How to motivate yourself to succeed?
As defined by the dictionary motivation is:
A reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way.
So with that said we conclude that, we all need a reason or reasons ( the carrot ) in order to get motivated. Now, I am going to replace the word reason with the word GOAL or GOALS.
Motivational speakers, psychologists and philosophers down the ages, all agree and insist that in order for you to succeed, you must set your goals before you set sails.
Success is the progressive (consistent action) realization of a worthy ideal (goal). -Earl Nightingale
Your ship must follow a predetermined rout to reach it’s destination. Earl also said:
All you need is the plan, the roadmap and the courage to press on to your destination.
Who can or should motivate you?
I am sorry if I am stating the obvious, but you will be surprised how many people think that somebody should have motivated them, and they blame their failure or lack of motivation on these people, be it, their parents, teachers or even friends and spouses. You will not get motivated and succeed unless you totally understand that:
The only person that can and should motivate you is YOU!
When nobody else celebrates you, learn to celebrate yourself.
When nobody else compliments you. then compliment yourself.
It’s not up to other people to keep you encouraged (motivated).
It’s up to YOU.
Encouragement (motivation) should come from the inside. -Joel Osteen
You must be the person you have never had the courage to be. Gradually, you will discover that you are that person, but until you can see that clearly, you must pretend and invent. -Paulo Coelho
Why you should set goals?
When you live your life without goals, you will be running on a treadmill, routine sets in, there is no aspirations and life becomes repetitive and somewhat boring. You become quite reactive, you don’t do anything because you want to but because you find yourself in a place where you should. It becomes a cycle.
Without Goals and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination. -Fitzhugh Dodson
One effective way of changing this and breaking the cycle, regaining control over the events of your day to day activities and eventually your life, is to set goals. When aiming for something, it structures your life and it gives all of your actions a different meaning, and when you achieve some of the goals the rewards become the fuel enthusing you to do more and more. You become proactive, creating events and not just responding to them.
A dream written down with a DATE becomes a goal.
A goal broken down into STEPS becomes a plan.
A plan backed by ACTION makes your dreams come true. -Greg S. Reid
How to set your goals?
Your dreams, desires and everything that you want to have and happen in your life should be on your goal-list. You will need few goal-lists, short-term goals, long-term goals, give them deadlines and most importantly make them SMART:
Specific: define it exactly and specify it clearly. Look at the difference between having a goal that reads like this: ‘I want to start an online business.’ and one that reads like this: ‘Today I want to build an online business by joining Wealthy Affiliate, learn and start an affiliate website selling affiliate products or services.’
Your goal must answer the following questions:
What is it exactly that I want? Build a business. Where? Online. How and with whom? By joining Wealthy Affiliate. When? Today. Why? Learn, start a website and sell affiliate products and/or services.
Measurable: measurable goals can shaw you exactly what it is that you want and can help you really define it. Example: joining Wealthy Affiliate is not measurable, but joining WA, starting on the certificated course, signing up to affiliate programmes, choosing a niche and building the first website, is measurable.
Attainable: this is often mistaken for as if it was asking you to make your goals humble and small, NOT AT ALL. This simply means that your ROI(return on investment) is really worth it. It wants you to think if the costs involved, and that includes your time, skills, effort and money will be rewarded with the profit that it deserves from achieving this goal.
There is nothing impossible if you know a way to make it happen.
Relevant: is this goal relevant to you? Are you set for being an entrepreneur? Do you want to work from home? What is it you want to achieve by reaching this goal?
Timely or Time-Bound: aim for a time frame by which to reach your goals, be it short or long term. The deadline by which a goal to be reached must be reasonable and flexible, you do not want to find yourself fighting against the time. That would be hectic, stressful and could lead to quality or standard to drop and that is something that you want to avoid at all costs. In order to add value, you will need to have enough time allowed for you to reach your goal.
Your state of mind
In the opening paragraph we defined motivation as it is in the dictionary. I would like to go back to that and remind you that the word ACTING, is the most important one in this whole article. Everything you dream, wish or desire will always remain as such until you ACT ON IT your ACTION is the only thing that will bring it into being, consistent action.
Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. -Dale Carnegie
The other thing that is crucially important when you prepare to set your goals is your state of mind:
you must be in a positive relaxed state of mind.
Nobody is born a warrior, in exactly the same way that nobody is born an average man.
WE MAKE OURSELVES INTO ONE OR THE OTHER. -Carlos Castaneda
So make today the day you take that crucial step and come in to check what wealthy affiliate got to offer. It will not cost you a penny and it could make you a fortune:
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