A Special Note
I love to learn new things by reading and listening to books and articles. They have been extremely helpful and inspiring to me and my growth as a person. My words here are written with the hope that they find a way to inspire others to go after what they want just as I have been inspired.
Doing what is familiar is the easiest thing you can do but doesn’t lead to much personal growth. We grow stronger when we step outside of our comfort zones and make ourselves vulnerable.
Maybe there is something that you’ve been wanting to do: Start a business, begin a new hobby, become healthier through your diet and exercise. Regardless of what it is, I think it’s always important to remember that we have extraordinary powers and abilities as human beings. If you can find a way to take that first step, you’ve already crossed over a big hurdle.
My personal belief in how to continue progress with a new endeavor is by utilizing two motivational techniques.
- Remember What You Want
- Reflect On The Progress
The first technique
It’s easy to lose sight of the things we truly want when our days are packed with commitments and activities. However, remembering what you really want is a powerful motivational tool.
There are a variety of techniques to help us remember. The best method for each person depends on what the end goal is and what is effective for him or her. It might take some tinkering to figure out what is optimal for you.
Personally, reminding myself of what I want and why I want it is helpful. I try to create a vision of what it would be like once I have achieved that particular goal, and this helps me find belief that it’s possible. How motivated can we really expect to be without having a clear vision of what we are trying to accomplish and actually believing that we can achieve it? With a clear vision, we are capable of achieving extraordinary accomplishments.
The second technique
It’s easy to feel distraught when working towards a goal if you’re not where you want to be or don’t feel like you’re making much progress. In moments like this, I try to reflect on what progress I have made already.
Even when we are actually growing and making progress towards something it’s easy to let it go unrecognized or unnoticed. Our brains are not equipped to notice small differences, so it’s often difficult to see any changes even when we are getting a little better every day.
By reflecting and taking time to recognize the progress we have made we can feel like we have momentum. This serves as a second powerful motivational tool to continue on the path you want to achieve your goals.
Regardless of the outcome, even if you just take that first step, 99% of the time it’s still better than taking no step at all.
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