April 2018 Motivate

How To Motivate Yourself to Achieve Your Goals


Written By: Michelle Bizet

 

Motivation is the desire to take action. Depending on our personalities, there are some activities that might seem more appealing than others. For this reason, it is important that we learn the different ways in which we can stay motivated to do the things we don’t feel like doing.

Once you find the motivation to perform a certain task, it will often be easier to finish it. For example, once you found the motivation and went to the gym, you’re more likely to perform your routine because you’re already there. Therefore, the key about motivation is to find the ways that make it easy for you to start. Following the gym example, a good tactic to motivate you to go to the gym could be to set up reminders on your phone.

One of, if not the best, ways to motivate yourself to achieve a goal is to write it down and schedule a time to work toward achieving it. For this reason, if your goal is to develop a healthy lifestyle, you should schedule at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week to exercise. The importance of scheduling is that because you are already establishing a time to work toward a certain goal, you are more prone to achieving it.

The beauty behind scheduling is that it will allow you to build a routine. There’s a famous saying that it only takes 21 days to build a habit. As a result, if you schedule 30 minutes of your day for 21 consecutive days to exercise, you will more likely build the habit of exercising, and after the 21st day, you’ll be able to exercise without feeling the struggle of having to motivate yourself.

Now that you’ve learned about scheduling and building a routine, it’s important that you learn about rewarding yourself. Every goal you achieve gets you closer to a better version of yourself, and that’s why motivating yourself is so important. After finishing your 150 minutes of exercise per week, go ahead and treat yourself with your favorite meal because you deserve it!

Finally, it is important to stay motivated for the long run. A good way of doing this is through quotes. We’ve gathered the 10 most motivational quotes, so you can feel energized to take action, today:

  1. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” —Vince Lombardi
  2. “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” —Charles Swindoll
  3. “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” —Jimmy Dean
  4. Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” —Theodore Roosevelt
  5. “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” —Les Brown
  6. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.” —Mark Twain
  7. “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” —Michael Jordan
  8. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” —Amelia Earhart
  9. “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” —Ayn Rand
  10. “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.” —Rosa Parks

 

 

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Michelle Bizet is a senior in public relations at the University of Florida. She loves working in the communications field and she is very passionate about the labor nonprofit organizations do. When she is not managing social media or studying for school, she can be found running The Swamp or cooking delicious and nutritious meals.

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