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How To Develop And Sustain Your Motivation (Part Four)

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MoHow  Posted By  Dr. MO  Creating and maintaining motivation are the keys to achieving anything in life and then sustaining the achievement. It is this motivation that plays a crucial part in helping us maintain momentum through thick and thin. The momentum I am referring to is the energy we require to create, regain, and sustain our efforts to move forward and upward in life. To have this energy we need to learn and practice a range of skills, and use a number of tools to motivate ourselves.

Yesterday, I shared three Motivators. Today I am continuing with two more, and in the days to come I will continue to offer more suggestions….

Motivator Eight: Create sub-goals
Big or long-term goals are often overwhelming. After a short times, we may lose motivation, because we still have such a long time until we accomplish the goal. The fact is, It’s difficult to maintain motivation and maintain momentum for a a long time.

The solution is creating smaller sub-goals. For example, in running, you may have a training plan leading up to a big race that is six months away. So, aim at smaller races every two to four weeks, and train for each race to keep yourself motivated. Or, on an even smaller scale, set a goal just for one week, and another just for today, in terms of your training. And you can even  set smaller goals for each mile when you are out training.

This strategy can be used with any goal. a goal that is broken down into many smaller ones, rather than one big one that can only be reached off in the distant future, is one you’re more likely to reach. If you want to be debt free, eliminate one small debt at a time.
Once you’re done with each sub-goal, reward yourself. Then you set aim for the next one. When you achieve enough of these, you will be well on your way to your larger goal.

Motivator Nine: Patient Thinking

When you think about accomplishing something important, think long term. If your goal is weight loss, you may see some quick initial losses, but it will take a long time to get to your target, and maintain it. If you want to become more physically fit , you won’t be able to do it this month. If you don’t see the results you want overnight, don’t quit … give yourself time. As you proceed, be patient and appreciative of your progress, and of your perseverance. .

Being patient is not easy for a number of reasons… we expect quick results, and instant gratification is what we’ve grown up with. We expect quick results in everything we undertake.. dieting, fitness training, or self-improvement initiatives.

Being patient is a key skill, a way of thinking, you need to have in order to stay motivated. Use it if have it, develop it if you don’t.

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2 Responses to “How To Develop And Sustain Your Motivation (Part Four)”

  1. Jason Ellis @ AA February 3, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    I’m a HUGE advocate in creating, subgoals – I’ve been living by this principal for a long time as I’m one of “those people” that gets bogged down by now accomplishing that bigger goal asap. Crossing the little goals off my list refuel my ambition and gives me the strength to push on and stay focused on the big picture. Thanks for reminder that I’m doing it right hehe.

    • mo February 8, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

      You are welcome Jason. I have visited your site and really like what you are doing. – Dr. MO

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