In the model for self motivation, the vision is that special change we want to make in our lives. Once we figure out what it is, the next thing we need to do is break it down into its component parts. The component parts of our vision are our goals. And just as we needed to write down our vision, we need also to write down our goals.
The end result is a list of goals that, once we accomplish the goals, we will have made our vision come true. And so it’s very important to spend some time getting all our goals written down.
But we want to make sure that not only have we identified all our goals, we also want to make sure that those goals are motivating. Many of our goals will require hard work, so it will be much easier for us to accomplish goals that are motivational.
What’s a motivational goal?
A motivational goal is:
1. Specific and Measurable: Goals should be specific; they should establish ”who, what, where, when, which, why”. Each goal should be clearly stated, and easily understood. If a goal is vague, it won’t motivate; if not measurable, you won’t know when you have achieved it. Try to establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward your goal. With measurable goals, you can evaluate your progress.
2. Attainable and Realistic: Though a goal may be challenging, it must also be realistic. If you don’t believe you can achieve a goal, you won’t be motivated to try. An easy goal is perfectly appropriate, so long as it moves you toward manifesting your vision. Each goal you attain increases your feeling of competence, which increases your motivation.
3. Related to your vision: Each goal It must be personal to you, it must move you toward your vision. Every one of your goals must absolutely (not probably) bring you further on the path toward your vision; if they do, they are motivating. Each goal must have a purpose. A related goal helps you sustain the day to day tasks that you must do to make your vision come true; they provide the necessary discipline. Amotivation, a term coined by Dr. Edward Deci in The Psychology of Self-Determination, is what occurs to those who fail to see the purpose in what they are doing.
4. Prioritized: You must prioritize your goals. Doing this focuses your energy. You can be working on a couple of goals at the same time, but too many goals at the same time can cause you to become unfocused and distracted.
We must accomplish our goals if we want to make our dreams come true. And if we aren’t motivated to do the work that accomplishing our goals requires, we won’t accomplish our goals, and our dreams won’t come true.
But there’s no need for this to happen.
Make your goals motivating and you will accomplish them, and you will make your dreams come true.