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Motivation is the driving force which enables you to stay committed towards attaining your goals. It plays a key role in your overall development and success. However, sometimes you’ll find yourself lacking that excitement that you had when you started working on your goal. Perhaps you screwed up along the way and got discouraged, or there’s something new in your life (a new relationship, job etc.) that’s taking away your time and attention from your goal. Irrespective of what’s causing your lack of motivation, it’s still possible to keep going until you eventually accomplish your goal.
Here are some useful tips that can help you in maintaining motivation:


Write Down Reasons Why You Want To Achieve Your Goals 

Without the right motivation, it’s not easy to achieve anything. Because of this, it’s very important that you put in writing the reasons why you want to achieve your goals. This greatly helps your brain to process those goals and reinforce your acts towards making them real.

 Just Start 

When you’re not motivated, your negative inner voice will give you countless reasons why you shouldn’t do what you’re supposed to do. If you’re trying to lose weight for instance, it will tell you how you’ll never be slim because your whole family is fat, or how ugly you are so losing weight won’t make a difference. Don’t listen to your critical self. Even if you don’t feel like doing anything, just change into your exercise outfit and get out of the house. When you get to the gym and see the way others are determined to lose weight, your enthusiasm will come back naturally and you’ll find yourself exercising as well.

Set Short-Term Goals That You’re Sure You can Achieve 

Feeling overwhelmed and discouraged while pursuing long-term goals is natural. But you can get your enthusiasm back by breaking down whatever you’re trying to achieve into smaller actions, which you can complete within a short time i.e. an hour or so. If losing say, 50 pounds is your long-term goal, try jogging for just for 10 minutes per day when you’re unmotivated. When you’re done, reward yourself. Do this consistently and soon you’ll achieve anything your heart desires.

 Chart Your Progress 


There’s nothing as inspiring and fulfilling as cancelling tasks as you complete them. That’s why you should keep track of how you progress with your goals. As you place more check marks on your to do list, you’ll definitely feel motivated to go on until you finally achieve your goals.

Keep Looking At The Big Picture 

Last but not least, remind yourself continuously why you’re doing what you’re doing. For instance, if you’re goal is to get promoted at work to enable you purchase a bigger home for your family, keep that picture in your mind always to help you stay motivated.

Learning to Ignore Negativity

As long as humans exist there will always be negative people. It is therefore crucial to teach ourselves how to drown out the negativity that will put a damper on all our efforts to succeed and attain our lives' goals. We have to learn to cancel that noise of negativity. As we set out to make something of our lives, there will always be persons telling you that you are not intelligent enough, that you lack sufficient money, connections or resources.

Negativity may also come from within us. Our minds can nurture and cultivate negativity, causing us to doubt our self worth, talent and capacity to succeed. Surrounding ourselves with negativity multiplies the pain of failing. The fear of failing may hold us back from cutting a path to success.

We can learn how to ignore negativity and break through our self-imposed glass ceilings by observing the following:

First step – Understanding the “Why”

No matter how much negativity is around you, the most important thing is to focus on why you want something or have a certain goal. If you lack strong reasons for having certain goals, it will be difficult to overlook negativity or even prevail over past pain and failure. If your 'why' is sufficiently strong you will be hard to stop. Work out the reason you desire something and if it has a deep-seated meaning to you, this will help propel you in your life’s pursuits.


Second step – learn to specify the “When”

The second step in the quest to ignoring negativity is associating specific and exact dates to the achievement of your goals. After stating and writing your goals, next to this set a date for achieving them. For example if you want to lose weight, write how much, why and the specific date when you will have done it. By specifying the date, you will see it each day and it will be a reminder of what needs to be done even in the midst of failure and negativity.

Third step – know how to cancel the noise

Understand that negativity will always be around you or buried deep in your mind. This is the first step in the process of canceling both the inside and outside noise.
Secondly, identify a source of inspiration-for example Thomas Edison had to go through 10,000 bulbs before finally getting the first light bulb right. J.K Rowling went through 7 years of toil and desperation before getting Harry Potter published. Study and research whoever you decide will be your inspiration. Read about the people who told them they would not succeed. Bear in mind that failure is deeply embedded in life and that if you have strong enough reasons, the reward is worth risking for.

Fourth step – Persistence is the only path


The final step in ignoring negativity and achieving your goals is persistence. Remember that attaining goals cannot be done by following the path of least resistance. Understand that you will have to dig in your heels and grind out results. You will face negativity but with persistence you will inch closer and closer to your objectives so long as you keep going and not giving up. You can accomplish whatever you want in life by never giving up on your dreams and having an audacious spirit. Remember that nothing worthwhile comes easily.

Hopefully, these tips will help you sustain your motivation so that you can achieve all your life goals.

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