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How To Stay Motivated And Achieve What You Desire

July 3, 2018

The key to achieving what you desire lies in staying motivated. This can be extremely difficult at times, especially when dealing with complex tasks and big projects.

So how exactly do you overcome this struggle? Here are several ideas you can try to stay motivated no matter what your goal is.

How To Stay Motivated And Achieve What You Desire


Set Goals

Let’s assume for a second that you have already set a goal or goals. If not, then it’s the first thing you need to do before even starting to work on your motivation.

If you feel overworked, overstressed and like you are not getting anywhere particular in your life, what you may need to do is set some goals. And setting goals also requires a certain dose of awareness for what you want in life.

Think about what you want to achieve and write down your goals on a piece of paper. Or anywhere where they can be accessed easily.

Goals should be SMART.

SMART means that the goal should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound.

For example, instead of saying “to sign up for a fitness class” your SMART goal should be “sign up for a cardio class by the end of this month”.

See, here your goal was specific (you opted for a cardio class), time-bound (you will sign up for it by the end of the month) and it’s attainable as well (the first step is to sign up).

Remember, goals turn dreams into reality.

Create a Long Term Vision and Set Short-Term Goals

Goals are great when it comes to creating a long-term vision for your life.  But setting long-term goals is not the wisest thing you could do.

If you’re wondering why let’s take a look at a few examples.

  • “I want to run a Marathon this year”.
  • “I want to write a book”.
  • “I want to move to another country”.

There’s nothing wrong with these goals but if you look at them like this, you most likely won’t be able to achieve them. They seem complex and difficult and like most people, you will most probably quit very quickly.

You should set short-term goals. They are easier to achieve, they allow you to start small and they keep you more motivated to continue. Small goals lead to bigger ones.

Instead of saying “I want to write a book” you can choose to “Write 500 words every day”. Instead of “I want to run a Marathon this year” you can choose to “Run 20 min 3 times per week” for example.

This sounds less scary and intimidating than your initial goal. And since short-term goals are time-bound they are more likely to give you a boost in motivation.

Another reason why setting short-term goals is better is because life circumstances change.

Sure, you may set goals for the next 5 years of your life, but your wishes may change 6 months from now.

Being open to what life brings your way may cause to feel less unhappy.

Now, set some short-term goals but don’t share them with anyone.

Talking about your goals to others will make you less likely to achieve them.

Instead, keep them in the hiMoment app, which also allows you to track your progress over time and give you an additional motivation and happiness boost.

Stop Procrastinating

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We all procrastinate from time to time.

However, if it becomes chronic, it can delay achieving our goals.

Instead of wining and punishing yourself for procrastinating, acknowledge it first and then decide to take an action.

Decide on your most important thing that you want to achieve for the day and focus on it.

Procrastination comes in many different forms – whether you have 30 tabs open in your browser, coming up with excuses not to do something, lying on the couch etc.

The best way to come out of this vicious circle is to decide to do something for a set period of time.

For example, if you want to write, set up a timer for 15 minutes and do it.

Just commit for those 15 minutes and then stop.

After 15 minutes you may find yourself wanting to write more since you’ve gained a momentum.

Apply this to the most important thing of your day.

Another good rule is to break big tasks into small ones.

Don’t look at the end goal as it will probably make you nervous.

Do small chunks and set to-do lists for bigger projects.

Do The Opposite Of What You Usually Do

If you spend too much time in front of the screen because of your job, try to schedule some time for physical activity.

Go on a walk or join a running club or a fitness class. Whatever you fancy.

Walking is not only great for health, but it has been found that it can also boost motivation and creativity.

When you do any kind of physical activity, your body releases feel-good chemicals called endorphins, which give you an additional boost of happiness.

The change of scenery is absolutely necessary if you want to avoid burnout.

Similarly, if your job is somehow related to being more physically active, schedule some time to learn something new. Sign up for a class or read books.

Try to spice up your days with some new activities that can boost your creativity and motivation.

Watch TED talks

TED Talks are a fantastic source of information, inspiration and motivation.

You can find videos on every possible topic and ideas shared by some of the world’s greatest minds.

The site also has a lot of resources on motivation itself.

Check out their [href href=””]playlists[/href] as you will surely find something interesting there.

Learn How To Get Better At Organization

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In order to accomplish your goals easier, you need to be well organized.

And one of the best ways to become better at organization is to set up a system that works best for you.

One of the really great ones is known as the “Eisenhower box”.

The box consists of 4 possibilities;

  1. Urgent and important (tasks you should do immediately)
  2. Important, but not urgent (the most important one; you can set up to-do lists for this)
  3. Urgent, but not important
  4. Neither urgent nor important

If you want to learn more about this system, check out this great article [href href=””]here[/href].

Another very simple thing to do is to plan your day the night before.

Write everything you need to do and stick to the plan.

Writing this down will make you more motivated to do what you’ve set and will also stop you from forgetting to do things.

Practice Gratitude

Practicing gratitude is extremely important when it comes to staying motivated. If all you think about is just reaching the end goal, you won’t enjoy the journey which is far more important.

Set up goals and celebrate small wins.

You can even add them in [href href=””]hiMoment app[/href]and revisit them at any time.

Once you see a visible progress, you will feel more motivated to continue because the each step will matter.

The small wins will ultimately lead you to your main and most important one.

Switch Off

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One of the biggest secrets to increased productivity and motivation is taking time off. Yet, so many people don’t utilize this in the best possible way.

More than half of Americans haven’t used their vacation last year.

If all you do is work, the motivation will wear off quickly.

Same goes for your productivity and effectiveness.

Take some time to switch off. Visit a new destination or take a nature vacation close to your home.

Stefan Sagmeister has a really great [href href=””]TED talk[/href] on this topic that you should check out.

Don’t forget to check our post on [href href=””]how to avoid stress at work[/href] as well.

Be positive

If you’re positive about the future, you’ll feel more motivated to work towards your goals.

It’s possible to create such environment for yourself, but it does require some work from your side.

The most important thing is to stop chronic complaining. Try to replace negative information with more positives ones.

Your surroundings can seriously affect the way you feel and think. It’s very rare to see uplifting news in the media nowadays, because the negativity sells.

Limit your time on news sites and social media and look for inspiring and positive information.

Spend time with positive people.

They are the ones who will lift you and support you.

Choose not to engage in negative conversations. But also, try to avoid the negative self-talk that goes in your head.

Don’t forget that we all make mistakes, but it’s important to take some key lessons from them and stop repeating them in the future. Here’s [href href=””]how to forgive yourself and move on[/href].

Track your progress

Tracking is very important because it shows you where you stand at the moment and helps you lay out a plan for where you’d like to be.

Setting a baseline and measuring your progress can make you more motivated in completing the goal.

If for example, you’d like to walk 10,000 steps a day, you can set a baseline of 3,000 steps per day and work from there.

Tracking will remind you of your progress and keep you focused on working towards your goal.

hiMoment allows you to track your progress by creating a collection which you can fill with every small victory.

If you’re ready to start, you can download the app [href href=””]here[/href].

Reward Yourself

What better way to motivate yourself than to reward yourself!

Long-term goals can be disheartening because the progress might not be visible from the very beginning.

Treat yourself with something upon completing a challenging task.

Take a weekend trip, go see a movie, or go to your favourite restaurant.

Just don’t forget about the balance.