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No matter how ambitious or humble our goals, we cannot reach them without motivation. Motivation is the thing that keeps us going, even when the obstacles seem to mount and the way forward is unclear. While many people recognize the value of motivation, they are not always able to generate it at will.
However, there are steps you can take to increase your motivation to complete tasks and reach your personal goals. Inspire My Life women’s programs offer many ways to motivate yourself to reach almost any goal. Here are a few ideas to get you started on your way to a better, more fulfilled life.
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Break Big Tasks into Smaller Jobs
One of the biggest motivation robbers is frustration at the size of the task before us. While a global view and long-term goal can be valuable, most of us function best when we use the “salami” approach—slicing big jobs into small, manageable pieces. It is motivation-sapping to consider de-cluttering the entire house, for example; however, most of us can handle one closet in an hour or so.
To gain motivation, tell yourself that you will complete only one job at a time. You can even set a timer to keep you on task and motivated to finish before the bell rings. The same approach can be used in our professional lives as well. Once you have completed that job, put the project away until tomorrow or even later in the day. You will be surprised how much you accomplish with this simple system.
Take a Long-Term View
While a long-term view can sometimes feel overwhelming, it is important to keep your end goal in mind. If you want to lose weight, for example, focus on the next five pounds, and reward yourself when you reach that goal, but also keep a “long-term” weight loss goal in mind.
It may help to make a chart with your long-term goal at the end so you can monitor your progress toward your end goal. At least once a week, review both short- and long-term goals to help you stay on track.
One thing that saps motivation is rigidity. If something is not working, try something different! Motivation thrives on change, so if you aren’t finding the success you’d like with one approach, be prepared to try another method. Do you find that you are always dealing with piles of laundry that were washed yesterday? Try something new. For example, you could put an alarm on your phone for when the dryer is done and make it a habit to fold your laundry while it’s still warm. This also helps with taking your task a step at a time, rather than dealing with a bulk load of laundry once all your loads are done! Write down your thoughts and how your efforts work out. Scour resources for ideas on things that have worked for others and give them a try. With Pinterest and blogs these days, there’s no reason not to find a creative solution!
Review Past Successes—and Set Yourself up for More
The chances are that you have had more success than you realize. Begin jotting down your “success stories” and review them when you need an extra lift.
Along with reviewing past successes, take the time to make your work space amenable to getting jobs done quickly and efficiently. Ten minutes spent preparing can save you hours of motivation-sapping frustration later.
Use Motivational Tools
Music, motivational writing, and even conversations with friends can inspire you to work harder and longer. Find the tools that motivate you and use them regularly.
A community of caring and supportive friends can motivate you to succeed despite occasional setbacks. Rely on your network of supporters when you need additional motivation and provide support for others when you can.
You can achieve motivation and accomplish anything you want to do. Inspire My Life women’s programs support you in your motivational activities. Inspire My Life is built on the premise that with the right motivation, tools and resources women can accomplish their personal and professional goals and make their lives more meaningful.
What Gives YOU Motivation?