3 Ways To Stay Motivated On the End Goal
When people engage in goal setting and begin a new endeavor, they commonly are filled with excitement and motivation. As time passes, however, enthusiasm can wane and the individual working toward the desirable end can lose sight of the goal completely. When goal-setters lose their motivation, they run the risk of getting completely off track. It’s vital to fight through and bring the end goals back into sight, since without a set plan these objectives will almost certainly not be achieved. Regardless of the nature of the goal, be it completing a rigorous online MBA program or trying to stick to a fitness regimen, there are a number of ways to maintain motivation and keep the prize in sight.
1. Post visible reminders
As the old adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. When trying to stay motivated, pictures can actually prove highly useful. If someone is trying to lose weight, he can improve his chances of success by prominently posting pictures of fit and trim people he would like to look like. Seeing photos of strong, healthy individuals on a regular basis can help replace a loss of interest with feelings of inspiration and renewed incentive.
Similarly, an individual working to obtain a job in a competitive industry may find it easier to keep sending out resumes if she creates a Photoshopped image of herself dressed as she would were she working in that industry. It also helps to post the likely humorous—though surely motivational—picture next to the desk where she toils away while trying to obtain this job.
2. Commiserate with others
When struggling to reach an end goal; it’s easy for an individual to feel as if she’s the only one trying to get to that place. In all likelihood, however, she isn’t as alone as she may feel. Struggling individuals can improve their chances of success by spending some time talking to others traveling the same course. If, for example, a student trudging through a years-long academic program speaks to others following a similar academic plan, these people can commiserate over their shared experiences. The opportunity to speak to someone who is familiar with the academic process and is dealing with the same challenges can make reaching the end goal seem more possible and help both parties realize they’re not alone in the battle.
3. Break down the process
Losing sight of the ultimate goal is most common when working through a long and complex process. The longer it takes to reach a destination, the more time available to lose sight of it. Individuals striving toward an overly complex and long-term goal may find it easier to get where they want to go if they break down the process into smaller steps. If, for example, trying to complete a multi-year master’s degree program, it’s more useful to look at what will have to be completed during each year of schooling instead of thinking about the whole process at once. Zooming in and looking at details can make the whole complex task seem much more attainable, decreasing the likelihood of becoming discouraged and quitting before reaching the end.
For individuals to get where they want to be in life, goal setting is a must. Setting these objectives isn’t enough, however. In fact, the setting of the goal is the easiest step in the equation. No matter how well intentioned a person may be when he initially engages in the goal-setting process, if he doesn’t keep his focus on the thing he’s trying to achieve, he’ll never bring his dreams to fruition. By integrating these simple tips into practice, however, goal-setters can substantially improve the chances of making their dreams a reality.