Understanding how to motivate yourself to make changes in your life is an essential skill.
Motivation is a tricky thing. It’s hard to sift through the noise and focus on what really matters, especially when it comes to our own lives.
We want to do everything we can for ourselves, but sometimes the best intentions are not enough because of all the other distractions that surround us.
One of the main reasons why we sabotage ourselves is because we are half-hearted about making the changes.
Truthfully, it can be really hard to motivate yourself when you’re not even sure that what you want will make a difference in your life – and if it won’t, why bother trying – and especially if you’ve been unsuccessful in the past and are afraid of trying again because it feels like failure will haunt you.
But, there is a mindset hack that makes motivation easy which is to acknowledge YOU ARE MOTIVATED.
If you had no motivation, you wouldn’t do anything, at all, ever. And you already have high levels of discipline in you. Don’t believe me?
Do people go to work every day? Where does that motivation come from? Why do people keep that up even if they hate their jobs?
So, we’re going to discard the idea that you’re not driven by motivation. You are. You just need to hack the framework for your motivation.
Very little comes without the need for any effort.
The second mistake people make is that they set a goal that’s way too far off.
When it comes to getting motivated to change your life, very few people successfully achieve the whole journey from beginning to end. Instead, work at achieving just the first 20 percent of what is needed.
Think of the goal in terms of a series of milestones. As you pass each milestone – 30 days, 90 days, six months, a year, few years, your odds of quitting fall sharply. Make it six to 12 months and you really have a shot.
And be flexible. Focus on momentum first, then the direction of travel. It’s a rule that I live my life by: momentum is everything. If you can create enough momentum, you become unstoppable.
Absolutely hold yourself accountable for the short-term goals – the next 10, 20, 30 days, but don’t spend any time worrying about what you might accomplish in the future. Worry about it when the time is right, but not before.