A Plan of Action to Motivate Yourself
You have a large goal to reach, but it’s lofty and looks impossible to reach, how do you go about obtaining that goal? There is a tool that is available to you and that is called self-motivation. An Action Plan is different from a “To Do List” because it deals specifically with reaching one single goal. To do lists are used for multiple tasks that are unrelated to each other.
How does an action plan help you to motivate yourself? It helps you to concentrate on each stage of your ultimate goal and helps chart your progress towards it. Drawing up an Action Plan simply means to list the tasks that need to be completed to achieve your main goal. It sounds simple and it is, while also being extremely useful in charting your progress.
Self-motivation will help keep you on track if you tend to get distracted or discouraged about reaching your goal. It’s such a joy to be able to mark each task off your list and see how each step is bringing you closer to your goal. Let’s look at an action plan that I developed to have a book published.
Develop your plot ideas and your characters. You have to start somewhere and you should know your characters and have a basic idea of what type of book you want to write. Determine if it will be fiction or non-fiction, for adults, children, or a book of poetry. That should be the first item on your Plan of Action.
Motivate yourself and write your book. Take it chapter by chapter and keep plugging away on your manuscript until it is done. You may only write a paragraph at a time, but you are still working toward your main goal of publication. Revisions and editing is the next step after your book is completed. It’s a necessary step to the process even if it isn’t your favorite part of writing. You want to send the very best to an interested publishing company, agent, or editor.
Motivate Yourself to Publish
Research where your manuscript should be sent. You really don’t want to send your romance novel to a science fiction publishing house. It’s important to know your market. Research; find publishing companies that are happy to take a new author if that’s what you are.
Find out what their specialty is before you send that manuscript. You have researched, now it’s time to send a query letter. This letter will give a short synopsis of your story and hope it will motivate a publisher and grab the interest of an editor.
Your book has been accepted and is on its way to publication. Now is the time to put your motivation to use and do pre-publicity yourself. Talk about your book, be your own promoter. Unless you are a big name author already, chances are, you will be the main PR person for your book.
Take a pro-active interest in promoting your book to family, friends, and businesses in your area. In this area, don’t be shy, if you don’t let them know about your book, no one else may.
Success! Your book is published and now nationally and internationally available. You’ve reached your goal by motivating yourself and taking small steps and working your Action Plan. Celebrate and then make a new goal and start working on that.
Wasn’t it satisfying to mark items off your list as you accomplished them? If you’re original Action Plan looks too short or has too many large steps, break them down again. Small steps will always help you to attain your goal.
A quote from Ralph Marston says:
"Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality.”
This can also work when you begin thinking about starting your own business. In fact, an Action Plan is recommended before you begin looking for financing for your new venture. An Action Plan will be slightly different from the one I outlined above, but will use the same basic principles.
Take each step one at a time and give yourself a pat on the back when you have marked off each task on your list. A plan to motivate yourself will help you stay organized, chart your progress, and helps keep your goal in sight. Good luck reaching your goals!
Techniques to Keep Yourself Motivated to Achieve Your Dream
Everyone sets goals to motivate themselves. Every person has dreams to lose weight, make more money, spend more time with the family, and go on a big vacation. Dreams and goals are a part of every person’s life. Without them, we would have nothing to work towards and have no motivation. There are ways to help keep yourself motivated to accomplish your dreams, no matter how big or small it may be.
Motivation is the reason we do what we do. It is what drives us to accomplish a task or goal and it is what keeps us working towards that destination. Every person is motivated for different reasons, even if they are working towards the same goal. For people who are intrinsically motivated, they have the power from within to make changes and work towards their goals. They do not need outside forces to help them achieve their dreams.
Some people are motivated by extrinsic reasons. These are those that need other forces to make them achieve their goals. It may be money, praise or other rewards. Most people are motivated by a combination of the two. The way to accomplish your goals is to find what motivates you and work towards those goals.
Motivate Yourself to Achieve Your Goals
The first technique in achieving your dreams is to motivate yourself and make goals for yourself. If you write down the steps you need to achieve to reach the end result, it will be easier for you to take those steps one by one.
Visualize your goal through writing or by pictures. If you want to lose weight, use a journal to write down each step you will take every day to accomplish that goal. Find a picture of a dress or a bathing suit you want to be able to wear and visualize yourself in it.
This technique can even work for smaller goals such as cleaning out a closet. Write down the steps you will take and tackle one or two small steps each day. Find a picture of the way you want your closet to look when you are finished and hang it where you can see it. Visualizing your goal will help you see what you want to accomplish and will help you motivate yourself without bogging you down.
Next, you can use support to accomplish your dreams. Tell everyone around you what you want to achieve and surround yourself with positive people that can encourage you each day to reach your goal. If you want to stop smoking, talk to others that have gone through that process and they can help you through your toughest times. Stay away from those that may encourage you back into your old thought patterns.
Another technique you can use when you want to motivate yourself is to reward yourself. Rewards can make almost anyone motivated to work on a task. After you have finished cleaning out that closet, reward yourself by buying a nice storage system for the closet. You can also help others as a reward. When you lose weight, donate those old clothes to a shelter.
Or, if you stop smoking, use the money you would have used for cigarettes and start a savings account for your kids. You will feel motivated by rewarding yourself and others and know that you have helped yourself and those around you in the process.
You can also motivate yourself and achieve your goals by setting up a timetable and work within that period. For long-term goals, you may not be able to accomplish them in a few days. Some achievements take weeks or months. Have a reasonable time frame in mind and work a little every day to get to the end result. When you accomplish one step towards your final goal, mark each day off your calendar
Last of all, when you are working hard to accomplish your dreams, you can stay motivated by having realistic expectations. Understand that you might have setbacks and try to not stress yourself over these bumps in the road. Achieving your goals will not be easy and if you get frustrated with setbacks, you are more likely to give up. Keep working on your goals and do not beat yourself up if you have one bad day. Stay motivated and just vow to pick up the pieces and continue the next day.
Motivate Yourself and Make Your Dreams a Reality
Everyone has dreams that they choose to share or not to share with those around them. Many people sit in awe of those few individuals that make their dreams a reality. The truth is that everyone has the ability to make realistic dreams a reality. Now, there is really no way to bring people back from the dead or to create a new aged dinosaur, but other more logical dreams can be created if you motivate yourself with the proper attitude. Use these tips to help your dreams become reality.
Motivate Yourself to Dream
As children we all allowed ourselves to dream endlessly. When you begin maturing however there are always those negative individuals that will tell you that dreaming is not wise. These are often the same individuals that are stuck in jobs they hate who will never pursue their dreams or motivate themselves.
The first thing you have to do to make your dreams come true is to allow yourself to dream. When you allow yourself to dream you are telling yourself it is fine to think about what “could be”.
When you think outside your normal reality, people may think you are a little crazy. Whether or not you share your dreams with those around you, know that dreaming does not make you crazy. It does allow you to begin the journey to self-motivation. So, if you really want to be happy in life, allow yourself to dream and you will be able to find what it is that would make you happy.
Motivate Yourself to Create Your Own Destiny
The number one thing to remember when you must create your own destiny is to take risks. When you want to follow a dream, you will most likely need to take risks in order to do so. You will have to go outside the box and motivate yourself in order to do this. You might need to make a major life change or even move to a new location. Whatever risks you need to take however will be for the good of your journey. This is the phase in which most people lose track of their dreams.
Thinking up dreams is an easy task. Having the nerve to follow them is an entirely different thing. If you have enough guts to take these risks, you will be much closer to your dream than when you began. Remember however that taking risks does not mean you should act spontaneously. If you are considering a major life change, you should always think it through before committing to it.
Believe It until It Happens
Sometimes it is difficult to believe that you can make your dreams come true just because you motivate yourself. Often fear of failure takes over and corrupts the entire plan. The third thing you need to do to make your dreams a reality is to believe in yourself. Now, this is much more than just having self-confidence.
This is about knowing in your heart that what you are doing can work out. If you believe in the dream enough and are willing to do whatever it takes to make it a reality, then you will be a success. It may not be an easy road, but the rainbow at the end will be worth the effort.
If you come to a point where it just does not look like you can muster up any more motivation, you should keep on believing. Pretend that everything is working out and that life is great to get through the difficult times. When you pretend to be positive, sometimes positive things come to you. So, try to keep your dream in focus as you go through the ups and downs of making it a reality.
Making your dreams into a reality is for brave people only. If you think you have what it takes to be a success, use these tips to help you along your way. Remember that success is only sweet if you work hard to get it.
It is possible to motivate yourself to make your dreams come true, if you are willing to allow yourself to dream, take risks, and believe in yourself. If you don’t have the courage to do these things, your dreams will stay just as they are: dreams. If you take on the challenge however, you will find that anything is possible.