MOTIVATION FOR LONG TERM SUCCESS
Motivation isn’t always hard. It’s actually “easy” when someone else is doing the motivating for you ( business coach or partners). We are pretty much on our own trying to stay positive and focused on reaching a goal, motivation is “elusive” and hard to maintain for the long term. Here are encouraging messages and motivational tips to help you stay on track.
TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME.
Looking too far into the future can be dangerous. Looking too far ahead at what is not yet a reality can set unrealistic expectations that can create frustration that can get in the way of your long term success.
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVITY.
When you surround yourselves with positive people, positive talking, and positive thoughts, you can accomplish great things! Not only is a positive attitude uplifting, it attracts great things to great people. Positivity acts like fuel to the efforts that go towards your goals. Surround yourself with positive and supporting people and build your library of positive thoughts and affirmations. They are ammunition against “giving up” on your goals!
CREATE A VISION BOARD.
A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific goal. It is any sort of board (physical or electronic) where you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do, or have in your life. These are powerful tools that effectively help you to: 1)Identify your overall vision and give it clarity, 2)Reinforce your daily affirmations (and positive thoughts about yourself) 3)Keep your attention on your intentions and promises you keep to yourselfMAKE S.M.A.R.T. (SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ACHIEVABLE, RELEVANT, AND TIME BOUND) GOALS.
The latest research indicates that the simple act of setting goals improves our experience and our performance. It also shows that we are happier when we are progressing towards our goals. Setting goals helps us focus on what we want. Outlining SMART goals, more effective goals, is the best way to ensure success!
When you achieve something great (even when you achieve something small) feel free to reward yourself! It doesn’t have to be anything big or significant, but you have to do something that celebrates your achievements. You need to remember what victories you’ve made along the journey to motivate you to continue to the next “check point”.
BELIEVE IN YOURSELF.
If you don’t believe in yourself (and your ability to succeed), you’re likely to have a very poor self-image and thus low self-esteem. Imagine trying to reach a goal if you feel horrible about yourself. You end up with less desire to improve, don’t have that die-hard motivation required to make the necessary lifestyle changes for long term success. By knowing that nobody is perfect (and truly believing it), you can focus on yourself, and know without a doubt that you deserve unconditional self-acceptance, self-respect, and self-love. Learning to rely on yourself and believing you are capable of achieving your goals will make a huge difference with any challenge you take on.
ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR POSITIVE ATTRIBUTES.
For the most part, we are all “our own worst critics”. It’s easy to point out negative attributes. Highlighting positive attributes and characteristics can be really hard. You might not have trouble recalling positive qualities, but you may feel uncomfortable thinking about, talking about, or writing about the positive qualities you have. You might consider it as conceited or arrogant. Regardless, in order to promote a balanced evaluation of yourself, it’s okay to notice and acknowledge your positive aspects, and to behave like someone who has positive qualities and who is deserving of happiness and joy.
RECOGNIZE YOUR PROGRESS.
Recognizing your achievements will ensure you get a chance to celebrate what you accomplish along the way and helps you maintain a positive attitude. When you take on a goal, that is destined to take several months to complete, it is very hard to stay positive knowing the end result is so far away. Identifying forward movement and progress is motivating and reassuring each step of the way.
VISUALIZE ACCOMPLISHING YOUR GOALS.
Before you can believe in a goal (and that you can truly achieve it), you first need to have an idea of what it looks like. Visualization, a technique for creating a mental image of a future event, is incredibly powerful in staying motivated and pushing someone to reach their goal. When you visualize your desired outcome, you begin to “see” the possibility of achieving it. You catch a glimpse of what is your “destined future”. When this happens, you are even more motivated to pursue your goal.
BE KIND TO YOURSELF.
When you pursue a goal, many of you will put a lot of pressure on yourself to be “perfect” and are harsh judges every step of the way. This only adds more stress and negative consequences that make reaching your goal virtually impossible. To maintain a positive attitude, be kind to yourself. Say, “It’s okay to be exactly as I am right now.” Whatever you’re doing, whatever you’re feeling, whatever results you’re getting – none of it matters. Remember, you won’t create change with force. You’ll create change with love and acceptance. That means being kind to yourself about where you are right now, but knowing you will reach your goal with persistence over time.
DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS.
At some point you compare yourselves to others and gauge where you are based on what you observe them doing. This is never a winning scenario. More often, you compare yourself with someone who you perceive as being, having, or doing more. This just leaves you coming up short. Ultimately, you want to know where you fit into the scheme of things and how you measure up. Instead, redirect the comparison to your past and a present self and measure your own progress over time.
Work towards becoming the best version of YOU! Work hard, stay focused, and choose wisely!!