Keep your goal noticeable on your horizon. Write out your goal in big, shiny, neon, sparkly letters on the wall (or a poster board). I like to use Post-its on my mirrors.
Make a to-do list of everything you want to do in the next month. Walk through your house and see what needs repairing, cleaning, throwing out, scrubbing and the like. List them in order of what you hate to do first. Do that task today and realize it will only become easier after that! Then hang up the list on your bulletin board, wall, mirror. Now that you have everything in one place, you can breathe a little easier.
One Goal.The above being said and done, with so many to-do’s and things on your mind, you may be missing the one thing that is truly important. When you are trying to do a lot of things at once, you are essentially spreading your energy too thin. You get tired more easily and then give up on everything. This is something I will admit I do a LOT of-spreading myself all over the place. I just realized today that instead of trying to do a million things (especially with the holidays coming), I should probably work on finding a new place to live first, since I have less than 30 days ’til I have to move!
Make your goal known. Letting people know of your intentions in a public arena is a great way to keep you on track. We all like to hear positive feedback, so making your goal known and your trials and achievements public is an instant gratification explosion.
Recognize that there will be “dark times.” Motivation (like creativity) is not a constant, just like everything else in life. It ebbs and flows. But realize that while it may go away, it will always come back. Whatever you do, don’t give up.
When you wake up in the morning, jump up and down and chant, “Today is the day, today is the day!” even if you have no idea what today is the day for. It will happen TODAY!
Start small. Really small. If you are afraid to get started, it may be because you’re thinking too big. Baby steps out of the gate. Say for example you want to start a bakery. You don’t go directly to the bank and ask for a loan. You start by making a business plan of sorts- what types of pastries you want to sell, what kind of supplies you’ll need, and figuring in costs. Being prepared by starting in smaller chunks makes the big picture seem much less imposing.
Motivation is an especially hard commodity to find in large supply today. If you have the energy to keep it up – and the wisdom to know it will come back faster with positive thinking when you lose it – take note: you are extremely special.