It is very easy to say “I’ll get to it later” or “I’ll set a reminder on my phone” and then that very thing you set out to accomplish somehow disappears. I know because I am a victim of this same sabotaging and negligent behavior. It’s easy to say you’re going to do something but it can be very challenging to actually do it. Here are five tips to help motivate you to get it done!
1. BE HONEST with yourself.
Be honest with yourself about what it is that you are wanting to accomplish. What is the inner reason? Are you doing it because you should be doing it or are you doing it because you actually want to do it. Whether it is a professional or personal goal, really understand what the benefits are of accomplishing this goal. If it does not benefit your personal growth and make you feel good, don’t commit to doing it!
2. SET A REALISTIC DEADLINE.
It’s easy to get excited about a goal you are passionate about. However, it is equally important to set a date of completion that is honest. If you know you cannot lose 10 pounds in 30 days, set a goal of 45 days or even 60. Do what works best for you.
3. FOLLOW THROUGH.
There is reason why your parents, and their parents, and their parents say “Be a man/woman of your word!” One of my mentors who is 82 years old, tells me everytime I see him, “You are only as good as your word!” If you cannot keep your own promises how can you be expected to follow through for someone else?
4. HAVE SUPPORT.
You are only as good as your team! Of course we all take pride in working hard and accomplishing difficult tasks on our own. But picture having the emotional support from those who love you. It feels better. It feels great! Imagine how much easier it will be to finish the race if you have true supporters on your side.
5. GIVE YOURSELF A REWARD.
It is very common for overachievers to finish one thing and then begin something else right away. Take a second to look at what you have accomplished. No matter the level of adversity, every completed goal is a success. Get a massage, treat yourself to lunch, do something for you. After all, you deserve it!