Those of us with very high ambitions strive to be the best. Some attempt to accumulate the most money and have the most luxurious things. Some try to be the best athletes the world has ever seen. And some strive to be on the cover of every magazine in a drug store. Whatever your ambitions are, there are merely two things standing in the way of most: procrastination and lack of motivation, something I had struggled with for years. I have finally found a way around this and can share my tips with you:
Realize the Opportunity Won’t Come to You
Whatever your ambition is, chances are the opportunity will not just fall in your lap. Sure, if your dream is to become a multimillionaire you just might win the lottery, but the odds are about one in 173 million. If you want something, you have to go after it, do whatever you can to get it, not just sit on your bum and count the dots on the ceiling waiting for it to come to you.
Surround Yourself With Motivation
Have a quote that you live by that always motivates you? Or a picture of something that you strive to be or have? Place a poster of it in your bedroom or office. Place a wallpaper of it on your phone or computer. Wear a t-shirt that shows it. Surrounding yourself with phrases or pictures that motivate you can drastically reduce how often you procrastinate, as it is constant reminder of the dream you are trying to achieve.
Start with Baby-Steps
If your dream is to become an author with a book on the New York Times Bestseller List, chances are if you’ve never picked up a pen in your life, it might take a while, and in the beginning there is a high chance that you may quit just because the task is so difficult and you haven’t built up to it. Know your limits in the beginning and within time you will accomplish what you’re after.
Don’t Compare Yourself with Others
Everybody is different, but one of the annoying similarities we all share is our need to compare ourselves with our competitors. There will always be people ahead of you, and this realization may be a great drain on your motivation. Focus on yourself and how you can improve in your field. Know what process is best for you to achieve your goals.
Visualize the Success, Not the Failure
The fear of failure can easily prevent us from accomplishing what we want in life. Banish the “what if” questions from your mind, as they do nothing but hold you back. If you focus on the success and accomplishment of your goal, you are more prone to be motivated and take action.
Make Every Day You Pursue Your Goal Count
Why watch eight hours of television a day, when you could be going to the bank and taking out a loan to start your own business? Why watch five hours of YouTube videos when you could be practicing and perfecting your craft? Know your priorities when achieving your goals. Focus on what you truly want to do.