Lacking motivation? Accelerate your success!

How much time do you spend thinking about what could be, or what you wish things could be like? Do you find yourself dreaming about how you would like your life to be…until you just get fed up and frustrated that things aren’t turning out the way you would like? It could be your current job situation.

Your feeling of helplessness as you take orders from others and spend most of your time doing the bidding of someone else. Or maybe its that sinking feeling that your life is slipping away quickly, without the realization of certain experiences or achievements that you have always sought in your mind…but never do anything about.

How do you get out of the rut? I have the key: TAKE ACTION! 

I don’t mean mindless action, although in many ways that would be immeasurably more effective than mindless inactivity. The best action is purposeful action. That means having some sort of plan or goals.

What always tripped me up on goals was the fear that my feelings about a particular goal or plan would change, and I didn’t want to be “locked in” to something. So I would do nothing, that way I could be assured that it wouldn’t change. Now I just get it on paper and in front of me every day. If something changes, no problem, I just write it down and cross out any earlier goals that no longer apply.

At least this provided SOME sort of direction. After that something very cool happens, you start to feel good about yourself and what you are accomplishing. You look forward to reviewing your goals and seeing your progress. Activity, breeds activity. Inactivity breeds, inactivity.

Another thing that can hang you up is how you go about writing down a goal. Should you type it, write it down on lined paper, how about a spreadsheet? Why complicate it? Just grab the nearest piece of paper, and the nearest writing implement and start writing.

Freestyle-like. Seriously do it now. Grab something, start writing, or typing. Now, just make the piece of paper where you wrote down the goal visible to you everyday. I put it by my socks. That just happens to be a place I look every day. I take the time to review the goals and determine what items I need to consider for that day.

For example, one of my goals is to exercise at least 5 days a week. That is a habit now, as I automatically roll out of bed when the alarm goes off at 5:15 AM and before I am lucid enough to do anything else about it I am dressed in my running clothes and headed out the door. It is a habit now so it requires very little conscious thought. It all began with a goal.

Another goal I set this year was to quit eating fries, and to stop drinking any type of soda pop. At first I had to remind myself of these goals every day. I started that goal in January of 2007, and now I can’t even stand the taste of soda pop. It makes me sick to drink it. The results have been excellent. I lost 8 pounds in 2 months, and I am down to my goal weight. So now it is your turn, chose a few items, write them down, put them in a place where you will see them on a daily basis and the just DO IT.

The act of DOING is the best motivation there is. Don’t think about it, just get up and do it! You will be amazed at the results.