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The Science Behind Self Motivation


Motivating ones self to achieve a goal can be a challenge for many people.  Take New Years resolutions for example.  According to a study from the University of Scranton, 93% of people make a resolution for the new year, but only 8% of those people actually follow through with their resolution.  That's because many people will set a goal that is too vague and unachievable for them. 

People attach their inner self motivation to achieving a huge goal that is unattainable, then burn themselves out on trying to achieve the goal.  Instead, when setting a goal make it obtainable and very detailed.  According to the American Psychological Association, people who set goals that are both specific and challenging, are 90% more likely to achieve what they’ve set out to accomplish.  When a goal is specific and detailed it creates milestones along the way that are realistic and can be measured.  For example, instead of saying I will sell more houses this year, say I will sell 12 houses this year by following up with leads on a daily basis and average selling one house per month by focusing on my marketing strategies and client relations. 

This goal is detailed and realistic giving a time frame of when certain milestones should be achieved boosting your morale and keeping you motivated along the way.  “This is a journey — a hard one — and the only way to make it sustainable and bearable is if you actually acknowledge your small successes along the way.”, says Frank Gruber. Co-founder of Tech.Co, a media and event organizer for start up businesses.  Celebrating these small goals along the way will boost your self motivation to continue working towards the long term goal.  It is also important to reward yourself for the small goals achieved along the way.  You must hold yourself accountable for your work, good and bad.  It is all a mindset.  The goal you are working towards doesn't change, the way you think about it and see it does.  Hold yourself accountable and don't forget to reward yourself.   

 

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https://medium.com/the-mission/how-to-create-insane-change-in-your-life-according-to-science-bb3cddd1022 By Dillon Landfried - Jul 17, 2019

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