“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.” Zig Ziglar
Finding a way to stay focused on long-term goals needs continuous motivation. We are excited about our plans in the beginning.
But when we face despair or defeat in our endeavors in spite of strenuous efforts, we give up our initial enthusiasm. It is crucial that a person keeps moving on the path to progress while facing such obstacles.
There are a few changes we can bring into our lifestyle in order to stay motivated and goal-oriented. It is important to get going on the first plan. Our excitement grows gradually with our progress. A person must be action-oriented to retain focus. Action breeds motivation and not vice versa.
- Have a clear vision of the goal
Focusing on your goal is the key to success. But it is not as easy as it sounds. One should first identify the specific reason for bringing a certain change in life. A person must clearly visualize what he or she wants to achieve with a set plan, like the time I decided to start using a standing desk while writing for my blog reviewlatest.com.
Health-enhancing goals have attached aesthetic significance in most occasions. For instance, if a person wants to lose weight, one must be able to imagine how he or she will look with a fit and toned body. This will motivate the person to keep the spirit and temperament going. One should be able to maintain focus on one’s long-term goals.
- Set specific and measurable goals
Once the goal has been identified, a person needs a well-designed action plan to achieve it. Thus one should break bigger goals into short-term goals which are specific and measurable.For instance, if a person has insulin sensitivity problems, he or she must go for regular glucose monitoring.
For a person aiming to resort to healthy body program, meal planning is the small term goal which is specific and measurable. Higher the specificity of the goal, the easier is the road to achievement. Meal planning has the universal approach and can be an essential part of every goal planning regime. It saves time and enhances the mental strength, a must for goal achievement.
- Prepare checkpoints to stick to your long-term goals.
It is better to try making periodic checkpoints on a weekly or monthly basis. Keep track of your accomplishments against set points.
This will boost your internal competitiveness as to retain long-term focus without looking at small or petty matters. This also protects you from discouragement or the stressful feeling that you are not really picking up.
- Cultivate a learning attitude
Remember to stay motivated by taking out time to read motivational books, videos, movies, and podcasts. To stay true to your goal, it is advisable to remember how your dream actually firs took shape.
Remember the first book that motivated you towards the path of goal achievement. Watch documentaries of exemplary personalities or inspirational movies. In this way, you can channel your driving force into being the same way.
- Make a friend to discuss all plans.
Have a partner in the decision-making process. Planning with a friend means you have company and well as someone who can track your progress and share the joy of achievement.
- Reward yourself for attaining short term goals
Make the set of smaller or achievable goals leading to the main goal. When one goal is accomplished, pick the next one and so on.
If you perform well on one goal, reward yourself. You can buy a new dress or anything that you like. You can go out for a trip or picnic with your planning partner or family member.
You can join a museum or botanical garden near your home and savor the feeling of being in the lap of nature. Alternately, you can add a new equipment to your gym.
- Habit forming
On an average, it takes 21 days to make a habit. But, if you sincerely comply with a system and a routine, it will take less than that.
By pursuing a regular and healthy routine, healthy living becomes much easier for anyone.Resorting to a healthy diet will take time. But, once you are habitual, you will be self-motivated to realize your goal.
You can develop a goal-centric mindset. Give a visual picture of your goals. Write on paper or draw figures describing your goals. Identify the constituent steps and write them in the form of points. In this way, you can stay motivated or cultivate a new healthy habit.
It is better to try a mini challenge prior to making an effective Masterplan.
- Eat nutrition rich food and avoid processed or packaged food items.
- Drink filtered water free of harmful chemicals. Have a good water filter at home and neutralise chemicals present in bathing water.
- Purify air at home by having outdoor plants.
- Try exercising daily with little pushups and sprints. Start by doing exercises for at least 10 minutes per day.
- Practice stress reduction activities like meditation or prayer.