101 Ways to Get Motivated

Welcome to 2013!  I hope you had a relaxing holiday season and that you’re looking forward to a happy and productive new year.

That said, if you’ve set up specific goals for yourself, you’re probably already aware of the huge failure rates that come along with New Year’s Resolutions (just take a look at the empty gym parking lots come February if you don’t believe me).  To help you avoid the common stumbling blocks that throw off would-be self-improvers, I’ve put together this huge list of ways to get motivated.  I hope you find them useful when it comes to sticking with the goals you’ve set for yourself.

Let’s get started!

Practice Good Goal Setting Techniques

  • Focus on one major goal

Dividing your attention across multiple goals dilutes your energy and ultimately makes you less effective overall.  Instead of trying to make dozens of different changes to your life, focus on one overarching goal.

  • Work towards goals you care about – not goals you think you should

Just because everybody else is using their New Year’s resolutions to focus on weight loss or career growth doesn’t mean that you have to as well.  Hone in on the goals that’ll make the biggest difference in your life – even if they aren’t popular options.

  • Break down goals into habits

Making major, goal-oriented changes to your life can be difficult, so choose to focus on habits instead.  To do this, create a list of habits that will help you get to your goal and then implement 1-2 of them at a time to avoid overwhelming yourself.

  • Don’t break the chain

Track your progress on adopting your new habits by adding a checkmark to your calendar on the days you successfully follow-through on your habits.  As this chain of checkmarks grows, you’ll be more motivated to keep going to avoid “breaking the chain.”

  • Treat yo’ self

To keep yourself motivated, plan ahead to give yourself small treats or gifts for every milestone you reach.  Knowing that you have something fun to look forward to can make it much easier to keep going when you feel like giving up.

  • Use tracking technology

Download one of the many habit forming apps on the market today and get in the habit of tracking your progress.  The data you generate can be incredibly useful in helping you to figure out how to best move forward towards your eventual goal.

  • Identify potential stumbling blocks

Think ahead to the things that might trip up your progress – as in the case of an unexpected party disrupting your weight loss resolutions.  Develop strategies for dealing with these stumbling blocks before they occur so that you’ll be ready to use your alternatives in the moment.

  • Share your goals socially

This one is huge for me.  Whenever I have a business or personal goal, I try to share it with as many people as possible.  That way, I know that if I fail, I’ll have to own up to not meeting my goals to the people I respect and care about.

  • Find an accountability partner

It’s also helpful to identify one single person who you can partner up with to keep each other on track.  Sure, friends and family members can provide general support, but an accountability partner can offer a more tough love approach to helping you achieve your goals.

  • Set audacious goals

Personally, I find it tough to get motivated for small, seemingly-insignificant goals.  But give me something huge and audacious to work towards, and I’ll move mountains to get things done.

  • Adjust your goals and habits as needed

When it comes to setting and achieving goals, recognize that you might not come up with the right plan of action from the start.  Don’t be afraid to recognize when you need to change course, and to adjust your eventual goals and habits as needed as a result.

Get Inspired

  • Read an inspirational biography

If you find yourself in a slump, pick up a business biography and learn more about how past entrepreneurs have tackled the same struggles you’re facing now.  Take it old school with David Nasaw’s “Andrew Carnegie” profile, or pick up the more recent, highly-acclaimed biography “Steve Jobs,” written by Walter Isaacson.

  • Read self-help books

Or, if you’d rather your books offer specific guidance – rather than past examples – head to the self-help section of your local bookstore and choose one that speaks to you.  There are plenty of great self-help books on the market today, making it easy to find one that’ll help keep your motivation up.

  • Find a book that supports your goals

One final reading option that’ll help push you towards your goals is a book that provides specific guidance on the type of goal you’re trying to complete.  As an example, if you’re trying to lose weight, pick up a book on nutrition.  If you’re growing a business, look for books on topics like accounting, advertising or technology that will help to supplement your own personal weak areas.

  • Create an RSS feed out of inspirational blogs

Physical books aren’t for everybody, so if you’d prefer to keep your inspirational reading online, put together a unique RSS feed that contains blogs that inspire you.  Log in to your RSS reader and browse through the accumulated posts any time you need an extra motivational boost.

  • Clip inspirational articles to Evernote

I’m a huge fan of Evernote and its web clipper program.  Install it on your browser today and use it to clip inspirational articles to a special “Inspiration” folder within your Evernote account.  Then, you can reference these articles later on whenever you’re struggling to make progress on your goals.

  • Listen to an industry podcast

Podcasts are great for killing time during your commute, while waiting in line at the grocery store or while parked in the waiting room of your doctor’s office.  Choose podcasts that relate to your industry or your goals and listen to them for both the concrete strategies and the motivation you need to make progress.

  • Create a motivational Pinterest board

If you respond better to visual stimulation, create a new Pinterest board and put together a collection of the inspirational images that always seem to be floating around the site.  Then, when you’re struggling to feel motivated, open up your account and you’ll be greeted by a wall of inspiration.

  • Enlist the support of a mentor

Building relationships with potential mentors takes time and energy.  But if you select the right mentor who’s achieved the same things that you’d like to in your life, you’ll find that this person can be a powerful ally in helping you achieve your goals.

  • Attend an industry event

Really, there’s nothing like attending an in-person conference or industry event to get me fired up to make more progress.  This type of travel can be expensive, but if you schedule your events well, you can use them to provide motivation for months at a time.

  • Reach out to people who inspire you

If you’re fighting a motivation slump, take a second to reach out to the people you look to as inspiration.  Simply thanking these role models for providing a great example for you to follow can be enough to turbo-charge your own productivity.

  • Use Google to find success stories that relate to your goal

Who doesn’t love a “feel good” success story?  Thanks to the power of the internet, you can find case studies of success on nearly every goal online – so seek these out, bookmark them and refer back to them in times of need.

  • Remind yourself that there are no “do overs”

As you focus on maintaining the necessary motivation to achieve your goals, keep in mind that there are no “do overs” in this life.  You can never get yesterday back, so do your best to make some type of meaningful progress towards your goals every day.

  • Seek out advice from successful people

No matter how planned out your goal trajectory is, you’ll probably hit a few road bumps along the way.  When you reach these hurdles, reach out to those who have successfully completed similar objectives for their advice.  You won’t hear back from everyone you contact, but you might be surprised by the feedback you do receive!

Mechanics of Motivation

  • Set a “Start Date” – and get excited about it!

You’ve established your goals, so pick a defined “Start Date” and build up your excitement about this launch in your mind.  Even if your goal is inherently unpleasant (quitting smoking, for example), the excitement you generate can be enough to get you over the initial hurdle of starting in the first place!

  • Surround yourself with goal-related information

It’s hard to lose track of your goal or get distracted when you make it a point to surround yourself with related information.  Read books, read web articles and post reminders all over your office – basically, do whatever you need to do to ensure that your goal stays at the forefront of your mind.

  • Plan out your “next steps”

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the scope of a major goal, simply think about the action you must take next.  As an example, if you’re building a new website for your business, your next step might just be to upload your logo graphic to your pages.  Worry about this single element only – not the number of other tasks that must be completed – and you’ll continue to make slow and steady progress towards your goal.

  • Start small

Progress towards your goals is made with dozens, hundreds or even thousands of tiny steps.  Don’t beat yourself up if you aren’t able to commit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to your goal – instead, focus on taking a few of these tiny steps each day.  Eventually, you’ll reach the finish line.

  • Tackle your easiest habit change first

Depending on how you best handle challenges, you might find it helpful to tackle small and simple habit changes first.  Then, you can build on this momentum and leverage your feelings of success into tackling more difficult changes later on.

  • Address your hardest habit change first

Alternatively, if you’re someone who thrives on major challenges, try addressing the habit change you expect to be most difficult first.  The pride you feel at being successful will make any other necessary habit changes seem like a breeze in comparison.

  • Send yourself goal reminders

Whether you make your habit changes small or large to start with, use your computer or smartphone to send yourself notes throughout the day that remind you why your progress is so important.  It’s a great way to prevent yourself from being distracted or from giving up on your lifestyle changes.

  • Take action every day – no matter how small

If progress towards your goal is made in tons of tiny steps, then it’s also true that you need to take these steps every day – even if you’re only able to complete the smallest of tasks some days.  Keep in mind that ten minutes a day of exercise, lead prospecting or other goal-related activity is better than none!

  • Allow for “off” days

Then again, don’t beat yourself up if all you’re able to put into your goal is ten minutes of effort.  It’s natural to have high-energy days and low-energy days, so cut yourself some slack on “off” days and pick up the pace as soon as you’re back in the game.

  • Celebrate every success

Whether you do ten minutes a day of productive, goal-oriented work or ten hours, celebrate every success you achieve.  Even if all you’re able to give yourself is a mental high-five, looking favorably upon every effort you give will help to keep you motivated until you reach your final goal.

  • Understand the limits of willpower

Finally, be aware that willpower is a finite resource.  Eventually, continual effort burns out our bodies’ resources, which is why it’s important to avoid the mental fatigue of pushing too hard and not respecting our natural productivity limits.

Important Lifestyle Factors

  • Modify your environment

We all have environments that make us feel more productive than others.  Whether yours is a noisy coffee shop or a silent home office, take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that as much of your goal work occurs in these ideal conditions as possible.

  • Declutter your workspace

For me, personally, a cluttered desk equals a cluttered mind.  If you’re struggling to stay motivated, take a careful look at your physical space and see if there are items that can be eliminated.

  • Remove “Negative Nancy’s” from your life

Even though you’re working to improve yourself, there will always be people in your life who feel threatened by your motivation.  Don’t allow these “Negative Nancy’s” to prevent you from reaching your goals.  Instead, eliminate their influence in your life by removing them from your social networks or staying away from them in person.

  • Learn how to manage failure

No matter how motivated you are, failure is an inevitable part of striving for something better.  Learn to treat these instances as learning opportunities – not as personal failings that indicate that you’ll never amount to anything.

  • Learn how to say “No”

Focusing the necessary energy on achieving your goals means learning how to say “No” to requests and activities that don’t support them.  It can be a challenge, but learning to turn down things that don’t contribute to your eventual success frees up your motivation for the goals that matter most to you.

  • Avoid perfectionism

You’re never going to be perfect – so stop letting perfectionism prevent you from making otherwise meaningful progress.  Learn to put yourself and your work out into the world, even if you do so fighting the nagging feeling that you could have done a better job.

  • Focus on the “right” tasks – not “more” tasks

Doing “more” isn’t always better – especially if you aren’t focusing on the “right” tasks that will help move you towards your goals.  Every time you check an item off your “to do” list, ask yourself if the task truly contributed to your goal progress or whether you finished it simply to feel productive.

  • Manage your energy – not your time

I’ve discussed this principle on the blog before, so I won’t belabor the point here.  Simply put, time management doesn’t mean a thing if you don’t have the energy to back up your game plan.  Work according to your natural energy cycles first, and time management practices will naturally fall into place.

  • Learn how to deal with boredom

Sometimes, working towards your goal can be exciting, exhilarating and deeply fulfilling.  Other days, the tasks that must be done and the habits that must be changed are much more monotonous.  Learn how to break through the boredom that will inevitably ensue to prevent it from derailing your goal progress.

  • Discover how to live in the moment

Working towards major goals requires a certain amount of forward thinking, but don’t lose the enjoyment of the “now” while you work towards future results.  Find little ways to celebrate the progress you make every day towards your goals.

Goal Visualization Exercises

  • Meditate on your goals

Whenever you feel a natural dip in motivation, take ten minutes to visualize how you’ll feel once you’ve reached your final goal.  Really try to experience your eventual success in your mind, and watch as your excitement carries through to your day-to-day activities.

  • Use Post-it notes to remind you of desired outcomes

If meditation isn’t your thing, try writing all the different end results you hope to experience once you complete your goal on Post-it notes and leave them around your house.  Whenever you feel tempted to cheat on your goal or let your progress slide, you’ll be reminded of what you’re working towards.

  • Post goal-oriented pictures around your house

Similarly, you can incorporate images into these notes that remind you of why you want to achieve your goals.  If you’re trying to lose weight, for example, try using pictures of healthy-looking people doing the things you’d like to eventually do (whether that’s playing sports, wearing bathing suits on the beach or even having better luck with the opposite sex).

  • Use the “Aspire Goals” app to create a motivational video

If you use an iPhone, give the “Aspire Goals” app a try.  For just a few dollars, it’ll let you create a video that lists your reasons for wanting to complete your goal alongside positive and negative reinforcement images that you can watch whenever you feel your motivation slumping.

  • Create a goal collage

For the artsy-craftsy folks among us, there’s simply nothing better than a hand-made collage.  To make a collage, pick up out-of-date magazines from your local library, cut out the images that inspire you to complete your goal and paste them all into a “dream board” style collage that can be hung in your office to provide much-needed motivation.

  • Replace negative thoughts with visions of success

While we all have internal critics, it’s up to you to identify and silence these voices before they prevent you from failing to achieve your goal.  Whenever you hear one of these critics, listen to what it has to say and then replace its words with visions of success.

  • Reflect on your peak moments

We all have peak moments in the past where we’ve felt strong, powerful and capable of achieving our goals.  If you’re struggling to find your motivation, take a few moments to reflect on these experiences and allow their energy to drive you forward towards your goals.

  • Set aside time for dreaming

Day-dreaming is a necessary part of goal progress, as these personal visions allow us to experience what exactly we have to gain from our efforts.  But if you ruthlessly schedule every minute of your day, you’ll lose out on this benefit, so set aside at least a few minutes of each day for straight up dreaming.

  • Think in terms of benefits, not features

Good copywriters know that benefits matter more than features when it comes to compelling people to action.  Apply this principle to your own goal efforts, and you’ll ultimately see more success than when you hone in on numbers and metrics.

As an example, when I first started my weight loss journey, I wasn’t focused on losing a certain number of pounds.  What I really wanted was to feel healthier, to look better and to ultimately take advantage of all the other benefits that come along with losing weight.  It was these motivations – rather than a number on the scale – that really helped me to be successful in my efforts.

No-Nonsense Motivation

  • Eliminate low value tasks to make room for goal commitments

Realistically, you can’t do everything.  If you want to make progress towards your goal, something else has to give – so take the time to make a thorough assessment of your life and determine what stays and what goes.  Eliminate things you don’t personally need to do in order to free up time for goal-related activities.

  • Commit publicly

Announce your goal everywhere – on your blog, on your social media profiles, at the dinner table and while attending networking events.  The more people who know about what you’re trying to achieve, the more motivated you’ll be to reach your goals, rather than letting these supporters down.

  • Put money on the line

If you really need a kick in the pants, check out services like StickK, which allow you to put money on your eventual goal success.  Specifically – for a little extra motivation – take a look at the option that allows your money to go to an organization you hate if you fail to achieve your desired progress.

  • Enlist professional support

Depending on your goals, you may not yet have all the information you need to be successful.  If this is the case, bring in professional support – whether that’s a personal trainer to help with your fitness goals, a nutritionist who can help you set up a healthy eating plan or a sales person who can help you generate the leads needed to make your business a success.

  • Hire a VA to keep you on task

One type of professional support in particular that you’ll want to consider is a virtual assistant who can be hired to check in with you once a day to ensure that you’re on track.  Depending on the VA service you work for, this can be an incredibly cheap way to build accountability into your life.

  • Give up drinking (and other risky habits)

To demonstrate how serious you are about reaching your goals, consider giving up things like drinking – which ultimately distracts you from making progress – until you’ve made a certain amount of progress.  It might seem harsh, but it can be a necessary step for some people to reach their goals.

Practice Goal-Oriented Habits

  • Prep the night before to make your mornings successful

Instead of wasting your mornings trying to figure out what to do, what to wear or what to eat, carry out as much of this prep work as possible the night before.  Planning out how your day will go in advance creates the best possible environment to support your goal objectives.

  • Identify your most productive hours

We’re all different, which means that there’s no universally-accepted “most productive” time.  Find your own best working hours and structure your life around them as much as possible.  If you’re most motivated in the mornings, schedule your top priority activities for these hours – or if you’re a night owl, leave your evenings free for productive work.

  • Leave “recharge” time in your daily schedule

No human can be perpetually “on” and still remain productive.  Leave time in your schedule for mental or physical relaxation breaks that allow you to recharge and power your eventual “up time.”

  • Try the Pomodoro method

One way to incorporate these “recharge” breaks into your schedule is to adopt the Pomodoro method, which involves working in small, 25-minute chunks that are broken up by either 5- or 10-minute breaks.  It’s a great way to get a lot done without burning out your reserves of willpower and motivation.

  • Create a daily “to do” list with no more than 3 items

Vast “to do” lists can be overwhelming, so try to identify no more than three top priority items for each day.  Make sure these activities represent tasks that help to best advance your goals, and don’t beat yourself up if you don’t cross as many items off your list each day as your less-organized colleagues.

  • Start the day with a goal-oriented activity

Don’t fall into the productivity trap of checking your email or Facebook page first thing in the morning.  Instead, set your day up for success by starting with a goal-oriented activity that will put you in the right frame of mind to stay motivated throughout the day.

  • Set deadlines for goal milestones

If left to their own devices, tasks can spread in perceived effort required to fill the time they’re allotted.  To prevent tasks from overstaying their welcome, set strict deadlines for when each major milestone on your list will be completed.

  • Reward yourself for completing each milestone

As you plan out each of these milestones, set aside a small reward that you’ll receive for completing the necessary work on time.  Set rewards that are consistent with your goals (meaning, don’t reward your weight loss progress with the biggest piece of chocolate cake you can find) and don’t be afraid to indulge these rewards once you’ve earned them!

  • Publicize your wins

While you should certainly share your original goal intentions with the people in your life, be sure to keep them updated with your wins as well.  Allowing the people who support you to celebrate your progress alongside you is a great way to keep up your motivation throughout the long haul.

  • Make goal progress a routine

Setting new routines isn’t always easy, but if you’re able to transform goal-related habits into routines that you carry out without thinking, you’ll likely see much more success in reaching your overall goals.

  • Eliminate the fears that keep you from success

In some instances, it isn’t a lack of time or motivation that keeps us from reaching our goals – it’s an unspoken fear of how things will be difference upon completion.  If you feel that this may be the case with you, take the time to explore these fears and determine whether you’re psyching yourself out or have legitimate concerns that should be addressed before moving forward.

  • Write down thoughts to help clear your mind

As you work towards your goals, it’s easy to get distracted by the thoughts that flit in and out of our minds.  To prevent these thoughts from breaking your concentration and ruining your motivation, write them down when they occur so that you can attend to them later – once you’re done with your productive work.

Personal Health and Well-Being

  • Get a good night’s sleep

There’s no arguing with the fact that we’re all more productive when we’re fully rested.  Figure out how much sleep you need to feel this way, and then make it a priority to get this amount of good sleep every night in order to maintain your motivation.

  • Eat your vegetables

Similarly, when we’re well-nourished, we’re naturally more productive.  So even though it might feel like all of your free time is taken up with goal-oriented activities, find the time to either cook or purchase healthy meals rather than grabbing unhealthy fast food options.  It might seem like an unnecessarily large amount of effort, but your overall levels of motivation will thank you!

  • Drink plenty of water

Doctors don’t recommend eight glasses of water a day for nothing!  Staying hydrated allows us to be more mentally focused and energetic – both of which play a major role in your ability to make progress towards your goals.

  • Exercise regularly

If you’re a regular reader here, you already know that I’m a huge fan of exercise.  When I exercise regularly, I have more energy and my mind is clearer – enabling me to get more done when it comes to bringing my business goals to life.  Seriously – if you can find 20-30 minutes in your day for regular exercise, you’ll see what I mean!

  • Use caffeine responsibly

When you’re swamped with things to do, it can be tempting to down a few more cups of coffee or a few 5-hour energy shots.  But obviously, both of these habits have a price in terms of your overall health, which is why I prefer to alter my energy levels using the four more natural strategies described above.

  • Open your curtains

Sunlight is an incredibly powerful motivator for me.  For some reason, I just seem to get more done when the sun is shining and the sky is blue.  But whether it’s sunny, foggy or cloudy outside, you won’t be able to tell if you don’t open your curtains and let a little natural light into your work area!

  • Start your day with a cold shower

Obviously, this recommendation isn’t for the faint of heart.  But if you can stomach it, a cold shower in the morning can be an incredibly invigorating way to start the day and help you to maintain the energy and motivation needed to be successful throughout the day.

  • Wake up earlier

Now, I know that mornings aren’t for everybody, but if you can bump your wake up time back by even another hour, that frees up extra time in the mornings that can be used for goal-related activities.  Personally, I find working during this morning free time – before I’m at the office and before the emails and phone calls have started to roll in – to be some of my most productive hours.

  • Use an alarm clock with upbeat music

It might sound like a simple thing, but waking up to upbeat music – and not the blaring of standard alarm clock tones – puts me in a better mood throughout the day and helps me to feel more motivated overall.

  • Take the time to look good

When you take the time to dress nicely, fix your hair and put yourself together well, you feel better overall.  This confidence translates into a more positive mindset – which ultimately makes you feel more motivated and more productive.

  • Get away from your desk

Sitting for too long is a natural drain on productivity, so if you’re struggling to get motivated, step away from your desk and walk around for a few minutes.  The change in pace should send a wake up call to your body and mind to get back to business!

It’s the Little Things…

  • Set your browser to a motivational homepage

Motivational gestures don’t need to be big to be effective.  Something as simple as setting your browser to a motivational homepage – for example, one of the articles you identified in an earlier exercise – can put you in the frame of mind needed to get your best work done throughout the day.

  • Use time at stoplights to visualize success

Stopped at a stoplight?  Instead of stressing out about traffic, take a few moments to conduct a “mini meditation” in which you visualize your eventual goal success.

  • Find a motivational quote that resonates with you

There are plenty of motivational quote lists out there (although you can find a few of my favorites here), so take a few minutes to find one that speaks to you.  Print it out, memorize it, post it around your computer – hell, even tattoo it on your forearm if that’s what you need to do to keep it present in your mind.

  • Look for motivational email services

Occasionally, bloggers will offer motivational email services to subscribers that send inspirational messages straight to your inbox every day.  Keep an eye out for these services on the websites you read regularly, as receiving these daily motivational messages can play a huge role in your ability to succeed in reaching your goals.

  • Limit mindless web browsing time

The internet is a tempting place, but any time you spend mindlessly browsing cat videos and funny cartoons online is time you can’t spend working towards your goals.  Eliminate this behavior with the use of tools like Leechblock (for Firefox) and Chrome Nanny  (for Chrome, obviously) that cut off access to time-wasting websites after a certain amount of free time.

  • Work for just five minutes

Even if you’re having an absolutely no good, terrible day, try to work for at least five minutes.  You won’t regret spending these few minutes on goal-related activities, but you will regret having done nothing to bring about your desired aims if you skip this tiny work session.

Have Fun with It

  • Develop a personal slogan

To stay motivated throughout the long process of achieving a goal, come up with a personal mantra or slogan and repeat it to yourself often.  Whenever you’re struggling to get productive, turn to this slogan and put it into practice!

  • Reward yourself with stickers (or something silly)

Plenty of parents use sticker charts while potty training their children and you can make this same principle work for you.  Remember, goal setting and motivation don’t have to be “all work and no play” – by keeping things light-hearted, you’ll ultimately find the amount of work required to achieve your goals to be more sustainable.

  • Build a goal progress website

Want to really show off to your friends and family members how far you’ve come in your goal journey?  Build a website that shows off your progress and send out regular updates whenever you hit a milestone.

  • Take pride in your work

Sometimes, when you’re part of the way through your progress towards an eventual goal, it’s easy to lose focus and feel as if you’re slogging through an interminable pile of mindless tasks.  To stay motivated throughout these trying times, try to remember to take pride in all you’ve accomplished thus far – even if you still have a ways to go yet before reaching your final goal.

  • Work “in the moment”

Pay attention to what you’re doing and enjoy the progress you’re making.  Finding satisfaction in the process of working towards a goal – not just in the end result you hope to achieve – makes it much easier to maintain your motivation over time.

  • Blast motivating music

If you need a little something extra to kick-start your productivity, try blasting some motivational music for a few minutes.  Whether you choose to rock out to Lady Gaga, heavy metal or your favorite folk band, enjoy the beats and use the natural energy of music to get back into a productive rhythm.

  • Take time out for laughter

We all need breaks every once in a while, and spending these times laughing is a great way to turn an unproductive day around.  Keep a list of your favorite funny Youtube clips on hand so that you can blow off steam for a few minutes without falling into the rabbit hole that is finding new content on the site!

  • Split test your life

Maybe it’s just me that thinks applying SEO principles to your life is a “fun” way to get motivated, but I find the process of self-improvement to be hugely inspiring!  Check out this article on the subject for tips on how to adopt this fun technique on your own.

  • Use gamification goal-setting programs

Need to inject a little more fun into your work life or personal goals?  Take a look at smartphone apps like “Epic Win” that allow you to turn the process of making progress towards your goals into a game.

  • Spend time playing

Whenever you start to feel burn out creeping up, take a few minutes to play with your kids, your pets or your friends.  “Play” isn’t just for children – it’s a great stress reliever for adults as well that’ll keep you motivated and ready for action.

  • Volunteer with an organization that’s related to your goal

What I love about volunteering is that it forces you to recognize how truly fortunate you are and how few excuses you have when it comes to not using your available resources to make meaningful progress towards your goals.  If you haven’t ever done so before, I highly recommend finding an organization that’s related to your eventual goal and committing a few hours a month to volunteer service.

  • Stop overthinking things – just do it!

Seriously, why are you still reading this article?  Use the motivational knowledge and skills you already have to put your goals into place and just fucking do it!

With all of that said, I want to hear from you.  What specific goal are you working towards in 2013 and which of the techniques above do you plan to use to maintain the motivation necessary to reach your desired outcomes?  Share your challenges in the comments section below so that we can support one another throughout the coming year!

Comments

  • Hello Sujan,

    This definitely a very useful post and it clearly shows that you have put a lot of time into creating this.

    I have to specifically agree with this point you correctly made:

    “Read an inspirational biography”.

    After reading Steve Job’s biography (which took me a good few months), I started to really take more pride, and dedication towards my campaigns and work, and ever since, I have now improved dramatically in terms of finishing of work on time, and managing other projects without having any issues.

    I think one of the main points to stay motivated is to believe in yourself, and like you again correctly said, take pride in what ever you do.

    Leith

  • Perfect timing as I’m already seeing some people slacking on their newly made resolutions.

    I’m a huge fan of blast motivating music (whatever kind it is to you personally) and split test your life.

    I use these two among others on a near daily basis; it’s important to stay excited about what you’re doing and keep your energy levels high – it seems to only lead to better things.

  • Thanks Mr Patel for this exceptional and inspirational article which you have taken so much insight to write and share with us.

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About Sujan

Sujan Patel is the VP of Marketing at thisCLICKS, the makers of When I Work & Wage Base. Previously Sujan founded Single Grain, one of the top Digital Marketing agencies in San Francisco, CA. With more than 10 years of Internet marketing experience and has led the digital marketing strategy for companies like Sales Force,…