You should go to the gym! All the pulled muscles and sweating in front of strangers will feel great and you'll be motivated to get in better shape, right? No? Well maybe you need a motivation plan that works more for you. Photo by Steven Depolo.
As business blog Entrepreneur points out, not everyone has the same motivations. Obvious, right? And yet, we often push ourselves towards goals using the same things that motivate other people. "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels." Yeah, well maybe you've never tried chicken vindaloo followed by a bowl of ice cream. Or, or, this is crazy: maybe the word "skinny" just isn't a goal you find worthwhile to begin with. Maybe healthy is more important to you than a specific body type. Everyone is different, and if you're going to come up with a plan to improve yourself, you need motivations that are tailored to your own needs and desires:
After you craft a strategy, execution must be at the forefront of your mind every waking moment. Find out what motivates you, pushes you and challenges you to keep going even when the going gets tough. If this is going to truly be your best year ever, then execution must be a daily focus.
This applies in all areas. Some people are motivated to learn or write when they get a paper notebook in front of them. Others will only stall if they have to write with a physical pen (hello, that's me). Maybe expanding your education is easier in a classroom, maybe you're more motivated at home by yourself. Whatever the case is, examine your own motivations before starting a plan that was tailor made for someone else.