It is no hidden fact that working towards long term goals can be challenging. So many other things in life demand our commitment, attention and energy. There are times that we all have good days, but there are instances when it can be difficult to motivate ourselves. So, the question now is this.
How do we motivate ourselves and press on towards our goals, even when we don’t feel like it?
Certainly, remaining committed to your goals begin with clarity on your big why. However, it is your inner drive that will sustain you throughout the process. Your inner drive can simply be described as the determined feeling that you have deep inside, which enables you to push through, even when you don’t feel like it.
Your inner drive plays a significant role in:
- What you accomplish or don’t accomplish everyday
- How you approach your goals
- Succeeding or failing in your goals
There are occasions when we all feel like our inner drive is waning. If you experience this emotion, then here are five ways that you can manage your inner drive so that you can succeed at all your goals.
It is extremely important to have faith for better outcomes in your life. Optimism is a key factor for maintaining your inner drive. It boosts your hope and confidence, so you will remain committed to your goals. Search yourself to discover your sources of inspiration. For instance, some persons are inspired by motivational videos or audio books. Another person’s hope may come from prayer; whilst another may find that their source of inspiration comes from music. Additionally, it is also beneficial to associate yourself with persons who have a positive mindset or exhumes confidence. This will help stimulate your own self-confidence and remain optimistic on your journey towards success.
Journaling is an excellent habit that you can develop, if you have not already started doing so. Journaling is a great way to help you manage your thoughts and feelings and gain the clarity needed to remain committed to your goals. It can also be used to gain inspiration and get the right mindset needed to stimulate your inner drive.
Examine Your Support Structure or Community
Let me say firstly, that surrounding yourself with negative people, or persons who do not share your dream, can destroy your inner drive. I cannot emphasize enough how essential it is to surround yourself with positive individuals or persons who inspire you. For example, when you connect with communities that can relate to your journey or goals, then it will be quite easy to find encouragement and inspiration. Communities, whether professional or personal, are the support structures that you need to surround yourself with when the apathy starts to set in.
Visualize Your Success
Begin to practice visualizing your success. One way that you can do so, is by creating a vision board or Pinterest board. Such visuals are a great source of inspiration and push for your inner drive. I find that imagining the goals that I want to achieve before I go to bed at night, helps me to maintain my inner drive and focus. For instance, take some time to imagine how you would feel when you succeed at your goal; the changes that you would make; how your loved ones would be impacted and even the rewards that everyone would receive. This somehow helps your brain to work with you to accomplish your dream!
Meditation is an ancient practice that has never lost its benefits. Many successful entrepreneurs practice meditation. One of the most beautiful things about meditation is that it only requires a few minutes of your time and its benefits are numerous. Meditation not only helps to clear your mind so you can focus on your journey to success, but it will also inspire you to keep going when things get tough. It equally helps you to better police your thoughts and emotions, which then increases your chances of achieving your goals.
I hope that these five tips can help you manage your inner drive and ultimately succeed in all your goals, big or small.
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I leave you with this thought: NEVER SETTLE!