Doing so allows you to better adjust your plans to unforeseen events and be more efficient. It also gives you a sense of progress which works as a motivation tool.
A deadline is a way to make a dream more concrete—which is what thinking big is about. A deadline also creates a sense of urgency that motivates you to take action.
Set a deadline to your goals and if you get stuck, ask yourself what’s the worst that can happen if you don’t do it.
Imagine all the steps you can to achieve your goal and accept that you may never see the full path. The important thing is to do the next right thing today.
Find out what are the necessary steps to achieving your goal. Start with the dream and work backward so you can better identify needed tangential tasks.
Before you start pursuing it, ensure you know why the goal is important to you, what achieving it will enable and the risks and benefits of doing and not doing it.
Your rationale will provide the intellectual and emotional power to persist when difficulties arise.
This is the act that transforms a dream into a goal.
Writing down your goals forces you to clarify what you want, motivates you to take action, helps you overcome resistance, and gives you a way to objectively measure your success.
Give yourself permission to dream. Imagine yourself being successful at what you’re working on or even the best at it.
Henri Poincaré, the father of chaos theory and the co-discoverer of special relativity, relates his own discovery. "the idea came to me, without anything in my former thoughts seeming to have paved the way for it.”
The Irish mathematician, Sir William Rowan Hamilton, had a similar epiphany while strolling by the Brougham Bridge. He was so delighted that he stopped and carved the defining algebraic equation into the bridge.
Experiment with them and find which one better suits you.
Create your own system for working from home. What works for other people might not work for you.
Intrinsic motivation is necessary for creative work. We need broad thinking, so we can come up with innovative ideas and see new connections.
Extrinsic motivation narrows our thinking by focusing on getting the task done so we can earn the reward. It's providing you an external incentive to work hard.