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Motivating yourself to action

So often we have things that we want to do, but for whatever reason we don’t. Sometimes it’s a matter of not having the time. Sometimes it’s because we don’t WANT do something, even though we know we should or have to do it. Sometimes it’s because we keep forgetting that task.

How do you motivate yourself to do the things that you like to do and want to do and actually do do? Is it a feeling you get? Feeling happy to have done something that makes you do that thing? Maybe you picture the completed task? Is it someone else’s praise that helps you? Is it because you scheduled it in your iPhone, Blackberry, other PDA, or paper calendar? Did you set everything up the night before to make it easy to accomplish the task the next day, like laying out your clothes or writing out your “to do” list? Is it just a regular part of your routine now?

Find the things that make you successful and use those methods to do something difficult today.

I finally finished my March e-newsletter! That’s what motivated me to write this blog. I used a few of these methods to accomplish this task. I had someone remind me to do it. I remembered how good it feels to complete the job. I love checking something off of a “to do” list that I created on my Google homepage. I prepped ideas last night so that I could write it all out today. Now, all I have to do is the same thing in April, just a bit earlier as there are only 30 days in April!

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