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 described two Motivators. Today I am continuing with two more , and in the days to come I will continue to offer more suggestions….
Motivator Three: Support Group
It’s between difficult and impossible to maintain momentum in an initiative on your own. Being part of a support group, whether on-line or off-line, will help you stay the course.
Any time you join a group, it will help you keep going. Not only will you meet other people who are either going through what you are going through or who have already been through it, it’s a place for you to check in and connect. Group members provide great advice, moral support, and help keep each other committed when anyone wants to quit.
On-line there are many such groups or forums. Don’t be afraid to join (after doing some research) and say hello, introduce yourself, and ask questions. Post your progress. If you are having problems, say so, and ask for help. Keep coming back, and you will stay motivated.
There are also off-line, real-world, versions of these groups, for many different goals, from losing weight to quitting smoking to quitting alcohol and more. Look for such a group in your area and give them a call. A combination of online and off-line groups also works.
Post a picture of your goal someplace visible — near your desk or on your refrigerator, for example.
Motivator Four: Visualizing
Seeing your desired outcome, exactly how you think it will be when you’ve achieved it, whether it’s a financial a goal like seeing your child graduate from university, or fitness goals like finishing a marathon or getting a flat stomach, is a great motivator and one of the best ways of actualizing your them.
Find a magazine photo or a picture online and post it somewhere where you can see it not only daily, but hourly if possible. Make it your desktop photo, or your home page. Use the power of your visual sense, your imagination, to keep you focused on your goal. Because that focus is what will keep you motivated over the long term — once you lose focus, you lose motivation, so having something to keep reminding will help keep that motivation.
Another idea is to create a dream scrapbook, or collage, with clippings of photos or drawings of your own of each of your goals.
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