Where exactly do I get off track and how do I get the motivation get back in the game? I, like so many of us, make a few classic goal mistakes. I have no clear cut goal and do not even say what I wanted aloud let alone write it down. I have no timeline to be complete by, way to many other projects going on, and no one to be accountable to. And the biggest issue is I think about what I'm going to do way more than I actually do it! So again, how do we keep ourselves on track?
THERE ARE A FEW KEY FACTORS THAT I CAN SEE A PATTERN OF SUCCESS WITH. IT'S NOT ALWAYS FOOL PROOF, BUT THESE TIPS DEFINITELY HELP TO KEEP MY WANDERING CREATIVE HEART ON TRACK. HERE IT GOES-
1) Be specific and write it down. Put your written down goal everywhere you can think that will inspire you to stay motivated. Don't stop there- you will absolutely gain an advantage by logging your progress. Set a time where you can journal about your success or short comings. You will surprised how motivating this can be.
2) Give your goal a completion date. It sounds so simple, but is so often an oversight. Be specific about this too. Just saying "by next year" is not specific enough. By January 1st- that's getting better. This will give you something to judge your progress by.
3) focus on only the most important 'one' thing at a time that will get you closer to your goal. Don't worry about all the little busy work. That stuff will get worked out. Decide what one thing will instantly get you closer to your goal and focus on that until it's complete.
4) Focus on the now. It's good to dream, but 99% of successfully reached dreams started out as small goals built upon each other to achieve that big ultimate dream. But we have to start somewhere. If we set goals too far in the future we put ourselves at a huge disadvantage. It becomes immeasurable, difficult to maintain motivation and easy to get discouraged. Set small goals that are achievable now in the right now.
5) accountability- this is huge for me in terms of whether or not I stick with it. Having someone to answer to is potentially the biggest determining factor in whether or not I achieve success. Why we can't just be accountable to ourselves and keep up the motivation is beyond me, but for so many of us it's just not possible. Having an accountability partner, teacher, parent, boss or mentor to hold you to your goal is invaluable. Tell them all about your goal and the date you are looking to achieve it. Have them hold you to it and accept their criticism. Accept their help and respect them enough to not brake your word. This makes it almost impossible to fail.
6) Don't just think, Do! My artist mind could spend all day daydreaming, but daydreaming has never gotten anyone anywhere. If I spent half the time acting on my goals as I do thinking about them- well, I would have a lot more to show for my time spent. Get started doing those dreams and goals you keep pondering over. Take the first real step toward accomplishing it and go from there.