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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Action Thursday - 4 Action Steps to Stay Motivated to Achieve Your Goals Even After the Excitement is Over

Even though you are passionate about reaching your goals sometimes you may not feel as motivated to keep going forward, especially when things may not be going or working out according to your initial expectation. We all face discouraging situations as we set out on our journey to achieving our goals, whether it's emotional or physical setbacks. 

So let's look at 4 action steps you can take right now to get that motivational spark of energy get you up and taking action each day.

Action Step #1 - See yourself as already achieving your goal

If you visualize yourself as already experiencing your desire, the emotional attachment to that desire alone will get you moving to take that one more step you may need to reach your goal. A strong enough desire will stir up emotions in you which will in turn fuel your motivational action taking level.

Action Step #2 - Set smaller achievable goals

Set smaller daily goals, within your large goal, that you can do right away. The size of your overall goal may seem overwhelming and out of immediate reach. But if you break it down in more measurable size it can become less intimidating. 

Let's say you decided that you wanted to remodel your home but then find the task quite overwhelming, what can you do? Instead of trying to do everything all at once, take it room by room until you get it all done. You can also set smaller goals for getting each room completed, like packing up one day, painting the other etc. Do the same for the other rooms as well. Get the idea? Transfer this information to your personal goals. 

Action Step #3 - Define your action steps

What can you do today, this week, this month that will lead you closer to the finish line of your desire? What can you do today in your relationship that will contribute to the overall health of a happy relationship? What can you do today that will get you started in the direction of your dream career? What can you do today that will help you change your financial situation? 

Smaller consistent steps make great progress over time. Have a daily check list in order of priority and check off each task as you complete them. You'll begin to feel a sense of accomplishment and this will continue to motivate you to keep pressing forward. 

Action Step #4 - Take Action

This may seem like an obvious step, but it's amazing how we can say we want certain things in our lives but and have set our goals and even have gone as far as creating smaller goals but the most important thing as taking action never gets done. Specify the day and time that you will begin to do what you set out in your small goals - actually schedule it in as part of your daily activity. Without this you'll likely put it aside and procrastinate. Make it priority.

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