Motivation is the fire underneath the rocket. By learning how to fuel it, you can go far.
By: Ava Kesler
In just 3 steps, you can be on your way to accomplish everything you've dreamed of. It won't be easy, after all, nothing worthwhile is, but it will be rewarding. Not only in terms of achieving your goals, but also because of the personal growth you will see in yourself along the way.
"If you can dream it, you can do it!"
- Walt Disney
Regardless of what steps you take to reach your goal, remember that achieving something is meaningless if you didn't learn along the way. Having the title and life of a doctor won't do you any good if you didn't make the most of your time in school. By using the process to truly grow, you will find that after reaching your goal, the steps you took to get there will be the most meaningful and important to you.
Knowing What You Want
Rockets are not fueled if they do not have a destination. What would be the point of sending one into space without a plan of what it should accomplish or where it should go?
The same applies to people: without a clear goal, staying motivated becomes much harder than it has to be.
Having a clear goal does not mean you have to know exactly what you want to do in life. Start small, and work your way up to the bigger picture. First, make a goal to finish your homework early, then to improve all of your grades, next to do well on a standardized test, and so on. Soon you will start to notice what interests you.
What are you doing when you are the happiest? While you might feel content watching TV all day, are you really at your happiest, or are you just looking for an escape?
These questions may seem daunting, but there is a very simple way to find the answers to them:
After doing something, whether that may be math homework, video gaming, or washing the dishes, think about how you feel. Did finishing the task leave you feeling satisfied and proud, or burned out? Take the time to determine why it left you feeling this way, and whether you want to change that feeling for the better.
Knowing Why You Want It
Once you determine your goals, you've decided your destination, and all you need to do is to find the fuel for your rocket.
Putting the reason behind your goal into words is extremely beneficial in motivating yourself to achieve them. This way, you will not be guided by some vague idea; rather, you will have a clear and decisive purpose under your belt.
The reason you chose your goal should come to you fairly clearly. It might not seem that way at first, but forget about following the steps in this article, or any complicated essays you'll have to explain it in, and just gather your thoughts and relax. Think about your goal and why it is important to yourself. Talk to yourself, and give words to your thoughts.
Write down this purpose in as simple words as pleases you- you can spice it up later.
And now you have your "why" statement- the fuel!
Knowing How to Get There
At this point, you have your destination and your fuel. Now all that's left is to figure out how to put the fuel into the rocket.
By simply reminding yourself of your "why" statement, you give yourself an extra push that will help you reach your goal.
Yes, you will have to work hard at it, but all of that will come naturally and easily to you, without a second thought, if your "why" statement is strong enough to get you there.
Establishing the Specifics
The Final Calculations
Now, you already know the what, why, and how. Depending on the weight of your goal, the establishment of the where, when, and who will be done during the process of figuring out how to get there.
As long as you remind yourself of your "why" statement, the hard work will not seem so bad, and you will have the energy and motivation to reach your goals.
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