Sometimes, i find it hard to stay motivated, so i created a bit of a list that i believe helps me, in hopes that maybe it will help you too. Some of the things that i know keep me motivated include visualization. It's a proven fact that those who can visualize well, are more likely to succede at their life goals. Now, i'm not one to talk about the future, as every zen budist knows, you should live in the present. The current time is a gift, that's why it's called the present, however, if you can visualize your goals, you can clearly see some of the things that you can do now, that may affect you well later in life. While some people are just plain lucky, and destiny does play a huge part in our lives, it's not something you can depend on, and sometimes you just need to give yourself a little push to get the ball rolling.
Keeping track of what you do. I personally keep a tally of how many articles i write a day. There's so many ways to do this, it's unbelievable. While keeping track of you're goals may not
get you there faster, it certainly helps. If your goal is to quit smoking, and all you do is tell yourself that you quit mentally, you don't have any reinforcement. While some people have the "self discepline" to simply quit, as soon as they stop thinking about it, the habbit creeps right back in. So you can quit for a few months, maybe even a few years, but without any mental reinforcements, it's just that much easier to start again. Keeping track is one of my favorite reinforcements, it really works for me.
Tell people your goals. This one works well in combination with keeping track. It's sort of like placing peer pressure on yourself. I don't know if this is a bad thing, but sometimes i'll tell people i've done something, before i do it. Like alot of people think i'm making a living just off of my writings, which will be true, but it's kind of a lie at the moment. Definitely a good motivation considering i don't want people to find out that i lied to them. I'm not saying you have to lie like me though. Just tell people your goals, so that they can share your excitement when you reach them. You'll be so anxious to share your excitement, that it'll keep you motivated through all your hard work, and dedication.
In conjunction with visualization, sometimes i like to draw a picture, or have a concrete image of what i plan to do. If you're a writer like myself, make yourself a little clay sculpture of a guy writing. It doesn't have to be extremely detailed, but just so you know when you look at it, you have that image in your mind that you're going to make it. This can also work in the form of harnessing negative energy as well. I personally haven't tried this, but alot of atheletes, boxers, wrestlers, and martial artists are known to put a picture of their competition up on their punching bags, and on the bottom of their barbells. Just think, who or what is your competition? What is it that angers you?
Trigger actions. What are your daily habits? I generally make a pot of coffee in the mornings, and i use this as a trigger, to tell me to write. I tell myself "make coffee, write an article." This can work with almost any goal. You can tell yourself, "make coffee, and take a jog around the block." You'd be surprised about how well this one works. And it doesn't necessarily have to be about making coffee, you can tell yourself "when i wake up, I'm gonna go for my morning run" or if you want to start flossing regularly, "I'm gonna floss my teeth right after breakfast", breakfast being the trigger action. Doing this along with the four other actions i mentioned, you can do anything you put your mind to. Anything at all.