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Motivation is a secret to success that is overlooked yet so important. When it is focused on and improved, people get the most out of the hidden potential they have inside. So how do you unleash this lava-like fire? Below, I’ve listed 3 quick tips for you to try.

1. Stimulate Your Subconscious With Vivid Imagery

Vivid imagery will evoke your senses. If you just say that you want to get rich, it stays in your logical brain as words.

But if you visually imagine what you want with scenery, it changes that motivation to something more impactful and evoking. This is because humans are genetically wired to remember and respond to what we see. Books are a relatively new development in the lifetime of human civilization.

Let me give you a real example to put this into practice. Let’s say my goal is to become a world traveler. I can say, “I want to travel the world” and maybe even write it down. Or I can picture the sand beneath my toes, the turquoise blue sky, the wind in my hair, the hot sun, and the tropical waves. I can picture in detail the wooden chair I sit on and the coconut palm trees beside me.

“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” – Jonathan Swift

Which one do you think will work better in motivating you? I recommend building on this further and putting images (or vision boards, as some people call them) everywhere in your life to remind you. I save pictures of my goals as phone screensavers.

2. Drill Down By Asking Yourself Why Numerous Times

You need to find your true reason for doing things. On the surface, it may seem like you already know. But in reality, there is a deeper reason. By finding this, you might uncover a stronger motive that will propel you through.

For instance, most people stop at “I want to be rich.” When I drilled down, I found that I wanted to be rich in order to visit beautiful locations and improve my dating life. Not only did this clarify my true goals, it helped cut needless wastes of time. Many wealthy people realize that they could have gotten to their true goal much faster if they didn’t spend so long accumulating needless extra money.

In my case, I found through studying travel hacker blogs that it won’t take more than $100,000 a year to travel to the most exotic, beautiful destinations. In fact, if you’re willing to compromise, you can travel to some beautiful locations in third world countries for as cheap as $25,000 a year if you cook your own foods, pick the right country, and travel slow.

I have encountered millionaires who were depressed because they chose a random number that they chased after and wasted decades of their lives to only realize that they didn’t need to make that much money to achieve their true goal of traveling.

Ask yourself why numerous times. For example, why do you want to do what you do? Because I want to get rich. Why do you want to get rich? Because it will make me happy. Why do you want to be happy? Because it will feel good. By doing this, you can cut out all needless goals.

“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” – Albert Schweitzer

3. Be as detailed as you can in describing your goal(s)

Vague goals lead to vague measurements and no direction. You cannot start moving towards your goal if you don’t have it fully described because you cannot map steps to move towards it. With a specific goal, you can start identifying methods of moving towards that goal rather than sitting stagnant.

For example, “I want a better dating life” is too vague. How about “I want a smart, young, fit, ambitious girl as a girlfriend.” This detail motivates you and sparks fire inside of you. If you recognize a girl like that, you’re more likely to have more fire inside of you.

A detailed goal also evokes the visual imagery part of your brain rather than keeping your imagination at bay. You want that detail to spark you into seeing how amazing achieving it would be. This helps you stay on course and unearths untapped motivation.

What’s the #1 takeaway from this article? I challenge you to take action on this today.

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How to Stay Motivated to Achieve Your Goals

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Time is the raw material of our lives. How we choose to spend it, shapes our life accordingly. So having the motivation to spend it on achieving goals is crucial to creating a life we want.

What is Motivation?

The Oxford dictionary defines motivation as the desire or willingness to do something – our drive to take action.

Scientifically, motivation has its roots in the dopamine pathways of our brains. When we do something that feels good, that’s dopamine kicking in. Our actions are driven by the desire for that reward (the good feeling).

Author Steven Pressfield describes motivation more practically. He says we hit a point where the pain of not doing something becomes greater than the pain of doing it. He sees motivation as crossing the threshold where it’s easier to take action than it is to be idle. Like choosing to feel awkward while making sales calls over feeling disappointed about a diminishing bank account.

However you choose to think about it, we all want to harness motivation to achieve our goals. 

How to Get Motivated

James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, says that most people misunderstand motivation. They think that motivation is what gets us to take action. In reality, motivation is often the result of action, not the cause of it. Once we start a task, it’s easier to continue making progress. Like Isaac Newton’s first law: objects in motion stay in motion.

This means most of the resistance when working on your goals comes right before we start. Since motivation naturally occurs after we start, we need to focus on making starting easier.

4 Ways to Make Starting Easier

1. Schedule it

One reason people can’t get started on things is that they haven’t planned when to do it. 

When things aren’t scheduled it’s easier for them to fall by the wayside. You’ll end up hoping motivation falls in your lap or hoping that you’ll muster enough willpower to get it done.

An article in the Guardian said, “If you waste resources trying to decide when or where to work, you’ll impede your capacity to do the work.”

2. Measure something

It’s easy to feel uninspired when you don’t know if you’re making progress or what you’re even working towards. That’s why you need to make your success measurable in some way. Starting is easy when you know exactly how much closer your current actions will bring you to achieving your goal.

3. Extrinsic motivation

This type of motivation is from external factors. It can be either positive or negative. Positive motivation consists of incentives like money, prizes, and grades. Negative motivation consists of deterrents like being fired, having a fight, or being fined. Extrinsic motivation doesn’t work effectively long-term, but it can work well in the short term to get you started on something.

4. Make it public

Keep yourself accountable by telling friends and family your goals, or even sharing them on social media. This makes it easier to start something because you’re pressured to not let others down.

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

How to Stay Motivated Long Term

When we say we want to feel motivated to do something, we don’t want to be pushed or guilted into doing a task. We want to be so attracted and drawn to the idea that we can’t resist not taking action. That’s why it’s important to build a foundation that will set you up for consistency.

These are 5 techniques that will help you do just that:

1. Stay in your goldilocks zone

The goldilocks zone is when a task is the perfect level of difficulty—not too hard and not too easy. In this zone, we reach peak motivation and focus.

For example, let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against a 4-year-old. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become bored and not want to play. Now let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against Serena Williams. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become demotivated because the match is too challenging. 

The Goldilocks zone is in the middle of that spectrum. You want to face someone with equal skill as you. That way you have a chance to win, but you have to focus and try for it. Adjusting your workload and goals over time to stay within your Goldilocks zone keeps you engaged and motivated long-term.

2. Pursue intrinsically motivated goals

Being intrinsically motivated to achieve a goal is when you want to achieve it for what it is. There are no external factors like a reward or the risk of being fired. The drive behind your actions is coming from within. 

For most intrinsic goals we pursue them because they will enrich our lives or bring us closer to fulfillment. That makes these goals extremely sustainable long-term because they directly affect our quality of life and the things we care about.

3. Use “chunking”

Chunking is the technique of breaking down a goal into smaller short-term targets. By doing this you achieve multiple successes in your pursuit of the main goal. This triggers the brain’s reward system and drives you to keep going.

Traditionally, you may set a goal that you expect to achieve in one year. That’s a long time to commit without seeing any results along the way. By chunking your goals into monthly or quarterly targets, you get the consistent positive reinforcement you need to stay motivated long-term.

For example, instead of trying to lose 50 pounds in one year, try to lose 4 pounds every month for 12 months.

4. Be flexible

We’re all victims of circumstance. Things happen along our journey that we can either adjust to or quit because of. That’s why it’s important to have leeway and flexibility when you’re pursuing a goal. If you expect everything to go perfectly, the inevitable failure can make you disengaged and desireless. When you plan for things to go wrong, you make sure you can keep up for the long haul.

5. Pursue your goals in a sustainable fashion

Don’t lose hope when you’re not an overnight success. Overnight successes are the 1%—for the most part, they don’t exist. What we see as an “overnight success” is actually countless hours of work behind the scenes finally hitting a tipping point. Pursuing goals is a story of patience, persistence, and unseen effort.

Don’t compare yourself to others. Comparison is a recipe for a drop in self-confidence and satisfaction. It also cultivates a mindset where you think you haven’t done enough. As a result, you may raise your expectations and put more pressure on yourself.

This is pointless because things worth achieving take time. So we obviously won’t compare to the things around us when starting.

Mastering motivation is a superpower. With that ability at your fingertips, you can accomplish your goals and shape a life you want to live in.

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