How To Persevere When Start Losing That Bubbly Enthusiasm For Reaching Your Goals
At first, you may be highly motivated and looking forward to the challenges you may face. However, as time passes by, you slowly start losing that bubbly enthusiasm for reaching your goals.
You start allowing yourself to get distracted, start missing deadlines you’ve set for yourself, start procrastinating and getting lazy. And finally, you decide to jump ship and just abandon your quest for success thus making all your earlier efforts go to waste.
How to stay committed to reaching your goals.
Let’s admit it, we all have that one goal we’ve been trying to set yet failed to achieve. Think about countless New Year’s resolution attempts, broken piggy banks, a planned vacation that remains a plan.
So how exactly do we go about having a goal and then actually achieve it?
There's no use setting a goal if it never becomes a reality. In fact, it can be dangerous, because you start to send yourself the message that you're not capable of reaching your goals.
If you set the right goals, and you take the right actions during your quest to reach them, there's no reason you can't reach your goal every time.
We all fall victim to pitfalls and unexpected turns.
When challenges come up and emotions cloud your judgment, you need to focus on what your real purpose is and go on with your journey.
When it comes to going after your goals, the more stubborn and unrelenting you are, the better your chances of success. When you put your head down and start working on your goals, you block out all the noise and the shiny objects that may distract you.
You must set a realistic goal first, one that you think is worth your efforts if you intend to achieve a result.
What do you hope to achieve with your goal? What’s your end game? Is it even feasible? Is it something you can possibly hope to do within the timeframe you’ve specified? It’s not enough that you know what you want to achieve.
You also should have a detailed plan before you make that first step. As soon as the path has been carved, it will only be a matter of time (and willpower) before you reach the destination.
If you think you made a mistake setting the goal and you don’t think it’s feasible at all, you’re welcome to back out or cross it out of your list and replace it with a more realistic goal.
Also, having a constant visible reminder of your goal is a very powerful motivator. You need to put your goal on paper. You need to transfer the vision you saw in your mind to paper. You can look for high quality photos of your goal.
If you can’t find a suitable image online, consider having it drawn or painted professionally. Ask the artist to make your vision as realistic as possible. Make it so that you can imagine feeling and even smelling your dream just by looking at its drawing or painting.
Then, to never lose sight of your goal, make sure you put the printout /drawing/ painting in an area of your house which you frequent. Basically anywhere you can see your ‘dream come true’ so you’re always reminded of what you’re aiming to achieve in the near future. With a solid plan in place, it’s much easier to stay committed to your goal. Moreover a visual plan is needed for breaking down your goals into mini-goals as this makes a herculean task seem so much easier. And every mini-goal achieved makes you feel closer to the prize.
Ask yourself if your goal is specific enough.
Some goals are just too general, like for example, wanting to be rich or wanting to be thin in 6 months. These are just generic goals.
Anyone can work towards these goals but what does it really mean for you? To make sure your goal sticks in your mind, to make it appear real, you need to make your goal as specific as possible.
Goals are planned ahead in detail, so you will not have to analyze (or overanalyze) when you are already midway through your journey. Sacrifices are expected and you will fall a few times. Just get up and keep moving until you reach your destination. Stopping in your tracks, giving up, and turning back are no longer options at this point.
Don’t think of your goal as a task, but a game. After all, it’s in the journey that we learn the most lessons - not the destination.