Staying motivated every single day takes work. Let's face it, there's no magic formula, but there are steps you can take to be motivated. We're bombarded with motivational images and copy every day, but how can you stay motivated consistently? How can you stay focused and on the path each day?
In life, people can easily get unmotivated when the bills are looming large, there are challenges at work or when there's some issue at home. I get it. Staying motivated every day does take effort. You actually have to be committed to it.
But here's the reality: you have to think big - always - in every aspect of your life. The next thing is you have to remain consistently motivated to achieve success. There's no room for mediocrity. There's no room for coasting. When there's so much happening in the world and so much to get done, do you really want to lack in ambition and motivation? Is not realizing the full potential of your life okay with you?
So, how can you remain motivated every day?
Be Crystal Clear
You have to be exceedingly clear about what you want to do. You have to have a goal in your mind as vivid and sharp as a photograph. Once you have that, you need to come back to that goal each and every day. So, how can you do that?
People have lots of ways to stay focused. They create "vision boards" where they post pictures of what they want or the life they want. Any visual imagery can keep things sharp in a highly tactile way. Other people will write down a very detailed series of goals and how they will get there. I have a friend that has set her phone with an alert that pops up every morning at 10 a.m. with the life goals she wants to achieve for the year. Every day she reflects on this for a minute or two. It helps keep her focused and the goals front and center.
It doesn't matter which way works for you. What's important is that you have full clarity over the goals you want to achieve.
Then, keep coming to them every day. Keep the goals front and center in your life.
Once you're clear on the goals, you have to own it. Owning it simply means being committed to it. One of the best ways I've found to be committed to something is to tell others about it.
When you tell others about your plans, you are putting yourself in a situation of risk. You can succeed or you can fail. You can also fail at many things along your way to ultimately succeeding on the goal. So, by telling others you are making public your thoughts and the people you tell will come back to you and ask you how you're coming along.
Telling others is one of the best ways I've found to own a decision. So, shout your goals from the mountaintops. Tell everyone. It will help you stay accountable.
Take It In Small Parts
Let's say that you're looking to accomplishing a big goal. You have to break it down into parts. You can't do everything at the same time. You just can't. Period.
When I started my company, I knew I wanted to build a global brand. I also knew that I wanted to develop a portfolio of independent brands. Today, I have at least 5 independent brands under my umbrella. But, it's been years of careful and strategic building. It has not all happened in an instant, as much as I would like it. It has taken time to develop the thinking and logic behind each brand and then to execute.
You need to think of your own goals like that. They take time to build and taking it in small parts is the best way to help you ensure you get there. Remember, it's not a race. You're not looking to finish fast. You're looking to finish and you have to go from A to B to get to C.
Finally, one of the reasons most people don't get where they want to go and don't remain motivated is because they simply do not move. Remember when you were in science class in grammar school and you were taught Newton's 3 Laws of Motion?
If you remember nothing else, remember this from Newton - a body in motion stays in motion, unless stopped by some force. And, a body at rest stays at rest.
You've got to move. You can't stay put. If you want to be motivated, you have to move toward your goals every day. If you don't do that, you're not going to be motivated.
Think about it: why would you stay motivated to do something if you're not working to it every day?
So, keep moving