Posted by: Meagan | December 31, 2009

Staying Motivated

It’s that time of year, to make resolutions, to decide now to make some good, healthy changes in your life, so what can you do to stay motivated after January 2nd? According to the January 2010 RealSimple article, “Nine Secrets of Motivated People” (pg. 122) there are 9 things you can do.

1. When you make a plan, anticipate bumps.
Before even trying to achieve a goal, target potential pitfalls and troubleshoot them.

2. Channel the little engine that could – really.
A person’s drive is often based on what she believes about her abilities, not on how objectively talented she is…

3. Don’t let your goals run wild… but work on them every day.
When your sides are too ambitious they can backfire, burn you out, and actually become demotivating… taking small steps every day will not only help hold your interest in what you’re trying to achieve but will also ensure that you move slowly, but surely, toward your goal.

4. Go public with it.
Instead of keeping your intentions to yourself, make them known to many.

5. Lean on a support crew when you’re struggling.
Think of the friends and family who truly want to see you succeed.

6. Make yourself a priority.
Put your needs first, even when it feels utterly selfish.

7. Challenge yourself – and change things up.
It’s hard to remain enthusiastic when everything stays the same…

8. Keep on learning.

To refuel your efforts, focus on enjoying the process of getting to the goal, rather than just eyeing the finish line.

9. Remember the deeper meaning.

You’re more likely to realize a goal when it has true personal significance to you…

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