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Maintaining Motivation and Momentum Worksheet

Directions: Take your time and work through the activities on this page. You should only complete this worksheet after you have written a specific goal, sub goals, and a schedule for completion.

In order to turn your goal into reality, you will need to figure out how to get yourself to do things you are unaccustomed to doing. Remember that unless you change what you do, it is unlikely that you will meet your goal.

Write the goal you are working on here:





Below you will find a list of suggestions others have used to stay on track to meeting their goals. Since everyone is a little different, you will need to guess which of the following suggestions will work for you. It may be helpful to try several for a week, evaluate their effectiveness and then modify them. Sharing ideas with your classmates may also be helpful since slight modifications of these suggestions might make them work better for you.

Tips to Trick Yourself into Success

1. Keep Your Dream in Mind

Review the benefits of meeting your goal. You must keep these in mind daily. If these benefits stop seeming important to you, you may want to reconsider the goal.

Some easy ways to keep benefits of reaching your goal are to:

  1. Reread your goal dreaming sheet.
  2. Make signs showing pictures of your completed goal and the benefits of meeting it.

For example, if your goal were to be a famous singing star, you might post pictures of famous singers. You could paste your face on these pictures and make "headlines" stating your name and describing your success. Get creative with this! Post these signs in places where you will see them often such as on the door of your locker, on your bathroom mirror, and on the door of your refrigerator.

Describe three signs you will make to keep your dream in mind.





2. Maintain a Positive Attitude

If your goal is big, you may need to overcome doubts that you really can meet it. Keeping yourself on track, however, requires a steady belief that you actually will meet this goal.

  1. To remain optimistic, remind yourself that the steps you have listed really will lead to success. If you don't believe they will, review them with someone and make adjustments until you believe these steps really lead to meeting your goal.
  2. Find out about other people who have met this goal. Knowing how long and hard others have worked for it will give you strength to keep going when you begin to doubt. You need to be able to believe that with determination, perseverance and hard work and you can meet your goal. (Wanting it badly is not enough.)

    Name two people who have met this goal.


    You can find out how they worked toward their goals by talking to them or reading about their lives.

    How do you plan to find out more about these two people?





  3. Post signs about winners never giving up and hard work making dreams come true. Check books of quotations under the headings, " perseverance," "dreams" and "positive attitude" for quotes that will keep your spirits high.

    Write three different quotations you will put on three positive attitude signs.




    If you are religious, you might also write a prayer about your goal.

  4. Make working toward your goal fun. For example, if you want to exercise more, but find it boring, you might make it fun by exercising with a friend or while watching your favorite tv show. The more enjoyable you find the work toward your goal, the easier it will be to stay on track.

    List as many ways as you can which could make working on your goal fun. If possible, brainstorm with a partner.




3. Chart Your Progress.

Make a chart with of things you plan do to meet your goal down the left side. Label the columns with days of the week or dates when you will check off whether or not you have completed these tasks. If you have support of your family, post this chart so everyone will see how you are doing. Knowing someone will see whether you have completed your tasks for the day can be helpful; however, even if you are the only one who sees it, the chart can be a powerful motivator.

You will have to forgive yourself for days when you don't complete all tasks and start fresh with a positive attitude each day. Set up little rewards for yourself for completing your tasks.

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4. Consider Asking for Support from Close Friends and Family Members

It is important to limit the number of people you tell about your goals to those who will not discourage you by suggesting that your goal isn't important or that you cannot meet it. Because friends and family members may have difficulty believing in your dreams or because they may not really want you to change, they may unintentionally discourage you, so be really cautious about revealing your goals. If you are fortunate enough to have someone who will encourage you, however, by all means, enlist their support. Show them your goal worksheets and your plans for self motivation, and then ask them for suggestions. Get them to be your cheering squad telling them to compliment you on good days but not to be critical if you don't complete everything.

Who will you tell about your goal?


Who will you not tell about your goal?


5. Schedule a regular time to evaluate the motivation techniques you are using. At these times, you may want to stop using some of these techniques, change some, add others, or even change your goal. Remember if you decide to change your goal that you should complete all the steps listed in your worksheets for the new goal.

List the dates you will assess your efforts to maintain motivation and momentum.




Source: Goals III Maintaining Motivation and Momentum
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