Avoid These Crucial Motivation Mistakes. When I was “trying” to increase my motivation I made a series of fundamental mistakes which are so easy to avoid. In this article I’ll discuss the most common motivational mistakes that people (including yours truly) make so you can avoid them.
If you are pursuing a number of goals then you are going to face some obstacles that can overwhelm you. It can be discouraging when you are pursuing long term goals as achieving them just seems so far away. This can change your motivational and emotional state dramatically and you need to do the right things to get it back on course.
Below are the most common fundamental motivation mistakes.
- Goals are Unrealistic
If your goals are unrealistic then it is going to be very difficult to achieve them. This will really test your motivation. It is much better to have more realistic goals that you feel confident you can achieve. Your motivation will stay higher in this situation.
So don’t try and go for near impossible goals. If you are in your fifties and overweight it isn’t realistic that you will be the next great world sports star is it? This is definitely a huge motivational mistake! It is fine to go for financial goals but don’t make the time frame too short. When you set unrealistic goals it will really test your motivation and the likelihood is that it will fail. I highly recommend GOALSONTRACK to keep you grounded and in your range.
- No Discipline
Making changes to your motivation is going to take discipline. After half my life in the military I even occasionally fell short on this one. We’re not alone, a lot of people lack this and expect miracles. Increasing your motivation is something you need to work at consistently. You cannot make a change and expect this to last forever.
So you need to improve your discipline if you want to make lasting changes. Make a commitment each day to work on your motivation and find different ways to do this. MindType is a program that may help you.
- Stop Procrastinating
Are you a procrastinator? Do you look at your task list and think about other things that you would rather be doing? Another motivational mistake we are all guilty of is getting lost on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest. Next thing you know, 2 hours have passed.
The more that you procrastinate the more you will damage your motivation. Procrastination is a total success killer. So rather than thinking “I will do this later” change your thinking to “I want to get this done right now”. Make it “A Must!” There are many ways that you can overcome procrastination. Admit that you have the problem and then take steps to overcome it. Grab this FREE Demo of Brain Ev, it’s pretty cool and helpful.
- Change Long Term Pain into Short Term Pleasure
When you are trying to achieve something worthwhile you are going to experience some pain. The way that you approach this will mean the difference between being totally unmotivated or highly motivated to push forward.
Be sure to link pleasure to completing all of your tasks. If you feel overwhelmed about completing a large task then break it down into smaller tasks that you can complete easily. So change your thinking to pleasure rather than pain.
- Too Much Planning
To achieve any goal you need to have a good plan. But a lot of people go overboard with too much planning. Creating a realistic plan will give your motivation a boost but spending too much time refining a plan can have the opposite effect.
So create a good plan and then start working on it. You can make adjustments to it as you go along. Taking action will be far more beneficial for your motivation than creating a perfect plan.