How to Reach the End of the Road to Your Goals: Some More Tips for Self-Motivation

Posted under Motivation on Sunday 15 February 2009 at 11:41 am

Every second we make a choice connected with doing or not doing something. Certainly, these choices have certain influence on our future. Very frequently we have to enter a fight against ourselves in order to achieve one or another important goal. This fight is for making ourselves do the things we do not want to do, or avoid doing the things we would like to do, in order to advance in this life, achieve success, obtain or win something, improve our reputation and so on. In terms of such fight, an effective self-motivation can be one of the most powerful weapons of ours. Below you can find some tips on boosting your self-motivation and achieving your goals.

1. Everything you do and any of your decision should lead to a certain result, directly or indirectly. The way you organize all your activities influences your self-motivation to a great extent. Try to organize your daily routine and activities in such a way that you will enjoy doing everything you have to or decided to do.

2. Try to select the most important ONE goal and work on achieving it without spending your time and efforts for something else. One of the most common mistakes is trying to achieve many goals and doing a lot of not important things to achieve those goals. Too many goals always take too much time to achieve. That is why it is essential to choose only one goal (for the moment) and do everything possible to achieve it.

3. It is very important, especially in small things or actions, to minimize the time between making a decision about something to be done, and actually doing that. If you say to yourself “I should do that”, it means that you set up a goal of doing something for uncertain time. It can unconsciously leave a feeling of something undone and some discomfort connected with this. It is the best to complete the task as soon as it is possible and not to look for the reasons to feed your laziness.

4. Do not think about possible difficulties or obstacles. Instead, think about how useful it will be, the thing you need to do. Thinking about good and positive sides of what you are about to do can be a good self-motivation. You should have a clear picture of what you are trying to achieve, and thinking about your goals will help you to find the most effective ways to attain it.

5. Look for someone’s support. If you face difficulties when doing something, find someone who can help you. Find an apprentice or a partner. However, sometimes it is good to find a competitor: a good competition is a very powerful motivator.

6. Make a public promise to achieve something. Take this responsibility and, if you are a man of your word, you will have no other way but doing what you have promised to do and achieve what you have promised to achieve.

7. Try to find some inspiration. It can be a book or a personal story of one of your friends. Sometimes we feel motivated for doing absolutely impossible things after only listening to a song or watching a movie.

8. Be always sure that you will succeed, and never say to yourself “Oh, I’ll never make it!” If the task you need to complete is very difficult and bulky, try to begin with small things. Every long way starts with a small step, followed by many many other steps, big and small. The main thing is to start. Even if you have a lack of time to move toward your goal, you can spend just 5 minutes every day. Collect your small achievements, one to one, and after every small victory you will feel positive and optimistic. Go on moving along the path towards your goals, step by step. Soon, when you turn back, you’ll see that there’s quite a long way behind you…


  1. Comment by Maureen — March 24, 2009 @ 10:00 am

    OMG…. I’m so sick and tired of myself. Sometime I get where I need to go on time (better than I used to be). Unfortunately, I have job where I work at home (lots of advantages to that), many people envy my position but not always so good for someone like me. I can procrastinate as much as I want and I do… If I don’t do the work, I don’t get paid. This last pay period my computer fizzled after I had put off doing work till the last minute and then could not complete it on time so my pay suffers. If I don’t do something to change this behavior I’m going to go into bankruptcy. Desperate for change…. Maureen

  2. Comment by Duddy — June 29, 2011 @ 1:25 pm

    Wonderful suggestions here. My problem for the longest time has e been serious procrastination.

    I’ve discovered that overcoming procrastination and thus thinking more positively and being considered more reliable by others, is really a simple process of transferring motivation from the things we love to do and do often, over to the things we don’t like doing and that we avoid often.

    With some basic time-boxing and motivational re-harnessing, you can literally start to enjoy your high procrastination task as much as one of your daily favorite activities.

    To many mangers and motivation coaches leave out the motivational component because they don’t understand it. That’s because the best way to overcome procrastination or under-performance is as simple as it is counterintuitive. You have to do it to see it work, and it gets faster and easier each time you apply it.

    From a behavioral perspective, it’s all about positively reinforcing manageable approximations to realistic high-procrastination tasks (performance goals). Overcoming procrastination involves the same motivational processes that underlie the evidence-based treatment of clinical depression and the cure for autism.

    Talk about leveraging the brains rewiring ability! It’s also the basis of effective performance management systems in the best organizations. But usually they do it but can’t explain it. The evidence-base says behavior/environment change is far more important than cognitive/thought change.

    The capacities for sustained positive self-talk and work-performance thrive in positive-reinforcement rich environments (see activation therapy, and meta-analytic component analysis for depression treatment analysis for depression treatment).

    I love this blog!
    Duddy. (Professional Counselor/Behavior Consultant).

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