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Motivate Yourself (Come On… You Can Do It!)

Do you need help motivating yourself to reach your goals? You say you want to make a change to reach your goals, but your actions say that you just want to sit on the couch and watch television. Many of us know exactly how you feel.

Motivating yourself can be hard. And if you throw anxiety and uncertainty in to the mix, it can be difficult to take that first step. But don’t fear, you can get off that couch. Yes, it will take a little work, but you can motivate yourself.

Being proactive takes practice. You can learn how to set goals and how to be successful. Regardless of whether you are trying to figure out how to get a loan, get a degree, or wash the car, here are seven strategies to help you along the way.

Seven Strategies to Help Motivate Yourself

  • Respect yourself and focus on the positive.
      • Remember to respect yourself and stay focused on the positive aspects of your goals. By focusing on the positive you are able to create a clearer and more specific vision of the goal you desire. Also, the more enjoyable you make the process, the more likely you will follow through and reach your goals.
  • Fake it till you make it
      • Staying motivated can be difficult when you are not confident in what it is that you are doing. You gain confidence through experience. To build the confidence you need to stay motivated, try acting like you’ve already accomplished whatever it is you are trying to do. Just remember to be realistic – you want confidence in your ability to succeed, not false confidence in skills you haven’t yet developed.
  • Visualization
      • Another valuable technique for building confidence is visualization. Visualize yourself being successful at doing whatever it is that you are trying to motivate yourself to do. The more realistic you can make this visualization the more it will serve to increase your confidence. Some people will even cut pictures that represent their goals and paste them around to remind them to keep focused on what they want.
  • Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want.
      • Fear can be a huge motivator, but if you focus on fear you can end up paralyzing yourself and not try anything new. Set positive goals that are concrete. The more detailed you make the goals the better you will be able to determine what steps are needed to succeed.
  • Break your goals into smaller goals.
      • The next step is to break that big goal up into small manageable and specific goals. These smaller goals are the individual day-to-day building blocks that lead to the success of the larger goal. Be prepared that some of these smaller goals might not be fun, so stay focused on the positive, find ways to make them enjoyable, and remember why you are doing them.
  • Get motivation from others.
      • Others can help motivate you to reach your goals. Let some friends know what you are trying to do, and use their support as motivation when things get rough.
  • Just do it.
      • Endlessly planning without ever acting is a form of procrastination. Once you have outlined your goals and carefully considered your plan of action, it is important that you go for it. Don’t get stuck in the planning process.

Learning how to motivate yourself and set goals takes practice, but over time they can become developed skills, so keep at it. Progress can be hard to see and can come in spurts, so remain patient, be diligent, and don’t be hard on yourself when the going gets rough. Remember that you can!

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