Staying Motivated and Focused


With the New Year around the corner, I would like to share with you all a tool that has helped me staying motivated and focused when trying to accomplish my goals. It’s easy to be super motivated to tackle goals at the start of the year (or starting goals in general), but usually it’s also just as easy to lose motivation as the weeks and months pass by. It’s part of the human condition to forget, and I believe this is why achieving goals are sometimes hard to do because the mind forgets the reasons we do the goals in the first place. Life also happens and there are a lot of distractions in this world, and it’s easy to let time pass by and before you know it you haven’t worked on your goal for a while, and that totally kills the motivation.

Thinking about the outcome and reasons to accomplish a goal is what sparks motivation to begin with. Let’s face it, it’s the fun part of wanting to accomplish goals. But as time marches on while working on a goal, this can be forgotten and the motivation fizzles out. Plus sometimes focusing on the specific details can be demotivating too, and you lose sight of the prize. So the key is to rekindle that fire of motivation and look at the big picture. The way to do it is to write down the reasons you are doing the goal in the first place, at least once or twice a week, or whenever you are not motivated to work on your goal. I promise you, this will get you charged up and ready to keep working towards that goal. Sure, you can write it down once and then look at that later, but writing again and again really helps you stay true to yourself to why you want to accomplish the goal. Sometimes motivations change too and need to be identified, or maybe life has changed and you need to analyze whether the goal is worth accomplishing, or maybe things need to be balanced in your life to allow time to work on the goal. Goals are not a onetime figure them out and then bam you accomplish them, they require constant maintenance if you really want to accomplish them. 

For me, working from home has been difficult at times to stay motivated and disciplined, and there are days where I don’t feel like working at all, especially on tough days dealing with grief. So I write down the reasons why I’m doing this, two to three times a week to keep me going. I’ve also battled with sobriety all of my life, and while it takes daily diligence, I’ve been able to keep myself sober for a while now using this method too. Next up for me is losing weight, and I’m confident that I will be able to do that this year as well. Goals can be accomplished, you just have to do what it takes to keep motivated and you can accomplish whatever you hope and dream. Happy New Year’s everyone, make some goals happen this year!

Questions to Ponder:

  1. What goals can this help you start to accomplish?
I lost my wife Ali in a tragic vehicle accident where she sacrificed her life to help a stranger. We were only married for 8 months, but we made every moment count when we were together. Ali was loved by everyone and was a middle school teacher who made an impact in her students’ lives. I am trying to continue Ali’s legacy of trying to make a positive impact on the world. I work as a video game designer for Disney Interactive and am developing video games to teach principles of the truth to the youth and gamers.

spouse died in a motor accident sacrificing her life 7/2012



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    wrote on December 31st, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Veronica Clarke

    Excellent! Thanks so much. I needed this too, I working on cutting out sugar and loosing some weight this year, something I just have struggled with and has been my grief crutch. The only other thought I’ve had, is that I need to pray more often for strength to overcome my weaknesses through out the day, when temptation strikes. Writing it down and posting it will give me that reminder too.

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