Source | Forbes : By Kevin Kruse
What is the single best way to stay motivated and energized every single day? How do highly successful people maintain their motivation—and continue to chase their toughest goals—through an entire year?
A reader named John recently contacted me with a similar question. He wrote, “I’m currently working in investment management, a challenging job and a competitive environment that requires extra hours. Also, studying for the CFA–an average of two to three hours a day for six months. This is doable without any doubt, but how can someone keep the same energy and motivation?”
At this time of year, you may be asking a similar question. Perhaps you’re reflecting on the past year and wondering why you weren’t able to stay focused on your goals from 11 months ago. Or perhaps you’re planning your New Year’s Resolution for 2017 and wondering how you’ll stay motivated long enough to actually accomplish it.
Many Ways To Drive Motivation
They say, “success leaves clues” and I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with many self-made millionaires, Olympians, Marine Corps generals, Fortune 500 CEOs, Navy SEALS, Congressmen, and countless other high achievers. But before I reveal the single most effective motivation technique, let me acknowledge that there are many things that can help you drive and maintain motivation. For example:
• Goal Setting And The Goldilocks Rules—goal setting is one of the most powerful psychological tools we have, but the trick is in setting the right The great thinker and writer James Clear calls this the Goldilocks Rule. If your goal is too hard, it will lose its power as you consciously or unconsciously determine it’s just unrealistic. If you set your goal too low, it will also lose its power as you will assume you’ll hit it no matter what. As Clear writers, “humans experience peak motivation when working on tasks that are right on the edge of their current abilities. Not too hard. Not too easy. Just right.”
• Higher Purpose—Despite the innate power of goal setting, a longer lasting fuel for motivation is having a higher purpose. Simon Sinek has popularized the concept of knowing your “Why.” It’s your true purpose or belief that inspires you. Whether your motivation is to lose weight, stop smoking, get out of debt or launch a new business, ask yourself “why” you want to do that. In fact, ask several why’s in a row and you might be surprised at your answer.