Baby boomers are a very persistence group
Persistence works-Continued effort and commitment will overcome initial obstacles or failures. Don’t see an early failure as a sign of things to come. Remember the old saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”
Once you achieve your first success this way, you’ll be less apt to give up and lose motivation too quickly in the future. Try living in the now as if it were the future that you hope to have-For example, if you want to lose weight, don’t think of yourself as someone struggling to lose it-have persistence.
You must have a persistence mind set.
Think of yourself as someone pounds lighter. See yourself as healthier, and having a persistence lifestyle. To maintain this lifestyle, you have to eat healthier and exercise. Just think of how your life will be then, and do it now.
You will have so many ups and downs persistence will play a huge part in your success
Put your goals in writing-Sometimes, the act of writing down what you are going to do is a strong motivator. Writing down goals helps you make them more specific and less vague. When you write them, use active verbs.
Give all your goals measurable persistence outcomes-By doing so, it help you know when you’ve achieved each goal you set. Specify completion dates-You won’t always complete your goals on these dates, but setting them helps you stay focused on completion.
Many people work better with deadlines. Don’t make them unrealistic, but do set them so you’ll have to push yourself to achieve them. Plan and write down what your reward will be for achieving the goal-It doesn’t have to be an elaborate reward, it can be simple. Rewarding yourself along the way is a big persistence motivator.
Remember your reward each time you start to feel your motivation drain, and it can increase your desire to reach the goal. Make a list of obstacles-Always think of everything that might stand in your way and decide what you can do about each persistence obstacle.
If you design a plan, you’ll reduce the influence of each obstacle and increase the chances that you will be successful. Write down the benefits of achieving your goal-One strong motivator is knowing exactly what you will gain from reaching your goal.
For example, keeping your checkbook balanced will give you more spending money, or walking every day will help you stay healthier and reduce stress.
Break down persistence plans into manageable tasks-Be specific about what has to be accomplished. By setting goals along the way, your tasks will seem more manageable, and not overwhelming.
Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help-A partner can help you stay committed and motivated. Look for role models, people who have already achieved the goals you seek to reach. Ask them for advice and suggestions.
Find how they got where they are, and incorporate what you learn into your plan. Get organized-Being persistence and organized, can help you feel better about your ability to reach your goals. Having information scattered in too many places makes you feel out of control and undermines motivation.
Be serious about each step in your process-Think about learning to ski, for example. The beginner I given a list of instructions: “lean forward,” “bend the ankles,” “keep weight on the downhill ski,” etc. Each of these is an explicit step.
The extent the skier is seriously trying to learn each step will determine the outcome. Each step is separate, but functions together to reach the goal. Failure to focus on any part of the steps can cause you to crash.
Enhance your interest in the goal-Be sure it’s related to your values, and if the connections aren’t obvious at first, think through how the task at hand complements your values and overall goals. If it doesn’t, you should think about why it’s on your “to-do list.” Maybe it’s a task you should delegate or delete.
Don’t procrastinate-Procrastination is a form of self-regulatory failure. The old saying, “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today” is one you should live by. If you to this too often, your “tomorrow” may never come, and you’ll never reach your goal.
Remember that willpower is a limited resource-Think of willpower as a muscle. If you don’t use the muscle and exercise it, it becomes weaker and weaker. The more you use your willpower, the stronger it will become, just like a muscle does.
If you don’t use it, eventually, you may lose it. Avoid preconceived task difficulty-If you believe a task is difficult without truly knowing it, it will also give you a perception about how much effort you’ll need to put into it and how likely you are to fail.
If sharing a goal, divide the tasks based on interests-You’re more apt to stay motivated in something you’re interested in. If working in a group, dividing the tasks into areas each member is interested in will keep the entire group motivated and help improve chances of success.
It may be impossible to have a few areas to work on that aren’t at the top of your interest list, but having many that you are interested in can keep your overall motivation going.
Don’t self-handicap yourself-Too many times we handicap ourselves with the word “can’t.” Remove that work from your vocabulary. Don’t say things like, “I can’t do it” or “It can’t be done.” These cause you to fail before you begin. You’ll be handicapped by your negative feelings in your own ability.
Keep a positive attitude-There is nothing more powerful for self-motivation than the right attitude. You can’t choose or control your circumstance, but can choose persistence attitude towards your circumstances.