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Boosting Your Inner Drive

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We all have those moments when we struggle to find motivation to work on our goals. Often when we first envision what we want to accomplish our energy and enthusiasm is at its peak. We have grand visions of what it will be like when we succeed. Then we find during the long struggle that we start to doubt our ability to finish. Difficulties and obstacles may crop up that we hadn’t considered when we started out and the finish line may seem farther away than we first thought. This is when we have to dig deep and reignite the passion that we felt at the beginning.

Don’t be fooled by a temporary lack of interest
If you are thinking about giving up consider delaying the decision to give up for a week or a month depending on the size of the project. Schedule a day in the future where you will sit down and reassess the project. It is important to know that a high level of excitement cannot be maintained indefinitely and that our energy levels have peaks and valleys. You may be at a temporary low point that will pass.

Give yourself a break
If you had been driving yourself and working hard for days or weeks it may be that you are burning out. Take some time and do something enjoyable and try not to think about the goal. You may find that after a rejuvenating break that your passion and drive has returned and you are ready to dive back in.

Celebrate your progress
Look back at what you have accomplish so far. Be careful not to short change what you’ve done. What may seem like a trivial accomplishment now may only appear that way due to how much you have grown and that personal growth is the real accomplishment.  Also don’t compare your achievements with others who have accomplished what you are working on. They went through the same process you are going through now.

Start again from where you are
Think about what more you have to do to accomplish your goal and start from there. When you consider what you have accomplished so far, what remains to be done may not seem as challenging. You are closer to accomplishing your goal than when you first started so you now have that as an advantage.

Get excited about the next action
When you consider that number of things you have left to do it may appear overwhelming. The truth is you don’t have to do it all right now. At any moment you only have to accomplish one task. A writer is only required to write one word at a time. Find something that you know you can do right now and do that one thing. Remember that every step you take no matter how small is one more step toward completing your goal.

Written by Tim ThinkAuthor

May 12, 2011 at 8:14 pm

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  1. Tim…this is my first look at your site, and I have to say, I’m impressed. This post is great; well thought out and well executed, in clear language that highlights the most salient ideas. You came to my site, and I’ve already clicked to Follow your blog, so I would know when you post. Now I know it was a good decision; this is some good stuff. I’m sure I’ll be reading more of your work in future (looking forward to it), and I’m glad to have begun contact. It’s always good to find like-minded people…..take care, & keep on writin’…..


    December 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm

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