You need to be prepared and for that you need information. The first thing everybody does today is “Google it”. And that is often where the problem starts……information-overload. You will also often get told to “think big” and to “see the big picture”. While I have no problem with that, I also do believe that you need to maintain a balance. Yes, you need to think big, but you cannot start big.
You start to focus on that $10 000.00 monthly income, the big contracts, and the dream house. It is good to keep these in mind, but you need to start small.
So Where Do You Start?
Let’s look at three points of importance to get your mindset right.
- Determination: You will only be able to have the necessary determination if you set out to work on your own If you are influenced to work on any goal that someone else might think will be good for you, you are going to lack enthusiasm and desire. It will be hard (if not impossible) to achieve success in this case. Only if you have a real desire for the achievement of your goal, you will be able to have the necessary determination.
- Perseverance: Once you have made a start, you will find that not everything will always work according to plan. If you start small, it will be easier to maintain momentum and overcome obstacles in the beginning. Then keep on keeping on, no matter what.
- Small steps: Create an action plan for your goal with small steps for small wins on the way to achieving your main goal. To save $100 000.00 can become de-motivating very quickly. But if you set your target at $1000.00 it becomes easy to maintain the excitement. And when you achieve the first $100.00 after taking your first step, nothing is going to stop you. There is nothing wrong with aiming for the $100 000.00, but start small, and you are more likely to stay motivated.
- Determine your why: Before you set out to start working on your goal, determine why you want to achieve your goal. Then always keep your “why” in mind as you work towards your goal. When you lose sight of your “why”, it is very easy for your goal to become an obsession and take over your whole life.
Time for Action
Determine your goals and write them down! Whether you write them on a piece of paper or keep it on your computer, but there is a form of commitment when you put it in writing.
Once you have your goals written down, create an action plan, which allows you to take small, but realistic and attainable action steps. Set deadlines for each action step. This will enable you to know whether you are on track, or whether you have overcommitted yourself and need to re-think your time schedule.
It is a good idea to find someone who will be supportive of your goal and tell him/her about it. This will make you accountable and when you have those “off days” they can be there to encourage you. They can also keep you accountable to take action instead of just talking about your goals.
Once you have determined your goals and started working your plan of action, you might find times when it feels as if you are not making any progress. This is the time when you must apply your determination and persevere.
How do you stay motivated? Do you have some great method to keep yourself motivated until you have achieved your goal? Would you like to share with us? I would love to hear from you.