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One Easy Tool to Help You Stay Focused 
and Motivated


According to Merriam-Webster, motivation is a force or influence that causes someone to do something. The question is, what motivates you? If you work for someone else, is it pressure from a boss? If you're in business for yourself, is it pressure from a customer? Or are you one of those fortunate individuals who is self motivated? Whatever the answer, it's important to recognise that we are all motivated by something. If we weren't, nothing would ever get accomplished. With that in mind, wouldn't it be better to be self-motivated?

But how? How do you motivate yourself, and stay motivated long enough to achieve success?

To motivate yourself on a daily basis, you must set goals and monitor them on a daily basis. A good tool for doing that is the goals quadrant. Here's how it works.
Take a blank sheet of paper and draw a large square on it. Then divide the square into four quadrants. In the upper left quadrant write your ultimate goal (i.e. the amount weight your want to lose, or distance you want to run). In the upper right quadrant write an interim benchmark (i.e. monthly target). In the lower left quadrant write another interim benchmark (i.e. how many lb's you'll need to lose each week to meet the monthly benchmark). Finally, in the lower right quadrant list what you will need to complete today (to meet this weekly benchmark). 

Of course, your goals quadrant will differ from the example given. You may have a longer term ultimate goal. Your interim benchmarks may have different time frames, and the specifics of those benchmarks will certainly differ. But the overall concept is the same.

By breaking your ultimate goals down using the goals quadrant, you can actively monitor your goals on a daily basis. That daily monitoring will not only keep you on track toward achieving your goals, it will help keep you motivated every day. As you monitor your goals, you will undoubtedly need to make adjustments in some of your daily tasks in order to keep you on track toward meeting your your interim benchmarks and, in turn, your ultimate goal. That's to be expected.

The best time to review your goals and make necessary adjustments is first thing every morning. That may seem like a lot, but daily review is essential to staying on track and staying motivated. To make the adjustment process easier, and less time consuming, we recommend creating your goals quadrant in electronic format so that changes can be made without having to rewrite the entire document.

Whether you adopt the goals quadrant method or choose some other methodology, monitoring your goals daily is a great way to get and keep yourself motivated.

10 Thoughts that will Help to Motivate You

  1. Motivation means choosing to do what you'd rather not do, which is why unmotivated people never get anywhere.
  2. Most people want to improve their situation but few take responsibility for motivating themselves to make changes.
  3. People can always validate the decision to avoid unpleasant work. Example: "Today, I'll get organized; tomorrow I'll make cold calls."
  4. Motivation comes from managing your mind and your emotions. Fail at this and you'll live a life of quiet desperation.
  5. The most depressing and de-motivating sentences in the world usually begin with the phrase "Someday, I'll..."
  6. If you find yourself thinking negative thoughts, go someplace quiet and replace those thoughts with positive affirmations, prayer or meditation.
  7. To get big results, ask yourself big questions. "Why do I want to be a millionaire?" is far more motivating than "How can I make a living?"
  8. Don't set goals that just excite you; set goals that scare you a little bit. That way they'll strengthen your "motivation muscle."
  9. What holds people back is fear of failure, but if you don't take action, you'll fail by default, so what have you got to lose?
  10. You can have whatever you want in life, but nobody is going to give it to you. Everything of value must be earned.

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