It isn’t always so easy to keep a positive mentality when life happens in its most distracting and discouraging ways. It’s natural to want to quit, but it’s immensely rewarding to continue in pursuit of your goal and finish what you set out to accomplish in spite of the struggles. Here is a list of do’s and don’ts that’ll support you on your journey and keep you motivated along the way.

Don't worry about what others are doing—just focus on yourself.

Looking inward will lead to the right kind of motivation.

DON’T
Compare yourself to others

You may be inspired by someone else’s journey—and could quite possibly begin your own as a result—but be careful not to shift your focus away from what you’ve set out to accomplish. You’ll want to assess the progress that you’ve made, but why do that by comparing yourself to someone else? Their progress does nothing to further your own, only your personal progress accomplishes that. Doing this is one of the quickest ways to losing motivation, so instead…

DO
Compare yourself to your past self

Immerse yourself in the moments where you look back at your past self and compare that person to who you are now. Find ways to keep track of what you’ve accomplished—journal, take photos, scrapbook, etc so that you can revisit your achievements when you’re starting to lose motivation. No matter how big or small they are, they’ll all add up to your success.

Resolutions take a little tracking—take pictures or journal to document your journey.

Don’t forget to track your progress—it will help keep you honest.

DON’T
Lie about your progress

We all lie, that’s not hard to admit. We often do so because we feel pressure to impress the people around us. It’s important to remember though, that you are embarking on this journey to better yourself, which can’t happen if you aren’t actively disciplining yourself to be honest, especially about your progress. Why impress with fibs when you can inspire and empower with facts? Rather than lying…

DO
Be transparent

Being honest with yourself and others will motivate you to keep working hard to achieve what you’ve set for yourself. You’ll want to have bigger updates to share as you open up to people about how you’re doing, and transparency will allow you to make adjustments to your process in real time if things aren’t going as planned. You’ll never know just how well you’re doing if you aren’t being honest, so delight in the truth and use it to inspire your progress.

New year, same methodical approach.

Success takes time—be patient and take pleasure in your dedication to your plan.

DON’T
Discredit your progress

You’ll be looking for signs of progress early on, but after some time has passed, those signs may or may not have shown themselves yet in the ways you had hoped. In these moments, it’s easy to feel like minor progress equates to no progress at all. You and I both know how hard you’ve been working, but how do we validate that if your progress isn’t materializing in the ways you expected?

DO
Have patience

All good things take time to grow. Rather than focusing on results, consider how much time you’ve been diligently pursuing your goals. Acknowledge all that you’ve done when one month passes, then two and three. Concentrating on your dedication to the process will make the time fly by, and before you know it you’ll be pleasantly surprised as the results begin to show. The encouragement that comes with patient success will greatly spike your motivation, unlocking new talents and skills you didn’t even know you had. Are you ready for that? Get ready for that.

 

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Posted by Kevin Johnson

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