How to Get Motivated to Achieve Your Goals – Part 1

How to Get Motivated-1How do you get motivated to achieve your goals? It’s challenging to stay focused and motivated on your goals when life throws hurdles in your path. It’s easy to get off track, lose sight of your goals, and feel unmotivated.

Motivation keeps you focused, pushes you beyond any initial barriers, and keeps you on track toward success. With the right type of motivation, you’ll develop a more positive attitude, which will cause you to take the necessary steps to reach your desired outcome.

Motivation is the determination that drives you to stick with something and continue in the face of adversity. Without it, goals are much more difficult or even impossible to achieve, as people need the energy and inspiration to really go after something they want.

The good news is that cultivating motivation allows for confidence building as well. Having an “I can do it” attitude allows you to overcome any doubts that hinder success, and provides a sense of pride when reaching milestones on your journey.

Understanding the importance of motivation is critical for making sure all your dreams become a reality.

In this 5-part series, we’ll look at five ways to get motivated to achieve your goals. Here’s the first way to get motivated: 

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#1: Reassess Goals to Ensure They Are SMART

The first step to getting and staying motivated is to ensure your goals are SMART. A SMART goal must be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. A SMART goal will provide clear direction and help you stay focused. Do take a few minutes to review your goals and make sure they are SMART.

Don’t set yourself up for failure by attempting an impossible task that you are unwilling to break down into achievable steps, nor forget to equip yourself with what’s needed to see success at the end of the journey. Instead, take a few moments before starting your adventure to ensure that your objectives aren’t too intimidating and that all the necessary components are within reach to ensure a successful outcome.

After all, you would never expect a surgeon to successfully complete an operation without the right tools. But, just like a surgeon, you need the right tools and resources to successfully achieve your goals.

Don’t go into it expecting to succeed without having first equipped yourself with the required items. Goal setting helps you figure out what you need to achieve your dreams. It’s imperative to know what you want, know what it takes to achieve it, and set yourself up for success by doing what you need to do – or finding someone to do it for you when you can’t.

If education or training is necessary for what you are trying to do, don’t overlook taking courses at school or through online learning programs such as Udemy, LinkedIn Learning, and other platforms. Investing time into learning more about what it takes gives you an advantage over those who haven’t taken this step and may even open up different opportunities.

Ensuring that you have all the right tools and resources set up beforehand allows you to focus on your objectives and gives you a better chance of realizing success. So don’t let yourself down by going for goals that aren’t possible or ones where you’re unwilling to properly equip yourself. Instead, plan ahead and make sure you’re ready for whatever challenge comes your way.

Let’s look at an example of a SMART goal, one that outlines someone who wants to lose weight in the next three months:

  • Specific: I want to lose 12 pounds in three months.
  • Measurable: I will measure my progress by weighing myself twice a week.
  • Achievable: My current diet does not support this goal, so I’ll need to make changes such as eating fewer calories per meal, eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, and exercising four times a week.
  • Relevant: It will improve my overall health and energy levels.
  • Time-bound: I will reach my goal within three months of starting my journey.

 

Here’s another example of a SMART goal. This one outlines someone who wants to start a business:

  • Specific: I want to start my own business within the next year.
  • Measurable: I will track my progress by writing down weekly tasks and milestones to launch the business.
  • Achievable: I will seek out resources such as mentors, professionals in my field, and funding options to support me along the way.
  • Relevant: This will empower me to take greater control over my financial destiny.
  • Time-bound: I will reach my goal within one year of starting my journey.

 

Setting a specific target with measurable progress, ensuring that the goal is achievable given the resources you have now, making sure it’s relevant to what you truly want in life, and creating a time frame for yourself, will keep you committed and motivated toward achieving success.

Download the Goal-Setting Brainstorming Worksheet HERE.

Goal-Setting Brainstorming Worksheet

Stay tuned for 4 more ways to get motivated to achieve your goals.

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