitment to someone else to add some pressure.
  • Knowing that others are counting on you often gets you going
PUT IT DOWN ON PAPER
  • If you write a goal down, it is more likely to come to fruition.
  • You invest time and energy writing your goals down.
  • Putting goals on paper makes you more committed to the outcome.
  • Plus it's therapeutic to cross items off when they are completed.
REVIEW YOUR GOALS REGULARLY
  • Ask yourself some hard questions about each goal.
  • Ask why you haven't made more progress and what's in your way.
  • Ask if the goal is still important to you.
  • If your priorities have changed, drop it from your list.
REWARD YOURSELF
  • As you plan your goals, attach a specific reward to each.
  • The reward should be commensurate with the amount of work.
  • Be consistent about rewarding yourself for every accomplishment.
  • Each completion deserves a reward, no matter how small.
TAKE TIME TO ENJOY YOUR SUCCESS
  • Take time to acknowledge the fact that you accomplished a goal.
  • Don't simply charge into the next task or you will burn out.
  • Remember the time and effort you invested.
  • Savor the feeling of completion.
  • Refresh and renew your enthusiasm to continue.

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