6 Ways to Motivate Yourself Off the Couch and Into the Seat of Success
“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.
– Japanese Proverb
If you read any books about success or have listened to the advice of successful people, then you know that setting goals and taking action is absolutely necessary to achieve your dreams. You need to set goals and then take immediate and consistent action to achieve them. Setting goals makes it clear on what you truly want to achieve. If you don’t know in detail what you want, you’ll never achieve it. Setting goals also gives you a way to measure your progress.
This is all good advice about setting goals, but HOW do you find the motivation to TAKE ACTION to achieve your goals? It can be hard to find the time to be productive, especially when you’re exhausted after a long day at work. But there are ways that you can get motivation to push through your tiredness and be productive. Let’s take a look at 6 ways you can motivate yourself to take action and achieve all of your goals!
6 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Take Action Right Now
1. Effective Goal Writing – One Thing You’ve Been Doing Wrong
Have you ever wrote your goals down but never followed through with them? I know I have on more than one occasion. This might have happened because you didn’t write out your goals in the most effective way. Two important things that really helped me take action towards my goals were setting a time limit, and writing mini-goals.
You should not only write down your long-term goals, but you should also be writing short term goals too. The short-term or mini-goals should be action based. For example, if your goal is to make $10,000 per month within one year, you should also break that down into smaller goals.
Where do you want to be in the first 6 months of working towards your goal? What steps will you take in those 6 months to bring you closer to your long-term goal? Break this down even further by writing goals you want to accomplish each month, week, or even each day.
I had a one year goal to at least quadruple the amount of money I am making now. I then broke that down into a 6-month goal, which stated what I wanted to achieve in the first 6 months. I then wrote out a detailed schedule listing the steps I would take every week to get me to where I needed to be in those first 6 months. I had about 6 or 7 tasks per week that I wanted to accomplish and bring myself one step closer to my long-term goal.
Knowing that I had to finish 6 or 7 tasks each week made me take action right away. I knew that if I spent a lot of time relaxing during the week, I wouldn’t meet my weekly goals. This alone gave me the motivation to take action right away.
In addition to writing mini goals and setting a time limit for each, be sure you read and focus on your goals daily. First read your long-term goals, and then read your mini goals so you know exactly what needs to be done today in order for you to achieve success.
2. Power Your Body – A Good Night’s Rest and Energizing Foods
I love food. More specifically, I love salty, fatty foods. It tastes so good while I’m eating them, but shortly after I finish my meal, I don’t want to do anything else but relax. The last thing I want to do is be active. This of course kills my motivation to be productive. So I try to avoid these unhealthy food as much as possible.
Instead, I try to eat foods that are energizing. Each person is different, but in general, foods like most fresh fruits and non-starchy vegetables and low-glycemic (foods that cause minor changes in blood sugar, so your energy doesn’t crash) foods like sweet potatoes, nuts, and Greek yogurt.
Be sure that you’re also drinking lots of water. Many people don’t get enough water. Each person is different, but you should be drinking 8 or more glasses of water each day.
In addition to eating good food, you NEED to get a good night’s sleep. People make time in the day to work on their goals, yet they fail to make time at night to rest. Getting a good night of sleep will give you the energy you’ll need to have a great day and accomplish all of your goals . Each person is different, so try to get enough rest where you feel rested in the morning and don’t get sleepy throughout the day.
3 . Baby Steps = Eventual Triathlete
If you have some pretty lofty long-term goals, it can scare you off knowing how much work you have to do to achieve them. That’s why it’s important to take baby steps at first.
If you want to finish a marathon, but can’t even run a mile, then it would be crazy to enter one tomorrow. You need to take small, consistent steps towards your goal. Before you know it, you’ll reach and even surpass your goals. A tiny step each day is a million times better than not moving at all.
The other benefit of starting with small steps toward you goal is that it makes it easier to take action. If you had to write a 50 page research paper, finding the motivation to start that will be difficult. However, if you just set a daily goal to write one paragraph a day, you would be more likely to do it. And the best thing about that is once you get started, you’ll probably WANT to do more.
4. Positive Thinking
The type of thoughts we have will either bring us down or lift us up. Think about that. Every day, the thoughts you choose to have will either bring you confidence and success, or fill you with fear, and put you on the path of failure. It’s not what happens to us in life that matters, it’s how we CHOOSE to think about it that shapes our destiny.
If we think positively, it makes things feel good and fills us with confidence. When we are confident and feel on top of the world, everything seems to just fall into place doesn’t it? I’m sure you have had one of those days where everything just went by perfectly.
When we feel good, we naturally move towards success. Think about when you succeeded at something in your life. Maybe it’s losing weight, passing a test, or finishing a huge project for work. After you accomplished your goal, didn’t you feel amazing? Didn’t you want to set another, bigger goal and start working on it right away?
I remember when I was starting to lose weight by eating healthier and exercising. The hardest part was the beginning. But once I started to see the pounds coming off, I felt great and wanted to do more each day. Success builds success, and this all begins with positive thinking.
5. Proclaim Youself to the World
In the book “The Magic of Thinking Big,” there is a quote that the author wants you to repeat and ingrain in your mind. The quote is “act confident to be confident.” In step number 4, we see that positive thinking can bring us confidence and success. Well the opposite is true too. Feeling good and confident leads us to think positively.
If you are full of fear and doubt, and wish you were more confident, refer to the quote above. It truly is that simple. If you act confident, you will BE confident. So how to you act confidently if you are lacking in confidence?
You can think of things to say to yourself to boost your confidence, but the words are not important. It’s the way you say the words, the way you believe your words, and how you carry yourself.
Imagine that all of your dreams came true today. I mean really imagine it, right now. Go ahead. This article will still be here when you get back. See yourself being ultra rich, a super athlete, and everyone you meet instantly likes you and is drawn to you. You easily achieve any goal that you set. When you tell people what your future plans are, everyone believes you because you are a person who breathes success.
Now notice the way that you move and the way you think. Are you full of doubt and fear, or energy and confidence? What is your body language like? Do you worry about what other people think about you? Are you afraid that you might fail at something and embarrass yourself? Of course not! This ideal, successful person is already within you deep down inside. All you have to do is act like it. If you act like this successful person, you will BECOME this successful person.
To help you with taking action and confidence, you can also tell people about your goals. Not just your closest friends who you are comfortable with. Tell your co-workers, your family, your neighbors. If you already have a website, you can post your goals on there too.
This does two things. First, doing this will hold you accountable to complete your goals. This in itself is motivating.
Second, it can build confidence. Tell people your goals with confidence and you’ll notice that you’ll feel more confident about them. Even if you don’t believe 100% that you can accomplish you goals, keep telling yourself and others that you will. Keep doing this and eventually you will believe it with confidence.
6. Old Habits Die Hard…Until New Ones Take Their Place
You know, I love relaxing in my room and not moving a muscle as soon as I come home from work. It’s one of the best feelings in the world. So for a few hours after I come home, I do absolutely nothing productive. This was one of my bad habits that I had.
Finding motivation to take action can be created by you, at anytime you choose. However, if we are used to watching TV after dinner, or in my case, relaxing after work, it’s very difficult to get out of that habit. But just like with anything, it’s hard at first, but gets much easier as you keep doing it.
So if you want to work on achieve your goals, cut out habits that are not productive and replace them with a habit that will serve you. For example, instead of going to my room to relax right after work, I would work on my goals for 20 minutes first.
Now 20 minutes might not sound like much, but I found that the more I got into the habit of working on my goals, the more time I wanted to devote to doing it. The hardest part was just getting started.
So if you have a bad habit that takes away time to be productive, just do something small…in fact, do anything EXCEPT your bad habit routine. If you like watching TV after dinner, make a small goal to work on one of your goals for 5 minutes first. If you are trying to lose weight, take a 5 min walk. If you want to be rich, work on your financial goals for 5 minutes. If 5 minutes is too much at first, lower it to 3 minutes, 2 minutes, or even 1 minute. Anything is okay as long as it BREAKS UP you normal, unproductive routine.
Also, continue your new routine daily until it becomes a habit. Then work to keep improving every day. You can try to increase the time you work on each of you goals, or create new goals to achieve. Just get out of your unproductive routine!
Why not take one action towards your goals right now? Go for it! Do it now! If you know what your goals are, type them in the comments below and get started on them ASAP!
Do you have any tips for taking action that you have used successfully? Please share it with us if you do. Thanks and have an awesome day!