7 Ways to Get Motivated and Achieve Your Goals

Get Motivated and achieve your goals this year.  If you’re going to achieve your deepest desires, you must understand how your mind works.  When you learn how to tap into the deep resevoirs of your mind, getting motivated to achieve your goals gets much easier.  When you work with your mind, you turn:

  • probably into possibility
  • “I can’t” into “I can” ;
  • “can I?” into “how can I?”

Here are 7 ways to get motivated and achieve your goals:

1. Feel It Already Done

This works great for a fitness or wellness goal (or any goal).  Most people have a hard time going to the gym because they’re so focused on all the pain and inconvenience of a workout – and since we habitually move away from pain – we dread going to the gym.

Instead, try feeling what it would be like if you had already finished your workout.  Get those good vibes going.  Feel what it would be like if you had already worked out.  Feel energetic and alive.  As you get into this state, your desire and enthusiasm to workout will inspire you to act.

2. Give Yourself A Reward

This is very similar to feeling as if it is already done, but with one small difference.  If you have a hard time feeling the feelings of having it already done, then the next best thing you can do is give yourself a reward.  But don’t just give yourself a reward just for the sake of it – you want to feel the reward.

Feel the reward.  Associate strong positive feelings with the end result – your reward.  When you feel the reward, you reinforce that goal and your desire with your subconscious.  You reinforce that goal to your subconscious when you reinforce the feeling.  The stronger and more positive the feelings are, the faster you leap into action.

3. Ask A Buddy

Recently I had to undergo a major WordPress upgrade on my blog so I asked a buddy to help.  I phoned him up and told him about my situation.  I explained all the details and asked him if he had a goal or activity that he had been procrastinating with.

It turns out he did.  So I offered to partner with him – to do a trade – where he would help me in exchange for my help.  The result was beyond amazing.  I helped my partner with his marketing needs and put more money in his pocket while he helped me upgrade my blog to the latest version of WordPress – a definite win-win.

4. Work With A Finish Line

Be clear with your outcome from the very beginning.  Set a finish line.
When I worked on my WordPress upgrade, I set a finish line – not a deadline.  I always work with a finish line – not a deadline – because I don’t want to be dead when I’m finished.  Subtle, but effective.

5. Create Reasons Why You Will Succeed

The majority of people are so focused on the negative aspects of their goals that they can’t help but talk themselves out of them.  The way to gain back control is by gently bringing your attention to the reasons why you can do something – as opposed to the very opposite.

The more often you focus on what you can do – the easier and more natural it becomes for you to go out and start doing it.  You must realize that your mind is not in control – you are.

Start managing your mind by creating a list of reasons why you can’t help but achieve your goal.  As you begin this process, your confidence and enthusiasm will soar.

6. Have A Bigger Vision

This is my absolute favorite way of getting motivated.  It takes less time commitment on a day-to-day basis, but requires your persistence.  This type of sustaining motivation is for much bigger goals.

It’s better fit for the ambitious type who has a much bigger project or goal to accomplish; one that will take you more than a year to complete.  If you want sustaining motivation that grows stronger and more compelling each and every day, create a bigger vision.  The way to do that is by visualizing your outcome daily for a minimum of 5 minutes.

7. Use “Pain” as Leverage

I used to work with the owner of a construction company.  He had this habit of telling everyone he knew about his goals and then doing nothing about it. Eventually he got to the point where he was afraid of telling the people in his life about his goals because he felt like a liar.

His construction clients were another story.  Every time he promised one of his clients he would build a new home he would follow through.  His track record for follow through with his clients was 100%.


Because he had a lot of pain associated with failure to deliver to his clients.  His business and reputation were on the line so he always took massive action.

Use pain as a motivator.  Human beings are twice as likely to take action to move away from pain than they are to take action to gain pleasure – use this!

Think of an important goal you would like to accomplish in the next 3 months.  Now that you have it in mind, make an agreement with your wife/husband/brother/sister or anyone who knows you well to commit to this goal.  Put a contract in writing with them that says if you don’t achieve your goal in the next 3 months you will give them $500 in cash.  Sign it.

For most people, loosing that kind of money is more painful than taking action towards their goals.  They will instantly leap into action and overcome their fear to avoid loosing that money – and guess what else happens?

You get motivated and do the impossible to achieve your goals ;)


  • Fred Tracy

    Reply Reply January 27, 2011

    Good stuff. I think pain can be a very effective motivator.

    On top #1, when you say to feel as though it’s already done, are you talking about intention manifestation? I’ve been doing it quite a bit lately, and I’m not sure if it’s a brain thing or a universe thing. Any thoughts?

  • Steve

    Reply Reply January 27, 2011

    Hey Fred – it’s both!

    You don’t want to think of the Universe as separate and independent from you – that’s an illusion. There is no inside and outside – it’s all the same stuff. The Universe is part of you and you are part of the Universe.

    So your brain works with your perception, which filters your reality and your “perceived reality” is what creates your Universe. That’s why beliefs plays such an important role in your perception and the reality you create.

    Maybe a post on this topic would shed some light – thoughts?


    P.S. Good question btw. I don’t usually get questions like this very often.

  • Fred Tracy

    Reply Reply January 28, 2011

    Thanks for the reply. :)

    I’d love a topic on this. I came from a scientific background in psychology and programming, and lately I’ve been moving more towards a spiritual-ish approach, through books such as The Power of Now and Think and Grow Rich.

    Having a post that perhaps combined some of the best scientific and spiritual paradigms into a unified belief system would be both amazing & super awesome! Or really anything about the subject, it’s hard to find this kind of stuff – for most people it’s one or the other.

    I’ll try to mention your post on my blog as well, as I’m sure it will answer a lot of questions my readers have too!

  • Anthony Basich

    Reply Reply February 8, 2011

    Great points on motivation. Personally, I really like #5 on your list. I always write out a list of why I can achieve a particular goal that I set and this helps to create positive reinforcement in the subconscious mind. It really does boost your confidence and the belief in yourself that you can and will do it.

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom,

  • Steve

    Reply Reply February 8, 2011

    Hey Anthony… just another angle on writing a list of reasons why you want to achieve something… it just came to me.

    My dad has had a goal to become a property manager for years now – even decades!

    We were chatting last week and I said the only reason you’re not managing property right now is because your reasons to go out and do it are smaller than your reasons for not doing it… and that maybe there is something else you want to do that is more important. {it turns out there was!}

    He has always wanted to go Caribou Hunting… he phoned his friend this past Sunday and set it up. Now he’s going in November of this year :-)

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