Embrace strategies that make your goal more achievable.
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Instead of sticking to dream goals it is better to set a life Direction.
How to figure out a Life Direction? Ask yourself these fundamental questions:
Our surroundings play a key role in shaping our motivation and willpower.
We should keep in mind that we normally choose what is easy for us, instead of what is good for us. For example: If we have a stock of chilled beer lying in the fridge, we are more likely to drink it rather than having something healthy.
Keep assessing and reviewing your progress towards the goal, constantly checking upon yourself and providing self-feedback.
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.
If a goal is too hard or too easy there is a chance it won't be accomplished. The trick is to work on tasks that are on the edge of our current abilities.
Keep tasks challenging but not impossible, and you will remain invested in them for long.
Determine and plan in advance all the critical parts of your goal, and break it down in small, actionable tasks.
The small, divided tasks keep you motivated by providing a feeling of progress on a daily basis.
External rewards (like compliments, fitting into a smaller size, or winning a race) might get a person started but it won't last in the long-term.
During the new year, our birthday or even the start of a school year, most of us have a feeling of a fresh start, a new beginning.
These 'fresh start' moments provide us with a temporary motivation to pursue our goals.
Devote at least 15 minutes a day to your change.
Even if it’s just a walk around your neighborhood, one less cigarette, reading an inspirational article, do it. Mix it up, too. No one wants to be stuck doing some tedious workout regime.
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