Force yourself to do things
Our mind has muscles. It memorizes patterns. By doing this over and over, you're building your willpower and self-discipline.
Forcing yourself to do things that you don't feel like doing (but you know you should be doing) is a habit you can learn.
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Writing things down is a way to reinforce to our subconscious what we want. The more we tell ourselves what we want to achieve, the more likely we are to take action.
Start with the habit of tracking your goals because tracking your goals is making a commitment to those goals.
Focus on the feeling you feel after doing something that you know is good for you.
Rewards can keep us motivated. And if a reward can keep us motivated for 30 days, then we might have successfully changed our habit by then too. Pick a healthy reward for yourself.
Instead of tracking your goals yourself, you can ask someone you trust to keep you on track with your goals. This can be a sibling, friend, partner, or even a professional such as a life coach or a personal trainer.
They can be your source of motivation and inspiration.
While we set our personal goals, we make the common mistake of setting a 'destination goal', focusing on the end result, without considering the hardships and daily challenges.
When a few hindrances and setbacks come, we are easily abandoning the set goals too.
During the first week of the new year, there is a rush of motivated people who want to achieve their respective self-improvement goals. But then all this rush always tapers off, with only about 8 % of people actually managing to achieve their goals by the end of the year.
Self motivation is the ability to drive oneself to take initiative and action to pursue goals and complete tasks. It’s an inner drive to take action — to create and to achieve. It’s what pushes you to keep going on tasks, especially those you’re pursuing because you want to, not because someone told you to.
When reaching for a big goal, self-motivation plays a key role. But making a change in your life requires persistence, and many of us find it difficult to stay motivated over time.
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