How powerful is your motivation? How easily can you pump your motivation up when you really need it?
I am sure you understand the need for motivation. If you are trying to lose weight you know it is pretty much impossible unless you are highly motivated to lose it. Without that powerful motivation you will always be tempted by the food and snacks you know you shouldn't eat. Without that powerful motivation you will always find an excuse not to do your workout today. Whatever it is you are trying to achieve, motivation is usually one of the keys to success.
If motivation is a key to success, what can you do to pump it up?
The answer I have found is to daydream. Yes, you read that right - daydream! I put myself in the position I will be in when I have achieved my goal. Put myself there and really feel what it is like. Not just for a few seconds, which is how some people pay lip service to this concept, but for as long as it takes to feel a real change in my thinking, emotions, and even my body.
You do need to prepare for this daydream though, otherwise you may find it goes nowhere. So the first thing you should do is start to list all the advantages of achieving your goal. Make this list as wide and extensive as you can. See if you can produce 100 reasons why you want to achieve it. That is probably a very tough target, but keep working at it. You will probably find the first dozen or so ideas come quickly, but then they peter out. Don't give up at that point, as you will also probably find some pretty powerful reasons in the later batches, and they may be the very reasons that will motivate you. Those later reasons will probably be less directly connected to your achievement than the earlier ones, but that is ok as long as there is a link. Keep going and find those really powerful reasons for achieving your goal. Then you can have your daydream.
Keep repeating this process. Add more reasons to your list. Add pictures which illustrate the great changes in your life that will appear when you achieve your goal. And keep dreaming.
Which goals should you use this process with? Ideally with all your goals. But you will find the greatest motivation will come when you use it with your long term goals, the ones that might seem impossible to your friends and family if you shared them. Your short term and medium term goals are steps along the route to your long term goals, so motivate yourself by daydreaming about your life when you have achieved those long term goals and then remind yourself that achieving those small goals will get you closer to your dream.
You will not necessarily find you are highly motivated the first time you try this exercise. You may have a long history of poor motivation to counter. But try it for a few weeks and I am sure you will be astounded by the difference it makes. When you have established it as a habit you will find it much easier to continue it, not just for the initial goals you used it for but for new goals you set yourself. You will reach the point where the moment you set yourself a new goal you immediately feel the glow that comes with achieving it, and you will instantly be motivated to do whatever it may take to get there.
What will motivate me?
Work at this daydreaming exercise and I know that will motivate you!