Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Top 5 Tips for Getting Motivated

1. Begin with the end in mind

thoughtfulThat's right, identify what it is you want to achieve. As Stephen Covey stated in the famous quote above, to know your outcome gives any work you may need to do much greater focus.

So, get focused, and get writing with what it is you want to achieve. Don't worry if you can’t yet dream the big stuff yet, start small – and I promise you'll be moving on up to the bigger pictures sooner than you ever imagined!
2. Get a plan

diaryIf you knew where you wanted to go, the next question would be, "how are you going to get there?" What would you need to do first in order to be "on course" to succeed? Be practical; fit your planning in with whatever time you have right now, but push just a little bit.
3. Chunk

Chunking is that age old way of achieving what may first appear impossible, simply because it's just too damn big. Chunk down, plan "baby steps," and again before you know it you'll be looking like a giant.
4. Challenge those fears

Whatever comes up and stops you achieving, challenge. Ask yourself;

* Is this for me?
* Is it what I really want?
* What do I need to change in order to get success?
* Do I need to enlist anyone else’s help or take some training?
* What would I need to believe to win?
* What can I do to re-enforce that new belief?

5. The secret ingredient...

...and the secret? There is no secret; just TAKE ACTION. There's only so much dreaming, planning, refining, challenging, chunking, reviewing (blah blah blah) a person can do – and then you need to take action.

Nothing - let me repeat - NOTHING will build up your motivation quicker or more solidly than following through on your actions. Remember your mantra, from today it's "do it, do it now!"

Let me know how you get on.

Much respect,
Mike xx

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