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Tips To Become Self-Motivated in 2017

Tips To Become Self-Motivated in 2017

Although people will search for external stimulation, true and sustainable motivation must come from within. Learning to motivate yourself is the most important way to ensure success. Self-motivation is something many claim to have, however few can perform to the highest of standards without incentives from others. You have direct control of your engagement as your “will” is the the starting point for all of your success. Here are some questions and answers from an established sales professional that will help you self-motivate yourself in 2017 and beyond.

What are the most valuable tips and tricks that most influenced you, your friends and family recently?

Set realistic goals for yourself both personally and professionally. With that said, put together a list of your main priorities each day and goals for each week and each month. The simple fact that knowing what you are trying to achieve makes getting there more attainable and realistic. Make sure your goals are manageable and within reach, or you may risk setting yourself up for disappointment or burning yourself out.

How would you illustrate your life hacks so that people will buy into them and apply them in their daily lives?

Each goal should have a beginning, middle, and end. The end being was the goal achieved, yes or no. The beginning should be the set-up while the middle is the action to achieve the desired result. Again they should be realistic and attainable so you’re not set up for failure. Life hacks only work if they assist you in reaching your goal in less than the normal time it takes. Since time is the most valuable commodity, by saving time, your given a gift to spend doing other things that will assist you in reaching other goals or frankly spending that as you see fit. The gift of time is precious and should not be squandered as we’re all given the same 24 hours in a day. What you do with the time is what makes the difference.

How are they different from tips and tricks suggested by other articles online? If they aren’t different, how would you present them to make them unique?

They are different since they are very straight-forward. Most people offer advice and make it complicated so it sounds fancy. This is binary, you either achieve your goal or not. Success is not a halfway endeavor, you need to be “all in,” otherwise you will not get what you truly desire. The motivation industry is a multi-billion dollar-a-year machine as they make money hand over fist charging thousands of dollars for seminars. Yes some may provide value, however, it all begins and ends with you. Save your money and go for the realistic goal, achieve that said goal, and enjoy the win. Then from there go after a larger goal with an acceptable time frame. Success does not have a watershed moment like you would think. It’s a daily grind that pieces together many small wins to influence a larger result.

Summary

Follow the habits of other successful people. For instance, Dr. Monica Tadros, is a Park Ave Facial Plastic Surgeon. She evaluates exactly how much time she needs to spend with each patient in order to achieve the best clinical outcome, while making sure she make time for all of her patients. A strict businessperson’s mentality is not far off from a surgeon’s as it requires diligent focus to get the job done. Dr. Tadros’s values her time as well the time of her patients which is the right formula for success for her practice and business. Becoming self-motivated takes discipline and these steps will help get you to success. Remember, self-motivated people are valued, so learning to push yourself will supply you with a great asset. After you have achieved your goals, you can begin to inspire others to do the same.

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15 Reasons Why You Can’t Achieve Your Goals

15 Reasons Why You Can’t Achieve Your Goals

The truth about many of our failed goals is that we haven’t achieved them because we didn’t know how to set and accomplish goals effectively, rather than having not had enough willpower, determination, or fortitude. There are strings of mistakes standing in our way of accomplished goals. Fortunately for us, we don’t have to fall victim to these mistakes for 2015. There are many common mistakes we make with setting goals, but there are also surefire ways to fix them too.

Goal Setting

1. You make your goals too vague.

Instead of having a vague goal of “going to the gym,” make your goals specific—something like, “run a mile around the indoor track each morning.”

2. You have no way of knowing where you are with your goals.

It’s hard to recognize where you are at reaching your goal if you have no way of measuring where you are with it. Instead, make your goal measurable with questions such as, “how much?” or “how many?” This way, you always know where you stand with your goals.

3. You make your goals impossible to reach.

If it’s impossible of reaching, you’re simply not going to reach for it. Sometimes, our past behavior can predict our future behavior, which means if you have no sign of changing a behavior within a week, don’t set a goal that wants to accomplish that. While you can do many things you set your mind to, it’ll be much easier if you realize your capabilities, and judge your goals from there.

4. You only list your long-term goals.

Long-term goals tend to fizzle out because we’re stuck on the larger view rather than what we need to accomplish in the here and now to get there. Instead, list out all the short-term goals involved with your long-term goal. For instance, if you want to seek a publisher for a book you’ve written, your short-term goals might involve your marketing your writing and writing for more magazines in order to accomplished your goal of publishing. By listing out the short-term goals involved with your long-term goal, you’ll focus more on doing what’s in front of you.

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5. You write your goals as negative statements.

It’s hard to reach a goal that’s worded as, “don’t fall into this stupid trap.” That’s not inspiring, and when you’re first starting out, you need inspiration to stay committed to your goal. Instead, make your goals positive statements, such as, “Be a friend who says yes more” rather than, “Stop being an idiot to your friends.”

6. You leave your goals in your head.

Don’t keep your goals stuck in your head. Write them down somewhere and keep them visible. It’s a way making your goals real and holding yourself accountable for achieving them.

Achieving Goals

7. You only focus on achieving one goal at a time, and you struggle each time.

In order to keep achieving your goals, one right after the others, you need to build the healthy habits to do so. For instance, if you want to write a book, developing a habit of writing each morning. If you want to lose weight and eventually run a marathon, develop a habit of running each morning. Focus on buildign habits, and your other goals in the future will come easier.

Studies show that it takes about 66 days on average to change or develop a habit.[1] If you focus on forming one habit every 66 days, that’ll get you closer to accomplishing your goals, and you’ll also build the capability to achieve more and more goals later on with the help of your newly formed habits.

8. You live in an environment that doesn’t support your goals.

Gary Keller and Jay Papasan in their book, The One Thing, state that environments are made up of people and places. They state that these two factors must line up to support your goals. Otherwise, they would cause friction to your goals. So make sure the people who surround you and your location both add something to your goals rather than take away from them.

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9. You get stuck on the end result with your goals.

James Clear brilliantly suggests that our focus should be on the systems we implement to reach our goals rather than the actual end result. For instance, if you’re trying to be healthier with your diet, focus more on sticking to your diet plan rather than on your desired end result. It’ll keep you more concentrated on what’s right in front of you rather than what’s up in the sky.

Keeping Motivated

10. You get discouraged with your mess-ups.

When I wake up each morning, I focus all my effort in building a small-win for myself. Why? Because we need confidence and momentum if we want to keep plowing through the obstacles of accomplishing our goals. Starting my day with small wins helps me forget what mess-ups I had yesterday, and be able to reset.

Your win can be as small as getting out of bed to writing a paragraph in your book. Whatever the case may be, highlight the victories when they come along, and don’t pay much attention to whatever mess-ups happened yesterday.

11. You downplay your wins.

When a win comes along, don’t downplay it or be too humble about it. Instead, make it a big deal. Celebrate each time you get closer to your goal with either a party or quality time doing what you love.

12. You get discouraged by all the work you have to do for your goals.

What happens when you focus on everything that’s in front of you is that you can lose sight of the big picture—what you’re actually doing this for and why you want to achieve it. By learning how to filter the big picture through your every day small goals, you’ll be able to keep your motivation for the long haul. Never let go of the big picture.

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13. You waste your downtime.

When I take a break, I usually fill my downtime with activities that further me toward my goals. For instance, I listen to podcasts about writing or entrepreneurship during my lunch times. This keeps my mind focused on the goal, and also utilizes my downtime with motivation to keep trying for my goals.

Wondering what you can do during your downtime? Here’re 20 Productive Ways to Use the Time.

14. You have no system of accountability.

If you announce your goal publicly, or promise to offer something to people, those people suddenly depend on your accomplishment. They are suddenly concerned for your goals, and help make sure you achieve them. Don’t see this as a burden. Instead, use it to fuel your hard work. Have people depend on you and you’ll be motivated to not let them down.

15. You fall victim to all your negative behaviors you’re trying to avoid with your goals.

Instead of making a “to-do” list, make a list of all the behaviors, patterns, and thinking you need to avoid if you ever want to reach your goal. For instance, you might want to chart down, “avoid Netflix” or “don’t think negatively about my capability.” By doing this, you’ll have a visible reminder of all the behavior you need to avoid in order to accomplish your goals. But make sure you balance this list out with your goals listed as positive statements.

How To Stop Failing Your Goal?

If you want to stop failing your goal and finally reach it, don’t miss these actionable tips explained by Jade in this episode of The Lifehack Show:

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Bottom Line

Overcoming our mistakes is the first step to building healthy systems for our goals. If you find one of these cogs jamming the gears to your goal-setting system, I hope you follow these solutions to keep your system healthy and able to churn out more goals.

Make this year where you finally achieve what you’ve only dreamed of.

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