This month, our emphasis is on positivity for the day, which includes taking initiative to reach your goals. Each day, return here to remind yourself of the steps you may take to have a more fulfilling life and accomplish your goals.
Plan Your Month
Today is the start of the new month, so what better time to write out your goals for the month? First, write 2-3 significant goals. Something like "I will lose 1kg this month" or whatever it is you are trying to achieve. This goal could be a stepping stone to a yearly go, for example, if your goal is to enter a fitness competition.
Once you have written out your significant goals, write or type a list with every day of the month and commit to doing something positive that will lead you to achieve your goal by the end of February.
Create an Action Plan
Here is an example of an action plan to serve as inspiration as you work on your own action items. Let's say you are launching a personal blog and online store for a creative portfolio right now. Pay close attention to how the lesser tasks tie into the main objective and how each deadline progresses the previous one.
GOAL: Right now it is the 2nd of February and by the 15th of March I hope to debut my blog and online store.
In order to achieve my goal, I must:
Choose a web host and buy a domain (due February 5)
Organise the content I wish to feature on my website (due February 8). Research my niche.
Select a website template that is appropriate for my line of work (due February 10)
Find a dropshipping company or wholesaler for products. Note: the publisher of the website can help you check out my other website on building an online business. (due February 12)
Write headlines for my blog posts. Note: there are plenty of tools to help you try Answer the Public. (I am not affiliated with this website nor do I receive any compensation for advertising it). (due February 14)
Purchase the template and start building (or hire someone to do it) (due February 16)
Build the website and source products (due 16 - 28 February)
Organise social media platforms i.e. Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook (due 1st March)
Write five blog posts (due March 6)
Launch website (due March 15)
Procrastination Holds You Back
Do you procrastinate? What hold you back? Is it a lack of confidence or feelings of insecurity? Today is when you delete procrastination from your life because you have big things to achieve this month.
Admit it! You are procrastinating. Be honest with yourself and write down on paper why.
Eliminate distractions. Turn off the phone, find a quiet place to work and write a note of what you must do after you have finished what is most essential to achieve your goals.
Choose what is important! If you are like me and have a to-do list as long as the desk, stop it at once. Decide what will get you where you want to go, and concentrate on that! Once you complete that task, you can continue working on the second most important one.
Start now! Yes, drop everything (by that, I mean doing the self-sabotaging things) and start on the task that needs to be done to achieve your goal right now.
Use the five-minute miracle. Break down smaller jobs that contribute to your ultimate goal, set the timer for 5 minutes and go for it! The more you do this, the more enthusiastic you will become.
Set a power hour! Use one hour in the day, turn off all distractions and concentrate on that step to achieve your goal.
Reward yourself. Give yourself a little treat or do something you usually wouldn't do. Stepping outside your comfort zone is exhilarating.
The first step is to stop justifying why you 'can't' do what needs to be done to achieve your better life!
Because there will always be a justification for not acting, if you seek hard enough.
You might be convincing yourself that you should wait to start a new endeavour since you should probably first conduct additional study and preparation.
Or you can make an effort to persuade yourself that you require more time, money, or resources in order to begin.
These are all only justifications you give yourself for not doing.
You must abandon all justifications if you want to accomplish your ambitions.
Making excuses originate from the part of you that fears failure whereas
successful people plunge in and start working instead of listening to their fears.
They generate momentum by acting. As they go along, they pick up the necessary knowledge.
If they can do it, so can you!
Never Lose Faith
Never lose faith in your capacity to accomplish the ultimate objectives you set out to accomplish even while you complete all the steps. If an obstacle gets in the way remember this mantra "I laugh at obstacles". You can do it! Stay positive.
Write In Your Journal Every Morning
I keep a daily journal to keep myself on track with my goals, and journaling has always helped me get motivated when I'm stuck. I keep two journals in the morning. The first is a writing and creative journal that I start with a list of my blessings. After that, I list my top four goals as if they have already been completed. For instance, I might write "each month, I supply my services to 12 clients and help them achieve their own goals" rather than "my target is to have 12 clients per month." By the way, that is merely an illustration.
Replace A Bad Habit
Select a replacement for your problematic habit. You must prepare in advance for how you will act when faced with the stress or boredom that triggers your negative behaviour. When the need to smoke strikes, what will you do? (An alternative is breathing exercises.) What would you do when Facebook beckons you to put off doing something? You need to have a strategy for what you will do in place of your bad habit with a positive habit instead, whatever it is and whatever you are dealing with.
Clear your desk and computer screen of all items other from the work you are doing now
It is easy to get distracted when you have a cluttered desk and a cluttered computer. Leave only the screen open that you are working on and keep your desk clear. This will help you stay focused on the task-at-hand.
Plan Some Time to Clear Out Small Tasks
Sometimes we let things build up that annoy us and stop us moving forward. It doesn't necessarily need to be work related either. It could be tidying out the pantry, dusting the skirting boards, repairing something and the list goes on. Dedicate a few hours per week that you commit get motivated and complete these tasks.
Stay in The Present Moment
Often we find ourselves daydreaming or worrying and that takes us out of the present moment. If you need to take action then erase all the daydreams and worries out of your mind - even if it's just an hour. Focus on your breathing, be present an set to getting that job done whatever it is. A good breathing technique is to breathe in for the 4-4-4 breathe in for four counts, hold for four counts, breath out for four counts, hold for four counts and continue as long as you feel comfortable.
Visualise Yourself Taking Action
You could have a broad idea of what you want to accomplish. Maybe your goals are to start a prosperous business, amass cash, or finish your education.
You'll struggle to achieve your goals if they are overly nebulous. Having a clear understanding of your objectives will make the next step easier to take.
According to research, vividly visualising goals increases motivation, which motivates people to act. Your goals seem more realistic when you imagine them. This improves the likelihood that you will pursue your goals.
When you visualise something, your brain is working in the same place as when you are actually doing it. Consequently, you do better when you truly set out to do something, like going on a job interview or finishing a race.
Close your eyes and visualise the ideal version of the life you desire. Be more precise. Write the specifics of your dreams down on a piece of paper. You'll have a clearer understanding of what you want to accomplish as a result. You can also make a vision board to serve as a daily reminder of your major objectives.
Wishing it to Happen Doesn't Work
Imagination is critical to using the Law of Attraction however wishful thinking won't magically make this happen. You have to take action. Write down three things you can do right now to motivate yourself to achieve your goal. Take action!
Failures are Lessons
The failures that have already occurred are the main cause of inaction, albeit there are other causes as well. Consider your mistakes as lessons acquired that will help you to be open to learning new things. By pushing yourself beyond what you can now see, you can develop self-confidence and grab the moment. Check out 52 Positive self talk affirmations.
Get Up One Hour Early
That's right. I get up anywhere between 4.00 a.m. and 5.30 a.m. every day. Rather than jump on my phone, I give thanks that I'm awake and have another day to achieve something; following those thoughts, I dream about what I want whilst I'm still a little sleepy. Then I don't think about it; I get up. There is something significant about watching the sunrise and the quietness of the early morning. I achieve a lot in those hours. Check out our Morning Motivation Tips.
Discover the Power of Gratitude
Finding motivation for oneself can seem unattainable when you're in a rut. Therefore, take a step back and try to appreciate how you feel before you try to inspire yourself.
Being proud of yourself makes it much simpler to stay motivated.
It's virtually difficult to feel depressed and appreciative at the same moment, so practising gratitude is one of the quickest ways to feel good about yourself.
Start by jotting down three things you have to be thankful for in order to practise thankfulness. These might be anything, such as your morning cup of coffee, a beloved pet, or even a cosy chair.
To find motivation every day, it would be ideal if you could include this into your regular routine.
Imagine Your Future if You Don't Take Action
Using this advice, you can easily motivate yourself: Think about the life you'll lead if you don't stay motivated and be more productive, rather than concentrating on the change you want to make.
Think about how your life will be in a year, five years, and ten years.
Write out three reasons why you wish to be motivated and take action in the moment. Do you want to start a business, advance your education, become more healthy, or save money?
Continue coming up with answers until you identify several that will keep you inspired.
Listen to Upbeat Music
Try this incredibly easy advice if you need to encourage yourself right away: listen to a music you enjoy that is upbeat, motivating, and full of energy.
Add some extra points by simultaneously breaking out into wild dancing.
Don't pause after the music is finished; instead, take immediate action. It can end up becoming one of your favourite methods of motivation.
Reflect on Past Achievements
Reflect on your past successes and use the positive feelings to stay motivated and take action. Going through a rut and not feeling inspired to take action can happen to us all. Reflect on the amazing things you have achieved in your life and set out to double those achievements!
Get excited about a goal if you want to get out of a slump. This may seem obvious, but most people don't give it much thought. But how can you accomplish that if you lack motivation and don't take action? Design a vision board of your life when you have achieved your goal by being more productive and taking action. How do you feel? Hopefully excited and proud of your achievements.
Post Your Goal Where You Will See it Frequently
Print out your goal in large print. Post your goal on your wall or mirro with just a few phrases, such as "Exercise 15 Minutes Daily." Post it both at your place of employment and residence. Put it on the desktop of your computer. To maintain focus and excitement, you need have frequent reminders of your objective. It also helps to have an image of your desired outcome, such as a model with nice abs.
Don't Give Up
Never give up no matter what. Don't give up, even if you don't feel motivated today or this week. That drive will return once more. Consider your objective as a lengthy journey, and your slump as a minor hiccup. You cannot give up after every minor setback. You'll succeed if you stick with it for the long run, ride out the ebbs, and surf on the flows.
Don't Entertain Negative Thoughts
Stop thinking negatively and start thinking positively. In that regard, it's critical to start keeping an eye on your thoughts. Recognize that your slump is actually being caused by negative self-talk. Simply take a few days to become conscious of every negative thought. Try squashing those negative thoughts like an insect after a few days and then replace them with an analogous happy notion. "This is too hard!" should be squashed and replaced with "I can do this!
Make Yourself Accountable
It's very simple to think, "I'll organise my desktop sometime," or "I'll finish that client proposal later." The truth is that "one day" or "eventually" will never, ever happen. Let's face it.
This is why it's crucial that you hold yourself responsible by establishing your own deadlines. By deadlines, I mean specific dates rather than merely the "end of the month." Clarity is essential.
The main piece of advice I would give is to constantly endeavour to complete your task ahead of schedule. This provides you a bit more room to manoeuvre if unanticipated jobs pop up.
Learn New Skills
A new aim can call for personal development or acquiring new skills. Decide what unique talents you will need to learn or what new knowledge you will require. Find the finest resource for learning this information and make appropriate investments to build the help you need to succeed.
Be Someone You Admire
By that, I mean observing what makes them tick and motivated. For example, one of my sons-in-law, Sean, is never still. He is always overachieving and living life to the full. He is not afraid of anyone or trying anything new. When something holds me back, I often say to myself, "Live Like Sean".
Develop a Sense of Urgency
When you develop a sense of urgency, your adrenalin gets going! Look at something you want to achieve but keep putting it off for the wrong reasons. For example, when I decided to pump this website for SEO (search engine optimisation), I made it urgent and took action. The more effort I made, the more action I wanted to take.
Action Overcomes Fear
Don't let fear stop you from taking action to get what you want. Let's say you desire to be a public speaker or start a YouTube channel, but fear stops you. That's when you take action and overcome your fears, and once you do it a few times, there is nothing to fear.
February 29 (if Leap Year)
Read all of the above in one sitting :)