What would you do if money was no object? (such as winning the lottery)
What do you want your friends & family to say about you at your funeral?
Knowing why you want to achieve your goals will give you motivation. With a big enough WHY we can overcome many obstacles (think of what Jane Tomlinson overcame to raise money for cancer research) “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eye off the goal” Henry Ford email@example.com 4
Studies show that those who just focussed their visualising on their perfect outcome and what it will be like when they achieved their goal were LESS likely to achieve the goal.
Visualise how you will take the practical steps that move you towards your goal rather than fantasizing about the end goal
Balance the benefits of achieving the goal with a realistic assessment of the problems you might encounter along the way
Visualisation has been shown to be about 20% more effective if you visualise yourself as others see you (adopt a third person perspective)
Create a dream chart to remind you of your dreams but only use it when you are feeling positive about your goal (e.g. After you have successfully achieved one of your sub-goals). Using it when you are discouraged can lead you to believe that the goal is unobtainable and encourage you to give up
Acknowledge that you probably won’t feel more like it tomorrow!
Accept that you don’t have to feel like it to do it!
Will power (self regulation) is like a muscle, it is easily fatigued but it can be developed
Create Implementation Intentions by deciding in advance what you will do in the situations where you know you will be tempted to put things off. E.g. I will switch off my phone, email & internet before sitting down to start the report
If we are not completely sure of the very next step we need to take we are likely to do nothing. Break tasks into the smallest pieces possible.