Whenever you first set out to accomplish a goal, you typically have the “pedal to the metal” and are in high gear. But after a few days, you often can notice yourself down shifting and slowing down as you begin to run out of gas.
Achieving a goal is not always easily accomplished. Sometimes it can take months or even years to reach, but not before you have overcome obstacles along the way.
Here at National Agents Alliance, we know that one of the keys in achieving any goal is to stay motivated. Often times, motivation begins to wear off to due to a “burn out” or a loss of focus. Soon you’ll think of excuses, let procrastination set in and before you know it, a year has passed by and you’re still standing in the same spot.
If you’re ready to tackle a goal you’ve had your sights set on, Dale Carnegie has a few tips on how to maintain motivation to work towards achieving your goal:
- Talk: Talk to people you respect and trust to get their opinion and positive reinforcement. Also, just talking aloud about your concerns and obstacles can help you overcome them and move forward.
- Train: Fear of failure, especially when you feel unprepared or untrained for a certain task, can quickly overwhelm you. The easiest way to overcome this to obtain training, skills and the education you need. Plus, the added confidence will motivate you to work harder towards the end goal.
- Visualize: You should always visualize you goal, what needs to be done, and what you have to do to get there. By thinking it through step-by-step and imagining yourself completing it, you will be able to tackle even the most difficult task.
- Understand what is at stake: Having a complete picture of what is at stake can keep you motivated. What you will lose if you do not reach your goal? Will you face disappointment? Will you miss out on something great? Will you feel regretful?
- Get Inspired: Get around people, places and things that inspire you to work towards your goal. Keep yourself in an environment where you are happy and positive, and keep successful, self-motivated people around you. Remember, if you stay by the fire, you’ll stay warm.
- Get engaged: Don’t get complacent with where you are after achieving some progress. Always be thinking about what needs to be done next, and set continuous deadlines and goals to ensure you stay on track.
- Push yourself: You must learn to push yourself. Always remind yourself that the end result will be well worth the work, and challenge yourself to be better than you knew you could be.