“Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.” Napoleon Hill
Motivation is the force that drives you into action. It is the fuel that allows us to spring out of bed and feel passionate about the day. Many people, however, find that energy to move forward is missing. You have taken time to develop a plan by getting the tools and support in place to succeed at your goal. The first couple of weeks start off with a bang and you are charged up about kicking a problem once and for all. Something happens and your motivation motor stalls.
Motivation was always a popular topic when I held groups as an occupational therapist. We talked about the two types of motivation, the kind that came from the inside and the other from outside themselves. Extrinsic motivations are outside forces that drive you to get something done. Outside motivation is fueled by dodging a consequence for not doing a task. Intrinsic motivation however is fed by the fire that lives in your heart. Motivation within is what truly drives us across the finish line when finishing a plan.
Let’s talk about the keys to getting a project or plan finished:
1. Get clear about why you want it. Writing goals are very important. Goals are the stepping stones to getting where you are going. However, writing goals are not enough to keep your plan in motion. Maybe you have recently written a goal about weight loss. Write as many reasons as you can come up with for why you want to lose weight. Carry those reasons with you no matter where you go. Pull them out when you want to give up. See the moment that you made the goal in your mind. Feel the excitement all over again as you remember why you wrote the goal to begin with. And keep going.
2. Stop trying and start doing. Did you realize that the definition of try is to make an attempt or effort to do something? You find out pretty quickly that try is not a word I use if you are with me for any period of time. Try lacks commitment in getting something done. Get clear about your desire to achieve your plan and do it.
3. Get off the couch and do it. There is no better way to get something done than to move. Our minds can come up with dozens of excuses or reasons think about moving forward with a plan. Remember a plan is never set in stone. You can course correct at any time during your action plan. Just avoid procrastination and its sister perfection.
Keep these three keys with you when working your plan. Then watch your dream turn into reality.