12 Strategies for Motivation That Work!

  1. Set goals. Be sure they are realistic and achievable. Make them small to start.
  2. Establish rewards for progress toward your goals.
  3. Expect set-backs and when they happen, re-direct and renew your energy toward your goals. Don’t give up.
  4. Use the power of positive thinking and believe in yourself. Overcome discouragement.
  5. Tell others what you are trying to accomplish and seek support from loved ones.
  6. Learn to say no to options and distractions that deter you from your goal. Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal.
  7. Establish routine and regular exercise; meditation, prayer or yoga, even if it is only 15 minutes a day to start. This will help you to cultivate discipline.
  8. Use positive imagery to help you achieve your goals. Imagine yourself as you will be and feel when your goal is achieved.
  9. Spend time reflecting or talking to others about what has stopped you from achieving your goals in the past.
  10. Post reminders and inspirational quotes in prominent places about what you want to achieve.
  11. Get professional help and support to overcome physical or mental roadblocks (depression and anxiety are just two examples) and to bolster your efforts, no matter how small they may seem.
  12. Practice extreme self care. Good health is essential to positive thinking and feeling, which will take you a long way toward achieving your goals.

Adapted directly from: a non-referenced article on The Center For Personal and Professional Development’s Home page, Information from Allegheny College’s Office of Residence Life and Allegheny College’s Counseling Center.